Venice

Venice Travel Guide

Artists pontificate over the latest exhibits while lounging on cream linen sofas at this contemporary gallery-cafe. During "spritz hour" (6 to 9 p.m.), Campari cocktails are $6 a glass.

Instead of the basilica on San Marco, head for a far newer landmark: the showroom architect Scarpa created for the Olivetti company in 1957. Diagonally across from the celebrated cathedral, it’s a jewel-like temple for secular objects.

Where: Rio di Palazzo, Venice, steps from Piazza San Marco.

 

Stats: Built in the early 1600s in the Baroque style, the bridge connects the Doge’s Palace to what was once a prison.

 

The museum runs tours of the Jewish Ghetto. You can visit three of the five area synagogues, each with its own character and design.

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 felt.

The boutique deals in delciate glassware.

Jack Nicholson and Elton John are fans of the made-to-measure silk pajamas embroidered with Venetian lions.

François Pinault recently commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando to turn this ornate 18th-century palace on the Grand Canal into a steamlined art exhibition space complete with white, freestanding walls.

The museum has an incredible 18th-century clothing collection that includes the fur-trimmed crimson brocade tunics once worn by city councilmen.

The popular spot features a bottle-stacked bar, illuminated by Ingo Maurer lights, and outdoor chairs that overlook the Grand Canal.

Senegal-born Moulaye Niang is the city’s first African glassmaker. His store sells contemporary jewelry that uses bright colors from his homeland. Best finds: bulbous glass rings in orange and lilac.

The museum has a collection of paintings by Pietro Longhi, is a Modernist reprieve from the city’s Gothic architecture.

Bibliophiles will bask in the variety of reading materials: everything from rare and used books about Venice to contemporary mysteries autographed by local writer Donna Leon.

The streets leading to the Rialto Bridge are lined with vendors selling wooden toys, shoes, bags, and hats. Best buys include the multihued furlane (traditional velvet slippers with soles made from bicycle tires).