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Venice is a magical place with tons of things to see and do. Many activities are free, others have a modest (and occasionally not so modest) cost. We love to wander the streets, poke among the incredible food markets, see the incredible architecture, and still get away from the crowds. La Serenissima!

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19 Places

Canal Grande

Bodies of Water

St. Mark's Square

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica di San Marco

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Ponte di Rialto

Bridges

Ponte dei Sospiri

Bridges, Historic Sites

Porta della Carta

Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Torre dell'Orologio

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Churches & Cathedrals

San Giorgio Maggiore

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Churches & Cathedrals

Cannaregio

Neighbourhoods

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Museo Ebraico di Venezia

Speciality Museums

Museo Correr

Libraries, Art Museums

Campo del Ghetto

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Vaporetto

Taxis & Shuttles

Via Garibaldi

Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas

Murano

Destinations

Vermonters210's City Tips

  • Reservations for certain museums is a must. Often you'll need to make reservations more than a day ahead of the time you want to visit.
  • Get away from the crowds that swarm around San Marco's Piazza. Because Venice is an island, you can't really lost! Wander the streets and you'll see beautiful sights and sites.
  • Get the multi-day vaporetto pass. Order it on-line and pick it up when you reach the city. It provides easy on-and-off the water buses.
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    Canal Grande
    Bodies of Water
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The Grand Canal is Venice's Main Street. If this is your first trip to Venice, consider taking the #1 Vaporetto (the water bus) at the dock immediately outside the train station. It's the slow vaporetto that stops at all the stops. Admire the incredible architecture that lines the Grand Canal. Look for the beautiful flowers when in season. At night, peek into the palaces that may be lit bright.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Buy your vaporetto tickets on-line and pick them up when you arrive in Venice. The machines to retrieve your already-paid-for tickets are easy to use.
    • If you're in Venice for a week, the 7 day vaporetto ticket is the cheapest way to have endless travel from place to place and island to island.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breath taking ! 17/08/2017
    • Got to love this canal 16/08/2017
    • Canal Grande
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    St. Mark's Square
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    This gigantic square is a happening place! During the day it is filled with people and thousands of pigeons. On one end of the Piazza is the Basilica di San Marco - more about that later. On the other end is the Correr Museum - more about that later too. On both sides are shops (some very expensive) and several places to eat (some very expensive). Come here in the evening when the crowds have dwindled to hear the orchestras and bands playing in front of the restaurants. You can grab a chair (and pay for a glass of wine or a beer) or you can just grab a seat on the steps and listen to the music. This is a lovely way to spend an evening! Also, during rainy times or really high tides, the Piazza will likely have water to walk through. Or you can use the benches that seem to magically appear and walk on them to avoid getting your feet wet.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • There is no cost to wend your way through the Piazza. Poke your head into the amazing shops.
    • Our favorite time to visit the Piazza is in the evening when the crowds have dispersed and the swarms of pigeons have dissipated.
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Didn't disappoint - a lovely square! 17/08/2017
    • Awesome But square 16/08/2017
    • St. Mark's Square
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0427 40436
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    Basilica di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    This Basilica is one of the most spectacular churches in Italy. It is filled with incredibly detailed Byzantine mosaics top to bottom, front to back, side to side. It is difficult to take it all in. As expected, biblical themes abound. We've been back to this building many times during our trips to Italy and Venice and we are always seeing something new. Whether one is Catholic or not, go to one of the Sunday Masses. You will then have plenty of time to marvel at the beauty of this place. The choir is superb. The rite is beautiful. And the mosaics will take your breath away. If you have time, pay the small fee and go up to the museum in the church. You get a great view of the inside of the basilica, a ring-side (and elevated) seat to look out at San Marco's Piazza, some cool up-close mosaics exhibits, and the real, historic "famous" horses inside (and the replicas of them outside on the balcony). [If you've read Sally Vickers' book "Miss Garnet's Angel" you will be well prepared for seeing the horses!]

