What is the best way to see Venice in one day?

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Hayley Bosch

It's impossible to see everything Venice has to offer in one day, but since the island's small, you can pack a lot in. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest starting with Venice's two most famous (and crowded) sights: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica (you can book reservations in advance at both sights). From there, walk to Rialto to see the world-famous Rialto Bridge and the nearby market, then continue north into the quarter of Cannaregio to get a glimpse of one of Venice's more authentic neighborhoods. Don't miss the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli — it’s one of the loveliest churches in Venice. Have lunch in the area and explore the neighborhood's artisanal shops, and then take a ferry across the Grand Canal to get a feel for life as a Venetian. Visit the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari before continuing down to the Gallerie dell'Accademia; or, if modern art is more your style, head to the nearby Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Have a drink on Campo Santa Margherita — which gets lively as night sets in — before grabbing a water taxi for one last spin around the whole island.

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