Venice is truly one of the most popular travel destinations in Italy, and it’s not exactly hard to understand why. Tradition-ridden architecture, drool-inducing food, gorgeous art—all gracefully spread out across a set of picturesque canals? When did you say was the next flight in? Anyway, it’s natural to get confused when you get to Venice since there are so many cool spots to choose from. Other than the major tourist sites like Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal, here are three local gems you really shouldn’t miss.
Hungry much? Located in San Marco 5453 is this amazing ice cream parlor, offering the authentic Italian gelato experience. With a wide array of tastes, colors, and textures and a direct view of the canal, it doesn’t get a lot better than this.
If you’re into Venetian art, this is the place to go. Located right next to the Ponte dell’Academia (the Academia bridge), Gallerie dell’Accademia is one of the most notable art galleries in the city, presenting a collection of Venetian art by famous local artists up to the 18th century. One of the paintings was done by none other than Leonardo De Vinci.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
If you’re not scared of heights, make sure to check out the tallest spiral staircase in Venice. Dating back to the late 1400s, this unique staircase is a fascinating mix of architectural styles. But even if you’re not a sworn fan of Gothic architecture, the view of the city from the top is totally worth it.