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Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

With only two days in Venice, we knew we were cutting it close.

Could we really get to know the city in just two days? Could we find the best restaurants? Would we have time to sit back and just enjoy it? Well, if we did it right, the answers to all those questions could be yes.

So from the moment we arrived, until the moment we left, we didn’t let one second go to waste.

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Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

We arrived determined to discover the most authentic Venice we could, in only two days. And that, my friends, is exactly what we achieved.

Our time in Venice included wandering the timelessly beautiful canals on foot, and by boat, roaming the city’s quiet alleyways and colorful corners, eating plenty of seafood, finding the best restaurants, drinking at local bars, and more.

If you’re ready to experience the best of Venice, read on! Here’s how we spent our two days in Venice…

Two Days in Venice

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

Day One

As soon as we hopped off the train at Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, we stepped out into the warm Venetian air. And just after, our jaws dropped at the immediate stunning views.

Finally seeing the dream-like canals of Venice for the first time is pure magic. Especially when you’ve been bombarded with romantic movies and Instagram photos of Venice for as long as you can remember.

Seeing the real thing is actually something else.

Once we snapped back to reality, we purchased tickets for the water bus, and made our way to our hotel to drop off our luggage. We decided to stay in the San Marco area, for its easily accessible, central location. Find a great deal for your Venice accommodation here!

Two Days in Venice: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

Then, we began our search for authentic food.

Which of course, had to mean cicchetti, which is similar to Spain’s version of tapas!

We went to Cantina Do Mori — one of the oldest, most traditional bars in Venice — and picked out all of the scrumptious little bites our stomachs could handle.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

Then we stopped for a quick gelato. Because you can’t go a day in Italy without at least one gelato. Or at least I can’t.

We found a little shop called Suso, and it became our go-to gelateria for the remainder of our time in Venice. Mmm, mmm, mmmm!

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Then, we rushed over to San Marcos Square to meet our guide, for our two-hour tour of the canals.

They always say that Venice is best experienced on its canals. And they are not wrong. The thing, though, is that the iconic gondola rides in Venice are out-of-this-world expensive, super short, and incredibly touristy.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary

So instead of paying 80 euros for a 40-minute gondola ride, we opted for a boat tour, which included a guide who actually taught us about the history of Venice! It was absolutely perfect, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Plus, our tour included a ticket to climb the bell tower of the San Giorgio Maggiore church, for stunning views over Venice’s grand buildings and canals!

Read more about our boat tour here. Book your tour here.

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After our tour, we headed back to our hotel for a quick break, to freshen up a bit before dinnertime. (Find a great deal on your Venice accommodation here!)

Well before the sun went down, we left our hotel to wander through the city, slowly making our way to our incredible dinner spot: Osteria alla Staffa.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

The views along the way left me absolutely speechless, and that’s because I was too busy capturing the precious moments with my trusty Canon.

Venice itself is gorgeous, like no other place on the planet; yet, when you experience Venice when the sun’s going down, and shortly thereafter during blue hour, it becomes even more magical.

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Needless to say, we took our sweet time wandering the canals semi-aimlessly on the way to dinner.

At Osteria alla Staffa, our minds were blown by how great Venice could be, if you stray off the beaten path and seek out authentic places.

We savored three courses, along with a bottle of wine.

For our appetizer, we shared a seafood dish of delicate fried fish croquettes.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

For his main, my brother ordered a succulent dish of lamb and vegetables.

My main course was the real stunner, though. Just imagine perfectly cooked steak, swimming in a rich red wine sauce, topped with chunks of local, organic cheese. I had never tasted anything like it, and unfortunately, I haven’t since. So. So. Delicious.

For dessert, we split something chocolatey and a tiramisu!

Then, it was off to bed, because we had an early morning ahead.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

Day Two

Lucky for our wallets, our hotel included a nice breakfast buffet. After we scarfed down our eggs and croissants, we were off to explore.

On our last of two days in Venice, we decided that having no plan at all was the best plan. (Excluding where we’d eat – of course, we always do our research on that beforehand!)

We decided that roaming Venice without a map, and getting lost along its picturesque canals and quiet backstreets, sounded like the perfect way to spend our day.

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We walked for a few miles, taking lots of photos and stopping into stores, until our feet couldn’t take it anymore. That’s when we knew it was lunchtime.

For lunch, we opted for an ultra-budget-friendly place that’s delicious and convenient. What does that mean?

Well, there’s a tiny place called Dal Moro’s, which serves fresh, handmade pasta to order, in a to-go box.

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We popped into the tiny pasta shop, chose our favorite pasta type, sauce, and extra toppings, waited roughly five minutes, and were both handed beautiful parcels of pasta, perfect to take away and enjoy.

Before we left, we threw two mini bottles of wine onto our tab and paid.

Then we took our pasta and wine to a nearby bridge, where we sat on the steps, and ate every last morsel.

And the best part? This meal came to a grand total of 13 euros. Pretty fantastic, am I right?

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After lunch, can you guess what we did next?

Yep, we continued roaming.

And we probably got some gelato shortly thereafter.

No, not probably.


Ciao, Suso!

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And then we strolled and strolled…

We made it to the Cannaregio district of Venice and we sat down for a while.

We stuck our feet in the water and enjoyed the views.

(I’m not sure how clean the water actually is in that area, but it’s not like we were drinking it… We lived.)

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Eventually, we got up again.

