Venice: The Complete Guide

Venice Rialta Bridge

Venice is one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. Beautiful floating palaces of stone surrounded by an ancient network of canals, built on a group of 118 islands and these small islands are linked with 400 bridges. These islands are located in the Venetian Lagoon, which sits just off of the mainland of Italy. With its Gothic architecture, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, wide piazzas, and narrow canals, Venice is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Venice is divided into six sestieri, neighborhoods that have distinctly different characters. San Marco is the heart of Venice and home to Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Bridge, surrounded on three sides by a great loop in the Grand Canal.

Most tourists spend the majority of their time here, along with Dorsoduro (Pont dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute), and San Polo. Santa Croce, located on the western end of Venice, is the main transportation hub. The bus station, parking garages, and train station are located here. Cannaregio, Castello, and Giudecca are where many local Venetians live, but these sestieri make great places to go for a stroll if you want to escape the tourist crowds in the heart of Venice. Finally, Murano, Burano, and Lido make great day trips from Venice, but you need to have at least three days in Venice in order to have enough time to do this.

History of Venice

Venice’s history is as dramatic as its landscape. Founded in the 5th century when locals fled to the Venetian Lagoon to escape barbarian invasions, Venice grew to become a major maritime power and the heart of a vast trading network during the Middle Ages. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice for over a millennium, from 697 to 1797.

The wealth of the city built through its control of trade between Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean allowed for the creation of stunning architectural and artistic works, making it a center of the Renaissance. Notable historical figures like Marco Polo are tied to its rich past, and its unique political system and flourishing trade helped it become known as “La Serenissima,” a powerful and influential city throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods.

Venice’s intricate canal system and the majestic architecture along its banks tell the story of a city that once served as a bridge between the East and West, rich with a history of commerce, art, and architecture. Today, Venice continues to be one of the world’s most awe-inspiring cities, drawing visitors from across the globe to experience its unique beauty and historical legacy.

Visiting Venice for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Venice on the first visit. To help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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38 Best places to See in Venice

This complete guide to Venice not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Venice and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Caffè Lavena

Cafe Lavena, Piazza San Marco, Venezia
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Caffé Lavena is a café in the city of Venice, Italy. It was established in 1750, and was originally called Regina d’Ungheria (the Queen of Hungary) under the Austro-Hungarian empire. The café has its origins in the popular Venice of the 17th century, it became later Orso Coronato (Crowned Bear) because of the picturesque sign […]
Location: Cafè Lavena, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Website | Distance: 0.10km
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Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco, or St Mark’s Square, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza (“the Square”). All other urban spaces in the city (except the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma) are called campi (“fields”). The Piazzetta (“little Piazza/Square”) is an extension of the Piazza towards […]
Location: St. Mark's Square, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | | Distance: 0.20km
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Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo
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The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small palazzo in Venice, Italy, best known for its external multi-arch spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, “of the snail”). The staircase leads to an arcade, providing an impressive view of the city roof-tops.  The palazzo is located in a small, less-travelled calle (street) […]
Location: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket | Distance: 0.20km
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St Mark's Campanile

St Marks Campanile
St Mark’s Campanile or Campanile di San Marco is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy. The current campanile is a reconstruction completed in 1912, the previous tower having collapsed in 1902. At 98.6 metres (323 ft) in height, it is the tallest structure in Venice and is colloquially termed “el paròn […]
Location: St Mark's Campanile, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-9pm summer, 9.30am-5.30pm winter, last entry 45min before closing | Price: adult/reduced €8/4 | Website | Venice San Marco Tour with St. Mark's Bell Tower Tickets | Distance: 0.20km
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Torre dell'Orologio

