If you are considering visiting Venice on holiday but aren’t too keen on the touristy aspects of the city, keep reading. We are going to share 10 of the best non-touristy things to do/see in Venice in 2019.
Venice is one of those cities where you can get lost and still know where you are. The city itself is easily navigable and the people are friendly and always willing to offer advice and directions. In fact, that is why Venice is Italy’s top tourist destinations and one of the EU’s top 10 tourist destinations as well.
Top 10 Non-Touristy Things To Do/See In Venice
Winter In Venice
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If you like the charm of a small fishing village, cobblestone streets and canals lined with multi-coloured houses, Burano is right for you. You will find fewer tourists and more locals which will make your holiday more relaxing and memorable.
Evening At St. Marks
St. Marks Basilica at night is not only beautiful and mesmerising, it is also incredibly quiet and peaceful. Especially nice if you have dealt with tourist spots all day.
Glass Making In Murano
The island of Murano is famous for its many skilled glass makers. While the tourists are visiting the shops to purchase their souvenirs, take a behind the scene tour instead and try your hand at glass making with a local workshop.
Take A Mud Bath
Specially aged mud provides a therapeutic effect that can leave you feeling rejuvenated. Abano and Montegrotto Terme offer fangotherapy(healing mud baths) that are the perfect beginning to your day!
Become A Gondolier
Travelling by gondola through Venice’s many canals can be fun, but why not pilot the gondola yourself? Take an hour long gondolier class and add it to your list of unusual skills.
Visit The Home Of Romeo & Juliet
Verona is just under two hours from Venice and anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare’s famous play, knows that this is the home of Romeo & Juliet. See the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti and the Giardino Giusti while avoiding the tourist spots.
A Punch-Up At Ponte dei Pugni
Ponte dei Pugni, or the Bridge of Fists, used to be where Venetians would come to settle scores with those who have wronged them. The goal was to beat your opponent and knock them into the cold, sewage filled waters below.
Lazzaretto Nuovo, Venice’s answer to the plague, served as away station of sorts where ships’ crews could be checked for signs of the black death. Today, the island is open to the public, but it isn’t very popular with the tourist crowd.
While not as unusual as the other sights and stops on our list, you still have to find a place to sleep while in Venice and the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is one of the city’s best. Facing the lagoon and close to many popular attractions including Santa Maria della Salute church, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is located in a newly refurbished historic building.
Happy Travels and planning to Venice!