Venice Itinerary 2 Days: Itinerary With Map
Find out how to spend 2 days in Venice by reading this guide which will help you optimize your time in the Serenissima: save the itinerary with the map day by day, find out how to move around easily (and at the best price), how to reach the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and get the best advice from Sara Perche Viaggio for visiting the main attractions.
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2 Days Venice Itinerary: Tips
Venice, an intricate labyrinth of narrow and sometimes low passages, canals, small and large bridges and kilometers to be covered strictly on foot, but every step hides a glimpse that repays every effort.
Although I am more than certain of your “good intentions” to follow this 2-day itinerary in Venice, you will hardly be able to actually follow it.
Consider that in Venice there are 417 bridges (yes, seriously) and narrow alleys where even the best GPS struggles to follow you.
My advice is therefore to save the main attractions and the ways to visit them, but also enjoy getting lost among the canals, without feeling too bound to this itinerary if you want to enjoy the Serenissima properly!
One thing I want you to know right away is that getting around Venice by public transport isn’t cheap, but thanks to the transport card you can make unlimited use of the vaporetto (islands included!) and the bus network without spending a single cent more.
You can choose between a one-day, two- or three-day card.
2 Days Venice Itinerary: Day 1
I suggest dedicating your first day in the city to the main attractions: cross the Rialto Bridge, reach Piazza San Marco, stroll along the seafront, visit the Acqua Alta bookshop and Marco Polo’s house, without forgetting to enjoy the sunset from one of the terraces overviews.
Don’t worry about saving the map now, at the end of the article you will find links to the day-by-day itineraries to save and open directly on Google Maps while you’re in Venice
1: Rialto Bridge
It is the oldest bridge that crosses the Grand Canal and is well connected by the transport system: if your accommodation is located far from this first stage of the itinerary, know that you can reach it by vaporetto, buying a ticket for the single section at €9.50 or by selecting the transport card valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours (from €25), with which you can move around Venice unlimitedly during the chosen period.
On the bridge you will find some shops and you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of Venice and the Grand Canal.
2: Basilica of San Marco
Not too far from the Rialto Bridge is Piazza San Marco, the nerve center of the city.
Here are the charming Basilica of San Marco and the Campanile, the Clock Tower, as well as the Doge’s Palace with attached pier and some museums.
The structure that will immediately strike you among all, will certainly be the Basilica of San Marco: not for its height, but for the beauty of its decorations, the gold of the statues on the top, the marble columns and the frescoes.
Surely its interiors are also worth a visit: the entrance ticket for the Basilica of San Marco costs €6 (available on the official website), but it is better to opt for the complete queue tickets including the basilica, access to the Terrace, the Pala D’Oro and the museum for a more complete visit (you can buy it online here ).
If you want to learn more about the Basilica and the history it holds, you can instead take part in a guided tour with priority entrance ticket included.
Warning: on Sundays you will not be able to enter before 2pm.
If you have a weekend available to visit Venice, I suggest you follow this itinerary on Saturday, reserving Sunday for the islands.
3: 2 Days Venice Itinerary: The bell tower of San Marco
Just in front of the Basilica, you cannot fail to notice the orange brick bell tower which, with its 98.6 meters in height, is one of the tallest bell towers in Italy: the good news is that you can climb to the top to enjoy a panoramic view over the city, admire the roofs of Venice and its conformation from every angle.
This ticket can also be purchased online to avoid queues.
4: Doge’s Palace
Next to the Basilica of San Marco is the Doge’s Palace, made up of a mix of Byzantine and Oriental architecture.
To admire the large halls and ceilings that make it up, as well as the ancient prisons and cross the famous bridge of sighs, you can visit it independently by purchasing tickets online or, if you prefer, by participating in a guided tour.
5: Bridge of Sighs and Palazzo delle Prigioni
The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most emblematic places in Venice : located in such a position as to overlook Rio di Palazzo, this Istrian stone bridge connects the Doge’s Palace to the Palazzo delle Prigioni.
The name attributed to it derives from the long sigh that the prisoners made as they crossed it, aware that this would be the last time they would see the outside world.
6: Riva degli Schiavoni
The Riva degli Schiavoni is definitely something to see in Venice in two days : it is a sort of monumental promenade of Venice, which extends from Piazza San Marco and follows the shape of the San Marco basin.
The whole wide street is adorned with stalls and various monuments, but what I suggest you do is simply enjoy a nice walk while admiring the view of the island of San Giorgio, the passing boats and the profile of the majestic buildings of Venice in distance.
7: Venice Arsenal
Walking for a while you will come to the city’s old shipyard, a large manufacturing complex that preceded the industrial age.
Today it is still possible to admire the bridge over the Rio dell’Arsenale river and the gate with the lions.
This may also be a quieter area away from the majority of tourists.
8: Acqua Alta bookshop: one thing to see in Venice in 2 days
A library overlooking the canal and with gondolas and a bathtub acting as “shelves”, which protect the books when the high tide arrives seriously.
This is one of the more peculiar bookstores you could set foot in, but it could also be quite crowded due to the enormous popularity it has acquired in recent years.
You can simply visit it (for free), but also buy books of all genres and types.
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9: Marco Polo’s house
If you are trying to figure out what to do in Venice in 2 days, know that Marco Polo’s house is not one of them.