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • There is a dress code: women especially are expected to have relatively modest clothing on (no shorts or mini-skirts = we've seen women turned away).
    • Take time to check out the mosaics on the outside front of the basilica. Marvel at the beauty of this incredible place.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History in direct 17/08/2017
    • Symbol of Venetian wealth & power!!!! 16/08/2017
    • Basilica di San Marco
    Address:
    San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 270 8311
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:45 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Ponte di Rialto
    Bridges
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    Any time you take the vaporetto down the Grand Canal to and from the train station, you will travel under the Rialto Bridge. It is an exquisite piece of architecture. Take the time to walk across the Bridge too. It has shops lining both sides with cheap and not-so-cheap merchandise. And during much of the daytime, it will be teeming with tourists. You can see some of the beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal. There is a wonderful fresh fruit and vegetable market on the other side of the Bridge; and an absolutely awesome seafood market. We saw treasures of the sea in this market that we've never seen anywhere else. We even took pictures of some of the freshest seafood you can find anywhere! There are also some restaurants lining the Canal near the markets but we could not vouch for the quality or variety of the food.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • If you get up early, the Bridge can be a place you have all to yourselves. We've been there at all hours. Going early or in the evening is your best bet.
    • If you are staying in an apartment and you're able to prepare your own meals, pick up some seafood at the Rialto fish market. Get fresh veggies at the fruit/vegetable market.
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 739 things to do in Venice
    • A must see place, great arhitecture 17/08/2017
    • Crowded Bridge 16/08/2017
    • Ponte di Rialto
    Address:
    Rialto Vaporetto Stop
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 250 1801
    Other:
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    Ponte dei Sospiri
    Bridges, Historic Sites
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The way you access the Bridge of Sighs is to take the self-guided or guided tour of the Doge's Palace in San Marco's Piazza. You can see the Bridge from the walk-way on one of the little canals on the side of the Doge's Palace. But to walk across it, imagining yourself a prisoner of the Doge, and to take a last glimpse of the Venetian lagoon before heading to the dungeon prison is a trip!

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Spend the money and tour the Doge's Palace. It's awesome! Walk across the Bridge of Sighs on your way to the dungeon. Take photos of the lagoon from inside the Bridge.
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth it 16/08/2017
    • Classical Venice 16/08/2017
    • Ponte dei Sospiri
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Porta della Carta
    Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    Buy a combo ticket for the Correr Museum and Doge's Palace which are on opposite ends of San Marco's Piazza. The Doge's Palace - the doge was the ruler of Venice for hundreds of years - is an incredible place. The architecture is magnificent (Venetian Gothic, I believe) with other eastern highlights. Walk up the grand staircase in the courtyard; then onto the golden staircase up into the palace itself; see the doge's living spaces; marvel at the incredible art and sculpture, the marble fireplaces, the government function rooms (very impressive). Check out the great hall with the largest oil painting in the world; then head to the Armory which has an impressive display of armaments, armor for man and horse, and a nasty looking chastity belt. Then head across the Bridge of Sighs before heading down to the prisons and dungeons. Take your time in the dungeons to look into the rooms and see the scrawling on the walls. In general, take your time to really explore the palace. It is a masterpiece! There also is a special tour called Secret Itineraries which can be reserved for an extra fee. We did not take this but we may on our next visit so we can see even more of the palace that isn't included in the regular walking tour.

