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.
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.
The extraordinary Gothic structure houses Tintoretto's Paradiso—one of the largest paintings in the world—which hangs in the Sala del Maggiore Consiglio.
To rent a costume for the February Carnevale, come here; The shop carries more than 10,000 period pieces.
For the best view of the city young professionals and artsy types head here to sip glasses of Campari soda and Prosecco.
You’ll find boho-chic styles such as flared knee-length silk skirts in rouge and rust, and kimono jackets in red and fuchsia.
To teach travelers about the ecological challenges facing the city, the sustainable-tourism organization organizes guided walking tours, where you’ll learn about Venice’s preservation efforts.
Upcoming Italian housewares designers showcase a variety of modern pieces—like streamlined, blown-glass bottles—in this chic white-and-wood shop.