Things to do in Venice

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There are countless cultural things to do in Venice: the Piazza San Marco, with its basilica, bell tower, and the Doge’s Palace; the galleries in sta... Read More

There are countless cultural things to do in Venice: the Piazza San Marco, with its basilica, bell tower, and the Doge’s Palace; the galleries in stately homes—from the Ca’ d’Oro to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection—squaring off against each other across the Grand Canal; and the islands of the lagoon, like Murano and Burano. But don’t skip the less obvious attractions—the Chorus collective of lesser-known churches, for instance, doubles as an extraordinary collection of art, and the view from the campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore is arguably more spectacular than that from the perennially crowded bell tower in San Marco.

But seeing Venice isn’t just about ticking off the sights, it’s about cruising on a vaporetto down the Grand Canal, taking a trip across the lagoon to other islands, and even splurging on a gondola ride, however many thousands are doing it along with you. There’s a unique magic to Venice that goes beyond its waterways: the narrow, winding streets, or calli; starkly quiet squares (campi); and the piazzas are a joy to get lost in.

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  • Ca' d'Oro

    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

  • Ca' Foscari

    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

  • Chorus Churches

    "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

  • Interpreti Veneziani

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

  • Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia

    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

  • Palazzo Ducale

    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

  • Pasticceria Didovich

    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

  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    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

  • Piazza San Marco

    "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

  • Punta della Dogana

    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

  • Santa Maria della Salute

    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

  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco

    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

  • Teatro La Fenice

    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

  • Vaporetto Line 1

    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

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