4 days in Venice: the perfect itinerary (for a first time visit)


How to spend 4 days in Venice: the best itinerary + where to stay

You want to spend 4 days in Venice and you’re looking for the best things to do?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this 4-day itinerary in Venice.

It’s perfectly optimized to allow you to discover all must-see attractions of the city such as the Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

In addition to the best places to visit and activities for each stage of your itinerary, I will also give you all my best tips and accommodation suggestions depending on your budget.

So, what are the best places to visit in Venice in 4 days? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

How to avoid waiting in line (and save a lot of time!) at Venice’s tourist attractions

It’s no secret that Venice is one of the most touristic cities in the world.

Every day, thousands of visitors flock to the city to visit landmarks such as the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Basilica.

You probably agree that there’s nothing more frustrating than having your plans for your 4 days in Venice disrupted because you spent hours in a queue!

Luckily, you have 3 options to bypass this hassle, save time and money and ensure you get to experience all the must-see attractions during your 4 days in Venice.

Here they are:

1. Venice Pass

For those looking to maximize their time and budget during their 4-day stay in Venice, the Venice Pass is my top recommendation.

This pass is a real timesaver as it lets you bypass the lengthy queues, granting priority entry to the city’s renowned sites.

An added bonus: the Venice Pass is fully digital. Say goodbye to pickup locations, as you’ll instantly receive your tickets via email.

Remember, when you opt for the Venice Pass, pre-booking a specific date and time slot for the included visits is necessary.

With the Venice Pass, you will get:

  • Saint Mark’s Basilica skip the line entrance (Day 1 of my schedule)
  • Doge’s Palace priority access (Day 1)
  • A scenic gondola tour (Day 1)
  • Comprehensive audio guide app covering all major attractions
  • 10% off on Venice activities when you book through Tiqets website.

If you are wondering what is the best pass to visit Venice in 4 days, this is the one!

Purchase your Venice Pass by simply clicking on the green button below:

Voyage Tips - Advice

Along with the Venice Pass, to effortlessly navigate Venice, I highly recommend the Vaporetto pass.

Offered in 24h, 48h, or 72h durations, this pass provides:

  • Unlimited use of the public transport (ACTV vaporetti and buses) in the city of Venice
  • Unrestricted access to water-buses and buses in Lido, lagoon islands, Mestre, and Marghera.

With the Vaporetto pass, enjoy as many boat rides as you desire around Venice 😁.

You need to buy it in advance here:

2. Venice City Pass

Another option to visit Venice in 4 days and get priority access to some tourist attractions is to buy the Venice City Pass.

This Pass will allow you to save time and money if you plan to visit museums and churches.

Here is what’s included in the Venice City Pass:

  • Priority ticket for the Doge’s Palace.
  • Priority entrance to 11 museums: Museo Correr, Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, Ca’Rezzonico, Ca’Pesaro, Glass Museum on Murano Island, Natural History Museum, Mocenigo Palace, Carlo Goldoni House, Lace Museum on Burano Island, Fortuny Museum.
  • 16 churches*: Santa Maria del Giglio, San Stae, Santo Stefano, Sant’Alvise, Santa Maria Formos, San Pietro di Castello, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Santissimo Redentore, S.Giovanni Elemosinario, Santa Maria del Rosario, San Polo, San Sebastiano, San Giacomo dall’Orio, San Giobbe, Santa Maria del Carmelo, S.Giovanni Battista in Bragora
  • Querini Stampalia Foundation access.

*Note: Entry to St. Mark’s Basilica isn’t included. Separate tickets are required.

Just like the Venice Pass I mentioned above, this pass is 100% digital, so you will receive it by email.

The pass also gives you free use of public transport during your stay in Venice. This includes vaporetto and buses on the ACTV network.

To buy your Venice City Pass, simply click on the button below:

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Undecided between the Venice Pass and the Venice City Pass?

For a 4-day trip in Venice, I’d lean towards the Venice Pass, primarily because it covers the top 3 attractions.

