The Upscale Female’s Plan for What To Do In Venice

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Unveiling Venice: A Glamorous Getaway for Upscale Female Travelers

Venice, Italy – a city of timeless elegance and unparalleled beauty, where every corner exudes charm and romance. For the discerning female traveler seeking a destination that combines culture, art, and sheer opulence, Venice is a dream come true.

In this enchanting city of canals, you’ll find a treasure trove of experiences that cater to your refined tastes. From world-class museums to the exquisite island of Murano, from leisurely boat rides to the Venice Biennale, Venice is a destination that promises a journey filled with luxury and sophistication. So, slip into your finest attire, don your favorite pair of shades, and let’s embark on a Venetian adventure tailored just for you.

People Watch Over a Cup of Coffee and a Treat

Patrons sitting outside on a sunny day at Caffè Florian in St. Mark's Square; round tables are draped in white tablecloths; classical musicians are show in background
Photo by Son of Groucho; Found on Flickr – Patrons at Caffè Florian in St. Mark’s Square

Planning out what to do in Venice? Our recommendation: Start or end your day over your favorite brew while doing a little people watching at the famous Caffè Florian in St. Mark’s Square. Note the dude standing in a blue shirt taking a photo of his dessert. 🙂

Museums of Grandeur

Gallerie dell’Accademia

Venice boasts a wealth of artistic and cultural gems that will leave you in awe. Begin your artful journey with a visit to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, home to a magnificent collection of Venetian Renaissance art. Marvel at works by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese as you stroll through this exquisite gallery.

Tintoretto Painting - The Miracle of The Slave - depicts a slave's salvation from torture by St. Marco who intervenes
Tintoretto Painting – The Miracle of The Slave; Attribution: Copyright: Didier Descouens – CC BY-SA 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Next, step into the resplendent Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a modern art haven nestled on the Grand Canal. Here, you’ll encounter masterpieces by Picasso, Pollock, and Kandinsky, all housed within the former home of the legendary art collector, Peggy Guggenheim herself.

Marvelous Murano

A short boat ride away from Venice’s bustling heart lies the enchanting Murano Island. Famous for its glassmaking tradition that spans centuries, Murano is a world of intricate glass creations. Witness master artisans at work, creating intricate glass sculptures, chandeliers, and jewelry. Don’t forget to pick up a unique glass souvenir as a memento of your visit.

Be Serenaded by a Gondolier As You Glide Through the Canals

Gondoliers near the Rialto Bridge, Venice – Courtesy of Pixabay

What to do in Venice? A gondola ride, of course. It is a must when you visit Venice. And it you flirt with the gondolier a little, he might even serenade you!

An alternative and great way to soak up the Venetian experience, hop aboard an all-day hop-on and hop-off boat tour. These luxurious vessels navigate the city’s iconic waterways, offering a convenient and stylish way to explore Venice at your own pace. Glide past historic palaces, hidden gardens, and charming bridges, all while sipping on a glass of prosecco as you bask in the Venetian sun.

Glide Under the Bridge of Sighs

Photo of the Bridge of Sighs all aglow at sunset
Photo of the Bridge of Sighs by Chris Chabot ; Copyright: CC BY-NC 3.0

The Bridge of Sighs, a renowned Venetian landmark, is a symbol of romance and intrigue nestled in the heart of Venice, Italy. It connects the Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni Nuove, or New Prison. You’ll note the very narrow Rio di Palazzo canal it spans from the photo above.

An interesting fact: This limestone bridge was designed by the same architect, Antonio Contino, who designed the Rialto Bridge. 

Completed back in 1602, the Bridge is admired for its intricate, architectural details. These include its tiny windows with stone bars and ornate arches. Although small, the Bridge of Sighs’ historical significance and design details still captivate visitors today.

How did it get its name?  Well legend says it was because of prisoners’ sighs of despair as they viewed the city for the last time as they were led from from the Doge’s Palace to the adjoining prison. So in effect, the bridge served as a metaphor for their transition between the halls of justice and the grim reality of imprisonment.

But perhaps you prefer a more romantic explanation!  According to local lore, if a couple kisses beneath the Bridge of Sighs while riding a gondola at sunset, their love will be sealed forever. A magical guarantee of a lifetime of happiness together. Sigh.

However, you don’t need to be a prisoner or part of a romantic duo to enjoy the Bridge of Sighs.  Come by as the golden sun dips below the Venetian horizon and casts its warm glow. That’s a magic moment, said to linger in the hearts of anyone who lingers here.

