Heading to Venice for the day and wondering how to see it all? I’m not going to lie and tell you it was easy. It was a short and sweet trip to say the least, but if I could do it all over again, I would have stayed for one night. Venice is breathtaking and a must-see during your vacation to Italy. In this post, I’ll show you how to get from Rome to Venice and how to see all of Venice’s top attractions.
Getting to Venice from Rome:
We took Le Frecce train from Rome to Venice. There are a couple different stops for Venice, get off at Santa Lucia which is Venice’s last stop. Le Frecce is one of the fastest trains aside from the Italo trains in Italy. It took us about 4 hours so leave early!
Once you get off the train, you can either take the water taxi which is nice but expensive or take the vaporetto. We took the vaporetto number two which will take you straight to Saint Mark’s Square.
- Gondola Ride – I only put this as number one because it’s the first thing you can do. Once you get off the vaporetto you’ll see gondolas lined up. We instantly hopped on one for a 40-minute ride which cost €80. If you’ve never been to Venice or on a gondola, I highly recommend it! My gondolier even sang which they don’t normally do except for in movies!
- Piazza San Marco – This square is the most recognizable square in all of Italy! Feel free to take as many pictures as you want of Saint Mark’s Basilica, Campanile and Doge’s Palace. If you want to go inside either one of these, get your tickets in advance or else you’ll be stuck waiting in line all day.
We took this tour to visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and Bridge of Sighs. Having a tour booked ahead put my mind at ease knowing I had guaranteed skip-the-line entrance and would be able to see everything in one day.
- Saint Mark’s Basilica – Take a tour inside the church and climb up the stairs to the terrace for a panoramic view of the square.
- Doge’s Palace – Take a tour inside and admire the beautiful artwork and courtyard.
- Bridge of Sighs – From Doge’s Palace, walk across the Bridge of Sighs. This was the last sight prisoners saw before heading to there prison cell.
- Ponte di Rialto – We ran out of time but ended up seeing the bridge on our way back to the train station on the vaporetto.
Tip: The best seat on a vaporetto is all the way in the back outside. Try to get a seat in the back and snap all the pictures you can!
Visiting Venice for the day is doable but it was honestly a little stressful. I do recommend booking one night at a hotel so you can wander around and explore the streets. There are so many hidden gems all throughout Venice that I wish we could have explored. If you are only able to visit for a day the easiest way to see everything is to book a tour.
Have you gone to Venice? If so, what was your favorite place to see? Leave a comment below.