This is our second stay in Venice, and what a joy it is to return! The charm is still there! You would have to be very demanding not to fall under its spell.

Nicknamed the “Serenissima,” it is a unique city in the world, located in northeastern Italy, in the Veneto region. It is famous for its canals, its gondolas, its magnificent palaces, and its rich historical and cultural heritage. Extremely touristy, one might be tempted to say that Venice is a tourist trap, and yet, sometimes all it takes is a turn down an alley to find yourself alone or to explore the Venetian neighborhoods to discover the “real” Venice.

The buildings are erected on wooden stilts, driven into the marshy ground, giving the city its characteristic appearance. Just a few years ago, huge cruise ships would pass very close to St. Mark’s Square, causing a lot of damage. Today, this is prohibited, and you will need to go to the port to see them.

What to do in Venice in a few days?

Besides exploring the city itself, there is so much to see in Venice! Unfortunately for us, we discovered during this second visit that all the churches now charge an entrance fee! This wasn’t the case about ten years ago, which is quite a shame…

St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Located on St. Mark’s Square, this Byzantine basilica is famous for its golden mosaics, sumptuous interior, and artistic treasures. If you wish to visit, you must absolutely book a time slot on the website! Reservations are mandatory! And be sure to book early, really early! The visit is truly worth it; the basilica is stunning.

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The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

This Gothic palace was the residence of the Doges of Venice. It houses sumptuous rooms, impressive works of art, and allows you to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, as well as visit the old prison, which is quite impressive. Again, we strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid hours of waiting in line.

The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)

One of the most famous bridges in Venice, offering a magnificent view of the Grand Canal. It is also lined with shops, mainly jewelers and souvenir stores. This bridge is somewhat reminiscent of the one in Florence.

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

A covered bridge connecting the Doge’s Palace to the old prisons. Don’t expect an incredible view from the inside! The windows of the Bridge of Sighs have bars and, well, they are not often cleaned!

The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

An interactive museum perfect for children! Here, you can discover the works, life, and secrets of this great genius. You can test out reproductions of his main inventions.

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The Campanile

Located in St. Mark’s Square, this is an immense tower with an entrance fee, of course, but it offers a magnificent view of Venice.

The Museo Correr

A vast museum not to be missed, it allows you to discover the history of Venice. Plan to spend several hours visiting it.

Santa Maria Della Salute

Dating back to 1631, this incredible basilica is truly worth a visit! And a little anecdote: during our visit in spring 2024, Pope Francis was celebrating a mass there! Unfortunately, it was impossible to attend!

It is impossible to list everything in a single article; our best advice is to get lost in the alleys. You will discover small museums and sublime, lesser-known basilicas. And don’t forget the islands of Murano and Burano, with our dedicated article.

How and which pass to use for getting around in Venice

Put on your best walking shoes and get ready to cover some miles! The city is mainly accessible via its canals and pedestrian alleys, and Venice offers various solutions for getting around. Here’s an overview of the different options:


The vaporettos are the main means of public transport in Venice, managed by ACTV (Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano). These water buses run along the Grand Canal and serve the lagoon islands such as Murano, Burano, and the Lido.


Gondolas are emblematic of Venice and offer a romantic and picturesque experience. They are mainly used by tourists for rides along the canals. The rates are regulated, and currently, a gondola ride costs €100 per gondola. This can be worthwhile if you are traveling in a group to share the cost. For those with young children, yes, you can take your stroller on the gondola for the ride! The ride is expensive, but it’s so beautiful and enjoyable. And if your gondolier sings, you’ll quickly be charmed!


Traghettos are gondolas used to cross the Grand Canal. They are a cheaper option compared to traditional gondolas, with a cost of around €2 per crossing. Less picturesque, but it can be a good alternative.

Your feet

Venice has many stair bridges! If you have young children, avoid strollers and opt for a baby carrier instead.

Passes and cards

There are different passes depending on the length of your stay in Venice and what you wish to do.

The Venice Card will allow you to get better rates on vaporettos, but it will also offer free entries or discounts on certain attractions and museums.

What is the best time to visit Venice?

Venice is worth seeing all year round! However, some events are particularly noteworthy:

February – March: The Carnival

Of course! Famous worldwide, the Venice Carnival attracts millions of tourists each year. It usually begins 9 days before Mardi Gras. Some costume designers prepare their costumes a year in advance!

April: San Marco

On April 25th, a religious procession takes place at the basilica in honor of Venice’s patron saint.

May: Vogalonga and the Art Biennale

  • Vogalonga: A famous race where hundreds of boats participate in a 30 km endurance race, starting in front of the Doge’s Palace.
  • The Art Biennale: Very famous, this open-air art exhibition takes place throughout the city in odd-numbered years.

August: The Venice Film Festival

A major film festival that takes place over two weeks at the end of August and beginning of September.

September: The Architecture Biennale

Held in even-numbered years, in contrast to the Art Biennale.

October: The International Festival of Contemporary Music

A notable autumn event for contemporary music enthusiasts.

How to visit Venice in a camper van or motorhome

Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible to visit and stay in Venice with a camper van or motorhome. Several options are available:

Camping Fusina

Tested and approved! Located at the port of Venice, it has its own dock with boats connecting to Venice every 30 minutes. If possible, book a spot by the sea to enjoy the beautiful view of Venice! The campsite is huge and has various amenities including restaurants, a bar, and a small supermarket…

San Giuliano Venice Camper Area

Much cheaper than the campsite, but without charm and quite cramped with close neighbors. It is a few minutes’ walk from buses and boats.

Camping Venezia Village

A large and beautiful campsite with a pool, but further away. You can buy bus tickets at the reception.

Parking Camper Park Tronchetto

Located directly in Venice, without any services, but it can be worth it if you stay for 1 or 2 days.

Venice tourist tax

At the time of writing, Venice has implemented a tourist tax.

It will now cost you €5 per person per day to enter the Serenissima. This tax is meant to contribute to better tourism management and the preservation of Venice. We saw many agents during our visit, mainly at the docks, informing tourists. You can pay this tax in advance and online.

Our accommodation advice for Venice

In addition to the campsites, you will find many hotels within Venice itself.

If you are looking for lower prices, we recommend heading to the island of Lido, easily accessible with your vehicle by ferry. There, you will find many cheaper hotels and beautiful beaches for swimming!

About Author

We are Sophie, Adrien, and our two adorable little ones. Passionate about travel, discovery, and gastronomy, we bought a 2007 Rapido camper van to travel differently, travel more, and introduce our children to the world. Here, we share our wonderful discoveries and tips for activities to do with children in France and beyond ! Welcome !

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