But whether admired from below or traversed on foot, the Bridge of Sighs is a symbol of Venice’s rich history and architectural splendor.

What To Do In Venice: Attend the Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale-Showing Art Installation of Giant Hands Clasping Wall
Venice Biennale-Showing Art Installation of Giant Hands Clasping Wall; Photo by Jorge Royan; via Wikipedia Commons

For those with an affinity for contemporary art, consider timing your visit to coincide with the Venice Biennale. This internationally renowned event is a cultural extravaganza! It transforms the city into a global stage for cutting-edge art, architecture, and film. Explore pavilions from various countries, each offering a unique perspective on the world of art.

What To Do In Venice: Experience The City’s Culinary Delights!

Indulge your palate with Venetian cuisine, renowned for its fresh seafood and delicate flavors. Savor delectable dishes like risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto) at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Osteria Francescana and Le Calandre, where exquisite dining experiences await.

Photo of appetizer at Le Calandre by City Foodsters
Photo of appetizer at Le Calandre by City Foodsters, CC BY 2.0; via Wikimedia Commons

Boutique Shopping

Venice is a paradise for shoppers. Stroll through charming streets lined with boutique shops, offering a curated selection of designer clothing, jewelry, and Venetian masks – everywhere! Explore the stylish shops of San Marco and Dorsoduro, and discover unique treasures to elevate your wardrobe.

Mask and Jewelry Shop in Venice Italy
Mask& Jewelry Gift Shop in Venice Italy; Copyright by © Jorge Royan / © Jorge Royan / via Wikipedia Commons

What To Do In Venice: An Evening at the Opera

End your Venetian sojourn with a dose of high culture. Attend a performance at the world-famous Teatro La Fenice, one of Italy’s most celebrated opera houses. Lose yourself in the grandeur of a classic opera or ballet performance, and let the music transport you to another era.

In the captivating city of Venice, every moment feels like a scene from a fairytale. As an upscale female traveler, you deserve the best that this Venetian wonderland has to offer. From world-class museums to exquisite glasswork in Murano, from leisurely canal cruises to the cultural extravaganza of the Venice Biennale, Venice promises a journey filled with elegance and luxury. So, embrace the allure of Venice, and let this city of dreams enchant you as only Venice can.

What To Do In Venice: Try a Venetian Mask-Making Workshop

Delve into the artistic heritage of Venice by participating in a Venetian mask-making workshop. Unleash your creativity as you craft your own unique mask, a tradition dating back to the 12th century. Learn about the symbolism behind each mask design, and take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir that captures the essence of Venice’s masquerade ball culture.

A Gondola Serenade at Sunset

Indulge in a quintessential Venetian experience by booking a private gondola ride at sunset. Drift along the tranquil canals as the golden rays of the setting sun cast a warm glow over the city’s historic architecture. Your gondolier may even serenade you with melodious Italian songs, making this an unforgettable romantic interlude.

Visit the Doge’s Palace

Step back in time and explore the opulent Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Doge of Venice. (The Doge was the Chief Magistrate of Venice.)

The palace is a fine example of Gothic architecture, filled with intricate frescoes, Byzantine art and ornate chambers. You can find it next to the Basillica of San Marco in the city center.

Note: The Doge’s Palace is called: Palazzo Ducale in Italian.

Walk across the iconic Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sighs of prisoners who caught their last glimpse of Venice before being incarcerated.

Experience Aqua Alta at Acqua Alta Bookshop

For a truly unique experience, visit the Libreria Acqua Alta, a bookshop that has become famous for its creative approach to dealing with Venice’s frequent flooding. Here, books are stacked in gondolas and bathtubs to protect them from high tides. It’s a literary paradise and a quirky photo opportunity for those looking to capture Venice’s adaptability in the face of its aquatic challenges.

Carry your book finds in this fun, Italian-themed tote:

Hope we’ve filled your head with ideas for what to do in Venice. Now it’s time to start making plans for your trip. You’ll want to stay in a wonderful hotel to add an extra element of pleasure to your trip. You don’t want to miss out on the best of Venice’s rich culture, art, history and fun activities. Whether you’re designing your own Venetian mask or enjoying a gondola serenade at sunset, each of these activities will elevate your Venetian experience for a truly unforgettable trip!

Passengers enjoying a gondola ride by the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy.
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Susan Cooper

I'm a "woman of a certain age" who loves to travel, preferably in style! There's something exciting about exploring new places, meeting fellow travelers, and experiencing local cuisine. But I also really enjoy relaxing at a cafe. And it's always fun to absorb a little culture and history along the way!

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