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Venice in New Year is a great way to see the city. With careful planning before you arrive, it can be a memorable and rewarding experience.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

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13 Places

Starhotels Splendid Venice

Hotels

Bar Al Campanile

Restaurants

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Doge's Palace

Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Art Museums

Birraria La Corte

Restaurants

Basilica di San Marco

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

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Musica A Palazzo

Theatres

St. Mark's Square

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ponte di Rialto

Bridges

Ponte dei Sospiri

Historic Sites, Bridges

new_horizon1's City Tips

  • Try and book events, concerts, etc before you go.
  • Starhotels Splendid Venice
    Hotels
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    The hotel is ideally located for all the main sights in Venice. Additionally, it has amazing views from both the restaurant, and , if you choose well, the room. There is also a roof garden, although this became incredibly expensive on New Year's Eve, as it had a prime position to see the fireworks, without the crowds! The restaurant looks out on to the canals, it's a lovely location. They have a dinner option for New Year, and the rooftop is an added extra for about 250 euros. Yes, to sit on the rooftop.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try and book a room that looks out over the canal
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 393 Hotels in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very pleasant stay 16/01/2019
    • Very Venetian 16/01/2019
    • Starhotels Splendid Venice
    Address:
    San Marco Mercerie, 760
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    011 39 041 852 1265
    Other:
  • Bar Al Campanile
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Cafe)
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    Very centrally located as it's a stone's throw from St Marks Basilica. It's always very crowded, and there are limited seats at the back. If you sit down, it's waiter service, however, if you order at the counter, it's take away. A very good, interesting selection of sandwiches.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A great lunch option if you are between sights
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #440 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    • Typical Venetian Bar 13/10/2018
    • Excellent Italian breakfast in San Marco 29/09/2018
    • Bar Al Campanile
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 310
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 1491
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:45
    Other:
  • Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Central American)
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    Yes, it really is the smallest Hard Rock in the world!Very crowded, always a wait for tables, but upstairs a good view of the canals, and, well, it serves great burgers!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • be prepared to wait. At any time.Especially at New Year
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #243 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location, amazing food 18/01/2019
    • a nice location for a tiny hard rock 16/01/2019
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    Bacino Orseolo 1192, San Marco
    San Marco, 1192
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 9665
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:30
    Other:
  • Doge's Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    I would advise you book a tour online before you go. The tour is a must, as it takes you to the offices of the palace, where a sort of secret service operated. All fascinating, and there is a torture chamber too! The tour also takes you across the Bridge of Sighs. A big bonus is that the tour takes you out on to the main staircase, so that you can then continue to look around the palace without paying entrance charge.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Book ahead, as the tour is in much demand.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Grand Day tour with skip the lines St. Marks, Doges Palace and Grand Canal Tour 21/01/2019
    • Colossal architecture and inner decoration - 21/01/2019
    • Doge's Palace
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Other:
  • Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    The church houses one of the the most famous Titians in the world, the Assumption of the Virgin. Lots of other stuff in there, too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating and not crowded 09/01/2019
    • Titian your heart out 05/01/2019
    • 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:
  • Gallerie dell'Accademia
    Art Museums
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    This art Gallery is a must- see, go early to avoid the inevitable crowds. It has Veronese's "Feast in the House of Levi" which is amazing, and huge, also the "Tempest" by Giorgione. Easy to get to by Vaporetto

