Top 10 Day Trips From Venice, Italy - Updated 2021

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Venice, Italy, covers over a hundred islands. With a thriving tourism sector. It is home to one of the country’s largest financial hubs. Its popularity is no secret to all who visit the gorgeous city and those who live in it. The capital makes up for its lack of roads with an intricate web of canals that merely serve to heighten the sense of romance in the air and connect the city to its vivacious neighbors. If you’re going on a trip to the beautiful region and intend to stay for a while, or you want to take a short break from the city then make sure you read about the top 10 day trips from Venice!

1. Prosecco Hills of Italy (from USD 304.0)

If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, then be sure not to miss out on visiting Prosecco Hill of Italy! This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers the verdant rolling hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, stretching over a whopping 30 km (18.6 mi), and is where the grapes used in Prosecco have been cultivated for years. The wine made from these grapes is even more flavourful than elsewhere, believed to be due to the area’s intricate geology wherein each row of grapevines are exactly perpendicular to the hills’ slopes.

Private Prosecco Tour, from Venice or Treviso, with a certified Sommelier

Duration: 8 hours

4 reviews

2. Valpolicella (from USD 218.0)

Valpolicella is well known as the origin of Amarone, but it is also home to three other types of wine and many years of viticultural history. Covering 240 square kilometers (92.7 square miles), Valpolicella lies at the foot of the gorgeous Alps and is just east of Lake Garda. Wines made in the region are bright and tart with the taste of cherries. Wine lovers definitely should not miss out on the chance of a tour of one of Italy’s most famous vineyards!

Venice to Valpolicella and Verona Wine Tasting Day Trip

Duration: 8 hours

10 reviews

3. Florence (from USD 155.0)

Best known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is often remarked as “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. Florence contains many masterpieces of the Renaissance such as the Duomo and Michelangelo’s “David”. With such a bustling historical arts scene, let us not discount modern Florence’s reputation as one of the top 15 fashion capitals of the world and its prestigious status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure not to miss this cornerstone of the arts!

Florence Independent Full-Day Visit from Venice by Train

Duration: 13 to 14 hours

10 reviews

4. Dolomite Mountains and Cortina d’Ampezzo (from USD 201.0)

Known as “the Pearl of the Dolomites”, Cortina d'Ampezzo is a gorgeous town in Belluno that is set within the Dolomite Mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three different cultures, German, Italian, and Ladin, an ancient native culture. For those interested in the town’s heritage, Ladin is deeply rooted in much of the town’s customs and traditions, adding a sense of intrigue to even the simplest of dishes. Located in over 90000 acres (36422 hectares) of verdant mountains, every corner of Cortina d'Ampezzo is a scenic snapshot of Italy’s beauty.

Dolomite Mountains and Cortina 1-Day Tour from Venice

Duration: 9 hours

10 reviews

5. Padua (from USD 128.0)

Often overlooked in northern Italy’s Veneto region, the rich history of Padua is a mere half an hour from Venice. Home to the impressive Basilica of St. Anthony and Italy’s second-oldest university, the university town has still retained its vivacious spirit. On top of a host of historical landmarks, Padua’s marbled streets are usually rife with the energy of life, be it day or night.

Padua Tour from Venice

Duration: 5 hours

3 reviews

6. Siena

Duomo di Siena
Source: Photo by Flickr user SignorDeFazio used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Built over three hills in central Tuscany is Siena, best known for its unique medieval brick structures. At the heart of the city is the Piazza del Campo, former home of the Roman forum. The Torre del Mangia is one of the most distinguishable attractions in Siena. With over 400 steps, scaling the tower is a grueling workout but once at the top, breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city await.

Website: Siena

7. Milan

Milan Cathedral
Source: Photo by Flickr user MCAD Library used under CC BY 2.0

Milan is one of the most well-known cities in the world. Home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and the iconic Milan Fashion Week, Milan is the epicenter of high fashion, arts, and culture. Known as the global capital of fashion and design, Milan is a bustling financial hub overflowing with class and heritage. Those keen on the arts would thoroughly enjoy a day in this metropolis.

Website: Milan

8. Verona and Lake Garda (from USD 271.62)

verona and lake garda

The setting of Shakespeare’s iconic “Romeo and Juliet”, Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region with a flourishing arts scene. Just a short train ride away is Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda which is bordered by the snow-capped Alps and dotted with lemon trees ripe with the sour fruit. The tranquil waters of the lake are just north of a vineyard and spas, allowing tourists the chance to pamper themselves after admiring the lake’s gorgeous portrait.

Venice: Full-Day Verona, Countryside, and Lake Garda Tour

Duration: 10 hour

3 reviews

9. Murano, Torcello and Burano islands (from USD 35.0)

The Murano, Torcello, and Burano islands are perhaps the best known of all Venetian islands for their rich socio-cultural significance throughout history. Murano is well-known for its exquisite glassmaking, with many intricate pieces dotting the island for tourists to marvel at. In a similar vein, Burano is home to the first school of lace and contains many intricate pieces that are worth hundreds. Torcello offers tranquility and respite as the historical island which Venetians fled to during the fall of the Roman Empire. Book a tour now to enjoy a relaxing boat ride through these breathtaking islands.

Islands of Venice Murano Burano and Torcello

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

10. Ravenna

For art enthusiasts interested in northern Italy, Ravenna is the place for you! Tons of vibrant mosaics adorn almost every central building’s facade and the annual Ravenna Music Festival draws hundreds of musicians to the ravishing city. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ravenna is also the final resting place of the esteemed literary maestro Dante. Those interested in Ravenna’s fascinating attractions should definitely check this gorgeous city out!

Private Excursion: Ravenna from Venice

Duration: 8 hours

The cradle of culture

Italy is one of the most impressive countries in the world. Proud home to many great masterpieces from the Renaissance and with an overwhelmingly intricate history, Italy was and still is one of the greatest influences on western culture. If you’re looking to explore every facet of this fascinating nation, then make sure not to miss out on our top 10 day trips from Venice, Italy!

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