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"La serenissima" or 'very peaceful one' as the locals call her, Venice is for my family: our home away from home. This is not a tourist destination, but a place to go relax and be oneself with nature and humanity. Geographically, Venice evokes a small cosmos steeped in magical sounds, unreal colors, intense flavors and aromas, all blended and suspended between earth and sky. Driven by centuries of laborious and tireless sailors, fishermen, artists and businessmen alike, forging and empire and a democracy like no other in its time. Resisting the passing of time, wars, occupations, plagues and the loosening of its earthy foundations, the network of small islands, canals, bridges and mankind's edifications are still alive and well, not only looking back to its rich history lasting centuries but also to a future where new generations prepare to save its patrimony and continue its legacy.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

28 Places

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28 Places

Cafe Florian

Restaurants

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Canal Grande

Bodies of Water

Campanile di San Marco

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Doge's Palace

Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

San Giorgio Maggiore

Churches & Cathedrals

Basilica di San Marco

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Ponte di Rialto

Bridges

Ponte dei Sospiri

Bridges, Historic Sites

Lido

Islands

Torre dell'Orologio

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Churches & Cathedrals

Ponte dell'Accademia

Bridges

Ca' Rezzonico

Speciality Museums

Ca' d'Oro

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Art Museums

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

La Giudecca

Islands, Neighbourhoods

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Torcello Island

Islands

Museo Correr

Libraries, Art Museums

Church of San Pantalon

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Sale Monumentali della Libreria Sansoviniana

