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.
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 Saviero Pastor hand-carves sinuous, one-of-a-kind pieces in walnut, cherry, or pear wood.
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.