Venice is a beautiful city that most travelers want to visit at least once. So it is also very touristic, busy and expensive. To spend your money and time wisely, you have to plan your trip in every detail some time in advance, unless you just want to leisurely stroll around. Here is my two day Venice itinerary in pictures for your travel inspiration. See also my post how to skip the lines in Venice clicking this link.

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Evening before. Arrival and night at Ruzzini Palace Hotel.

10 ruzzini palace hotel venice 1240738Day One

9.30 Start the day unusually for Venice by visiting a self-proclaimed most beautiful bookshop in the world Libreria Acqua Alta.

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Address: Campiello del Tintor, 30122 Venezia

10.45 Doge's Palace guided tour. Book in advance from

12 doge palace guided tour venice 124086112.00 For best views of Venice, take vaporetto line 2 from San Zaccaria to San Giorgio. Get up to San Giorgio Maggiore Church bell tower. Expect to be waiting in line to the elevator for at least half an hour.

13 view venice 125004313.00 Back to San Zaccaria and lunch.
14.05 Basilica di San Marco. Buy in advance the ‘skip the line’ ticket from Admire views from the top of Basilica.

14 view from san marco basilica venice 125014116.00 Visit Scuola Grande di San Rocco with Tintoretto paintings and Basilica Dei Frari, one of the greatest churches in the city.

16 scuola grande di san rocco venice 125039815 basilica dei frari venice 1240392Vaporetto: San Tomà
18.30 Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge). Just walk and admire.

17 rialto bridge venice 1240455Vaporetto: Rialto
19.00 Dinner
21.00 Vivaldi concert in Chiesa san Vidal. Buy a ticket from your hotel in the morning.

18 concert venice 1250317Departure for Hotel Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria on Lido Island.

19 ausonia palace hotel 1240649Day Two

9.00 Waterbus number 18 from Lido to Murano Navagero. This line is open from the end of May to September. Alternatively, buy in advance a Panoramic City Tour for Murano, Burano and Torcello from for 18 euros.20 waporetto lido 1240697

Watch a free glass blowing demonstration next to the Murano Navagero vaporetto stop. Don’t buy anything from the overpriced shop.

21 glass blowing murano 1250514Visit Church Chiesa di Santa Maria e Donato to see the 12th century Byzantine mosaic pavement.

22 church chiesa santa maria donato murano 125062623 church chiesa santa maria donato mosaic murano 1250602Admire the Comet Glass Star installation by Simone Cenedese at Campo Santo Stefano.

24 glass installation murano 125065412.00 Lunch in Murano or later, after arrival to Burano.
Walk to the Vaporetto stop Murano Faro.Take waterbus 12 to Burano.
13.00 Burano Island
Walk around see colorful houses.25 burano street 1250681

Do souvenir shopping, including the famous lace of Burano.

26 burano suveniers 1250692Notice and admire Burano's leaning bell tower from the 17th century.

27 burano leaning tower 125071616.00 Take waterbus number 14 back to Venice. If necessary, stop at Lido to collect your belongings from the hotel.

28 view venice 1250486Evening departure from Venice.

If you want to explore more, attend Carnavale in Venice!  Our friend Janine gives detailed information and fantastic pictures of this event. For exploring more of Northern Italy see four days itinerary.


Have you been to Venice? What are your must see sights there? Share in the comments section!VeniceItineraryNPublished by Anita on May 13, 2017


Author: Anita Sāne


About the author
Anita is a part-time traveler, passionate photographer and a mature career woman from Latvia, 
traveling mostly solo for more than 10 years. She is a skilled travel planner planning and executing her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her also on Instagram and Pinterest.

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#9 neha 2017-05-22 00:42
This is a perfect itinerary. we spent close to one and half days in venice. So, we had to give a miss to some of these beautiful spots. Already yearning to return here.
Recovering Hippie
#8 Recovering Hippie 2017-05-21 19:28
Oh wow! I had heard that Venice was beautiful, but I had no idea it was this stunning! Amazing photography, and a really interesting concise list! You have captured it beautifully!
#7 Swati 2017-05-21 16:07
You pictures are making me book a flight to Venice right now. Beautiful city, splendid architecture. The city looks like straight out of a painting. Hope to visit real soon.
Gone with the Wine
#6 Gone with the Wine 2017-05-20 16:52
I love photo diaries. Picture tell so much about the place. You have managed to catch such a great shots of Venice which is definitely on my bucket list. Great post!
Adrenaline Romance
#5 Adrenaline Romance 2017-05-20 08:22
We love visiting places like these---places where traditional culture is very much alive despite modernity. There's so much to see in Venice than just the Grand Canal. The buildings are beautiful. We would definitely enjoy a cappuchino in an outdoor cafe there. :)
Pages of My Passport
#4 Pages of My Passport 2017-05-20 04:02
I lived in a small town right outside of Venice for most of last year and absolutely loved it :) Venice is a beautiful city, although my favorite was all of the quaint little authentic Italian towns that were nearby :)
Lena from fouronawor
#3 Lena from fouronawor 2017-05-19 08:21
nice!!! We will be visiting Venice in July this year; just for half a day as we are spending our summer vacation around and it would be a shame not to go. Your tips are super helpful. thanks for putting it together :)
#2 Bhusha 2017-05-18 16:12
I didn't go to Venice. Since my guy was busy when I ventured to Italy, I did a solo trip and I didn't want to do a solo Venice trip, as it is a very romantic place! Hope to go sometime with my guy... Thanks for this itinerary, coz anyways, we'd always do weekend or long-weekends!
#1 Aina 2017-05-15 15:17
Beautiful pictures. I've been to Venice several times but only once in Murano and really liked that small island famous for glass blowing.

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