Venice

Venice Travel Guide

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.

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.

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

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 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).

The shop features modern glassware along with rare vintage finds, such as 1940’s glass vases by Carlo Scarpa.

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 and pink leather to frog-skin flats.

Legendary designer Mariano Fortuny assigned the colors for his fabrics’ poetic names: “Rembrandt rust straw and silvery gold,” “Bayou lime green and old ivory,” “seafoam green.” You’ll find these and more at this factory and shop, where 16,000 yards of Egyptian cotton are handcrafted every year.