My Year in Venice, Part 7: Things You MUST Do and See

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

1) Along with the Aperol Spritz, the Bellini is very popular among the locals and actually originates from Venice. It is also a must to try! It’s a cocktail made up of peaches and Prosecco and was invented at Harry’s Bar (located in St Mark’s Square) back in the 1940s.

2) Get lost!

3) Go to St. Mark’s Square during ‘acqua alta’ in your wellies.


4) Go on a gondola with a large group of friends so that it works out cheaper per person (it’s €80 per half an hour, and you can fit a maximum of 6 people in).


5) Learn as much Italian as possible while you’re in Venice and surrounded by locals to practice on.

6) Go to the Rialto Market.

7) Go to the top of the Coin shopping mall, located next to Rialto, for amazing roof-top views of Venice (it’s free!).


8) Try an ice cream (un gelato) from Il Doge, located in either San Tomà or Campo Santa Margharita.


9) Visit the other islands which are close by – Giudecca, San Giorgio Maggiore, Murano (famous for glass), Burano (the island of colour).

10) Hang out at Skilla bar (located in Campo Santa Margharita) for a €2 Spritz.

11) Visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.