However, if you want to discover the city’s museums and churches, the Venice City Pass is a good choice too.Simply remember that additional tickets might be necessary for attractions like the Basilica or if you want to go on a gondola ride.

3. Priority entrances for Venice’s tourist attractions

Third and last solution: you can buy your skip the line tickets one by one according to the visits you have planned for your 4-day stay in Venice.

You will find tickets online for the main historical monuments as well as guided visits and activities. Simply click on the orange links for more information and to book:

4 Days in Venice – Must-See Attractions:

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you want to book other activities in Venice, you should always use these 2 reliable and safe websites:

Venice in 4 days: the best itinerary

Now let’s see what you can do during your 4-day itinerary in Venice.

For each day of your stay, I will give you all the details you need to organize your visits, as well as a map showing the attractions of the day.

I assume that you’ll be spending 4 full days in Venice and that you’ve purchased your Venice Pass ,the Venice City pass or  Skip-the-Line tickets.

This way, you won’t waste time waiting in line to buy tickets and will be able to see as many places as possible during your 4 day stay.

And if you have any questions or just need help planning your holiday, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section located at the end of this article.

So, how to visit Venice in 4 days?

Day 1 – The must-sees in the city center

3 days in Venice itinerary day 1
Visit Venice in 4 days – Day 1

Day 1 visits:

A. Saint Mark’s Square
B. Saint Mark’s Basilica
C. Saint Mark’s campanile
D. Doge’s Palace
E. Optional: Correr Museum
F. Gondola tour
G. Santa Maria Formosa / Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo / Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
H. Rialto Bridge

A. Saint Mark’s Square

At the heart of Venice lies the renowned Saint Mark’s Square, or as locals call it, Piazza San Marco.

As one of the world’s most famous squares, it’s the perfect starting point for your 4-day trip to Venice.

Lined with bustling cafes and historic buildings, the square has served as Venice’s social, religious, and political hub for centuries.

A piece of advice: visit early in the morning to beat the crowds and catch the square in its serene beauty.

There are 2 ways to get to Saint Mark’s Square:

St Mark's Square Venice
St Mark’s Square Venice

B. Saint Mark’s Basilica

Adjacent to the square is the majestic Saint Mark’s Basilica.

This masterpiece of Byzantine architecture is famous for its golden mosaics, portraying scenes from the New Testament and covering an area of about 8000 square meters.

What to see inside Saint Mark’s Basilica?

  • Pala d’Oro: Translating to ‘Golden Cloth’, this high altar retable is one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship, adorned with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • The Treasury: Holds a collection of religious relics, many of which were brought from the 4th Crusade.
  • The Quadriga of St. Mark’s: These are the original four bronze horses that once adorned the facade of the Basilica. They were taken from Constantinople in the 13th century and are now displayed inside to protect them from environmental damage. Replicas stand in their place outside.
  • The Icon of the Madonna Nicopeia: An ancient and venerated Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.
  • St. Mark’s Body: According to legend, St. Mark’s remains were smuggled from Egypt in a barrel of pork fat. The basilica was essentially built to house his relics, which are said to rest below the high altar.
  • Marble Floor: The undulating floor is a work of art in itself, made of marble and intricate mosaic designs, reflecting Venetian, Western, and Eastern influences.
  • Doge’s Chapel: A place where the doges were crowned, it holds significant importance in Venice’s administrative and political history.
  • Baptistery: Famous for its font, which is supported by statues of the four Evangelists, and the beautiful ceiling mosaics depicting the Baptism of Christ.
  • Museo Marciano: Here you can get a closer look at the Quadriga and also get access to the external balcony of the basilica, offering views over St. Mark’s Square and the rest of Venice.
Voyage Tips - Advice

People who haven’t bought their ticket for the Basilica in advance can sometimes wait for more than 2 or 3 hours.

Don’t make the same mistake and book your skip the line tickets in advance!

You have 3 options.

St Mark's Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica

C. Saint Mark’s Campanile

Located only a few meters away from the Basilica, it’s now time to visit the Saint Mark’s Campanile.

