21 Things to Don't Do in Venice
Dreaming of a Venice city break or even a longer holiday to see all the attractions in Venice?
You found the best Venice travel guide, well done! Among those things to do in Venice, there are also things to don't do in Venice or if you want to call it, mistakes that first-time travellers do when visiting the famous city of La Serenissima.
One of the things that I never forget to do before leaving for a trip is to check what things are better to avoid doing to ensure that my holiday will be a success and not a failure.
Still, inevitably, I always find some new when I am at my destination.
That's why I created this list for you, my dear traveller friend, to make sure you will have a wonderful time in Venice.
So follow my advice, and you will be more than ok and your Venetian holiday will be such a fantastic experience that you will wish to go back one day.
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1. Don't go to Venice for only one day:
It might seem small, but trust me, there are so many things to see in Venice that one day is not enough. The fantastic churches, picture-perfect little alleys, bridges, historical buildings, art museums, and famous Islands. You will see only a little tiny part of it in one day.
So please, plan to have more days available to explore every corner of it and all the attractions in Venice, because it deserves all your time and attention.
How long should I stay in Venice?
I advise you to stay at least four full days in Venice.
There are so many things to do in Venice and places to see. There are very famous museums and palaces like the Doge's palace, the Peggy Guggenheim collection, La Biennale and so many stunning churches and cathedrals that you won't regret it, I promise you.
2. Don't limit your visit to only the main island:
There is so much to see in Venice that staying and visiting only the main island would be a shame.
Because Venice is not only a big group of islands (118 tiny islands form the main one, with 435 bridges and 176 canals), there are also Murano, Burano, Torcello, San Michele e Sant'Erasmo's Island. Murano and Burano are the most visited but also the other ones deserve a visit in case you have more time to explore.
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3. Don't forget to bring a map with you:
The main island of Venice is quite extensive. There are many museums to visit, perfect picture spots for your Facebook or Instagram account, famous buildings, churches, handmade souvenir shops, and don't forget typical cuisine restaurants.
Plan your visit with everything you don't want to miss adding it to a map. This is the best way to see everything Venice offers without forgetting what you have planned to visit.
4. Don't have an overplanned itinerary. Get Lost!
As I said in point 3, having an itinerary with everything you want to see is excellent but please don't plan to explore Venice just in one day because it is impossible and also you won't enjoy it at all!
You will end up just running trying to see everything, without enjoying your holiday.
So plan a day where you can have time to stop for a more extended lunch, take the same picture 10 times because you are trying to make it perfect and get lost exploring this beautiful city.
Don't plan a too straight itinerary. If you see an unexpected alley that looks interesting, don't be afraid to go to explore it because even in the smallest passages, you can find an incredible picture spot.
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Check here all the activities and tours available. You won't regret it!
5. Don't go to Venice between June and September:
Venice can be so hot you will hate to be there during summertime.
Try to imagine walking all day at 40 degrees celsius in a very crowded city with so many tourists that you cannot take a single picture without people walking in front of you and pushing you.
Trust me. You won't enjoy it at all, so please avoid planning a visit to Venice in the summer.
6. Don't forget to purchase activity and attractions tickets in advance:
Travelling can be very expensive, but there are so many ways to save money and still see and do everything you want. So, my advice is always to check what you wish to see and do in advance and purchase the tickets.
You will always find skip the queue tickets that will allow you to save a lot of time (Venice is a very touristic city and you can be stuck in a queue for at least one hour waiting to enter a museum or church) and you will also save money.
I always purchase my tickets in advance on Tourscanner.
A website that never disappointed me, and I have always found amazing deals to save on my holidays. (more money I save ahead and more money I have to spend when I am there).
7. Don't forget to book a glass factory in advance from a trusted website:
It is an exciting experience. Those glass masters are artists.
Seeing how fast and efficiently they can make a horse has been a wonderful experience for me.
So please book ahead and avoid joining those "free Murano Glass tour" where they promise to take you to the island for free, to a non-professional glass factory where you will be pushed to make a purchase.
I booked a Murano Glassblowing and Burano Lacemaking experience, and it was awesome.
8. Don't pack too heavy:
Of course, many of you want to have different outfits to look amazing in every picture. Still, unfortunately, Venice doesn't have regular streets where you can get to your accommodation by taxi or bus.
You will catch a ferry or a water taxi that will take you to a stop on the central canal, closer to your Hotel but from there you will have to carry your luggage so try to pack light if you can or book accommodation close to the train station as I did so you will have to walk only a few minutes.
Check Out my "The Most Complete Guide of Where to Stay in Venice" and see all the accommodations for every budget.
9. Don't pay for a Gondola ride on the spot but book it in advance and save a lot of money:
A romantic and trendy Gondola ride in Venice can cost you 80 euros for as little as 30 minutes if you pay for it on the spot. If you ask for a serenade from your "Gondoliere", it might cost you double, so if this is an experience you wish to do, don't wait till the last minute ending paying a fortune and book it in advance here.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to enjoy a romantic gondola ride where you will be able to take a stunning picture from the Gran Canal for as little as 30 Euro for 35 minutes instead of paying 80 euros or more?
10. Don't Eat around St. mark's Square:
Yes, I know that a picture with you sitting in St. Mark's Square having an aperitivo will look amazing on your Instagram profile but be ready to pay the price for it that won't be cheap.
Every place around the central Square is costly, so unless you are willing to pay 12 euros for a coffee (maybe there will be some musician playing for you), please avoid eating and drinking in that area. Far from the Main Square, you can get a delicious Italian coffee for just 1 Euro so keep in mind your budget.
Venice is beautiful but also a perfect place where to taste all the delicious food and wine that its region has to offer.
So Why not have an unforgettable experience to remember for the rest of your life? I have some great ideas for you.
Do you like Wine? Who doesn't right?
Have a look at this: Venetian Wine Tasting
With so many different wines to choose from, you won't have this problem because you will try only the best ones!
If you love cooking like me, always looking to try different recipes, after trying this fabulous Cooking class and tasting at a Cesarina's home in Venice you will feel so satisfied that you will feel like a local.
11. Don't Dine in a Tourist Trap:
Unfortunately, you will see many tourist traps in a tourist city like Venice, so please be wise and avoid them. You can see if a place is local, like this one in the picture, if it loos old and you see many Italians eating there, it is probably local.
Do your research about where to eat or have a look at my article "5 Best Local Restaurants in Venice", where I listed the best places where you can have a delicious Venetian meal, where the locals go, and you won't be overcharged because you are a tourist.
If you are looking for some places where to have a light lunch or an aperitivo, read my
Very Important Question: Do you like Wine?
If the answer is Yes! Check out the wine tasting available in Venice here.
12. Don't go to Eat in an American Restaurant:
I know some young and not so young people like to go to Mc Donald's and other kinds of fast food, but you are in Venice, one of the most famous cities in Italy, so please be thoughtful and try those fantastic recipes that Venice has to offer.
They won't serve you frozen or ready to eat meals but only fresh fish that comes from the Adriatic Sea. So think about it before ordering a burger with a side of fries (you can eat it at home anytime, but you won't be able to eat Venetian food at home. Think about that).
Aren't you going to feel hungry after walking so much through Venetian Art and Culture?
Guess what? I got you covered!
Check my Article
"15 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Venice" to know which delicacies you will enjoy and then check out "Best Places to have an Aperitivo or light lunch in Venice and Best Bacari".
So now you know where to go for a quick and delicious bite between visiting a museum and admiring a church.