Architectural Buildings, Libraries

Arsenale di Venezia

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities

Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Teatro La Fenice

Theatres

Isola di Pellestrina

Islands

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Magie di Carnevale

Gift & Speciality Shops

elFlaco1953's City Tips

  • Although in summer when the peak tourist season is on, it is packed. However, don't run away or you may miss any of their jewels, for they are found almost anywhere.
  • Pack light, walk much, relax a lot and observe & absorb all. Savor the place; experience the people, their local customs, food and their language. Don't miss a thing!
  • Cafe Florian
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, European)
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    One of the first Caffe in the world! Visited by poets, artists, celebrities, royals, dignitaries, all people alike have enjoyed beverages and delicacies in this place for hundreds of years. Opened in 1720 by Floriano Francesconi with the name of "Alla Venezia Trionfante". They were the first caffe in europe where women were allowed to enter and order drinks. Amid its richly decorated walls, conspiracies against invading enemies like the French and the Austrians were forged and planned here. During Carnevale in February each year people lines up for hours here for a chance to see and be seen, and off course, no costume, no entry!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Enjoy the place, food & coffee; forget the world! Ask for the uniquely Venetian treats found nowhere else.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #316 of 1,416 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A luxury but if you want to eat overlooking the Square this is a lovely place to people watch. 12/11/2018
    • Must stop 12/11/2018
    • Cafe Florian
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco San Marco 57
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 520 5641
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Here look 360 degrees in all directions, up and down, you may even would need to seat down and look carefully. Observe the drama, the motions, the history. A true jewel of art and architecture. Initially started a charitable brotherhood institution in 1478 by wealthy Venetians to help with public calamities and religious acts. Today continues to have a role in religion but mainly it hosts art related activities, due to its large collection of invaluable pieces of art. You can find here the works of Tintoretto, Palma the Young, Tiziano, etc. Unfortunately, many of its original paintings, treasures and work of art was looted by Napoleon in 1807 in his "rape of Venice" as known to the locals on that time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a lot to see and admire. Research for activities related to this place during the year and access to other rooms not announced publicly but only on request.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Sistine Chapel of Venice--must see 13/11/2018
    • Is located INSIDE the hospital glass doors 13/11/2018
    • Scuola Grande di San Rocco
    Address:
    Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 4864
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Canal Grande
    Bodies of Water
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Here is the main "avenue", everyone wants to book a room with its view. Once in a lifetime, you must stay and contemplate these waters. At least, take the vaporetto or waterbus # 1 in any direction thru the Canal Grande at both night and day; it is a unique experience. Every year in the first days of September the Grand Canal stops all traffic to give way to the celebration of the Historical Regatta, an event celebrated since the 13th century where gondoliers compete with passion and pride in a race for supremacy on their rowing skills. Definitely, not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If taking the vaporetto, take a seat on the very end of the boat, outside the main cabin for the best views.
    • Forget the camera! Open your senses to sight, sounds and smells. No video or photos can match closing your eyes and re-living those magic moments.
    • Make a note to search what events are happening on the day of your arrival. Some festivities, like rowing usually paralyzes all boat and ferry traffic in the canal for hours.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • OAT 3 day visit 13/11/2018
    • Pre cruise to Greece 13/11/2018
    • Canal Grande
  • Campanile di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    "Il padrone" or the landlord how it is known to the locals, the highest point in Venice is also a symbol of the city's spirit. In 1609 Galileo Galilei presented to the Dodge and to the world his new invention, the telescope. Incredible views, magic memories, see all what you can walk and experience. There is no getting lost in this island. Strategically the best point in the city to watch the festivities of "Il Redentore" or the Redeemer, a yearly 3-days holiday in which the city turns from day masses to night spectacular fireworks and concerts.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just in case, remember to take ear plugs to the top for if the bells starts while you are there.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good views of city 13/11/2018
    • MUST VISIT 12/11/2018
    • Campanile di San Marco
    Address:
    Sestiere San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 5205
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Doge's Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    The Venetian empire's central government body resided here. It is a gothic masterpiece of incredible significance in time since the 13th and 14th century to the renaissance. Housed the most complex and advanced organizational form of government of its time. World history was changed from here. Amazing paintings, vast and richly decorated rooms will leave you breathless. Each room has its own history, the treasure, the prison and its bridge, the secret rooms and passages, there is so much to see that it could take you a week to explore all in details.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not miss the secret itineraries and guided internal tours. Study its amazing history and rich details of its events, then everything will make sense or "the icing on the cake".
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enormous 13/11/2018
    • Learn about how Venice was run 13/11/2018
    • Doge's Palace
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Other:
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Beautiful church and one of the most painted or photographed structures in Venice by world's most renown artists. An amazing work of Andrea Palladio. The interior contains works of great masters such as Tintoretto, Palma the Younger, and Carpaccio. Finished from 1576 to 1611, its original design has been modified and new areas have been added. The views from the campanile are amazingly beautiful. In 2011 right behind the church, the Giorgio Cini foundation opened the Borges labyrinth garden to the public.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't just visit and climb the campanile, research on the web the many events that takes place here during the year. Catch exiting exhibitions plus library and book events.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best view of VENICE 13/11/2018
    • Easy to visit 13/11/2018
    • San Giorgio Maggiore
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 7827
    Other:
  • Basilica di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    La Basilica, as known to the locals, is the biggest monument to the rich history of Venice, as depicted in its grandeur facade and its inside, all of Byzantine style with incredible mosaic works covering every wall and roof, telling stories of Saint Mark but also from the bible. The splendor of the Venetian republic during the centuries was always reflected in the enrichment of the Basilica by the locals bringing precious artifacts, gold and stones from remote parts of the world. April 25th Venice celebrates the Feast of S. Mark, the patron saint of the city. Here rests the relics of this Saint which were stolen in the year 828 from Alexandria in Egypt by two Venetian merchants. On this day a big procession and crowds floods the main square, making it as one of the most important festivities in Venice.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do your research and be prepare to visit all it does offer like the Treasury, the Pala d'oro, the museums, the campanile, etc.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highlight of Venice 13/11/2018
    • Didn't Go In 13/11/2018
    • Basilica di San Marco
    Address:
    San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 270 8311
    Other:
  • Ponte di Rialto
    Bridges
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    The bridge represents the heart of the city, built to cross the canal at the point that it was for centuries and still is today the most active business and traffic area in the lagoon. It was built in 1181 and also the very first bridge in the island; initially was a simple pontoon bridge called Quartarolo or bridge of "la moneta" due to the toll charged by the ferry on those days. The bridge has being demolished and rebuilt many times thru out the centuries and numerous famous builders like Michelangelo, Palladio e Sansovino tried their luck in putting their names to the structure's best and final design. Thanks to the works of painters during the centuries there is testament of the many faces it has endured. To watch or mingle with the locals, eating and drinking, just cross the bridge to the northern side and head to the Market and its vicinities.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Restaurants in the bridge area are labeled as 'touristy' by the locals. For better food just cross the bridge and head inland few blocks.
    • Don't forget to cross the bridge! There are many things to do and visit on the other side! Here's the Market & many small places to eat cicchetti and drink an ombra.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Joke 13/11/2018
    • Amazing 13/11/2018
    • Ponte di Rialto
    Phone:
    +39 041 250 1801
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Ponte dei Sospiri
    Bridges, Historic Sites
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Here is one of the most photographed objects in Venice. Made of white Istrian stone in 1602 and commissioned by Doge Marino Grimani to link the main offices (the Palazzo Ducale) to the new prisons. Here is from where the famous Casanova is said to have escaped. Popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs because the prisoners passing in their way to the cells could see the light thru its small windows and see the beautiful lagoon for the last time, sighing for the terrible fate awaiting them.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you have phobia to enclosed and tight spaces, you may find this bridge difficult to pass but it is worth it going thru.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just a sight you have to see 13/11/2018
    • Nice stop. 12/11/2018
    • Ponte dei Sospiri
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Lido
    Islands
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Known as "the golden island of Venice", the Lido is a long and narrow stretch of terrain that separates the Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Most favored for its miles of long, shallow and warm-water beach in which you can bathe from March to October. Early poets and renowned artist have enjoyed the island since the late 1700's and today are still erect many building representing those golden times. Located here is the "Palazzo del Cinema" where every year the world famous cinema exhibitions takes place. Here is where many elegant tourists go for relaxing times. Apart from sport events for tennis, equestrian and swimming races, plus golf, life in the island is mostly quiet. Long walks and ice-cream are your main events other than an occasional cultural event. Contrary to the main island of Venice, you will find cars here but the locals prefer the bicycles. You can bring your automobile directly from Piazzale Roma in Venice by ferryboat.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lido. Lovely island 30/10/2018
    • Lido, Venice 26/10/2018
    • Lido
    Phone:
    +39 041 526 8019
    Other:
  • Torre dell'Orologio
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    This famous clock overlooking La Piazza, as known to the locals, is probably the second most famous clock in the world after the Big Ben in London. Giving the archway to the Mercerie street shopping area this widely decorated tower gives the time on the hour since 1775. The clock, enameled in blue gold, was designed for the sailors and it shows the passing of the seasons, the hours, the lunar phases and the zodiac. A notable feature is the procession of the Magic Kings. The three Kings pass in front of the Madonna and Child and bowed, preceded by the Angel Announcer playing the trumpet.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Jump and walk-in thru these little streets full of merchandise, coffee and small bakery stores. There is no getting lost in Venice; it's an island after all!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 02/11/2018
    • beautiful icons 26/10/2018
    • Torre dell'Orologio
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 4273 0892
    Other:
  • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    One of the main Icons for its distinctive Palladio-style architecture and position, it has become one of the symbols to identify the city. La Salute, an all marble edification was built in 1631 in giving thanks to the Virgin for sparing Venice of the black plague raging on those times. Its architectural magnificence and unique baroque Venetian and Byzantine work of art is adorned by impressive works from Titian and Tintoretto. One very distinctive item to note is its floors for its intricate patterns on marble of dozens of colors. To ward off the good health and as a sign of true devotion, the church becomes a destination for pilgrimage and festivities every year on November 21st. On this day the city celebrates the "Madonna della Salute", where masses pray and light candles on its six altars, but after leaving, it all turns into a festival with music, stalls overflowing with pancakes, cotton candy and sweets of all kinds.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In Venice, each place have its hours of public access, research on the web its hours during the year.
    • If planning to assist on the day of the main festivities on November, keep in mind that ferries and boats are stopped from entering on the main entrance of the canal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of those amazing buildings that says, 'This is Venice' 06/11/2018
    • Location, beauty, art, and history 05/11/2018
    • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Address:
    Campo de la Salute Dorsoduro 1
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 274 3911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 12:00
    15:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Ponte dell'Accademia
    Bridges
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Offering impressive views of the Gran Canal, this bridge is a popular destination for photographers and all those going from San Marco to Dorsoduro district. It is one of the best spots to watch a sunrise in Venice and testimony of this is the many photographers gathering up for a spot on the bridge very early in the morning. Completed in 1854 by the Austrian invading forces (1848-1866). The original design was made of wood but since then it has been renovated with the additions of metal segments to improve structural strength. Its original name was Ponte della Carita for the adjacent Church of Charity and later on with the inauguration of the Galleria dell'Accademia, it was renamed as such.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't just stare and take pictures of the views. The galleria is the world's best collection of Venetian's paintings. The bridge is now easy for wheel chairs or small carts, etc.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The most iconic bridge in Venice 02/11/2018
    • Great view 21/10/2018
    • Ponte dell'Accademia
    Other:
  • Ca' Rezzonico
    Speciality Museums
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Sumptuousness and sophistication are adjectives to best describe this magnificent and impressive 18th century palace. It houses a valuable collection of objects, paintings and furniture that expands from the 400's to the 900's. Of great interest are the magnificent rooms with frescoes from Tiepolo, Guarana and Guardi. Most notable is the Pinacoteca donated by Egidio Martini with almost 300 works from Cima da Conegliano, Vivarini, Tintoretto, Palma the Young, Strozzi, Caffi, and Ciardi just to name a few. Historic mascaraed parties were given in this palace. Some rooms have a magical feeling when you enter them.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the third floor pharmacy museum with all its antiquities.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 13/11/2018
    • Less Crowded, Favorite Memory 12/11/2018
    • Ca' Rezzonico
    Address:
    Dorsoduro 3136
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 241 0100
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Ca' d'Oro
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Art Museums
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    The "Casa di oro" or Ca' d'Oro (golden house) in the Venetian dialect is of the many sumptuously decorated palaces along the Grand Canal dating back to the 1400s. This one actually had some facade sections laminated in gold long ago. Its Gothic and byzantine intricate designs makes it for one of the most beautiful structures facing the canal. The porch in the ground floor has incredible and elaborated geometric design works in marble found only on other churches from the islands of Murano and Torcello. Its Giorgio Franchetti gallery contains valuable works from Mantegna, Palmezzano, Titian, Guardi and others.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the ceramics museum. Also, if you arrive by boat, don't forget to walk out to the street of 'Strada Nova' where shopping is the norm in that area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Creepy 27/10/2018
    • A great surprise ... 10/10/2018
    • Ca' d'Oro
    Address:
    Cannaregio 3931-3932
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 8790
    Hours:
    Mon
    08:15 - 14:00
    Tue - Sun
    08:15 - 19:15
    Other:
  • Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    San Zanipolo as the Venetian dialect called centuries ago started in 1246 and it was finished in the middle of the 15th century. A true masterpiece of gothic Venetian, along with the Frari is one of the two most impressive and majestic churches in Venice. The church contains many interesting monuments to Doges that governed the island throughout the centuries. Works by Bellini and Lotto can be admired on its walls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget to admire the adjacent structure of the Scuola Grande di San Marco, now one of the main hospitals in the island. Yes, you can enter and explore it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good statues 14/10/2018
    • Tombs of the Doges and Marvelous Works by Veronese 30/09/2018
    • Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
    Address:
    Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo
    6363 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 5913
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:30
    Other:
  • La Giudecca
    Islands, Neighbourhoods
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    La Giudecca is the longest island of the city of Venice. Here the human interaction is completely different than of the historic center (San Marco) for its garden and boat storage and repair activities. Life turns here in relaxation mode. Thanks to its isolation, the island has been a resort for wealthy artists and business class for centuries. A Jewish community was established here from the 9th century and today many buildings and small businesses are still owned by their descendants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the church of the Zitelle, designed by Palladio in 1582. Also not to miss is the Redeemer, which contains works from Tintoretto, Veronese and Vivarini.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice, cozy, calm 28/08/2018
