The sights of Venice
The quickest ways to find out what sorts of things there are to see and do in Venice, from major museums and churches to fun experiences and offbeat sights
www.turismovenezia.it [tourist office]
www.veneziadavivere.com [events blog]
www.veneziasi.it [good tourist info from local Venice hotels association; last updated Feb 2012]
www.meetingvenice.it [general info; sadly, last updated 2010]
Activities & tours of Venice
ReidsItaly.com Venice Map
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» THE VENICE BOOKSHELF
There's the romance of a ride in a gondola and the chilling tales of political intrigue, brutal justice, and Casanova's escape from prison you get to hear in the secret backrooms of the Doge's Palace on the "Secret Itineraries" tour.
Then there is the festival of Tintorettos in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the world-renowned glass factories and medieval churches of Murano, the views from the Campanile, the sumptuous decor of the Ca' d'Oro, the fascinating tours of the Jewish Ghetto, the modern art masterpieces in the Peggy Guggenheim, and, of course, the Grand Canal, perhaps the most glorious—and oddest—main boulevard of any city in the world.
Reid's List: Venice
1) Tour the outlying islands
By time available
» Note: If you are arriving in Venice on that first day you will waste some time getting into town, settled, etc.—rather than being able to start sightseeing first thing—so there are two versions of each itienrary.
• If you have 1 full day in Venice
There are several ways ReidsItaly.com helps you browse the sights of Venice, each neatly tucked into its own box below. You can get quick lists of all the top sights—the ones no one wants to miss when they visit Venice—or of all the attractions that are free of charge.
Or you can check out Reid's List, a thoroughly subjective compendium of some of my favorite, slightly less famous sights and experiences.
If you prefer thematic categories, you can see all the major museums or churches or palazzi at once, or if you're looking for something else to see or do nearby a major sight, you can peruse everything by neighborhood.
If you like to leave the planning of the daily itinerary to others, you can also sign up for a guided tour or two.
The top half-dozen or so sights listed under each category above are just a sampling. If you want to read short, one-line reviews of all sights within a category, click on the category title (or you can click on an individual sight for a quick link to its full description).
I have rated every sight and experience in Venice from zero to three stars.
Three stars, two stars, etc. are fairly self-explanatory—but note that it's not that the "no-star sights" are not worth the bother.
In fact, in any other city they'd probably rank much higher. They're just cursed to be in Venice, competing for your precious vacation time alongside St. Mark's Basilica, the Accademia Gallery, and a gondola ride—all solid three-stars.
This is a purely subjective rating, but it will help you get a sense of which sights pack the highest wow factor—and where to spend your time. In fact, you could view the starts thusly:
- Anything rated three stars you should try to see even if you only have one day in Venice.
- With two days, you can try to pack in as many two-starred sights as well.
- With three or four days, you'll have time to fit in some one-star sights around the edges of your sightseeing schedule.
- If you're lucky enough to be in town for more than four days, you might take the time to visit some of the no-starred sights.
This material was last updated April 2013. All information was accurate at the time.
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