Surrounded by winding canals and historic architecture, how could you not fall in love with Venice? Venice was the starting point on our European trip that included Venice, Munich, Bacharach, Nuremberg, and London.  While we were fortunate enough to be able to spend 3 Days in Venice, I know that not everyone has as much time in this fabulous city as we did.  With that being said, I decided to adapt our itinerary to accommodate our readers that want a Venice itinerary for 2 days in Venice.

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Venice Itinerary-2 Days

Day 1 in Venice

Venice Canal Tour

Grand Canal-Venice Itinerary 2 days

A tour of the Grand Canal is the perfect introduction and, in my opinion, a must-do on your trip to Venice.  As we explain in our post, 50 Things to do in Venice on a Budget, you can do a canal tour the budget way by hopping on a vaporetto (water taxi).  Just note that the vaporetto can get crowded and it makes a lot of stops!  Since you only have 2 days in Venice and your time is precious, I would recommend doing a canal tour instead.  A canal tour will definitely save you valuable sightseeing time compared to the vaporetto.

Suggested Tours:

Venice Grand Canal 1 Hour Tour

Venice Canal Tour- 2 Hour Tour of Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour

Treasure of Venice Grand Canal and Panamoric Tour

Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica

After your Grand Canal tour, make your way either by foot or by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco.  This bustling square, the only square in Italy to earn the title of “piazza”, is always so full of life!  Take in all of the beauty that surrounds you.  From the magnificent St. Mark’s Cathedral to the overpriced cafes, Piazza San Marco is the place to see and be seen in Venice.

St Mark's Basilica-Venice Itinerary 2 days

Be sure and book your tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica in advance so that you can skip the line.  Once inside St. Mark’s, you will find a beautiful mosaic-covered interior boasting Byzantine treasures only housed in Venice!   This gorgeous basilica was once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice.

Suggested Tours:

1 Hour St. Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-Line

St. Mark’s Basilica Exclusive Evening Access

Skip the Line Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica

Doge’s Palace

Doge's Palace-Venice Itinerary 2 days

Another fabulous attraction around Piazza San Marco is Doge’s Palace.  Originally built to show off the power and wealth of Venice, Doge’s Palace has a fascinating history as a royal residence, political house, and a prison.  I would definitely suggest taking the Secrets Itinerary tour while visiting the palace.  Please note that this tour sells out quickly, so be sure to book your tour in advance!

Suggested Tours:

Doge’s Palace Walking Tour

Private Tour of Doge’s Palace

Skip the Line Doge’s Palace and Gondola Ride

The Splendors of St. Mark’s and Doge’s Palace Venice Tour

Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs Venice

Of course, you saw the incredible view of Venice while crossing over the Bridge of Sighs during your Doge’s Palace Tour.  Now, you have to go see the bridge from the outside and take a fabulous selfie in front of it!

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Rialto Bridge and Market

Rialto Bridge-Venice Itinerary 2 days

Cross over the Grand Canal via the gorgeous Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the 4 bridges that span the Grand Canal.  Revered as one of the best architectural and engineering achievements of the Renaissance period, this fabulous bridge is a Venetian hot spot.  Take time to explore the shops that line the bridge and, of course, the beautiful view of the Grand Canal.

Cicchetti Crawl

Finish your day off as the locals do, by visiting the local bacari bars around the Rialto Market sampling all of the little bite-sized appetizers they have to offer.  Pair your cicchetti with a glass of local wine of a delicious Aperol Spritz.  The perfect ending to a great day in Venice!

Suggested Tours:

Venice Guided Food Tour:  Cicchetti and Wine

Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti

Venice Cicchetti and Wine Tour with a Private Sommelier

Venice Itinerary-2 Days

Day 2 in Venice

For your second day in Venice, I feel like you need some choices.  So while you probably won’t be able to do all of these things today, choose the items that interest you the most in order to have an awesome second day in Venice

Tour to Murano and Burano

Colorful houses line a canal with boats in it

Head out to the fabulous islands surrounding Venice, Murano and Burano today.  Murano, known for it’s fabulous handblown glass is sure to fascinate visitors.  On Murano island, you will have the opportunity to visit a glass blowing factory and view a live demonstration of this art.  On the colorful island of Burano, you will see the fabulous colorful houses of Burano as well as see live lace making demonstrations and visit the lace museum if you are interested.

Suggested Tours

Boat Tour to Murano and Burano Islands

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Private Excursion by Motorboat to Burano, Murano, and Torcello

Venice Food Tour

One of our favorite ways to experience a new city is through the local cuisine, and taking a food tour is a great way to do this.  Venice definitely has distinct dishes in comparison to other parts of Italy, so don’t miss out on this great experience.  If you’re a foodie, this is a must-do!

Gelato in Venice

Suggested Tours:

Private Food and Sightseeing Tour in Venice

Venice Street Food Walking Tour

Venice Walking Food Tour with Lunch and Gondola

Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Get Lost in Venice

One of our favorite things to do while in Venice was to just roam around and get lost.  Just remember, you’re on an island, you aren’t going to get completely lost!  Take time to roam down the hidden alley, find little off the beaten path cafes and just take in Venetian life.  I think that everywhere you look you will find some little spot just waiting to be explored and photographed.

There is no better way to conclude your 2 day Venice itinerary than to roam around with your loved one finding your perfect spot!

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4 Comments

  1. Great itinerary! I love Venice but it has been awhile since and I have been and hubby has never been. Hope to make it back there soon and this time I wanna do a food tour.

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    • Venice is for sure an incredible place. The food tours are awesome so definitely schedule one while you’re there 😉

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  2. Great recommendations! Burano and Murano were my favorite places to visit when I was in Venice!

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    • They were amazing and so photogenic!

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