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The Best Florence to Venice Day Trip 2023

Fall in love with one of the planet’s most enchanting and romantic destinations! Lose yourself in a place where time seems to stand still, with serene canals filled with traditional gondolas instead of car traffic; nothing can disrupt the tranquility that characterizes The Floating City. Join us on an unforgettable adventure and let a day trip from Florence to Venice leave you utterly spellbound.

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About Florence to Venice Day Trip

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from: €93
13 hours
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Florence to Venice day trip

Join us on this 13-hour adventure and discover the wonders of one of the most unique and fascinating cities on earth.

Your journey begins at the Piazza Piave, from where you can enjoy the ride while the breathtaking scenery unfolds before you during the ride. From the rolling hills and stunning vineyards of the Tuscany region to the rugged mountains of Emilia-Romagna to the dazzling canals and historic architecture of Veneto, every moment of your bus ride promises to be a visual treat.

Get ready to discover the marvels of The Floating City, a geological wonder situated on a group of 118 small islands connected by over 400 bridges and separated by harmonious canals. The unique form of Venice will sweep you off your feet and invite you to get lost in the labyrinthine streets and alleys.

While walking through this completely pedestrian city, you’ll have a chance to master the history of a truly fantastic city, with enough free time to explore every inch of the beauty of Piazza San Marco and learn the importance of the carnival held in the heart of the town. Piazza San Marco is also home to the most impressive buildings in Venice. Immerse yourself in the golden mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica and get lost in the stunning details of Byzantine architecture. Continue your journey through time and history as you explore the Doge’s Palace, once the seat of Venetian power, with its Gothic characteristics bound to leave you speechless.

Spoil yourself with the ultimate Venetian experience and take a magical gondola ride through the Grand Canal, the most unforgettable way to marvel at the city’s iconic landmarks. As you glide through the tranquil waters, prepare to be mesmerized by the sheer elegance of the arches of the legendary Rialto Bridge, standing proud as one of the oldest bridges of Venice. Discover the incredible artwork of Palazzo Barbarigo and admire the beauty of Gothic architecture at Ca’ d’Oro palace. Each passing of a canal is bound to make you fall deeper under the spell of The Canal City.

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Experience the water bus ride from Venezia Santa Lucia, one of Europe’s most beautiful train stations, or continue your gondola ride to San Giorgio Maggiore and behold the awe-inspiring beauty of the San Giorgio Maggiore Church. This true Renaissance masterpiece will leave you mesmerized with its classical symmetry. Feast your eyes on the stunning altarpiece painting “The Last Supper,” created by a local artist in the 16th century. For a complete experience, climb the bell tower for a panoramic view of the city’s breathtaking skyline, dominated by the magnificent Santa Maria della Salute basilica.

Indulge in exquisite Venetian cuisine, which genuinely reflects Venetian culture. Savor the taste of the Adriatic Sea with their popular seafood dishes and traditional pasta. Take advantage of famous dishes such as Sarde in Saor or Risotto al nero di seppia, and for a lighter snack, try Baccala mantecato or Polenta e schie. Elevate your culinary experience with the wine pairing – Prosecco and Soave, produced in the Veneto region and known for their refreshing taste. This tasty experience will surely leave you satisfied with the complete Venetian experience.

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Make the most of your Florence to Venice day trip!


  • Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Guided bus tour
  • Audio guided tour of Venice (if the option is selected)

Not included

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Food and beverage
  • Entry fees
  • Guided tour in Venice
  • Tips (optional)

Not suitable for

  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
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Tour Highlights

Discover the secrets of the canals and alleys of Venice.

Get lost in the maze-like streets and alleys of The Floating City. Wander around this entirely pedestrian town and step back in time with the magnificent architecture that makes Venice unique.

Indulge yourself in the gondola ride through the Grand Canal.

Feel like a local and marvel at Venetian beauty from a different perspective. By sliding through the serene canals of Venice, you’ll be able to explore the beauty of Venice without making a step. A truly unique experience unlike any other!

An optional audio guide through Venice is available.

To make the most of your visit, consider our optional audio guide and unveil the famous carnival and mask tradition. Gain a deeper understanding of the Venetian way of life, with canals as streets and gondolas as cars.

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FAQ – Florence to Venice Day Trip

Is Venice a good day trip from Florence?

Florence to Venice day trip is a fantastic way to get an alluring glimpse of the City of Canals. It gives you plenty of time to explore the main sights at the top of your priority list. Take advantage of a chance to witness the stunning countryside views on your way to Venice from Florence. To discover more beautiful towns in Italy, consider booking a day trip from Florence to Siena or Pisa.

Is the ride from Florence to Venice Scenic?

Absolutely! The ride allows you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery that unravels before you, from the verdant rolling hills and vineyards of the Tuscany countryside to the rocky mountains of Emilia-Romagna. As you approach Venice, you'll be captivated by the picturesque towns and villages scattered around the Veneto region. 

Can you take a high-speed train from Florence to Venice?

Yes. There are few options for getting to Venice from Florence, with several providers offering the trip between these beautiful cities. But why settle for just a means of transportation when you can turn your journey into an unforgettable adventure? Book a private tour for a stress-free experience filled with fascinating insights from our knowledgeable tour guides.

How much is a gondola ride in Venice?

The price of a gondola ride may vary depending on the time of the day, the duration of the ride, and the number of passengers. If you want to enrich this experience, you can enjoy some live music from your gondolier, which comes with an additional cost. It's best to communicate the price before getting on the gondola to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings.

Meeting point

The meeting point will be Torre della Zecca, at Piazza Piave. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid any potential hiccups.

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Good to Know Before You Go

  • The tour and optional audio tour in Venice are available in your selected language. 
  • Remember that you’ll spend a few hours traveling from Florence to Venice.
  • During special events, opening times can change.
  • Since Venice is an entirely pedestrian city, be sure to wear comfy clothes and shoes as you’ll be doing a fair amount of walking while exploring The Floating City.
  • If you opt for the audio guide, you’ll receive instructions via voucher. You’ll need an internet connection to download the audio guide through the Clio Muse. 
  • Note that the audio guide requires an Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone and that audio is incompatible with older smartphones or Windows Phones.
  • It is recommended to bring headphones for an optimal audio tour experience.

Worth your time!

We were looking for places to travel from Florence and even considered booking a private tour, but our search was over when we came across this tour! We got to enjoy the beautiful landscapes Italy has to offer and spent an incredible day in Venice. We were blown away by the mesmerizing architecture and the city's layout, as this is unlike any other place we have ever visited. We took a gondola ride through the canals and were blown away by the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. I recommend this tour to everyone who wants to explore the beauty of this timeless city with a minimal amount of planning. Worth your time and money!


Fantastic day trip to Venice!

This Florence to Venice day trip was indeed everything we were looking for! We got to see every site we were interested in and even had time to take a water bus from the beautiful Venezia Santa Lucia train station, which was a remarkable experience. Our favorite was the San Giorgio Maggiore Church; the architecture and artwork details were just breathtaking! We got tired from all the walking, so we spent the last hour snacking next to the canal with a glass of Prosecco. The guide planned the tour so nicely that our worst worry was getting to the meeting point from the Bnb we booked in Firenze Santa Maria Novella, which wasn't even that hard! We recommend this day trip to everyone looking to explore Venice from Florence!