Venice Travel Guide

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Venice Things to Do

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  • Doge's Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On every visit of the doge's palace I was surprised by the contrast between the brightness, the clear colours and the elegance of the outside facades and the rather dark decoration from the inside of the Doges Palace. The sculptured and gilded wooden ceilings, the paintings of the masters Tintoret, Veronese, Bassano, Palma the Young and others do...

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  • Campanile di San Marco

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A work of art and architecture, the bell tower of San Marco stands right in front of the church on Piazza San Marco. The "Campanile", as it is most often referred to by the Venetians, is an outstanding landmark of Venice. Standing at almost 100 meters high it is hard to miss it once at the square. Unlike the Basilica, its simple brick structure...

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  • Churches

    Santa Maria della Salute is my favoured church in Venice, more than San Marco for a very practical reason: during my last two visits to Venice the queue at San Marco was so long that I abandoned any hope of getting inside, while at the "Salute" there was no queue and I could sit quietly on the steps of the square in front of the basilica with a...

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  • Cafe Florian

    4 out of 5 stars

    SAN MARCO My last night in Venice - the last night of my Holiday, and I was in Piazza San Marco. The crowds had left - pigeons paddling in the water from that afternoons Aqua Alta outnumbered the humans, music played by the cafe musicians drifted over the square. Bother the expense!, I wanted to sit in Piazza San Marco, at one of Venices most...

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  • Harry's Bar

    3 out of 5 stars

    We intentionally chose Harry's Bar to experience this supposed icon. It wasn't worth it in any sense. The food was good but not great. The service was good. It was an interesting place to people watch but the bill was absolutely huge (700 Euro) and our party of five just had a Bellini each, no wine. If you want to eat downstairs, men wear slacks...

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  • (Supermarkets, markets)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Billa has a quite big shop also with some pre cooked food on the main walkway between the trainstation and San Marco. Billa is not the cheapest supermarket (owned by Rewe, Germany) chain but usually has good quality and this shop seems to be a premium shop. Vitello Tonnato

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Venice Nightlife

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  • Other Nightclubs and Discos

    It's impossible write a recent review about nightlife in Venice cause change every season and every years! Most party are organized by the university community (not only for students!) or local group like political party with free concerts and other events. For the best party you have to ask around but it's not easy... Write me if you need any help...

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  • Piazza San Marco

    We just took a stroll through Piazza San Marco one evening and enjoyed the terrific music being played at a couple of the Cafe's. From classical to jazz, the talented musicians are playing tunes to entertain the clientele and you can enjoy it too. You can stop and grab a drink and listen or you can just stroll along and enjoy it.

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  • Harry's Bar

    To cap off our first evening in Venice, we headed over to the world famous Harry's Bar. We walked in and we felt like a part of the family. An inviting and warm atmosphere, the staff is very friendly, knowlegeable and passionate about what they do...it adds up to a club like feeling that all the best European cafes possess. And to top it off, we...

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Venice Transportation

  • Vaporetto

    Venice efficient vaporetto boat shuttle system is easy to use and understand. If you intend to travel a lot during your stay, a tourist ticket can be bought for various periods of time. As the single tickets are rather expensive, the dayticket option - with unlimited vaporetto rides during the chosen timeframe - is usually the best for a visitor....

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  • By plane (and then into Venice)

    The airport of Venice is located in Tessera; not far from Mestre. It is only 13 km far from the center of Venice. The arrivals area is situated on the ground floor. On the first floor there are the departures area and the tickets booths. The check in area is on the third floor. It is not a large airport, but it has several shops, cafes and some...

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  • By train (Santa Lucia station)

    There is only 1 direct train from Venice Mestre, leaving 1.30 am to Klagenfurt arriving 4.40 am, and on to Vienna arriving 8.34 am and 1 1rain from Venice St. Lucia at 9.05 pm via Salzburg arring at Vienna at (8.22 pm), this you can book online on the OeBB site http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp from € 19 to Klagenfurt and € 29 to Vienna, but in the...