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The Torre dell’Orologio or Clock Tower of St Marks in Venice is an early Renaissance building on the north side of the Piazza San Marco, at the entrance to the Merceria. It comprises a tower, which contains the clock, and lower buildings on each side. It adjoins the eastern end of the Procuratie Vecchie. Both […]
Location: Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: tours in English 11am & noon Mon-Wed, 2pm & 3pm Thu-Sun | Price: adult/reduced €12/7 | Website | Skip the Line Tickets | Distance: 0.20km
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Museo Archeologico, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Museo Archeologico Nazionale
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The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia or National Archaeological Museum  is a museum located right on Piazza San Marco in Venice. The National Archaeological Museum was established in 1523 by Cardinal Domenico Grimani. This Museum has a great collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, ceramics, coins and stones dating back as far as the 1st […]
Location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-7pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar | Price: adult/reduced incl Palazzo Ducale €20/13, with Museum Pass free | Website | City Pass with Museums, Churches & Public Transport | Distance: 0.20km
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Basilica di San Marco

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The Basilica di San Marco or Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, commonly known as St Mark’s Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Catholic Patriarchate of Venice; it became the episcopal seat of the Patriarch of Venice in 1807, replacing the earlier cathedral of San Pietro di Castello. It is dedicated to and holds […]
Location: P.za San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy | Hours: 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 2-5pm Sun summer, to 4.30pm Sun winter | Website | St. Mark's Basilica Tour with Doge's Palace Option | Distance: 0.20km
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Museo Correr

Piazza San Marco à Venise (Italie).
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The Museo Correr is a museum in Venice, northern Italy. Located in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, it is one of the 11 civic museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. The museum extends along the southside of the square on the upper floors of the Procuratorie Nuove. With its rich and varied collections, […]
Location: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-7pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar | Price: adult/reduced incl Palazzo Ducale €20/13, with Museum Pass free | Website | | Distance: 0.20km
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Caffè Florian

Venezia Caffe Florian
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Caffè Florian is a coffee house situated in the Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco, Venice. It was established in 1720 and is the oldest coffee house in continuous operation in Italy, and one of the oldest in the world (the oldest being Café Procope founded in Paris in 1686). The Florian opened with two […]
Location: Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.20km
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Piazzetta dei Leoncini

Piazzetta Dei Leoncini
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Piazzetta dei Leoncini is a city square in Venice, Italy. The square is located on the north side of the St Mark’s Basilica, near the Palazzo Patriarcale and San Basso. The square is known for its lion statuary. Also on the square, in an alcove of the Basilica itself, is the sarcophagus of Daniele Manin, […]
Location: Piazzetta dei Leoncini, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.20km
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Procuratie Nuove

Procuratie Nuove
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The Procuratie are three connected buildings along the perimeter of in Venice, Italy.  The Procuratie Nuove on the southern side housed the official residences of the procurators. Built between the late-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries to replace a series of dilapidated medieval structures, it represented the culmination of an extensive programme of urban renewal that lasted […]
Location: Procuratie Nuove, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.20km
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Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Venice

(Venice) Doge’s Palace And Campanile Of St. Mark’s Basilica Facing The Sea
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The Pałaso Dogal or Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. It was built in 1340 and extended and modified in […]
Location: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-7pm summer, to 5.30pm winter | Price: adult/reduced incl Museo Correr €20/13, with Museum Pass free | Website | Stroll The Halls of Doge's Palace on a Guided Tour in Venice | Distance: 0.30km
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Rialto Bridge

Ponte Di Rialto, Canal Grande
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The Rialto Bridge or the Ponte di Rialto is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, and without a doubt, the most renowned. Every year millions of tourists cross it. Connecting the sestieri (districts) of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction […]
Location: Rialto Bridge, Sestiere San Polo, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | t. Mark's, Doges Palace, Rialto, and Gondola Tour | Distance: 0.30km
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Bridge of Sighs

Antonio Contin Ponte Dei Sospiri (Venice)
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The Bridge of Sighs or Ponte dei Sospiri is a bridge in Venice, Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino, whose […]
Location: Ponte dei Sospiri, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | | Distance: 0.30km
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Biblioteca Marciana

