This guide on how many days to spend in Venice is for you if you have a couple of days available and are currently deciding where to go next.
Or, you looked at some pictures and videos of Venice and are now asking yourself, how many days in Venice should I spend?
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How Many days in Venice
Below we’ll explain the reasons why you should visit Venice and how much time to spend exploring the most beautiful city on the water.
Is Venice Worth Visiting?
With this in mind you’ll see some of the feats Venice is famous for and how your visit can have a positive or negative impact on the environment.
Impacts of tourism in Venice
The negative impact of tourism in Venice is quite consolidated and there are many reasons why it’s becoming a growing threat for the city.
One of the main reasons is the sheer (and unsustainable) amount of tourists during certain times of the year (e.g the Venice Carnival).
The first reason why this considered unsustainable, it’s connected to environmental degradation caused by tourists.
One of the most damaging impact is caused by the cruises getting too close to the St. Mark’s square area and the day trippers, spending a few hours only and overcrowding the main streets and attractions.
From a social point of view, tourism also has a negative impact on Venice!
The rising number of tourists is affecting the life of local people who are seeing a real ‘invasion’ of their spaces with frequent incivility episodes.
As a consequence, residents leave the city and move to the mainland.
By choosing to spend more than a day in Venice, you’re making a smarter choice as a tourist in this city.
The impact of visitors is better if spread over more days and during different times of the year, even better during the off-season or the shoulder seasons.
You can also see our sustainable travel tips to ensure your trip has a more positive impact on the local environment.
How Many days in Venice is Enough?
For visitors to Venice who don’t have much time and want to explore the city at their own place, we’d recommend a minimum of 2 days in Venice.
Is one day enough for Venice?
Whether you’re adding Venice as a stop in your more elaborate 2 week Italy itinerary and think that one day in Venice is enough, from our point of view is definitely not the best choice to spend just a day in the city.
Spending one day in Venice means wanting to put a tick on the box on the most famous landmarks such as the St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge Palace, and Bridge of Sighs.
We’re not saying that this is not possible, but remember that these are also the most crowded places of the city.
You’ll have just (and less) than 24 hours to get around Venice on foot or by ferry means that you’ll meet all these crowds at every landmark.
You can get skip-the-line access to museums and palaces, but you’re going to be surrounded by thousand of other people anyway.
If you have the opportunity to stay for longer in Venice, then go for it! This is the best decision you can take to make the most of your trip here.
Is 2 Days in Venice enough?
We shortly outlined why spending only one day in Venice could turn out to be a nightmare. But is it 2 days, a good amount of time to visit the city?
It’s definitely a lot better!
With the different modes of transport in Venice, spending 2 days means having more time to spread your time out and see more iconic landmarks.
If you end up planning your time wisely, you can also avoid most of the crowds.
We still suggest buying the skip-the-line access to get inside them, this guided tour will allow you to visit both the Doge Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, without wasting time waiting on the queue.
Moreover, you can add to the list other amazing places located in different and less visited districts of the city, like Canareggio or Dorsoduro, that are not that far from San Marco.
Why not try reading our 2 days in Venice article to understand where else you can spend your time on the floating city?
We advise taking time to freely stroll around the narrow streets called ‘calli’ and the ‘piazzas’ (squares) without having a ‘pre-fixed destination’.
Getting lost in Venice may prove to be a real blessing! For sure, it’s during these times that you’ll get to experience its authentic and real side.
Is a week in Venice too long?
Staying for a week in Venice, means having all the necessary time to explore the important tourist attractions scattered in the different districts of Venice and add some hidden gems to your itineraries too.
In a week’s time, you can plan, first a visit to other islands in the lagoon such as Murano, Burano or lesser known ones like San Giorgio Maggiore.
You’ll still have time to arrange a couple of day trips from Venice too, if you want.
Other great ideas for Venice include: