Real-life Venetian Count Francesco da Mosto has done your homework for you. Before you arrive watch his BBC series, Francesco's Venice
, or read the companion book, and you will be heads above the crowd.
In typical Venetian fashion, the ticket system can seem as tangled as the streets. To sort out the maze, buy the Orange Venice Card
from Hellovenezia online
before you arrive, and you will be covered for many of the top things-to-do, which are either included in the price or discounted with the card. It's worth it just for the peace of mind of having a vaporetto
(water boat) pass that allows you to hop on and off at a whim.
You could easily spend the entire week finding, and then visiting, the 16 Chorus Churches
, which are scattered throughout the six sestieri
(districts) of Venice. Think of them as one giant open-air museum filled with masterpieces and treasures, which would otherwise remain closed or in disrepair. Grab your map and find your way through the labyrinth, stumbling on a Titian in the Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario, or a Pietro Lombardo in the Church of San Giobbe.
The Islands of San Giorgio Maggiore and Giudecca
The Giorgio Cini Foundation
is located on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and has recently become more visible. After an absence of 210 years, Veronese's The Wedding at Cana
"returned" to its original setting in the Palladian Refectory Napoleon looted the original, which is now in the Louvre. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, a physically and aesthetically perfect copy is back where it was intended to be. Also worth a look is the new exhibition centre, Le Sale del Convitto.
On Giudecca, a visit to the Church of Redentore keeps with the Palladio theme. Have lunch in the elegant Fortuny Restaurant at Hotel Cipriani, or enjoy a 360° view at the Molina Stucky Hilton's Rooftop Skyline Bar. For more casual dining, kick back at I Figli delle Stelle, also a happening place at night.
Intelligent walking tours
Rather than the city of Falling Angels, think of Venice as a school for Fallen Angels, and learn a bit about why it keeps drawing a crowd.
lead by local resident Howard Fitzpatrick.
Venice Art Tours
lead by local resident Howard Fitzpatrick
In addition to the International Film, Art and Architecture Festivals, La Biennale
has activities throughout the year in singular Venetian venues. Contemporary music, dance and theatre in La Fenice, the Malibran, Arsenale and the Goldoni are some hot spots to hit.
1,000 years of history in one tiny tour guide
Venetian born and bred, Antonella Fontana began her second life as an authorized guide. 1,000 years of history are compressed into her friendly frame. Tours in English, French and Italian. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call +39 333 495 0013 for rates and information.
Much of Venice's lack of nightlife can be blamed on acoustics loud music and voices skip across the water and bounce against the walls. It's tolerated at the bars at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, in Campo Santa Margherita, Campo San Luca and Campo San Silvestro.
Venice Jazz Club has world-class musicians in a funky venue. Live shows start at 9pm.
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