Standing at an impressive height, it’s the city’s tallest structure.

A lift will take you up to the top, where panoramic views of Venice and its surrounding islands await.

I really loved this part; looking at the city’s red-tiled rooftops and shimmering canals from above felt like peeking into a beautifully detailed miniature world.

You’ll need to book your tickets for the campanile well in advance, as there are only 30 places per time slot.

This is not included in the Pass. So you need to buy your tickets online by clicking on the green button below:

Venice panorama
Venice panorama

D. Doge’s Palace

Once back on the ground, head now to the imposing Doge’s Palace, a testament to Venice’s rich history of trade and power.

As the former residence of the Doge, the leader of the Venetian Republic, this gothic structure offers a deep dive into the political and social mechanisms of ancient Venice.

There is an interesting exhibition about Venice’s history and the rooms are very well decorated with all paintwork on walls and ceilings. 

One of the highlights for me was crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs or “Ponte dei Sospiri”, connecting the palace to the historic prisons.

How to visit the Doge’s Palace without queuing?

The Venice city Pass and the Venice Pass both includes a fast track ticket to the Doge’s Palace.

If you don’t want to buy a pass, you still have several options to visit the palace:

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The name “Bridge of Sighs” has a poetic yet melancholic origin.

It is popularly believed that the bridge received its name from the sighs of prisoners who, as they were led across it from the Doge’s Palace (where they were tried) to the prison (where they would serve their sentences or await execution), took a last look at the outside world through the bridge’s windows.

This view would likely be their last glimpse of the beautiful city of Venice, hence the “sighs” of despair they would emit.

Doge's Palace
Doge’s Palace – Visiting Venice in 4 days

E. Optional: Correr Museum

If you have some extra time or a penchant for history, you might want to consider a visit to the Correr Museum.

Located on the opposite side of Saint Mark’s Square, it provides an in-depth look into Venetian art, culture, and history.

From room to room, you’ll get a unique perspective on the daily life of historic Venetians, the city’s naval achievements, and its artistic legacy. My favorite part was the Neoclassical rooms, showcasing works by the celebrated sculptor Antonio Canova.

If you’ve opted for the Doge’s Palace ticket, it includes entry to the Correr Museum.

Museo Correr Venice
Museo Correr Venice

F. Gondola Tour

No visit to Venice in 4 days would be complete without a gondola tour.

These iconic boats, steered by the skilled gondoliers, offer a unique vantage point of the city. As you gently glide through the canals, you’ll disover spots that are often hidden from the land.

The historical buildings, leaning ever-so-slightly over the water, create a picture-perfect backdrop.

And do you know what? If you’ve taken the Venice Pass, a gondola ride is already included!

For those who don’t have a pass, I advise you to book your ride in advance online. That way, you’ll pay a fixed price and won’t get scammed.

Click on the button below to book your gondola ride during your 4-day stay in Venice:

And for an even more romantic version, I recommend booking a gondola ride at sunset. Just click here!

Grand Canal Gondola Ride
Grand Canal Gondola Ride

G. Santa Maria Formosa / Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo / Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Our next stop introduces you to 3 religious landmarks, each exceptional in its own right.

The Santa Maria Formosa (free entrance with the Venice City Pass) with is characterized by its distinct shape and baroque facade. Legends suggest that its design came from a vision of the Virgin Mary, making it a beacon of divine inspiration.

Moving on, the Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo (often known as San Zanipolo) is a mammoth gothic structure. It’s not just its size that’s impressive; this basilica is the final resting place for 25 doges! As you step inside, the rich history is palpable, with each chapel narrating its own tale.

Entrance fee is around 3.50€ (not included in any pass).

Lastly, the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a jewel box of Renaissance architecture with its marbled facade. Also included with the Venice City Pass.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Between Santa Maria Formosa and San Zanipolo, you will pass by the Libreria Acqua Alta, a very unique place to see in 4 days in Venice.

The Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice is an iconic bookstore known for its unconventional storage methods.

Due to Venice’s frequent flooding, books are kept in bathtubs, waterproof bins, and even a full-sized gondola to protect them from water damage.

