From prime real estate on Piazza San Marco, in the shadow of the basilica and campanile (bell tower), Caffé Florian has been serving pricey drinks since 1720. Still, that’s no reason not to go there, as sipping a cappuccino or prosecco, either at one of the tables on the square is right up there with a gondola ride on the list of overpriced things you simply must do in Venice. Plus, the food and drinks are actually quite good. So resign yourself to the sticker shock and enjoy this only-in-Venice spectacle of white-jacketed waiters, silver tea trays and unabashed poshness.
Time Out tip: When the live orchestra is playing at Caffé Florian’s piazza bandstand, you’ll be charged an additional cover of €6 per person to sit out front. Head to the bar inside to avoid the surcharge.
Giardini Reali: For a small patch of green space just around the corner from St. Mark’s
Museo Correr: For more than 500 years of Venetian history and culture, in a setting fit for kings
San Zaccaria traghetto stop: For catching a boat to the beaches of Lido