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Venice is known by many as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Imagine strolling through the cobbled streets and alleys, exploring boutiques, drinking cappuccinos at tiny sidewalk cafes and floating through the many canals in a gorgeous gondola boat. But you don’t have to be part of a lovey couple to enjoy the magic and beauty of Venice! Here are 5 things you must do in this beautiful city:

St. Mark’s Basilica

As beautiful as this cathedral is the from the outside with its massive domes and multi-colored pillars, it can’t compare to the jaw-dropping interior. The inside of the basilica is mosaics from floor-to-ceiling, so you’ll spend ages contemplating how all this artwork could have possibly been produced here so long ago. The main part of the basilica is free to visit, but there are several museums on the site for which you’ll pay a small fee.

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Check out the Glass Blowing on Murano Island

Murano Island is a great day-trip from Venice if you’ll be here a few nights. It’s famous for its glass-blowing studios and demonstrations, so take a boat to the island and find a studio that catches your interest. There are plenty of spots off the tourist beaten path, and you can bring home some beautiful blown glass as a souvenir.

Take a Venice Gondola Ride

It may be the most clichéd activity in Venice, but it’s great experience, especially if you’re looking for a romantic activity! Keep in mind that the gondola fares are standard so if you negotiate for a lower price, you’re going to get a shorter ride. A Venice gondola ride will bring you through the canals with your gondolier; ask him to take you through the quieter back canals for a much less crowded experience.

Sample the Goods at the Rialto Market

If you’re traveling to Italy, chances are you’ve got at least a little bit of a foodie in you! The Rialto Market is a great way to get a “taste” of the local flavor in Venice, how the real Venetians get their food. It’s especially known as a fish market, but there are plenty of fruits, vegetables and spices to browse and sample, along with lots of local culture.

Get Lost in the Streets

If you’re not looking to spend a ton of money in Venice, let the city itself be your attraction. There are days of potential wanderings in this magical city filled with twisting alleys all leading to interesting shops, charming squares, cafes and cathedrals.