    • Afternoon spritz 27/08/2018
    • La Giudecca
    Phone:
    +39 041 275 0462
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    A true "jewel" of Venice, one of the most beautifully designs both in and out, this little church is loved by the locals like no other. Both its exteriors and interiors are not the most richly decorated but their intricate and colorful designs in marble makes for the locals their favorite church for getting married. In the 15th century, inspired on the miracles and answered prayers of a painting of the Virgin Mary on a house wall nearby, the residents of the area decided to pay homage by gathering funds to build a church worth the Icon of their devotions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the just few feet to the east, the splendid basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, plus the Scuola Grande di San Marco.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fantastic chuch, must visit in venice 13/11/2018
    • Beautiful church with special marble collection 12/11/2018
    • Santa Maria dei Miracoli
    Address:
    Campo Dei Miracoli
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 41 2750462
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:30
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:45
    Other:
  • Torcello Island
    Islands
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Away from the crowds and with very little traffic in its surroundings, this little island enjoys almost absolute tranquility. It was here when the first colony of those escaping the barbarian invasions of the north established themselves and started what once was a true maritime empire. The main two structures in the island are the cathedral and church of Santa Maria Assunta, founded by the year 639. Most of the island is inhabited with wild grasses and private little farms. Some fishermen today work the area with boats and methods of fishing that were designed many centuries ago. A little away from San Marco but not too far in a vaporetto (Venetian ferry).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can make your visit here magical by having a meal at one of the local restaurants, accompanied by live singing of Italian opera and others.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice big church 13/11/2018
    • Rather different 20/10/2018
    • Torcello Island
    Other:
  • Museo Correr
    Libraries, Art Museums
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    An amazing structure and grandiose decor found on its floors, walls and roof designs of exquisite taste and geometric patterns. The museum offers an exiting discovery journey of the history of La Serenissima with paintings and drawings by many artists thru the centuries. All thanks to the donation of Teodoro Correr in 1830 to the city. Its floor's marble designs have influenced some of worlds famous architects like Michelangelo and they also have been imitated at many other buildings in 19th and 20th century. The structure houses rich historic events thru 19th century and today also host contemporary expositions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If the names like: Mantegna, Bellini, Giorgione, Tiziano, Veronese, Tiepolo, Piazzatta, Canaletto or Guardi among many others, means anything to you, then a visit is a must!
    • Once arrived and done at the museum, do not miss the Libreria Sansoviniana for a chance to see books older than the discovery of America.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You may get a neck ache from looking up 02/11/2018
    • An Opulent View of History & Art 29/10/2018
    • Museo Correr
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco San Marco 52
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 240 5211
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Church of San Pantalon
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    This little church with a rough and unfinished facade near the lively Campo Santa Margherita, hides an amazing work of art that maintains people absorbed in its incredible visual illusion. On its ceiling, one of the largest canvas in the world, San Pantalone's martyrdom and glory, blends the real architecture of the church with the one on the painting. Fumiani's masterwork took over 20 years to complete between 1680 and 1704, although the church itself was built around the year 1161. In its interiors there are other works by Veronese, Palma il Giovane, Vivarini and Veneziano.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For an unforgettable evening, try to assist to one of the Vivaldi concertos that are performed weekly here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't Go out of your way 13/11/2018
    • Breathtaking 13/11/2018
    • Church of San Pantalon
    Address:
    Campo San Pantalon Dorsoduro 3703
    Campo san Pantalon
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 348 523 8542
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 12:30
    Sun - Sat
    15:30 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 12:30
    Other:
  • Sale Monumentali della Libreria Sansoviniana
    Architectural Buildings, Libraries
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Apart from all the gold, precious stones and artwork in Venice, this library is the true jewel of the city. Originally designed by Sansovino and finished in the 1500's, it was built to store Greek and Latin manuscripts donated to the Republic by Cardinal Bessarion in 1468. Enriched by the works of many famous artists it is an example of architectural masterwork with rare marbles and intricate patterns and designs. The library forms today, along with the office Mint, where there are reading rooms and an invaluable collection of (B.C.) texts, the monumental headquarters of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. In reality, the visitor wonders at first sight if the place is really a library or a museum, for all the Roman and Greek statues and art work all around. If there is a place to get lost in Venice, this is it, but lost in reading history of the world, the Venetian Republic, manuscripts of the many Doges and lawmakers thru the centuries, or simple business transactions with other powers, it is endless.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To get a chance for a glance at some of the textworks there you must make arrangements well advance to your visit. Research their website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 794 things to do in Venice
    • Amazing halls 25/03/2018
    • One of the most important libraries of the mediveal times 21/06/2016
    • Sale Monumentali della Libreria Sansoviniana
    Address:
    Piazzetta San Marco n.7
    Venice
    Italy
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 01:30