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Venice Shopping

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  • Murano Glassware

    Murano glass treasures are amazing! Also, over priced! Buyer beware! For example, I found a little, contorted glass bowl with an opalescent hue that I really wanted. One store had it for €45. I thought it was too expensive and proceeded to go back to another store that had a similar bowl I liked and found they wanted €78. Well, this was no bigger...

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  • Venetian Masks (carnival etc)

    Funny thing. While in all Europe, in December, commerce is directed to Christmas, Venice is already selling… Carnival. Yes, if we search for it we may find some gadgets included in Christmas paraphernalia, but the core business in early December is already masks and costumes. That means two things: • Venice is not a child’s destination • Venice’s...

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  • Markets and supermarkets

    I was pleased to find a supermarket fairly near to my hotel, so that I could stock up on a few snacks to eat in my room. My breakfast was quite basic , so i purchased some yogurts (1.20 euros for 4 pots) potato crisps (1.10 euros for a large packet) praline chocolate (3.50 euros) fruit juice (1.05 euro and 1.10 euros) clementines (3 euros) and a...

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Venice Local Customs

  • Gondole, gondoliere, traghetti

    “Today the weather is triumphant, and my views of life consequently more cheerful. It is so warm that we are going out presently in the gondola, to take up a few dropped stitches. Venice, after all, is incomparable, and during this visit I have penetrated into little slits of streets in every direction on foot. The canals only give one a visiting...

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  • Carnival

    Carneval di Venezia ( Carnival of Venice ) is a must visit at least once in your lifetime, and to get into the spirit of things, a mask is a must. Venice has seen some form of mask going back to the twelveth century but it was in 1608 that the mask was deemed proper for only the Carneval or official functions. Today, the Carneval di Venezia takes...

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  • Festivals

    Before the Regatta started, Canal Grande was a very bussy place, there were lots of moving up and down the chanel. More or less I got impression its big confusion down there on the water front, boats driving into the opposite direction, across the chanel, stopped in the middle of it, yachts in taking positions for observing regatta, fire brigade in...

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Venice Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, etc

    The best advice I ever got as a tourist was from the Rick Steve's guidebook, which I took to Venice in 2007. He says to NEVER put valuables in tote bags, purses, or pockets in any country you visit ( I say, even in the USA where I live). Instead, buy an inexpensive silk body belt pouch and put money, passport, credit cards, etc. in it, and wear it...

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  • Acqua Alta

    You will have seen how an important part of Venice is covered with water often above 1 m high, with a maximum of 136 cm, in these first days of December 2010. Tourists might think that Aqua Alta only happens in the winter. Not necessarily, it can even happen in the summer. At end August 1995 we experienced high water 5 -10 cm! There had been...

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  • Pigeons

    Many tourists seem to delight in feeding the local pidgeons. Some even lie flat on the ground in St Mark's square and somewhat bizzarely cover themeselves in crumbs. Well, each to their own but pidgeons have been known to carry Chiamdiosis, a virus similar to influenza, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia. Your choice.

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Venice Tourist Traps

  • Gondole

    Guys like this one, dressed in the traditional Venetian clothes, can be seen all over the place, especially in the most crowded areas of Venice. But if the season is good and the city of Venice is overcrowded by the tourists, you wont see them around. Their job is catching tourists around and canvassing them for a gondola drive. In case they...

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  • Fake handbags, street sellers

    watch out for the African Vendors selling 'Gucci' 'Fendi' and 'Prada' purses. They are not real of course, but if you are willing to spend $50-$100 Euro for a pretty good imitation then go for it. You can always get them to come down on price if you say all you have it X amount of money. It's alo funny to watch them run through the streets when the...

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  • Harry's Bar

    As a Venetian , really, I tell you Not to go inside Harry's Bar unless you understand before what this place means : Harry's Bar is part of the City's history , the place has an incredible Charme and atmosphere , Mr Claudio Ponzio the Chief Barman is one of Italy's best , the Food is quintessentially venetian and made with products from the area (...