Biblioteca Marciana
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The Marciana Library or Library of Saint Mark is a public library in Venice, Italy. It is one of the earliest surviving public libraries and repositories for manuscripts in Italy and holds one of the world’s most significant collections of classical texts. It is named after St Mark, the patron saint of the city. The […]
Location: Biblioteca Marciana, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.30km
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Piazzetta di San Marco

Piazzetta Di San Marco
The Piazzetta di San Marco is an open space connecting the south side of the Piazza to the lagoon, The Piazzetta lies between the and the . At the open end of the Pizzetta di San Marco are two large granite columns. Sitting on top of the first column is Saint Theodore, the patron saint […]
Location: Piazzetta San Marco, Piazzetta S. Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 24 hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.30km
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Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice, Venice
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Teatro La Fenice  or Theatre of the The Phoenix is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of “the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre” and in the history of opera as a whole. Especially in the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic […]
Location: Teatro La Fenice, Campo San Fantin, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 9.30am-6pm | Website | La Fenice Opera House Entry Ticket with Audio Guide | Distance: 0.30km
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Harry's Bar

Harry’s Bar Canal Grande Venezia
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On May 13, 1931, Giuseppe Cipriani Senior opened Harry’s Bar in Venice. Over the years, Harry’s Bar became the place where writers, painters, artists, aristocrats, kings and queens would meet. Harry’s Bar has long been frequented by famous people, and it was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway.[1] Other notable customers have included Italian conductor Arturo […]
Location: Harry's Bar Cipriani, Calle Vallaresso, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.30km
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Museo Fortuny

Palazzo Fortuny
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The Museo Fortuny or Fortuny Museum is an art museum in San Marco, in central Venice, Italy. The museum is housed in the Palazzo Pesaro Orfei, now often known as Palazzo Fortuny, where Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949) had a studio in the late nineteenth century, and lived from 1902. The museum presents paintings, fabrics, and Fortuny’s […]
Location: Museo Fortuny, San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-6pm Wed-Mon | Price: adult/reduced €10/8 | Website | Distance: 0.40km
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Fondaco Dei Tedeschi
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The Fondaco dei Tedeschi  is a historic building in Venice, northern Italy, situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge, now transformed into a luxury department store. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city’s German (Tedeschi) merchants. First constructed in 1228, the building was rebuilt between 1505 and 1508, after […]
Location: Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | | Distance: 0.40km
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Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Formosa

Santa Maria Formosa Facciata E Campanile
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Santa Maria Formosa, formally The Church of the Purification of Mary, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. It was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi. It lies on the site of a previous church dating from the 7th century, which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded […]
Location: Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Seconda de la Fava, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10.30am-4.30pm | Price: adult/reduced €3/1.50, with Chorus Pass free | Website | Distance: 0.40km
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Casa di Marco Polo, Venice

In a quiet corner of Venice ,the Venetian palace (palazzo) believed to be explorer Marco Polo’s former residence is easy to miss. Marco Polo’s house in Venice is not easy to find – you have to follow precise directions or else will miss it. It is not far away from Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, […]
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Punta della Dogana - Pinault Collection

Punta Della Dogana
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Punta della Dogana is an art museum in one of Venice’s old customs buildings, the Dogana da Mar. It also refers to the triangular area of Venice where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal, and its collection of buildings: Santa Maria della Salute, (hence the area is also known as Punta della Salute), the […]
Location: Punta della Dogana, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-7pm Wed-Mon Apr-Nov| Price: adult/reduced €15/10, incl Palazzo Grassi €18/15 | Website | | Distance: 0.50km
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica Di Santa Maria Della Salute
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Santa Maria della Salute or Saint Mary of Health, commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy. It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca […]
Location: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 9.30am-noon & 3-5.30pm | Price: Entry to the church is free. sacristy adult/reduced €4/2 | Website | | Distance: 0.50km
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Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Market)

