Visit Venice in One Day: Our 10 Tips for a Perfect Stay


Venice, with its labyrinthine canals, charming bridges, and timeless beauty, is a city that beckons to travellers from all corners of the globe. While many visitors dream of leisurely exploring every nook and cranny, sometimes a day is all you have.

A day trip would allow you to see some of the iconic sights, such as St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and the Rialto Bridge. However, you won’t have time to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich history, culture, and unique atmosphere. If a one-day visit is all you have, plan your itinerary carefully and prioritise the places you most want to see. Don’t worry; you can still make the most of your one-day adventure in Venice and savour its unique charm.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to do just that during your short stay at Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre.

  • Early Bird Gets the Gondola

Gondola in Venice

Start your day as early as possible. Arriving in Venice in the morning will allow you to beat the crowds and enjoy the city’s enchanting atmosphere in relative peace.

  • Prioritise Must-See Spots

While Venice is teeming with attractions, pick a few must-see spots that truly pique your interest. St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), and the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) are iconic and centrally located.

  • Get Lost Intentionally

Wander through Venice’s winding streets, and don’t be afraid to get lost. The city is a labyrinth of surprises, and some of the most charming corners are discovered when you’re not following a map.


  • Explore by Water

Traghetto Venice, Canal Grande

Venice’s canals are its lifeblood. Consider taking a water bus (vaporetto) to explore different areas and enjoy the unique perspective of the city from the water. A ride along the Grand Canal is a must.

  • Local Eateries

Opt for local and less touristy restaurants for a genuine Venetian dining experience. Enjoy classic dishes like seafood risotto, cicchetti (Venetian tapas), tramezzini, and a glass of local wine.

  • Skip the Lines

To maximise your time, consider booking tickets in advance to skip the lines at popular attractions. It’s worth the extra cost to avoid waiting.

  • Sample Venetian Gelato

Indulge in authentic Venetian gelato. It’s a delightful treat, and you’ll find charming gelato shops throughout the city.

  • Capture Memories
  • Venice, Palazzo Doge

Venice is a photographer’s paradise. Be sure to capture the magic of the city with your camera or smartphone, and take home beautiful memories.

  • Enjoy the Sunset

sunset in venice

As the day draws to a close, head to one of the city’s stunning viewpoints, like St. Mark’s Campanile or the Rialto Bridge, to watch the sunset over the enchanting Venetian skyline.

  • Embrace the Atmosphere

Above all, embrace the unique atmosphere of Venice. The city’s beauty lies not just in its landmarks but in the everyday life of its people, the glistening water, and the historic architecture. Let the city work its charm on you.

Remember, while one day is brief, it’s enough to leave you with lasting memories of Venice. Prioritise your interests, explore with curiosity, and savour every moment. Venice’s magic is timeless, and a single day can be a journey filled with enchantment and wonder.

Need more inspiration for your trip? Do not miss out on our Local´s Guide to Venice!

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