Insider's Guide: Spending a day in Venice
Venice is different from any other place you might visit. Ideally, 2-3 days in Venice is enough to see most of it; but if you just had one day, you can still see and experience all the important landmarks. Follow this guide for all the places you have to visit and the restaurants to go to.
1- Breakfast in Farini
Start your morning very early to have more time exploring the city and to avoid the big crowds. Grab a quick breakfast at Farini, the most famous and delicious café in Venice. They have a wide menu of sweet brioches or salty avocado toasts to choose from.
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2- Wander the streets of Venice
When in Venice, it's easy to get lost in the narrow streets and bridges, but don't worry because you'll always find your way. Just enjoy an hour of walking around and discovering the gems of the city. You can also shop a bit from luxury stores or local boutiques. Check out this shopping guide if you're interested in a serious shopping spree.
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3- Head directly to Burano or Murano
When in Venice, Burano and Murano are two islands you should not miss. It's difficult to do both and see Venice in one day, so if you have to choose, we suggest going to Burano. Burano is known for its colorful buildings and lace production, while Murano is a more traditional Italian island and famous for its glass productions.
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When is Burano, let yourself get lost between all the colorful houses and explore the unique aesthetics and culture of the place. Try to talk to locals and discover their daily lives on this small island. You can also visit the Lace Museum and admire the workmanship of lace since the 19th-20th century. If you want to take a break, head to the end of the island where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Venice's lagoon.
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Otherwise, if you think you have time, head over to Murano for a quick visit to the island and the New Arte Fuga shop and glass factory. For fishing lovers, we suggest you visit the old fish market and then head to Pescarìa Vecia and take beautiful pictures of the sunset.
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4- Lunch at Baci & Pasta
For a quick lunch on the go, we suggest the delicious homemade pasta from Baci & Pasta. You can personalize the pasta to your liking by choosing the type of pasta base and then the sauce. The cook will give you some recommendations.
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5- Gondola tour and visit historic places
You can use this time to visit the landmarks you're most interested in and take a gondola tour. Some of the most famous places we recommend not to miss are St Mark's Basilica and Libreria Acqua Alta where you'll find books in traditional gondolas, typically to prevent books from getting wet when the water of the lagoon rises.
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6- Spritz with a view
For aperitivo time, head over to Skyline Rooftop Bar for a beautiful view of Venice while enjoying a Spritz or a unique cocktail. Make sure to book in advance as the place is often crowded.
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