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From museums to squares, if time is short and you don't want to miss out on the most beautiful places in Venice, follow my recommended round-up of the city's top ten attractions.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

7 City Tips

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10 Places

Ca' d'Oro

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Art Museums

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Churches & Cathedrals

Ponte di Rialto

Bridges

St. Mark's Square

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Doges' Palace

Specialty Museums, Architectural Buildings

Campo del Ghetto

Neighborhoods, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Ca' Rezzonico

Specialty Museums

Biennale di Venezia

Educational sites

Murano

Destinations

Burano

Destinations

Katherina N's City Tips

  • Tipping is not expected in most places in Venice and many restaurants already include a service fee into the bill.
  • Venice is generally a very safe place and you can walk around most parts at night with no problem.
  • It is forbidden to feed the pigeons in St. Mark's Square.
  • Buy a 12 or 24-hour travel card on the day you plan to visit the sites on Venice's islands.
  • Mainland Venice attractions are all easily accessed on foot.
  • Some Venice eateries charge an extra fee when you sit down at a restaurant table or outside - ask in advance so you don't get caught out.
  • If you plan to visit churches, follow the dress code and make sure your knees and shoulders are covered.
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    Ca' d'Oro
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Art Museums
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    Katherina N Says:

    This magnificent palace is easy to spot on any Grand Canal tour due to its distinctive floral facade. Inside you can admire some of the most important paintings of the Italian school by Titian, Guardi and Tintoretto, as well as antique furniture, breathtaking floor mosaics and Renaissance sculptures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If time allows, visit the other places of interest in Strada Nova, including Santa Sofia Basilica, Church of Santi Apostoli, and San Felice Church.
    • Don’t miss spectacular views over the Grand Canal from one of the many palace balconies.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So very beautiful 04/10/2017
    • lovely facade 04/02/2017
    • Ca' d'Oro
    Address:
    Cannaregio 3931-3932
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 8790
    Hours:
    Mon
    8:15 am - 2:00 pm
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 am - 7:15 pm
    Other:
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    Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Katherina N Says:

    Surrounded by the peace and tranquility of this magnificent white church, it’s hard not to feel closer to divinity in this sacred Venice spot. With terrific views of St. Mark's Square and the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, this beautiful Baroque building is also home to an impressive number of world-renowned masterpieces - including works by Bellini, Tintoretto and Vecellio.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you have 2-3 additional hours spare, it is really worth visiting the nearby Peggy Guggenheim collection (modern European and American art) and the Accademia Gallery (the most important collection of Venetian art from the 13th till the 18th century).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Soaring Baroque Basilica 04/17/2017
    • Beautiful & Free 04/17/2017
    • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Address:
    Campo della Salute, 1
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    ++39-041-274-3911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Other:
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    Ponte di Rialto
    Bridges
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    Katherina N Says:

    Rialto is the oldest bridge in Venice, built strategically over the Grand Canal at the point where merchants used to gather and trade their goods. This tradition continues today, attracting Venetians and tourists alike, who come to visit the fish and vegetable markets. Lined by shops on both sides, this is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, carnival masks and Murano glassware.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Try the mixed seafood grill (frittura mista) at Muro Rialto restaurant nearby.
    • Foodies shouldn't miss the creative fusion menu at Ai Marcanti restaurant, close to the bridge.
    • Osteria Al Portego is a great place to stop for typical Venetian small snacks called “cicchetti”.
    • For a more local experience, visit Rialto market early morning (every day except Sunday), when you will find local residents stocking up on fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 604 things to do in Venice
    • An absolute must! 04/22/2017
    • Better from the canal 04/22/2017
    • Ponte di Rialto
    Address:
    Rialto Vaporetto Stop
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 250 1801
    Other:
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    St. Mark's Square
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katherina N Says:

    One of the most important squares in Italy and once called “the most beautiful salon in Europe” by Napoleon, this square is the site of numerous spectacular landmarks including San Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Clock Tower and the Belfry - all must-sees in their own right.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sit outside, glass of prosecco in hand, and enjoy the live music, surrounded by people from all over the world.
    • Enjoy a cappuccino at Café Florian, the oldest coffee house in Venice, located in the Procuratie Nuove building just next to the Basilica.
    • Spend a whole afternoon sitting outside here for a real insight into the unique vibe of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply stunning 04/22/2017
    • Pick your time 04/22/2017
    • St. Mark's Square
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0427 40436
    Other:
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    Doges' Palace
    Specialty Museums, Architectural Buildings
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    Katherina N Says:

    This Palace is a true symbol of Venice, one of its most ancient and beautiful buildings, and a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. Admire its majestic staircases, gold mosaics, marble floors and the lavishly adorned Doge's apartment, and don't miss your chance to walk through the Bridge of Sighs - a completely covered bridge that connects the courtroom with the prison. According to the legend, this is where condemned inmates would take their last breath of fresh air, admiring Venice for the final time, before meeting their fate...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • From 1st April-1st November, take advantage of the “San Marco Museum Plus” pass (full price: 13 euro, reduced: 7.50 euro) which includes all 4 museums in St. Mark's Square.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow! 04/22/2017
    • A work of art 04/22/2017
    • Doges' Palace
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    O
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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    Campo del Ghetto
    Neighborhoods, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Katherina N Says:

    Once home to a segregated Jewish community, the Venetian Ghetto (near the Guglie Bridge) is now a quiet neighborhood with few tourists around - the perfect area to escape to for a peaceful walk away from the crowds. Start your exploration at Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, crossing a bridge to the Fondamenta degli Ormesini and then continuing on to the Fondamenta della Misericordia. In Fondamenta dei Mori you will find the house of Tintoretto – a famous Venetian painter of the Renaissance school.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Many of Tintoretto's paintings can be found in the Church of Madonna dell’Orto, a short walk along Campo dei Mori.
    • Majer is a great place for pastries or sandwiches in the Ghetto area.
    • Try Torrefazione Marchi in Rio Terra’ San Leonardo for the best coffee in Venice.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting historical spot 04/17/2017
    • Interesting ! 04/17/2017
    • Campo del Ghetto
    Phone:
    +39 041 715359
    Other:
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    Ca' Rezzonico
    Specialty Museums
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    Katherina N Says:

    Lovers of 18th Century Venetian art shouldn't miss the extraordinary atmosphere and architecture of this magnificent palace, located close to Campo San Barnaba. Together with magnificent décor and distinctive furniture, the museum hosts splendid works of art by the most important Venetian painters, including Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a break at the design café, or enjoy a rest outside in the little museum garden.
    • Ca’ Rezzonico is easily reached by ferry or on foot from Campo San Barnaba.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The art and history are amazing 04/13/2017
    • Well worth a visit 04/11/2017
    • Ca' Rezzonico
    Address:
    Dorsoduro 3136
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 241 0100
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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    Biennale di Venezia
    Educational sites
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    Katherina N Says:

    Held every two years in the Biennale Gardens (and countless other pavilions around Venice) since 1895, the Venice Biennale is an unmissable contemporary art exhibition, bringing together the best in international music, cinema and theater. The Bienale Gardens are also the perfect spot in Venice for an evening stroll or relaxing afternoon, whatever time of year you visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best places to eat in this area are Trattoria alla Rampa (Via Garibaldi) and Trattoria al Diporto (Sant’Elena).
    • Don’t miss a walk in the nearby Via Garibaldi, one of the widest streets in Venice, and full of restaurants and bars.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 604 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely walk through gardens 04/02/2017
    • off the beaten path 03/31/2017
    • Biennale di Venezia
    Address:
    Giardini-Arsenale
    San Marco 1364/A
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 521 8828
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    Murano
    Destinations
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    Katherina N Says:

    Having been the sole site of all glass production in Venice since 1291, Murano remains world-renowned today for the beautiful glassware it produces. In Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, you’ll find Museo del Vetro (the Glass Museum), where those interested can see more than 4000 glassworks and trace the evolution of the glassblowing techniques of the Murano school. One of the main architectural attractions on the island is the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, featuring a beautiful mosaic of the Virgin Mary. Another important landmark is the Church of San Pietro Martire, home to several stunning works of art by Veronese, Tintoretto and Bellini.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Fondamenta dei Vetrai is home to numerous small shops selling glassware but the best place to buy Murano glass is on mainland Venice.
    • Make sure that you buy genuine Murano glass - look for the trademark “Vetro Artistico di Murano”.
    • Time to spare? From Murano Island, the island of Burano is an easy 40 minute ride away by water bus #12.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Murano
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    Burano
    Destinations
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    Katherina N Says:

    This little island is famous for its colorful houses (the most famous one is the “Casa di Bepi”) and handmade lace. It’s a great area in which to simply relax and enjoy the artistic atmosphere, exploring small streets and admiring beautifully painted houses along the way. On the main street of Burano - Via Baldassare Galuppi - you’ll find Museo dei Merletti (Lace Museum) which displays numerous examples of Venetian lace and charts the history of the industry.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Those looking for lace souvenirs should head to Via Galuppi - this street is full of tiny shops selling just that.
    • One of the best places to enjoy fresh seafood on Burano is Trattoria Al Gato Nero, situated at Fondamenta della Giudecca 88.
    • Feel like hopping over to another island from here? The peaceful island of Torcello is located just 5 minutes away via water bus #9.
    • Try the typical Burano biscuits known as “Bussolà” (in the shape of an “O”) or “Esse” (in the shape of an “S”).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Burano
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