The shop’s whimsical interior, combined with its vast collection of new and used books, makes it a favorite among both tourists and locals.

Notably, the bookstore also features a staircase made of old books, offering a charming view of a canal when climbed.

Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo Venice
Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo Venice

H. Rialto Bridge

To end your first day, make your way to the iconic Rialto Bridge.

As the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal, its arch offers breathtaking views of Venice, especially during sunset.

The bridge itself is a hub of activity, with shops lining its span and visitors pausing to soak in the views. Standing atop this historic structure, you’re at the heart of Venetian commerce and daily life.

Voyage Tips - Advice

In the evenings, the area around Rialto becomes a hotspot for local eateries. You should definitely try out some authentic Venetian cicchetti (finger foods) at the nearby bars.

 Day 2 – What to do and see in 4 days in Venice?

3 days in Venice itinerary day 2
4-day trip in Venice

Day 2 visits:

A. Ca d’Oro
B. Rialto market
C. Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
D. Scuola Grande di San Roco
E. Ca’Rezzonico
F. Ponte dell Accademia
G. Optional: the Accademia Gallery or Peggy Guggenheim Collection
H. Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute
I.  Concert or opera in Venice

A. Ca d’Oro

To start the second day of your 4-day itinerary, you should head to Ca d’Oro.

It’s easily accessible with the Vaporetto. You just have to take it until the “Ca d’Oro” stop.

This “Golden House”, although not golden in color anymore, is an exquisite example of Venetian Gothic architecture.

Overlooking the Grand Canal, its sculpted marble façade is definitely worth a look!

Inside, the art collection featuring works by Venetian masters is a visual treat.

You will also for sure love the view from the balcony: it offers an unparalleled panorama over the canal’s vibrant life.

Voyage Tips - Advice

As entry to the Ca d’Oro is not included in any city pass for visiting Venice, you need to buy your tickets by clicking on the button:

Ca’ d’Oro Venice
Ca’ d’Oro Venice – 4-day itinerary in Venice

B. Rialto market

It’s now time to move to the bustling streets of the Rialto market.

A true testament to Venice’s age-old commerce culture, this market is an explosion of colors, sounds, and aromas.

Whether you’re looking to purchase some fresh produce or just want to soak in the local ambiance, this is the place to be. Walking through the lanes filled with fresh fish, fruits, and fragrant herbs, you can truly feel the city’s pulse.

The market is most lively in the early morning and operates from Tuesday to Saturday. 

There are 2 ways to reach the market from Ca d’Oro:

  • Take the Vaporetto to cross the Grand Canal and stop at the “Rialto Mercato” stop.
  • Take a traghetto, a special gondola used by locals that can accommodate around ten people. To reach the market, you have to take the traghetto de Santa Sofia, situated a few meter from Ca d’Oro.
Voyage Tips - Advice

There’s no better way to sample all the market’s great products than to book a guided tour that includes several tastings:

Rialto Market Venice
Rialto Market Venice

C. Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

After the hustle and bustle of the market, the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari provides a contrasting serenity.

Standing tall in the San Polo district, just a 10-minute walk from the market, its brick façade might seem humble at first. But don’t let that fool you.

Once inside this 13th-century gothic church, you’re greeted with a treasure trove of art. Masterpieces by Titian, notably the Assumption of the Virgin, adorn its walls.

The sheer scale of the church, combined with its richly detailed interiors, is super impressive.

There’s a small entrance fee (5€ + 2€ additional if you want an audioguide).

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

D. Scuola Grande di San Roco

Just a short walk from the basilica is the Scuola Grande di San Roco, another of Venice’s art jewels.

If you’re wondering what’s so special about a school, you’re in for a surprise. This isn’t a traditional educational institution but a confraternity, and its walls house an extensive collection of Tintoretto paintings.

The upper hall contains most of Tintoretto’s masterpieces, so don’t miss out. To get a better look at ceiling paintings without straining your neck, they will even provide mirrors!

