1. Venice  ITALY  | Total Sights: 150+ | Nicknames: “La Serenissima” (the most serene); Queen of the Adriatic

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Venice

Italy  Situated in the north of Italy and spreading over 117 islands, Venice possesses 150 canals and 400 bridges that magnificently mark its incredible setting. 

It is without doubt one of the most fascinating and romantic places in the world. 

 The city possesses truly excellent sights with masterpieces like the elegant and finely ornamented Basilica San Marco or the Doge's Palace with its breath-taking ceilings. 

Venice is the best city worldwide due to its stunning location, its unique landscape and rigorously car-free (and bike-free) extensive pedestrian zones.

 Finding the right time to visit can be quite tricky.

Venice is often overcrowded with tourists; it has high tides, which cause regular flooding and smell problems caused by the stagnating waters in the canals.

In addition, Venice is very expensive, it has hardly any parks at all and the shopping and nightlife do not offer much variety.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

8.55/10 [6th]

9.75/10 [1st]

9.75/10 [1st]

2.5/10

7.5/10

5.5/10

3.25/10

6.5/10

5.5/10

4/10

6/10

4.5/10 [0.264  Mio.]

215.40

B. Best Things To Do in Venice (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 8.55/10.

 BASILICA SAN MARCO (St Mark's Basilica)  9
Exceptionally elegant from outside and endowed with a golden mosaic interior St Mark's Basilica is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful and unique churches in the world.

Mixing eastern and western building styles, the cathedral, which was built in the eleventh century, is one of the best examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. 

Cathedral  (World Heritage Site since 1987)

 CITY AND ITS LAGOON  9
Floating on water, unchanged for centuries and packed with stunning architecture legendary Venice is the most unique city in the world.

Historic Area  (World Heritage Site since 1987)

Best things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | CITY AND ITS LAGOON

CANALE GRANDE (Grand Canal)  8
Take a waterbus (called vaporetto) to admire world famous bridges like Ponte di Rialto and fine palazzi like Ca d’Oro or Ca Rezzonico which line this 3,8 km (2.36 miles) long legendary waterway. 

Historic Area  (World Heritage Site since 1987) 

Things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | CANALE GRANDE (Grand Canal)

PIAZZA SAN MARCO (St Mark's Square)  8
Numerous important historical sites including St. Mark's Basilica, the Campanile, and the famous Doge's Palace are lining Venice's principal public square — one of the most beautiful in the world.

Square   (World Heritage Site since 1987) 

Things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | View over Venice PIAZZA SAN MARCO

PALAZZO DUCALE (Doge's Palace)  7
This iconic palace was once home to the doge, the elected leader of Venice.

Highlights include the gorgeous pink-and-white marble façade, the Senate Chamber (Sala del Senato) and the Grand Council Chamber (Sala del Maggiore Consigli) with its beautiful frescoes, the Golden Staircase and the Bridge of Sighs.

Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1987) 

Best Things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | PALAZZO DUCALE (Doge's Palace) interior

Riccardo Lelli / CC BY-SA 3.0

PONTE DI RIALTO (Rialto Bridge)  7
This iconic white marble bridge over the Grand Canal was completed in 1591. 

Bridge   (World Heritage Site since 1987) 

Things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | Rialto bridge

La Fenice  6
Opera House

by Youflavio/ CC BY-SA 4.0

CAMPANILE  6
Bell Tower (World Heritage Site since 1987, total 96 m, with elevator)

Things to do in Venice | Best Cities | No. 1: Venice | CAMPANILE bell tower

Scuola Grande di San Rocco  6
Historic Building

by Sailko / CC BY-SA 3.0

Gallerie dell' Accademia  6
Museum  (Most famous painting: "Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci [1487])

by Leonardo da Vinci / Public Domain

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other notable sights and attractions in Venice

-Campo Santa Margherita (Square)  5

-Ca' d'Oro (Palace)  5

-Rialto Market  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Venice

Torcello (island, 12 km from Venice)   6

Verona (city, 121 km from Venice )  6

Murano (series of islands, 5 km from Venice)  5

Burano (island, 12 km from Venice)  5

Padua (city, 41 km from Venice)  5

Trieste (city, 162 km from Venice)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Venice (including close-by excursions)

ST MARK'S BASILICA  9
  CITY AND ITS LAGOON  9
GRAND CANAL  8
  ST MARK'S  SQUARE  8
  DOGE'S PALACE  7
 RIALTO BRIDGE  7
 Teatro La Fenice (opera house)  6
CAMPANILE (bell tower,  96 m)  6
Scuola Grande di San Rocco  6
  Torcello (island, 12 km from Venice)  6

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