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go early, as the queue gets very busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of many art museums in Venice 18/01/2019
    • Oh No-only 347 Saints to go! 16/01/2019
    • Gallerie dell'Accademia
    Address:
    Campo della Carita
    Dorsoduro 1050
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 2247
    Hours:
    Mon
    08:15 - 14:00
    Tue - Sun
    08:15 - 19:15
    Other:
  • Birraria La Corte
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    A very nice Pizza restaurant in a small square, over the Rialto bridge. Serves very good Pizza. You can't book a table, but no long waiting time experienced.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #366 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    • Tastiest Food in Venice 07/01/2019
    • Good food and service! 05/01/2019
    • Birraria La Corte
    Address:
    Campo San Polo 2168
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 275 0570
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Basilica di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    A magnificent basilica, improbably perched on the sea! Well, that's how it seems, anyway. Go, before it all sinks into the water, it's perilously damp a lot of the time as it is! Also if it rains, you will find yourself walking on trestle tables to get into the church! First, book a guided tour online before you go. Otherwise, you'll find yourself queueing for ages, trooping around a dark church, and out the other side. The tour guide takes you to the Sacristy, the jewel Room, and the tomb of St Mark's remains.The guide also makes sure you are in the church at exactly the right time for the ceiling to light up, this is only done at certain times of the day, and you can see the gold leaf and the paintings in all their beauty, until the lights go out again.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dont take any bags as you will be curtly directed to a building some 50 metres away to leave them.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Grand Day Tour with skip the lines Doge and St. Marks through Avventure Bellissime 21/01/2019
    • Majestic Church 21/01/2019
    • Basilica di San Marco
    Address:
    San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 270 8311
    Other:
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
    Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    We came on new Year's Day, one of the few galleries that was open. We were served a lovely aperitif on the terrace, overlooking the Grand Canal. The museum is a gem, full of interesting modern art, quite small, but a lot of Dali, Kandinsky and Picasso. There is a grave of every one of Peggy's beloved dogs, in the garden. A must- see

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early, even on New year's day it was busy
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Art Collection in a Relatively Small Place 20/01/2019
    • Interesting but .... 20/01/2019
    • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
    Address:
    Just East Accademia Along Gran Canal
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 240 5411
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Musica A Palazzo
    Theatres
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    A total, total delight. We went on New Year's Day in the evening. A little difficult to find, as tucked away, and you are stumbling over tiny bridges, but they signpost and there are staff waiting to guide you in. Doesn't matter how you dress. Dress warm! It's a big draughty Palazzo. If you get there early you can place yourself right in the action- or you can just sit back and enjoy the opera, set in several sumptious rooms, beautifully lit.A fabulous evening. Also, the American Bar, just a stone's throw away, is a good venue for a pre- opera drink. A big plus, they serve free bar snacks when you order the drinks. If you didnt have time to eat before the show, those snacks are very, very generous.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Go early if you want a good seat in the midst of the action!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An extraordinary & unforgettable experience 20/01/2019
    • A night at the opera! 14/01/2019
    • Musica A Palazzo
    Address:
    Sestiere San Marco 2504
    Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 340 971 7272
    Other:
  • St. Mark's Square
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    St Mark's Square is the central hub, everything is located here, the Duke's Palace, the Campanile and St Mark's basilica. At first sight, it takes the breath away. At New Year, it's really busy. On New Year's Eve, crowds of people gather at the Grand Canal, you have to stake a plot and wait, basically. Take something to drink as you wait. The fireworks take place on the opposite side of the Grand Canal, either on a boat or smaller island, I'm not sure. Afterwards, it's a bit scary trying to head back, due to the narrow streets and the immense, pushing crowd. No supervision, and it gets frightening when the pushing is coming from all sides. We did get a bit crushed, and had to find a small space to get our breath back- not easy. Hotels will all offer views of the fireworks from various vantage points, but it will cost you, lots. The Gritti Palace with a balcony over the Grand Canal would be ideal! Don't forget to try out the various cafes and resturants in the square, but obviously they are far more expensive in such a prime location. It floods regularly in the winter. The sea,it feels very close here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It gets very busy at New Year
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Might be better in summer! 21/01/2019
    • Great vibe for a central square 21/01/2019
    • St. Mark's Square
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0427 40436
    Other:
  • Ponte di Rialto
    Bridges
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    The Rialto Bridge is a great photo opportunity when you are on a boat. It has tiny shops and stalls, and is very picturesque. The Rialto Bridge is in the complete opposite direction to St Marks, and you experience a different part of Venice, more little squares tucked away.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A good vantage point to explore Venice. A cafe is directly underneath the bridge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful! 21/01/2019
    • Would be better lit up more at night 21/01/2019
    • Ponte di Rialto
    Phone:
    +39 041 250 1801
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Ponte dei Sospiri
    Historic Sites, Bridges
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    new_horizon1 Says:

    Another absolute must for a photo opportunity. It's a gorgeous bridge. If you take the Ducal Palace tour, you can visit the bridge, and the cells in which the prisoners were kept, hence the name! It was used to transport the prisoners over.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Access is through the tour only.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 804 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iconic 20/01/2019
    • Go in the Doge's Palace to go inside the bridge. 03/01/2019
    • Ponte dei Sospiri
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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