Tickets for the Scuola Grande can only be purchased directly on site. Admission costs €10.

Scuola Grande Di San Rocco
Scuola Grande Di San Rocco

E. Ca’Rezzonico

The next stop on your 4-day trip to Venice is the Ca’Rezzonico, a palatial marvel that showcases the Baroque style in all its splendor.

Today, it houses the Museum of 18th-century Venice, ensuring every room you stroll through tells a tale of the city’s rich history and the opulent lives of its former residents.

The grand ballroom is particularly striking, a testament to the lavish parties once held here!

There, you can also admire the works of Pietro Longhi. His paintings capture the daily life of 18th-century Venice with an almost photographic precision.

And don’t forget to head to the top floor for panoramic views of the Grand Canal.

Entry to Ca’Rezzonico is included with the Venice City Pass (the palazzo is closed on Tuesday).

Ca’ Rezzonico Venice
Ca’ Rezzonico Venice

F. Ponte dell’Accademia

No visit to Venice would be complete without a stroll over the iconic Ponte dell’Accademia.

This wooden bridge, one of only four in the city that spans the Grand Canal, offers some of the most picturesque views of Venice.

The vista with the dome of Santa Maria della Salute in the background is particularly photo-worthy.

To get there from Ca’Rezzonico, take the Vaporetto to the “Academia” stop.


G. Optional: the Accademia Gallery or Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Now, for art enthusiasts, you have a dilemma.

Do you delve into the rich history of Venetian art at the Accademia Gallery or explore the modern masterpieces at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection?

Both are a stone’s throw from the Ponte dell’Accademia, making them convenient options.

If you lean towards classical works of artists such as Bellini and Canaletto, the Accademia is your pick. Book it here!

On the other hand, if modern art is more your thing, Peggy Guggenheim’s former home is a treasure trove featuring works by Picasso, Dali, and Kandinsky.

To buy your ticket to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, simply click on the button below:

The museum also offers private guided tours with a specialized art guide which need to be booked by clicking here.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice
Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice

H. Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

Then, take the Vaporetto again to stop at “Salute”, near the majestic Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

This imposing structure, with its grand dome and beautiful façade, stands as a testament to Venice’s gratitude for being spared from the plague.

The interiors are equally impressive, with a vast collection of paintings and a high altar that is a marvel of marble craftsmanship.

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There’s no entrance fee for the basilica, but a small donation is appreciated.

You can also take a guided tour of the Sacristy, the dome and the balustrade but must be booked in advance on the official website. There is a charge for these tours.

The Basilica’s opening times vary considerably from day to day, so be sure to check here before you go.

Santa Maria Della Salute
Santa Maria Della Salute

I. Concert or opera in Venice

As the sun dips and the Venetian skies turn a soft hue of pink and gold, what better way to end your day than with a concert?

Whether you’re an opera aficionado or a classical music lover, Venice has something in store for you.

The city is dotted with historic theaters and churches that host regular concerts and opera performances.

One of the most famous is the Teatro La Fenice. You can check out the programme on the official website, but prices are quite high.

There are other venues offering quality concerts for less:

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you don’t necessarily feel like paying to see an opera at the Teatro La Fenice, you can still visit the opera house and discover its superb interior for just €12 per person.

Tickets are on sale here:


Guided tours are also available. Details here!

Teatro La Fenice 2
Teatro La Fenice

Day 3 – Murano, Burano and Torcello

3 days in Venice itinerary day 3
4 days in Venice – Itinerary day 3

Day 3 visits:

A. Murano
B. Burano
C. Torcello

A. Murano

Let’s continue your four-day trip to Venice. Today, you will explore 3 islands around the city.

The first stop of the day will be the island of Murano.

 To get there, you simply need to take the Vaporetto from “Fondamente Nove” stop. It’s free with the Vaporetto Pass.

Murano is known worldwide for its exquisite glassmaking. You should definitely visit one of the many glass factories where you can watch artisans breathe life into molten glass, sculpting it into intricate designs.