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Venice What to Pack

  • My guide books in Venice

    Here they are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Venice.Venice. Storti Edizioni – Venezia, 110 illusreations, 1 map, 1996, 64 pages.Around the World. Italy. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 520 pages, 150cities, 370 churches and...

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  • A Good Map Is Worth The Cost

    Mapeasy's Guide to Venice is a great thing to have in your kit during a stay in Venice. It is printed on waterproof and almost indestructible paper. It is detailed and accurate. There is a ton of information on it.It is designed to be traveler friendly and easy to use.I do not work for the company or benefit in any way from this post.

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  • taking with you to Venice

    Wherever you go: always travel light.When flying I only take hand luggage. If it is for a weekend or 4 weeks, doesn't matter. For Venice take good walking shoes with you. Only a toothbrush. The rest you can buy when you are there in a nice little supermarket and leave the shampoo in your room for the next guest. That you will have to take with...

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Venice Off The Beaten Path

  • Back Street Canals

    Travels in Italy: Doing the math……Venice/ Venezia According to Venetian official statistics approximately 16 million people visited the province of Venice in 2011, with increases projected for 2012-13. Most if not all visitors, come to visit the central island Venezia in order to see and be in the heart of the city. Geographically the city center...

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  • Lido di Venezia

    After seeing the similarities between Venice and Murano, I was expecting something alike in Lido. What a surprise! Lido is a modern continental neighbourhood, more Mestre than Venice. Even the unique monument I could see in the island was modern and absolutely different from Venice. Built after WW1 this temple is clearly seen when we approach...

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  • Isola Burano

    The second stop on our cruise was the island of Burano, which is located about 8 km north of Venice. If Murano is known all around the world for its glass production, Burano is almost as famous for its lace. Around 4,000 people live on this tiny island, which is also famous for its brightly painted houses. To this day, fishing and lacemaking remain...

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Venice Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice skating in Venice

    in 2011 for the first time I know of they opened a ice skating rink in Venice. It was in Campo San Polo from December to the end of February- Hours were Mon-Thurs 3-7pm, Friday 3-9 pm, Sat 11-9pm and Sunday 11-7pm).Along with the ice rink there is also a small Mercatino - shopping area- where there are some stalls set up for vendors selling foods...

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  • Venice Marathon

    This marathon is a fast one run over a very flat course. The run starts in Stra and finishes on the Island. The course takes you along beside the bay and on to Mestre before turning and crossing the link to Venice where you run along side the Giudecca Canal, over the bridge by the Accademia. As you have all of the wonderful sights to keep your mind...

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  • A C Venezia - Venices Soccer team

    I finally got to see this ground- although only from the outside! I'd read about it in my guide books over the years, and had been hoping to find it.So during my latest visit to Venice, I headed east, off the beaten track, to explore Isola Sant' ElenaVenices football (soccer ) team play their home matches at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Isola...

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  • Piazza San Marco & Basilica San Marco

    The beautiful Clock Tower in St. Mark's square is possibly the second most well known clock in the world; after "Big Ben". It was built in 1499. It was designed by Mauro Codussi, and decorated with an astronomic clock that shows the hour, the moon phases and zodiac signs. At the top of the tower, once an hour the bronze statues of two huge...

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  • Churches

    The Chorus Pass enables you to visit 16 Venetian churches for a single fee of €10. These churches otherwise make a seperate admission charge of a few euros each. The ticket is valid for one entry to each of the 16 churches over the period of 1 year from the date of issue. It can be purchased at any of the participating churches and I think it...

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  • Campi, Calle and Canale

    Get lost at a certain point of your trip in Venice. Soon you will find some nice spots. My favourite spots in Venice are made of a canal and a bridge or more. There are over 150 canals crossed by over 400 bridges in this city!

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  • oriettaIT's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    For those interested in photography there is a great exhibitions:
    Gianni Berengo Gardin en.venezia.net/venice-gianni...
    It is in Dorsoduro area at the Casa dei tre Oci. The location itself is worth the visit as it has fantastic view over San Mark, the Salute church and Vencie in general

 
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