    Other:
  • Arsenale di Venezia
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    The true power of the Venetian Republic and its naval empire comes from this little area in the city. Doge Falier established this shipyard in 1104 and it developed into the most productive and advance ones for centuries. So advanced that they kept in secrecy their trade, walled and housed their workforce around it, and ran it with military precision. This was the source of the commerce and military powers that made Venice an empire for centuries. The ships made in the Arsenale participated in many significant naval battles, conquered countries and cities and helped shape the history of mankind. Today it harbors not only an important naval museum but some of the modern Italian navy vessels. Other areas are open to cultural activities such as expositions and performances, especially in June, where the grand Biennale d'Arte gather gather artists and exposition from all over the world. At the end of August thru September gather here the world famous Biennale di Architettura that extends thru out its gardens.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The architectural design of its one and only door to the city is a jewel not to miss.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting buildings around the Arsenale. 07/11/2018
    • Just wow! Didn't know it was there...massive, and beautiful. 18/10/2018
    • Arsenale di Venezia
    Address:
    Campo San Biagio Castello 2148
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    41 2441 399
    Other:
  • Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    The history of this monumental and artistic complex is rooted in the 1200s where the first monks, followers of Francis of Assisi, came first to Venice. Second only to the one of San Marco, this enormous building houses masterwork sculptures and grand paintings like no other; even today is one of the most important centers of the Franciscan Friars in Italy. At first sight, there is a pyramid inside a sacred church, but how? It serves as a funeral monument to the sculptor Antonio Canova built by his students. This church has served an important role in the life of the city thru out centuries and today it continues to do so. The Franciscan monastery annexed to this church houses the archives of the Venetian state with 15 million manuscripts, book and documents; making it the third largest after the Vatican.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is suggested to research for their hours and events since it is very active.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Basilica in Venice 13/11/2018
    • A few visit 09/11/2018
    • Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
    Address:
    San Polo, 3072
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 272 8611
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Teatro La Fenice
    Theatres
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Venice 1789, it published a call to architects for plans to build a theater with "the most pleasing to the eye and ear of the audience". Indeed, it is one of Europe's most richly decorated, beautiful, sophisticated and best theater today. Since its inauguration it has burn down to the ground and rebuilt twice with its original decor, sumptuousness and quality. The theater hosts all sorts of cultural events thru out the year but it is most busy during February and March for the Biennale di Teatro. Special mention deserves the December's New Year celebration televised all over Italy and western Europe.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Every week there are events in this theater, just walk up to it or order tickets online. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the internal museum.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful experience 12/11/2018
    • What a fantastic theatre. Wow!! 12/11/2018
    • Teatro La Fenice
    Address:
    Campo San Fantin
    San Marco 1965
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 786654
    Other:
  • Isola di Pellestrina
    Islands
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    About eight miles long, a couple of hundred yards wide, populated by narrow streets, and small squares, this miniature version of Venice is a heaven for tranquility seekers. No snobs or nobility found here, just plain and simple hard working people, divided in three neighborhoods showing great passion on their rivalry that has lasted hundreds of years: rowing racings. Like a rainbow over the lagoon, here the houses are all painted with bright different colors and adorned with fishermen's nets. With a population of about 5000, life here is all about fishing and fine lacemaking. Traditions have passed here over the centuries and today are live and well. There are no luxurious and very little accommodations places here but the seafood is the freshest in the region. Life, as the locals say, has remained as typical as back to the 15th century. For those seeking a truly peaceful atmosphere in the lagoon, away from the tourist mobs and noisy boats, this is it! Life is best enjoyed here with a book, an aperitif sprinkled with Campari or Aperol by the sea. For those visiting in May, do not miss the opportunity to watch one of Venice most important event: "La Festa della Sensa" or the celebration of the Ascension of Christ. For centuries, each year Venice celebrates their marriage to the sea and their heritage. Countless boats go rowing from this island to participate on this event.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss Da Celeste, a historic local restaurant with great fresh seafood. Don't be shy...talk and mingle with the locals, soon they take you in like a long time friend.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Pellestrina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Other world 02/11/2018
    • Awesome 23/09/2018
    • Isola di Pellestrina
    Phone:
    +39 041 967355
    Other:
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    An impressive edification both inside and out, with very elaborated marble and stucco works in the northern part of the city. The church was originally built around the 12th century and bought by the Jesuits in 1657. It has recently been renovated to its original splendor, making it for one of the most beautiful churches in the island.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 794 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Treasure 05/11/2018
    • A monument to wealth and power 28/10/2018
    • Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti
    Address:
    Salizada de la Spechiera
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 1610
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
    16:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Magie di Carnevale
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    elFlaco1953 Says:

    Nothing liberates you more from labels of social class, gender, age, religion or race than wearing a mask. Indeed, does the Carnevale in Venice. Although today's general idea is to be a procession of masks and costumes, its origin dates back to the first century, where wearing a mask was permissible during several days or weeks thru out the year during other festivities. Today, other than to the locals, it is little known fact of the existence of other celebrations and activities that takes place in Venice that culminates in the big procession, such one, as the Election of the Mary. This event alone is as ancient as Carnevale itself, where twelve young maidens are chosen by the people to represent the city, but only one could be elected based on her attributes of kindness and beauty. This elected girl is then chosen to become the angel in the "Flight of the Angel" ceremony, where wearing a special winged costume and hidden hardness she slides down from a cable that unites the top of the Campanile to the Piazza San Marco. Another little known fact to most is that the classic Venetian masks each has a special meaning and representation along with a specific costume and weare on certain days.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • People come to Venice in Carnevale for a chance to mingle, party and forget the world, but pay little attention to the city customs. Behave and respect those around you.
    • Planning to assist? Well plan at least a year ahead. Not only prices of almost everything gets to double, but the crowds are so big that finding accommodations are almost null.
    • Going with a baby or little kids can be a hard proposition during Carnivale, unless you are familiar in battling jungles and deserts with them. Forget the carriages or big toys.
    • The authorities are no longer shy about issuing warnings of issues with pick-pocketing, and theft whenever large crowds assembles. It is advised to evade the late night hours out.
    • Young people should travel and stay in groups while Carnevale. There are festivities almost everywhere at the time. Make sure you enter in those events sponsored legally.
    • It is suggested to go with your own costume. Trying to find one during the festivities not only are almost impossible, but outrageously pricey.
    • When finding accommodations for Carnevale, you may want to explore renting an apartment or B&B. You may get less steep prices and are usually away from the crowed areas.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 357 Shopping in Venice
    • Authentic and unique artistic handmade masks with reasonable prices 16/08/2017
    • Venetian Handcraft Workshop 11/06/2017
    • Magie di Carnevale
    Address:
    Salizada San Provolo
    Castello 4518
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 7310
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 - 19:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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