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    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you take this tour, bring along a light jacket or sweater. Even in the summer, the prisons and dungeons can be a little chilly.
    • There are restrooms - actually port-a-potties - on the ground floor outside of the palace bookstore.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rooms were Closed 16/08/2017
    • This place is breathtaking 15/08/2017
    • Porta della Carta
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Torre dell'Orologio
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The Clock Tower (the Torre dell'Orologio) is a cool place to see. You can observe the Tower from San Marco's Piazza (end closest to the Basilica) and you can see the bronze men swinging their hammers at the top of every hour. But you can also buy a ticket and take the tour of the inside of the Tower. It is a climb up but it's neat to see the inside of the Tower.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Make your reservations for this tour well in advance. It can sell out pretty quickly.
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take The Tour 12/08/2017
    • Unique 11/08/2017
    • Torre dell'Orologio
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 4273 0892
    Other:
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    Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    Santa Maria Glorioso dei Frari Basilica is a masterpiece! We saw many churches, cathedrals, and basilicas run by the Franciscans all over Italy but this one may be the most magnificent. Walk slowly and try to take it all in. You will see an unusual choir section as you walk towards the front of the basilica. The woodwork is awesome. Above the main altar is a spectacular painting of the Assumption of Mary. It is breath-taking. Sunlight flooded the main altar while we were there. If you walk to the right of the main altar, you will see an incredible wood carving of St. John the Baptist. Keep going right and you'll walk into the sacristy. Here you will see the beautiful Madonna and Saints painting. If you love Italian art, you've come to the right place! also in the basilica you'll see the massive tomb of Titian and a neat pyramid-shaped tomb of Canova (I believe). If you can only see two of Venice's basilicas, see Frari Basilica and San Marco's. They are memorable.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • There is a small admission to see the Frari Basilica. It is worth the price.
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Titian and Donatello 16/08/2017
    • Must See! 10/08/2017
    • Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
    Address:
    San Polo, 3072
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 272 8611
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 5
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    Santa Maria della Salute is worth a stop. We took the vaporetto past the Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim Museum to the Salute dock. It is an unusual octagonal-shaped church. It's neat to walk around the inside and realize that you can't actually see all of the sides at once. Take time to go into the Sacristy to see the large Tintoretto painting. The "Marriage at Cana" is very beautiful and has a very different perspective than one usually sees in Tintoretto's work. Also, check out the ceiling in the Sacristy. It was painted by Titian. Also, walk around the outside to not only see the outside of the church but also the great views back towards San Marco's and towards the sea.

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    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful outside and inside 16/08/2017
    • Beautiful church 16/08/2017
    • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Address:
    Campo della Salute, 1
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    ++39-041-274-3911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 12:00
    15:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    San Giorgio Maggiore
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    San Giorgio Maggiore is worth the trip. It the church with the incredible Palladian front (named for the architect Palladio!). The art work in this church is quite beautiful, especially Tintoretto's "Last Supper" and "Manna from Heaven." Check out Brunelleschi's Crucifix and the paintings by Tintoretto's son, Domenico. Pay the fee to take the elevator to the bell tower (a.k.a. the Campanile). You will be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of Venice, the lagoon, the islands, and the Adriatic Sea in the distance. What's best is there are almost no lines to get onto the elevator! (If you try to get on the elevator at the Campanile in San Marco's Piazza, you will pay more and you will wait and wait.) Also, be aware that the bells in this bell tower actually ring on the hour so try to time your elevator trip up/down accordingly. We stayed up in the bell tower for quite a while and took many pictures of the awesome views.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Take the elevator up to the Bell Tower for spectacular views of Venice and the sea. There is a small fee - well worthwhile. And usually no lines waiting for the ride up or down.
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • for a view of St. Mark's Square 16/08/2017
    • Not just the tower ... (which is a must of course) 16/08/2017
    • San Giorgio Maggiore
    Address:
    Isola San Giorgio Maggiore
    30133 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 7827
    Other:
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    Cannaregio
    Neighbourhoods
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    This is a lovely district to just wander around. We walk and turn down calles (streets) to see where the path will take us. There are lovely Venetian house-fronts with flower boxes above doors, in windows. And very few tourists. We eventually found our way to a main shopping district called Strada Nuova. We stopped for gelato at Grom's (good gelato but expensive) then wander our way back to the Ghetto (more about that in another description on Campo del Ghetto). The Ghetto is a pretty incredible place to see and experience.