If you wish to visit a glass factory and see a glass-blowing demonstration, you need to book here:

In Murano, you can also take part in a glass-blowing workshop. Here, you’ll carry out a few steps yourself, under the supervision of the master glassblower.

You need to book this unique activity here:

While you’re in Murano, I also recommend that you visit the Glass museum (Museo del Vetro in italian) and the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato with its beautiful mosaic floors.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re looking for an hassle-free solution, you can visit Murano, Burano and Torcello from Venice with an organised day trip.

The 6h guided tour includes the 3 islands and starts from St Mark’s Square. You need to book it by clicking on the button below:

And if you prefer a shorter tour (4h), you can opt for the one that only goes to Murano and Burano. Simply click here to book it.

B. Burano

Next, we set sail to Burano, arguably one of the most Instagrammable places on earth.

As you approach the island, you will see the brightly colored houses reflecting off the waters.

Beyond its photogenic charm, Burano has a soul, defined by its fishing community and the ancient art of lace-making.

You’ll see, it’s super impressive to watch local artisans crafting intricate patterns with finesse at the Lace Museum (entrance included with the Venice City Pass).

You can also take a one hour-guided tour with a local to visit a lace workshop and learn more about Burano:

But what I really loved about Burano was simply wandering its alleyways. No two houses are painted the same color next to each other, a tradition rooted in the island’s fishing past.

Grab a gelato, sit by the canal, and simply enjoy being there!


C. Torcello

Our final island stop is Torcello.

Once a thriving settlement even before Venice became Venice, today it’s a quiet, almost hauntingly beautiful place rich in history.

The highlight here is the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta. Founded in 639, it’s one of the oldest church in the lagoon and home to some impressive Byzantine mosaics.

One can’t help but feel a profound sense of peace in Torcello. The ancient pathways, the rustic houses, and the lush greenery make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Return to the Vaporetto and spend an other night in Venice.

Day 4 – What to do around Venice?

For the fourth and last of your 4-day stay in Venice, you should start by visiting the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

For the rest of the day, you can choose between 2 options:

  • Finish visiting Venice
  • Discover Lido Island

I’ll give you all the details below.

4 days in Venice Day 4 Itinerary
4 days in Venice – Day 4 Itinerary

Day 4 visits:

A. Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
B. Option 1 – Other visits in Venice
C. Option 2 – Lido island

A. Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Our day kicks off with a visit to the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Dominated by the imposing San Giorgio church, the island is the perfect place to start your day. Inside, you can see remarkable artworks, including Tintoretto’s “The Last Supper”.

My personal recommendation is to ascend the campanile (bell tower). The panorama from the top? Simply beautiful!

You get a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, and the entirety of Venice. 

You can also visit the Cini Foundation, a prestigious cultural institution.

Dedicated to promoting and preserving Italian culture, the foundation boasts an extensive library and hosts art exhibitions.

You need to book your tickets to Cini Foundation by clicking here.

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Alternatively, you might opt to explore San Giorgio Maggiore with a guided tour.

The most recommended offers a small-group experience, restricted to just 9 participants, encompassing a boat tour, a visit to the church, and an entry ticket to the San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower.

You need to book your spot by booking here:

San Giorgio Maggiore island Venice
San Giorgio Maggiore island Venice

B. Stroll around Venice (option 1)

If you decide to opt for the first choice for the rest of the day, you can go back to Venice and finish exploring the city.

Start with a church-hopping spree. Venice boasts over 100 churches, each a repository of art, history, and tales. Just wander around Venice and take a look around!

You can also visit the Natural History Museum. Housed in a 13th-century palazzo, it’s a treasure trove of fossils, gems, and exhibitions on Venice’s lagoon ecosystem.

Equally interesting is the Naval History Museum, showcasing Venice’s past maritime prowess.

Of course, no visit to Venice is complete without some shopping. From the high-end boutiques lining St. Mark’s Square to the charming shops nestled in narrow alleys, there’s something for every wallet and preference.

You can even find traditional Carnival masks made by local craftsmen!

