Things to Do in Venice

Martin Morrell

There's no gold in this house, as the name would suggest, but the Ca' d'Oro—also known as the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti—is a treasure trove of artwork... Read More

Venice's main university is located in this extraordinary 15th century building, sitting on the widest curve of the Grand Canal. Hour-long tours, led by... Read More

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

Serious collectors come for paintings and sculptures by top contemporary inter- national artists such as Toots Zynsky and Silvia Levenson. Read More

"The largest museum in Venice" is how this collection of 16 churches sell themselves, and they have a point: They combine unique architecture and... Read More

To teach travelers about the ecological challenges facing the city, the sustainable-tourism organization organizes guided walking tours, where you&rsquo... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

Legendary designer Mariano Fortuny assigned the colors for his fabrics’ poetic names: “Rembrandt rust straw and silvery gold,” &ldquo... Read More

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... Read More

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. Read More

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

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.),... Read More

Venice is swarming with classical music performances in venerable old buildings, but Interpreti Veneziani—founded in 1987—is head and shoulders above... Read More

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

An oarlock might not be at the top of your shopping list, but step inside this woodworking shop and you’re likely to change your mind. Designer... Read More

The owners of the 62-year-old workshop create their unique handmade papers using a collection of 300 antique Asian printing blocks. The duo specializes... Read More

Upcoming Italian housewares designers showcase a variety of modern pieces—like streamlined, blown-glass bottles—in this chic white-and-wood... Read More

The boutique deals in delciate glassware. Read More

Senegal-born Moulaye Niang is the city’s first African glassmaker. His store sells contemporary jewelry that uses bright colors from his homeland.... Read More

The museum 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... Read More

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

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

To rent a costume for the February Carnevale, come here; The shop carries more than 10,000 period pieces. Read More

The streets leading to the Rialto Bridge are lined with vendors selling wooden toys, shoes, bags, and hats. Best buys include the multihued furlane ... Read More

Brave the lines (or, better, book ahead) for the Doge's Palace, La Serenissima's most iconic building and the Republic of Venice's seat of power from... Read More

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

Venetian pasticcerie, or cake shops, are legendary, and Didovich is one of the best—a family-owned bakery still run by the 70-something founder, Italo.... Read More

You'll feel like a Guggenheim as you take in the heiress's vast inventory of paintings and sculptures while wandering through her former palazzo on the... Read More

"The drawing room of Europe" is how Napoleon is said to have described Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square. Today, make that the drawing room of the... Read More

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

François Pinault recently commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando to turn this ornate 18th-century palace on the Grand Canal into a... Read More

The Madonna and Child Enthroned is housed here; t’s reportedly the only work by 15th-century Greek artist Antonio Falier da Negroponte. Read More

This flamboyant church at the mouth of the Grand Canal—all round exterior, vast dome, and scalloped flourishes around the roof—is one of Venice's... Read More

Venice's best known scuola grande—the scuole were religious charitable organizations, though run by the clergy—San Rocco's 16th-century building was... Read More

For the best view of the city young professionals and artsy types head here to sip glasses of Campari soda and Prosecco. Read More

Book tickets for the recently restored 1836 opera house, where you can listen to Verdi and Puccini's masterpieces in their home country. (If you can't... Read More

This historic workshop is frequented both by Vatican priests and fashion designers. Take a guided tour to see how weavers create velvets on 18th-... Read More

You don't need a gondola to see Venice from the water—the best tour of the city is on public transport. The line 1 vaporetto (water bus) starts at bus... Read More

Pop into this tiny shop for dark chocolates spiced with lavender, cayenne pepper, star anise, or cinnamon. Read More

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