Venice is one of the most important art cites in Italy. Besides its unique art heritage, it is famous for its natural setting. The town, and its lagoon, were awarded Unesco World Heritage in 1987.
The charm of St Mark's Square, gondolas across the canals at sunset and tourists screaming will conquer you for its beauty. It is really impossible to remain insensitive to it.
Recommended Hotels In Venice
For a stay in Venice, we recommend our best hotels:
- Hotel Delfino - 4 stars in Mestre
- Hotel Antico Panada - 3 stars
- Hotel Principe - 4 stars
- Hotel Continental Venice - 4 stars
- Hotel B4 Bellini Venezia - 4 stars
Venice is one of the Italian towns that joined the day use hotel formula.
Lots of museums and galleries attract millions of visitors every year.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection stands out. Located in Guggenheim’s wife house, it collects the artworks the lady had purchased or received as a gift from the many artists to whom she gave hospitality. Brancusi and Calder’s sculptures stand next to paintings byChagall and Mondrian, in a very enchanting and charming atmosphere.
If you want to make a step back in time, the Eighteenth Century Museum, inside the mighty Ca' Rezzonico is absolutely a must. In it eleven rooms you will find furnitures, pieces of clothings, jewels, Tintoretto’s paintings and Tiepolo’s frescoes, a real taste of the luxury of the old Venice.
A special mention goes to the Museum of Natural History. Enlarged in 2003, the museum features a historical section with more than two million pieces and an incomparable collection of fossils and birds, one of the biggest in the entire world, a section for Giancarlo Ligabue’s scientific expeditions in Niger and an aquarium.
Venice is also spirituality and power. St Mark's Basilica, named after the town’s patron saint, is a clear tribute to the Byzantine art. It will soon conquer its visitors with its gold-coloured ceilings and mosaics.
Not far from the church is the Doge's Palace, once home of the local political power of the Republic of Venice.
Worth a look are the diplomatic rooms, the prisons and the world famous Bridge of Sighs, the last piece of liberty prisoners experienced before being locked into jail. Another attractive points in Venice are the Arsenal, the old centre of the shipbuilding industry, and the Santa Maria della Salute.
Taking a vaporetto heading outside the heart of Venice, you can reach the Murano Island, with its coloured houses and the charming small waterways, where you could hang around its narrow streets or visit the Museum of Glass, to learn something new about the manufacturing of glass.
A few minutes from Murano is Burano with its Museum of Lace and its typical restaurants. Inaugurated in 1981, Burano’s museum of Lace is located in the old school of lace. It shows the typical local working tools for this fabric.
Smaller, and less known, is Torcello, an island with only 17 inhabitants. What makes this place an interesting one is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Saint Fosca.
Events You Should Not Miss
Those loving social events will find their perfect destination in Venice.
A must event, a unique experience for those willing to take a bite to the real Venetian climate is the Carnival: the opening ceremony, with the the angel’s flight, is only the beginning. The parades of the masks, the award for the most beautiful costume and the feast of the Marys will draw the visitors and their curiosity.
A very international event is the Biennale, one of the most important international events of contemporary art in the entire world.
Biennale, as it is called in Italian, features some special sections (art, dance, cinema, architecture, music, theatre) and also organizes world famous events such as the Venice International Film Festival and the International Architecture Exhibition.
An absolute must is the Historical Regatta, which takes place every year along the city’s main channel on the first week of September.
Even if you do not love sports, you will be captured by the parade of old vessels before the race where gondolini and caorline (small gondolas and small boats) will race together.
Shopping In Venice
Walking along the city streets, called Calli, you can still find the old craftsmen working with glass, especially in Murano, or with lace in Burano, or those carving masks.
The Venetian Masks are some of the most sought after souvenirs. Beautiful items for parties, they can also be hung asdecorative piece in your house instead of a painting.
Where To Eat In Venice
Venice has a strong culinary identity.
The favourite hanging around spots for Venetian are called bacari, small inns where it is possible to enjoy traditional meals and snacks of meat and fish with a nice glass of wine.
Some of the most famous ones are Il Paradiso Perduto, near the Fodamenta della Misericordia, and Alla Vedova in Cannareggio, famous for its meatballs, creamed codfish and the sarde in saòr, a dish based on sardines served with sweet and sour onions.
How To Reach Venice And How To Move In The City
One of the most interesting facets of Venice is the possibility to discover the town by simply walking down its calli. As even the less expert traveller knows, there is no way to use taxis or bus in Venice. The best means of transportation is the vaporetto.
The closest airports are the Marco Polo and the Antonio Canova airports, respectively in Venice and Treviso.
Alternatively, you can reach Venice by train, getting of at Saint Lucia station.
Best Time Of The Year To Visit The City
The best time of the year to visit Venice is surely spring. The mild climate encourages long and the queues for the museums and restaurant are not so bad.
On the contrary, the months to avoid are the hot ones: places like the Doge's Palace or the Saint Mark's Basilica may need queuing up for two or three hours, which is not the best option under the summer sun.