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Things to do in Venice

Beautiful, romantic Venice has tempted travelers to its shores for centuries, and with good reason. There are so many things to do in Venice—so many great places, piazze, and hidden canals and alleyways to explore—that one could return to the water-bound city every year and still not run out of ideas. To find out what to do in Venice, browse Travel + Leisure’s insider’s guide, featuring notable architecture, designer boutiques, glassblowing ateliers, great museums, chic cocktail lounges, as well as information on how to get around by boat, where to rent costumes for Carnevale, and who gives architecture tours of Italy’s most scenic city.

Whether you want to attend an opera at La Fenice, shop for a pair of stylish rain boots (perfect to wade through flooded Piazza San Marco), or visit the impressive Scarpa showroom (originally created for the Olivetti company in 1957), T+L’s Venice travel guide has the listings you want. Created by our network of experts, it features the best things to do in Venice—from the Dorsoduro, city center, and the Giudecca and Castello, to Murano, Burano, and islands beyond.

  • Bruno Amadi

    The shop crafts beautiful decorative glass objects—starfish, coral, animals, and dragonflies. More
  • Camicieria San Marco

    Jack Nicholson and Elton John are fans of the made-to-measure silk pajamas embroidered with Venetian lions. Created by the editors of T+L for Rege... More
  • Caterina Tognon

    Serious collectors come for paintings and sculptures by top contemporary inter- national artists such as Toots Zynsky and Silvia Levenson. More
  • Context Travel, Venice

    To teach travelers about the ecological challenges facing the city, the sustainable-tourism organization organizes guided walking tours, where you’... More
  • Dittura Massimo

    During periods of acqua alta (high water), opt for a pair of stylish high-heeled rain boots in splashy red. More
  • Drogheria Mascari

    Dried fruits, truffles, 80 kinds of spices, and 100 varieties of chocolate fill the shelves at the best grocery store in town. More
  • Former Olivetti showroom

    Instead of the basilica on San Marco, head for a far newer landmark: the showroom architect Scarpa created for the Olivetti company in 1957. Diagon... More
  • Fortuny Factory and Showroom

    Legendary designer Mariano Fortuny assigned the colors for his fabrics’ poetic names: “Rembrandt rust straw and silvery gold,” “Bayou lime green an... More
  • Gallerie Dell'Accademia

  • Giovanna Zanella

    Slip your feet into a custom pair of shoes by avant-garde shoemaker Giovanna Zanella. Her wild designs run the gamut from lace-up boots in green an... More
  • Giuliana Longo

    Milliner Giuliana Longo has been creating her signature hats in her workshop since 1968. Pick up a brightly colored beret made of rabbit fur and fe... More
  • Hibiscus, Venice

    You’ll find boho-chic styles such as flared knee-length silk skirts in rouge and rust, and kimono jackets in red and fuchsia. More
  • Il Nuovo Trionfo

    This double-masted 1926 sailing vessel, is available for small groups. More

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