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16 Fabulous Day Trips from Venice, Italy

The almost neon, brightly colored buildings surrounding a canal on Burano Island in Venice.

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If you’ve explored every canal and corner of Venice and are looking for more places to visit, you’re in luck! There are so many different day trips from Venice just waiting for you.

As hard as it can be to pull yourself away from the lagoon, Venice is a short journey from beautiful cities, delicious wine regions, and even the Dolomites!

It’s overwhelming how many beautiful places there are to visit in the Veneto and beyond — you have so many options.

However, I recommend that you keep your expectations in check. Venice is a bit harder to get into and out of than Florence or Bologna, and most day trips begin by taking the train in Santa Lucia Station in the heart of Venice to Venice Mestre, which is on the mainland and connected to other cities.

(However, some destinations below have trains direct from Santa Lucia. I’ve listed details about which station to depart from.)

Also, be aware that you’re leaving a magical location for someplace that might not be as lovely as Venice. As much as I adore Bologna, it doesn’t have the same wow factor as Venice. The Dolomites, though, or the Prosecco Hills ? Lots of wow factor.

For that reason, I recommend being very choosy with your day trips from Venice, making an early start, and don’t forget to spend plenty of time exploring Venice itself!

This post was published in May 2024 and was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Dale Peterson.

The almost neon, brightly colored buildings surrounding a canal on Burano Island in Venice.
Burano Island, awash in color.

Best Day Trips from Venice, Italy

Islands of Murano and Burano

Murano and Burano are technically part of the Venetian Lagoon, but they are set apart from the main touristy area and have a totally different atmosphere. While they see their fair share of tourism, these islands maintain an authentic Venetian feel.

You can visit one island or both in a day: Murano is closer but Burano is slightly prettier. Murano is world-famous for the best glass-making in the world, and Burano is a vibrant and colorful island famed for its lace production. 

Want to be an overachiever? Add Sant’Erasmo Island. Very few Venice visitors venture to this large agricultural island and the reward is quiet beaches and peaceful hikes. A great way to get off the beaten path in Venice!

Best things to do in Murano and Burano: On Murano, you should prioritize seeing a glass-blowing demonstration. They offer them…

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