What to Do
From the 14th-century Doge’s Palace to the stone arches of the Rialto Bridge, Venice has its share of legendary landmarks. While you shouldn’t skip the tried-and-true, don’t miss the following lesser-known spots and experiences.
The Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia which also has a collection of paintings by Pietro Longhi, is a Modernist reprieve from the city’s Gothic architecture. In the 1960’s, the Veneto-based architect Carlo Scarpa refurbished part of the 16th-century palace, incorporating walls of washed concrete and travertine and a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden.
To teach travelers about the ecological challenges facing the city, the sustainable-tourism organization Context Travel organizes guided walking tours, where you’ll learn about Venice’s preservation efforts.
The best way to explore the hidden islands is by private charter. Il Nuovo Trionfo a double-masted 1926 sailing vessel, is available for small groups.
Spend a day visiting the island of Murano, full of tiny boutiques selling delicate glasswares. One of the best is Marina e Susanna Sent a favorite of Venice resident Michela Scibilia, co-author of The Comprehensive Guide to the Island of Murano.
Don’t miss the San Michele in Isola, on the island of San Michele. The tombs of luminaries such as Ezra Pound and Igor Stravinsky surround this Renaissance church.