You have to wonder what they were thinking when they decided to build a city of grand marble palaces on top of a lagoon, but we’re so grateful they did. The resulting labyrinth of waterways and secret passageways make Venice one of the most distinctive, atmospheric and romantic destinations in the world. It is a place that all travelers long to visit, and 20 million do so annually. If it’s on your bucket list, plan a trip soon – and you might actually want to bring a bucket, as the city is sinking! Of course, Venice’s charms are best savored slowly, but if you only have a scant few days at your disposal, it’s still well worth going. So what highlights should you prioritize with only three days to spare? Let’s go!
1. Take A Trip Down The Grand Canal
While you might be accustomed to terms like “High Street” or “Main Street” being major thoroughfares in your hometown, in Venice it’s the Grand Canal. Take the #1 vaporetta (public water bus) to see the sights along this famous waterway. Gaze at the ornate facades of many churches, fondaco trading houses and aging palazzo, once home to the city’s rich and famous, situated along the canal.