Mercato Di Rialto
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Mercato di Rialto is a covered market in the San Polo district is located near the Ponte di Rialto (“Rialto Bridge”). It is located directly overlooking the Grand Canal. Special are the covered halls of the ‘Mercato al Pesce al Minute’ where the fresh fish is sold. At the rest of the uncovered Rialto Market […]
Location: Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Market), Calle Prima de la Donzella, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Distance: 0.60km
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim for three […]
Location: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-6pm Wed-Mon | Price: adult/reduced €15/9 | Website | | Distance: 0.60km
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Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Basilica Dei Santi Giovanni E Paolo
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The Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, known in Venetian as San Zanipolo, is a church in the Castello sestiere of Venice, Italy. One of the largest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice’s doges were held here, and […]
Location: Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-noon & 3.30-6pm | Distance: 0.60km
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Ponte dell'Accademia

Accademia Bridge In Venice (South East Exposure)
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The Ponte dell’Accademia is one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It crosses near the southern end of the canal, and is named for the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, which from 1807 to 2004 was housed in the Scuola della Carità together with the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which […]
Location: Ponte dell'Accademia, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | | Distance: 0.70km
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Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Alla Ca DOro
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The Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro is an art museum located in the Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The Baron Giorgio Franchetti (1865–1927), was born to a prominent family of Turin. Initially trained in a military school, he preferred the study of music and collecting art. He married in 1890 […]
Location: Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro, Calle Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 8.15am-2pm Mon, to 7.15pm Tue-Sun, 2nd fl 10am-6pm Tue-Sun | Price: adult/reduced €8.50/2 | Website | Distance: 0.70km
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Gallerie dell'Accademia

Chiesa Di Santa Maria Della Carita E Accademia Venezia
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The Gallerie dell’Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th-century art in Venice, northern Italy. It is housed in the Scuola della Carità on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro. It was originally the gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, the art academy of Venice, from which […]
Location: Gallerie dell'Accademia, Campo della Carità, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 8.15am-2pm Mon, to 7.15pm Tue-Sun | Price: adult/reduced €12/2 | Website | | Distance: 0.80km
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Ca' Rezzonico

Ca’ Rezzonico (Venice)
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Ca’ Rezzonico is a palazzo and art museum on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is a particularly notable example of the 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, and displays paintings by the leading Venetian painters of the period, including Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo. It […]
Location: Ca' Rezzonico, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-5pm Wed-Mon | Price: adult/reduced €10/7.50, or with Museum Pass | Website | | Distance: 0.80km
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Basilica S.Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Facade Of Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari (Venice)
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The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church located in the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district of Venice, Italy. The largest church in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of […]
Location: Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venezia, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-6pm Sun| Price: adult/reduced €3/1.50, with Chorus Pass free | Website | Distance: 0.80km
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Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Venice

Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Venice
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The Leonardo da Vinci Museum or Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci is located in Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace, in the province of Florence, Italy. It is part of the Museo leonardiano di Vinci. Explore the mind of a genius with an entrance ticket to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, near the Basilica dei Frari […]
Location: Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Campo San Rocco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Price: € 8 | Website | | Distance: 0.90km
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande Di San Rocco (Venice) Il Salone Maggiore
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The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a building in Venice, northern Italy. It is noted for its collection of paintings by Tintoretto and generally agreed to include some of his finest work. The building is the seat of a confraternity established in 1478, named after San Rocco, popularly regarded as a protector against plague. […]
Location: Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm | Price: adult/reduced €10/8 | Website | Scuola Grande di San Rocco Audioguide | Distance: 0.90km
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Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia

Fondaco Dei Turchi
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Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia (English: Natural History Museum of Venice) is a museum of natural history housed in Fondaco dei Turchi, located on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. Its collections relate mainly to the natural history of the Venetian lagoon that surrounds the city. Today it is one of the 11 venues managed […]
Location: Museo di Storia Naturale Giancarlo Ligabue, Salizada del Fontego dei Turchi, Venezia, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Natural History Museum Entry Ticket | Distance: 1.00km
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Jewish Museum of Venice

