10 Best Day Trips from Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the most visited with its fascinating architecture and history. It’s a must-visit when in Italy but being a small city, it’s easy to explore it within days. And there are also several day trips from Venice that you can do from the city. 

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Venice is also an ideal base from which to explore other parts of Italy as it’s connected to a reliable transport system including high-speed rail.

From vineyards to alpine areas, a city immortalized in a play to one that’s quite unknown — here are some of the best day trips from Venice that you simply must experience. 

10 Best Day Trips from Venice, Italy

1. Verona

Verona

There is more to Verona than Casa di Giulietta, the much-photographed balcony and the location for Shakespeare’s tragic romance Romeo and Juliet. An easy day trip from Venice, this city’s magnificent architecture showcases Italian history and culture through the ages.

Walk along its streets and marvel at the Roman, medieval and Renaissance structures such as the massive Verona Arena and the glorious Giardini Giusti, which is regarded as among the finest Renaissance gardens in Europe.

Check out it’s intricate landscaping that includes a fountain, gargoyles, grottoes, a maze and scenic views over Verona.

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2. Dolomites

Dolomites

The Dolomites may not be Italy’s highest mountain, bit its amazing red-hued peaks are the most spectacular in the country. Known as one of the top alpine areas in Europe, it is definitely a one-of-a-kind day trip from Venice.

A must see in the Dolomites is the Cortina d’Ampezzo, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Popular among hikers who like to challenge themselves with multiple trails, a hike is always rewarded with some of the best views in this part of Italy.

From Venice, going to the Dolomites takes more than two hours so be sure to set out early. 

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3. Ravenna

Ravenna

A haven for art enthusiasts and history nerds is Ravenna, which is an easy day trip from Venice. Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire between 402 and 476.

During this era, artists flocked to the city decorating its structures with art mostly of religious significance. These are now known as the earliest examples of Christian art, appreciated even by the non-religious.

There are eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ravenna, which are all equally magnificent. Such as the Basilica di Sant’ Apolinare, Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Plocidia which is the oldest among these structures. 

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4. Florence

Florence

Known all over the world as the birthplace of the Renaissance, a visit to Florence is a must if you’re going on a day tour from Venice.

It’s only two hours by train and boasts of incredible attractions such as Piazza Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria del Fiore, which is the magnificent domed cathedral situated at the heart of the city.

There’s just fantastic art and architecture everywhere, more so when you enter the Uffizi Galleries and Accademia Gallery. 

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5. Murano and Burano Islands day trips from Venice

Murano & Burano Islands

A day at the Venetian Islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello is one of the best Venice day trips and a definite must. These islands are all accessible by a Vaporetto, and each has a distinct character a flavor.

Murano is known for its glassmaking industry, its Museo del Vetro and dainty glass souvenirs. The picturesque fishing village of Burano meanwhile is where you can enjoy fresh seafood and a leisurely stroll to admire its colorful painted houses.

The outlying island of Torcello, on the other hand, is a haven for fans of architecture, art, and fine dining. It is also known for the stunning cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the legendary Locanda Cipriani. 

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6. Vicenza

Vicenza

Best known for its architecture, Vicenza as a day trip from Venice may be less known than the others but still a worthy place to visit.

Teatro Olimpico is one of its most visited attractions, but the stunning ‪Villa Rotonda is the highlight of a visit to Vicenza.

It also has a picture-perfect city center that’s filled with museums and art galleries as well as more magnificent architecture, including the main plaza Piazza Dei Signori.‬

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7. Padova, Asolo, and Venetian Villas

Padova, Asolo, and Venetian Villas

Visit the outskirts of Venice and learn about a region that used to belong to the actual Republic of Venice centuries ago, as you tour the quaint, picturesque towns of Asolo and Padova.

One of the most fascinating Venice day tours you’d experience, it takes you to two places where you’ll find villas owned by Venetians ages ago. Explore Padova and its pretty university, where you’ll find a chapel that has frescoes by Giotto.

Adjacent to this picturesque university town is Asolo, known for its stunning cathedral and fortress perched on a hill.

Apart from the villas, Asolo was also the location of the court of the Queen of Cyprus and played host to the writer Ernest Hemingway. 

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8. Milan

Milan

Milan is considered by some as the least Italian city, because unlike the other Italian cities that are filled with ancient structures, Milan is modern, sleek and organized.

This is said to be the influence of nearby Switzerland but there’s still plenty to see here that will remind you that you’re indeed still in Italy.

Just a few hours away and one of the best days trips from Venice, some of the best places to visit in Milan are the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro Alla Scala which is one of the finest opera theatres in Europe.

There’s also the scenic bike path along the Naviglio della Martesana and of course, make sure you visit Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. 

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9. Bassano del Grappa and Asolo

Just an hour and fifteen minutes northwest of Venice is the Bassano del Grappa. Situated near the foothills of the Alps and with the Brenta River flowing through it, Bassano del Grappa is filled with attractions to fully maximize your day trip.

It has a lot of impressive churches, palaces and other architectural wonders with some dating back to the middle ages and the renaissance.

Bassano del Grappa also has picture-perfect piazzas such as the Piazza Garibaldi,  Piazza Della Liberta, and the stunning Ponte degli Alpini. 

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10. Prosecco Hills

Ptosecco Hills

When in Italy, a visit to the Prosecco region is a must, and one of the best day tours from Venice. It only takes an hour to get here from Venice, and the scenery on the way is breathtaking.

A visit to this region is a great way to learn about the process of wine-making that starts with from picking the perfect grapes to pressing them, fermenting then bottling the wine that’s one of Italy’s top exports.

A tour of the Prosecco valley also takes you through the hills and vineyards, as well as ad well-stocked cellars where you can pick the perfect wine to go with your lunch. 

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