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    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take time to simply wander around. Get lost. Turn down streets. Cross little bridges. See where they take you. Grab a bite to eat in an quiet, uncrowded local restaurant.
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 13/08/2017
    • So peaceful and the food is really good 11/08/2017
    • Cannaregio
    Phone:
    +39 333 422 0631
    Other:
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    Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    Santi Giovanni e Paolo Chiesa is a gigantic and old building, filled with tombs and monuments, and massive and beautiful art and sculptures. Take time to thoroughly tour this place.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a nominal fee to walk through this huge church.
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a must-see but definitely no-regret and pleasant surprise 13/08/2017
    • Nice 31/07/2017
    • Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
    Address:
    Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo
    6363 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 5913
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Chiesa di San Zaccaria
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The San Zaccaria church is one of the oldest in Venice. It's definitely worth a visit especially if you want to see some very unusual features. The inside is literally covered with paintings depicting all types of religious figures and events. After checking out the paintings, head to the crypt. First you'll see more paintings by Tintoretto, and the five gold thrones of the doges. Then head into the Chapel of San Tarasio. And then head down into the water-filled crypt. Fascinating. After leaving the church, walk around the back of the building for a rear view of the Bridge of Sighs.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a nominal fee to enter the crypt.
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The flooded crypt is a hidden gem 04/08/2017
    • One of the most beautiful churches in Venice 02/08/2017
    • Chiesa di San Zaccaria
    Address:
    Campo S. Zaccaria, 4693
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 1257
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
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    Museo Ebraico di Venezia
    Speciality Museums
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The Museo Ebraico is a must see. We took the vaporetto to the Guglie stop and walked to the old Jewish Ghetto (more about the Jewish Ghetto later). Look up at the "skyscrapers of Venice" = the 6 story buildings where the Jews were herded and housed in the 1500s. Because they were compelled to live in this area, the Jewish community built "up" adding stories on the buildings to house them. We picked up a map at the Jewish Information Center and easily found the Museo Ebraico. We purchased tickets for the 12:30 p.m. English-language tour of the Museo. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. We saw three of the five synagogues each beautiful in its own way. Our guide pointed out buildings in the Campo (the Square) that we would check out after the tour. After the tour was completed, we then went back to the Museo itself and took a leisurely walk through reading everything we could about the Jews of Venice. Very interesting and informative displays and descriptions. There is a bookstore and small gift shop in the entrance to the Museo and there are bathrooms.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • The tour of the Museo and the synagogues are timed, and have specific languages offered. There is a fee (about 10 Euros/person) and worth every penny.
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great History, but there's not much in the museum 17/08/2017
    • Worth a visit 15/08/2017
    • Museo Ebraico di Venezia
    Address:
    Cannaregio 2902/b
    33437 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 715359
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Museo Correr
    Libraries, Art Museums
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    There is a combo-ticket to the Museo Correr and the Doge's Palace (less than 20 Euros/person to see both places = and worth the price). The Museo is at the far end of San Marco's Piazza opposite San Marco's Basilica. You purchase tickets at the top of the grand staircase. This museum is massive and does a superb job laying out the history of Venice. It is filled with incredible art and really showcases the aristocratic life of the city. The array of "things" in this collection is impressive: paintings, armor, coins, furniture, banners, clothing, games, etc. There are English descriptions of everything which, if you read them all, will add greatly to the amount of time you'll spend here. An extra added benefit is the view of the Piazza out the windows of the Museo. The only downside, if one can call it that, is that we simply couldn't see it all or read it all; there is just too much to take in. So pick and choose.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • There is a fee for admission to the Correr and the Doge's Palace. There is a cafeteria in the Correr if you need to take a break and have a snack. Give yourself plenty of time.
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing except for the cafe where they do a good lunch in nice rooms 15/08/2017
    • More of a Palazzio than a museum 12/08/2017
    • Museo Correr
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco San Marco 52
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 240 5211
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Campo del Ghetto
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The Campo del Ghetto is a wonderful place to wander around. You can walk there, wending your way through the Cannaregio district or you can take the vaporetto to the Guglie stop and then wend your way into the Campo. Check out the Venetian "skyscrapers," the six story high buildings that house all of the Jews when they were herded into this part of the city to live back in the 1500s. To make room for all, they built "up" to add living spaces. We have visited this area a number of times during our trips to Venice and it has never been crowded. You'll find the Museo Ebraico here. It is worth the money to take the tour (there are English language tours as well as tours in other languages) and to see the Museo itself. While in the Campo, look for the bronze sculptures on the wall depicting scenes from World War II when the Nazis rounded up the Jews and sent them to concentration camps. These wall sculptures are powerful and very moving. Look for David's Shoppe and browse - and buy - some of his inexpensive jewelry. David speaks English and you will have a wonderful conversation with him. We always make it a point to stop and see his Shoppe and to buy some of his pins and other beautiful work. There are several restaurants in the area where you can dine indoors or outdoors. This is a lovely and uncrowded spot to spend a morning or afternoon.