Jewish Museum Of Venice
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The Jewish Museum of Venice or the Museo Ebraico di Venezia is a museum focusing on the history of Jews in the city of Venice. The Jewish Museum of Venice was founded in 1953 by Cesare Vivante and rabbis Elio Toaff and Bruno Polacco. It was established at the request of Giovannina Reinisch Sullam and […]
Location: Jewish Museum of Venice, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: 10am-7pm Sun-Fri Jun-Sep, to 5.30pm Sun-Fri Oct-May | Price: adult/reduced €8/6, incl tour €12/10 | Website | Private Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice | Distance: 1.40km
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Venetian Arsenal

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The Venetian Arsenal or Arsenale di Venezia is a complex of former shipyards and armories clustered together in the city of Venice in northern Italy. Owned by the state, the Arsenal was responsible for the bulk of the Venetian republic’s naval power from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period. It was “one […]
Location: ARSENALE DI VENEZIA, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Hours: Access is only possible during major events and exhibitions. | | Distance: 1.40km
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Giardini della Biennale

Giardini Della Biennale
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The Venice Giardini or Giardini della Biennale is an area of parkland in the historic city of Venice which hosts the Venice Biennale Art Festival, a major part of the city’s cultural Biennale. The gardens were created by Napoleon Bonaparte who drained an area of marshland in order to create a public garden on the […]
Location: Giardini della Biennale, Calle Giazzo, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | | Distance: 1.80km
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Best Time to Visit Venice

Venice, with its timeless waterways and historic architecture, offers unique charms throughout the year, but some seasons enhance the experience:

Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times to visit Venice. The weather is mild, and the city is less crowded than in summer. This season is perfect for wandering through Venice’s alleyways and enjoying outdoor cafes before the peak tourist season begins. The city blooms with vibrant flowers, adding to the picturesque setting.

Fall (September to November): Autumn is another excellent time to visit. The weather remains warm in September and gradually cools down, providing a comfortable climate for exploring. The tourist crowds diminish, and the city regains its local rhythm. Venice hosts the famous Venice Film Festival in late August to early September, making early fall particularly exciting.

Winter (December to February): Winter is the quietest season, ideal for avoiding crowds and experiencing a more intimate Venice, with misty mornings and serene canals. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and potential acqua alta (high water), which adds a unique element to the cityscape.

Summer (June to August): Summer brings warm weather and the peak of tourist season, making the city bustling and vibrant. However, be prepared for higher prices and crowded spots. Early summer continues the excitement of the Biennale Arte, which starts in May.

Average Temperatures in Venice

  • January 10°C 8
  • February 12°C 12
  • March 16°C 10
  • April 19°C 11
  • May 24°C 15
  • June 28°C 12
  • July 31°C 11
  • August 30°C 12
  • September 26°C 14
  • October 22°C 12
  • November 15°C 18
  • December 10°C 10

How to get to Venice

By Air:

  • Venice is served by Marco Polo Airport, located on the mainland about 8 miles from the city. The airport handles flights from major international and European cities.
  • From the airport, visitors can take a bus, a taxi, or a water taxi to reach the historic city center. The Alilaguna water bus is a popular choice for a scenic route to the city.

By Train:

  • Santa Lucia Train Station is the main gateway for travelers arriving by train. It’s well-connected to major Italian cities like Rome, Milan, and Florence, as well as international destinations. Exiting the train station offers a direct view of the Grand Canal, making for a grand entrance into Venice.

By Car:

  • Venice is not accessible by car directly. Travelers arriving by car will need to park at Piazzale Roma or on the mainland in places like Mestre, from where they can take a train, bus, or water taxi into Venice itself.
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