Venice remains one of the most popular places to visit in Italy. You could easily spend two weeks there. But, if you don’t have that much time, here are the highlights you can see in just two days.
St. Mark's Square, Basilica, and the Doge's Palace
The first and most popular place to visit in Venice is the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). On this square, you can find both the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. The Piazza itself is lined with shops, hotels and restaurants. The Basilica is actually the third church to stand on this site and dates back to the 11th Century. The Doge’s Palace was the home of the leader of the Venetian Government and was originally a castle. Today it is a museum.
San Moisè Church and La Fenice Opera House
Nicknamed the “Clumsiest Church in Venice”, the San Moisè dates back to 1668. Near the church is the “La Fenice” (The Phoenix) Opera House. It is the oldest theater in Venice, dating back to 1792.
The Venice Accademia
Not to be confused with the Accademia in Florence, the Venice Accademia is the largest collection of Venetian Art in the world. It was placed on this spot by Napoleon in 1807.
The Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands
Moving away from the main island, the Murano, Burano and Torcello islands are popular places to visit. In Murano, you can visit the glass blower studios.
Getting There and Getting Around
Venice is a popular port for cruise ships, and it has an international airport. You can also get to Venice by train from either Rome or Milan. Rome is a 4 hour train ride and Milan is 2.5 hours away.
Water transportation is the most popular way to get around in Venice. The cheapest transportation is by “Vaporetto” (Water Bus). You can buy day passes for the Vaporetti at 21 Euros per day. Water Taxis are also available, but these can run as much as 100 Euros per trip.
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