    Good for
    • Must See
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 15/08/2017
    • Jewish neighborhood - go back in history 11/08/2017
    • Campo del Ghetto
    Phone:
    +39 041 715359
    Other:
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    Vaporetto
    Taxis & Shuttles
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    The vaporetti are the buses of Venice. If you arrive in Venice by train and exit the train station, you'll find the vaporetto directly in front of you on the Grand Canal. You buy your tickets - or pick up your tickets if you ordered on-line - right here and board the vaporetto. If you're staying in Venice for a week, you definitely want to buy the 7 day pass. It is so much less expensive than buying a ticket every time you ride the vaporetto. And ordering tickets ahead of time on-line - and printing them right here - is very easy. You will often find the vaporetto teeming with people; occasionally, you might have to wait for the next one, especially if you're carrying luggage. There are inside seats, outside seats, and lots of standing room. And taking the vaporetto gives you an incredible view of the palaces that line the Grand Canal and the other canals and the lagoon. We encourage travelers to buy the ticket and have it available in case the driver or the staff asks to see it. We've seen this happen more during our recent trips. If you don't have the ticket, you can get fined. In addition to the vaporetto stops on the Grand Canal, you can take the vaporetto to the Lido, to Murano, Torcello, and other stops. It is a great way to see the city.

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Buy/reserve your tickets ahead of time on-line and pick them up outside of the train station.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 21 Transportation in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good fun - but expensive 17/08/2017
    • crowded but worth it 16/08/2017
    • Vaporetto
    Address:
    Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32
    30135 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 272 2111
    Other:
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    Via Garibaldi
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    When we visit in Venice, we stay in an apartment in the Castello district of the city. This district is a ten minute walk from San Marco's Piazza along the Grand Canal. It's at the Giardini vaporetto stop. This is a very uncrowded part of Venice and you feel surrounded by local citizens not tourists. Via Garibaldi is the Main Street in this area. There are a number of restaurants on Garibaldi, grocery stores, coffee shops, a bank, a post office. a farmers market, and the vino sfuso shop. The vino sfuso shop is a bulk wine store where you bring your own container, pick the kind of wine you want to try, hand the clerk your bottle (glass or plastic), and she'll fill it right from the barrels. It is incredibly inexpensive. And you get to sample different kinds of regional reds, roses, and whites. There are other vias that intersect with Garibaldi. We walked down to the Grand Canal and then along the Canal until we could not walk any further because the sidewalk ended. Then back we walked until we came to Via di Novembre through tree-lined ways, saw playgrounds, flowers in bloom, other quiet paths, then over a bridge where the Biennale is held every other year, and on to the park that intersects with Garibaldi. This is a lovely area to stay in while in Venice and Via Garibaldi is great place to blend right in to the day-to-day lifeblood of the Castello.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 739 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    • Via Garibaldi
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    Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
    30122 Venice
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    Vermonters210 Says:

    If you want to see some of the famous Venetian glass being made, or you want to buy some gorgeous pieces to take back home, take the vaporetto to the island of Murano. We catch the vaporetto at the Arsenale stop and enjoy the ride across the lagoon to the island of Murano. Once you arrive on Murano, you will find a seemingly endless number of shops selling all kinds of glass: Christmas balls, necklaces and other beautiful jewelry, vases, drinking glasses, wine glasses, little glass trinkets, some relatively inexpensive and many pieces of very, very expensive glass, chandeliers, art. Some small, others huge. Look for one of the foundries where you can actually see these wonderful pieces of glass art being made. Wander the streets and find huge spectacular outdoor glass sculpture. If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants. Murano is a much more quiet part of Venice and you can stroll without being jostled by hordes of tourists.

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    • Before you buy a piece of glass that strikes your fancy, check out multiple shops first. The prices vary greatly from shop to shop.
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