Museo di Storia Naturale Venice
Museo di Storia Naturale Venice

C. Lido Island (option 2)

For those looking for a more relaxed day, the sandy shores of Lido Island is waiting for you.

This 11km long island is famed for its beaches, making it the perfect spot to unwind.

Take a leisurely bike ride, explore the Art Nouveau villas, or just relax on the beach with a book in hand.

If you spend 4 days in Venice during the Venice Film Festival, the island buzzes with a different kind of energy. Celebrities, red carpets, and the allure of cinema transform Lido into a hub of glamour.

Lido Venice
Lido Venice

Where to stay in Venice?

Now that you know how to visit Venice in 4 days, the last thing to do is to find an accommodation!

In order to help you out, here are my favorite hotels of the city, each in a different price category.

As always, if you already know your travel dates, book your hotel right now! In Venice, the best hotels are fully booked very quickly.

So if you don’t want to end up with a very expensive mediocre room, book your hotel now by clicking on the orange links below:

  • Generator Venice: Located on Giudecca. Beds in dormitories from €40. Strong points: very clean, comfortable bed, view.
  • Il Lato Azzurro: Located on the picturesque island of Sant’Erasmo, a short boat ride from the bustling streets of Venice. Double rooms, beginning at 85€ per night, with breakfast included. What I loved: the peaceful island location, the garden, the bright rooms.
  • Casa Sulla Laguna: Located on Murano, a short boat ride of Venice. Double room overlooking the lagoon, from €120. Strong points: the friendliness of the owners, the peace and quiet, and the quick and easy access to Venice. This is my favourite hotel in Venice for its exceptional value for money!
  • San Lio Tourist House: Located in Castelleo district. Modern double room from €150. Strong points: perfect location, super helpful host, near the Rialto bridge.
  • Hotel Villa Rosa: Located in the Cannaregio district. Elegantly decorated double room from €190, breakfast included. Strong points: great location, comfortable room, very friendly staff.
  • Hotel Moresco: Situated just a short walk from the Grand Canal. This 4* hotel offers spacious and lavishly decorated double rooms, beginning at 330€ per night, with breakfast included. What I loved: the tranquil garden, the enchanting Venetian decor, the hotel’s short distance from key sights. The best hotel in Venice for a luxury stay!

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel to stay in Venice, here’s my selection:

  • Radisson Collection Hotel: Located on Cannaregio. Well-decorated, comfortable double room from €520, breakfast included. Benefits: the spa, beautiful interior design, great service.
  • Ca’di Dio-Small Luxury Hotel: Located 800 metres from the Doge’s Palace. Elegantly decorated double room from € 640 including breakfast. Strong points: great views, friendly and attentive staff, wonderful breakfast.
  • Baglioni Hotel Luna – The leading hotels of the world: Just 50 metres from Piazza San Marco. Magnificent and very spacious double room from €690, breakfast €35. Strong points: exceptional staff, very central location, amazing breakfast.
  • The St Regis Venice: Located on the banks of Venice’s Grand Canal. Beautiful, elegantly decorated rooms from €1,500 per night, breakfast €50. Strong points: exceptional services, amazing views, beautiful design.
Radisson Collection Hotel Venice
Radisson Collection Hotel Venice

Even more places to visit and activities for your 4-day stay in Venice

You’ve followed my 4-day itinerary in Venice and still have some time left?

Don’t hesitate to read my guide of the 31 best things to do in Venice!

There, you’ll find even more ideas of places to visit and activities to enjoy.

Map of your 4-day itinerary in Venice

To help you visualize your daily itineraries during your 4 days in Venice, I have created this map with all the places to visit day by day.

You can view the legend of the map by clicking on the top left button, the one with a little arrow.

Flight prices to Venice

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible to get the best prices.

To check the rates and schedules for flights to Venice, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner:

Now you know the best way to visit Venice in 4 days!

If you need help organizing your 4-day stay in Venice, don’t hesitate to ask me your questions in the comments section below.

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Best places to visit in Venice in 4 days
Best places to visit in Venice in 4 days

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