The reason is very simple: the explorer’s original home was razed to the ground by fire in the 16th century and today the Malibran Theater stands in its place.
At the entrance to the theater, however, there is a label stating that “Here were the houses of Marco Polo”.
In short, if you like, you can pass in front of it before reaching the last stage of the day, but don’t expect anything more.
10: Rialto Bridge or Fondaco Rooftop Terrace at sunset
The Rialto Bridge will be particularly crowded at dusk, so my advice is to reach the Fondaco Rooftop Terrace.
The terrace is on the roof of a luxury multi-story shopping mall, but it’s well worth reaching for a spectacular view of the Grand Canal.
Furthermore, the visit is completely free, but the time of the ascent must be booked (on this site ).
Do you have time left over because you missed a few stops on this itinerary in Venice?
Then you could consider participating in a Venetian mask workshop with a local craftsman (lasting about 1h).
2 Days Venice Itinerary: Day 2
No, on this second day of the itinerary in Venice you won’t have to walk on water (and luckily I would say!): to reach the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello scheduled for today, you have two options:
- Purchase vaporetto tickets and reach them independently.
Consider that a single journey costs €9.50, so the most convenient choice is to purchase a transport card valid for at least one day starting from €25to travel unlimited – islands included.
- Choose the Murano and Burano or Murano, Burano and Torcello tour and take part in a tour with a guide who will be able to enrich your visit with tidbits and anecdotes.
1: Jewish Quarter
To start this second day of visiting Venice (before reaching the islands) I suggest you carve out the space to treat yourself to a less touristy area of the city.
The Jewish quarter is something unique to delve into part of the history of the place and still see Jewish shops today.
2: Murano, one thing to see in Venice in 2 days
Famous for its glass, Murano is made up of 7 islands connected by bridges.
Once landed here, stroll along the coasts of Rio dei vetrai, visit the glass museum and don’t forget, keep your eyes open: you will see some workshops demonstrating glass working.
Admiring the skill with which the craftsmen work this material at very high temperatures is something not to be missed in Murano! Before embarking again towards Burano, be sure to stroll through the shops selling beautiful objects in colorful glass for a nice souvenir to take home.
Remember, you can get to the islands on your own with your transport card.
It is one of the islands of Venice famous for its colorful houses and lace.
Here you will be able to see with your own eyes the old ladies embroidering the lace, while they chat among themselves.
In this regard, do not miss a visit to the Lace museum.
4: Gondola Ride
Late afternoon is the best time to enjoy a gondola ride: let yourself be captivated by the charm of Venice from water, its main element.
Cross the Grand Canal and the canals near Piazza San Marco, perhaps as the sun gradually sets over the city.
I think there really is no better way to say goodbye to Venice because yes, I’m sure this will be just a goodbye!
How to move in Venice
In Venice you can easily get around on foot or by vaporetto : a single journey costs €9.50, but a season ticket is much cheaper.
If you follow this itinerary to save money, you can buy a one-day card and visit Venice on foot on the first day, taking the vaporetto on the second day when you reach the islands.
Or, if you prefer practicality or your accommodation is far from the centre, opt for the 48-hour card.
Here are the available versions:
- 24 h: and € 25,00
- 48 h: and € 35,00
- 72 h: and € 45,00
Accommodation in Venice
My advice for staying in Venice is to choose an accommodation in the center to have maximum freedom of movement.
However, this is not always possible due to the high cost of accommodation in certain seasons, so if I were you I would look for accommodations with discounted rates or active offers for the dates you will be in Venice on this offers page.
In this way you will be able to find the accommodation with the best value for money for you and evaluate the purchase of the transport card valid for the entire duration of the stay, if this is far from the main attractions.
With this card (which is the same one mentioned above) you will not only be entitled to unlimited travel on the vaporetto, but you will also be able to access the bus network (perfect if the accommodation is located outside the area, such as in the cheaper Mestre).
Doing the math you will realize that this is the most convenient choice if you want to save money.
FAQ: Questions with Answers
1: How many days are needed to visit Venice?
2 days are perfect to visit the most beautiful parts of Venice.
In one day you will be able to see the main attractions of the city, while you can dedicate the second day to discover the islands of Merano and Burano.
2: Eating in Venice: what are cicchetti?
Cicchetti are offered in many Venetian bars, but remember that they are not simple snacks (those are tourist traps).
The authentic cicchetti are small samples of lagoon cuisine and are served with a glass of wine.
3: What to see in a weekend in Venice?
In a weekend in Venice you will be able to see: the Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, the homonymous Basilica and the Bell Tower, the Bridge of Sighs, the Acqua Alta bookshop, the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo delle Prigioni.
Getting on board the vaporetto you can then also reach Murano and Burano.
4: What to do in Venice?
Among the unmissable things to do in Venice there are certainly: the gondola ride along the canals, the view of the city at dusk from the Rialto Bridge, Venice at night and a visit to a Venetian mask workshop.
If you have at least two days available, don’t miss a visit to the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano, where you can watch Murano glass being made and visit the Burano lace museum (in addition to its iconic colorful houses).
With this article I hope I have managed to give you a sufficiently clear overview of what to do in Venice in two days, the most efficient and cheapest ways to get around by water, the most beautiful attractions not to be missed and the experiences to be lived and treasured.
Enjoy every moment in this unique city, get lost in its alleys and let yourself be captivated by its charm.