And then we found ourselves at a super local bar, where absolutely no one spoke English. And that’s always a good sign…

We sat out in the street, in the sunshine, and enjoyed a few ice-cold beers and glasses of white wine.

Then, we meandered slowly back to our hotel, to rest for a bit, and get ready for dinner.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

For dinner, we settled on a lively and homey trattoria, which serves lots of traditional dishes from the Veneto region of Italy.

So in other words, this place served a lot of seafood!

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

At Alla Rivetta, we ate lots and lots of seafood, from calamari fritti to scampi all griglia. And some pasta, for good measure. Obviously.

After dinner, we weren’t ready to wrap up our two days in Venice… But we had to.

We were off on an early train to Milan the next morning.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas

Two Days in Venice

I’m not sure it’s even necessary to point this out. But by the end of our stay, we’d fallen absolutely and irrevocably in love with this great, historic city.

How could we not? With those insanely beautiful canals, warm locals, and incredible restaurants, Venice was a dream.

Two days in Venice was short, but it was just enough.

Alla prossima, Venezia.

Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas


Here is the perfect Venice guide on where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in Venice! Two Days in Venice, Italy: A Perfect Itinerary - Travel Alphas -

Have you been to Venice, Italy before? What are your favorite things to do there? Where are your favorite places to eat?

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Maddy Cornelius

Maddy is the co-founder and editor of Travel Alphas. Mint tea, handmade pasta, gelato, and red wine are among her favorite treats. New York City, Budapest, Bali, and Florence are a few of her most-loved destinations.

  • Natalie

    Venice is so high on our must-travel list, and this post did nothing but make me want to go ahead and hop on a plane. LOVE the photos–you make it seem as if there’s nowhere to take a bad picture in Venice! :D

    October 28, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      That’s because there isn’t! It’s so stunning, everywhere you look!

      October 28, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Mikéla

    YES! Daily gelato is a must. Although….some days I may have gotten 3+ haha. Lemon gelato is just SO GOOD!

    October 30, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      In love with pistachio gelato right now… But the fruity flavors are always so refreshing in the crazy Italian heat!

      October 31, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Glad you had fun! I absolutely adore Venice for the food and architecture. Still dream about fish I had four years ago 😂

    October 31, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      The seafood there is SO GOOOOOOD. I don’t blame ya!

      November 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • Miriam -

    Venice is one of my favourite cities in Europe! I just love it! Gorgeous photos!

    November 3, 2016 at 5:12 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      It crept its way into our list of favs too! So amazing. And thank you! :)

      November 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • Tara Higgins

    It looks like you two had the best time! Your photos are beautiful as always. venice enchanted me nearly three years ago and you have me itching to go back.

    November 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Ahhh, we did! Thank you so much!
      Seriously, would do just about anything to go back to Italy right now.

      November 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • Danielle Duran

    It looks like you both had an amazing trip!! We are headed there this summer. I was curious though…do you speak Italian?? Is it easy to get around not knowing the language?

    January 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi Danielle,

      We have a pretty good knowledge of different Italian words — especially food words — but we by no means speak Italian. However, since we do speak Spanish, we can read a lot of Italian because the languages are very similar. That definitely helps.

      However, it’s totally not necessary! Either way, it’s very easy to get around and you have nothing to worry about; you will find that most people throughout western Europe speak English. Plus, pretty much everyone in Italy is very friendly and willing to help you out if you are lost, etc. Enjoy your trip!

      January 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Karen Wilkerson

    My daughter and I will be there in a short 2 months! I can hardly wait. Thank you for the great information. I’d love to know about what shoes you wore for all the walking and what kind of bag you carried (daybag) for shopping, carrying your camera (I have a Canon EOS Rebel T6).

    February 17, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi Karen!

      That is great; we hope you two enjoy your trip!

      Absolutely! I was carrying my favorite Kate Spade crossbody bag, which is similar to this bag here. These bags are the best because they’re stylish and can fit all the essentials: your camera (we have a Canon Rebel as well), wallet, sunglasses, small cosmetics, and even a water bottle. You honestly will probably have that camera out of the bag and around your neck the entire time you’re walking around though, because you’ll want to take pictures of EVERYTHING! Also I switched off between my favorite sandals that I wear everywhere when I travel and these tennis shoes, which are on sale right now, by the way. I find both to be comfy enough when walking around a city for miles on end, and cute too!

      If you have more questions, we’re happy to help!

      – Maddy

      February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Dustin Mitchell

    Loved all of your amazing tips! I took lots of notes for the trip I’m taking with my husband this summer. We are going to use your itinerary as our guide for sure. I really enjoyed all your photos too. :D

    February 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Great, we are so happy to hear that this post helped you! Enjoy your trip! :)

      February 23, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
  • MacKenzie K Baker

    Hi! This has helped me so much in planning our few days in Venice. I have a question! What city were at before you went to Venice that you got on the train? and where was the train station in Venice?
    Is it easy to get in and out of Venice? Trying to figure out the details in how to get from one place to the other

    April 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Awesome! We’re glad our post helped you plan your trip!

      We were coming from Rome. The train station we arrived at was Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, which takes you directly to Venice. From there, you can just hop on the water bus to take you to the area where your hotel is. It’s very simple to get in and out of Venice! The trouble is actually locating your hotel, because Venice is like a maze. Make sure you star your hotel on Google maps on your phone before you get there, to help you find it as you’re walking through the city.

      Let us know if you have any other questions. Enjoy!

      April 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

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