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1. Doge's Palace Venice
The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian) is one of La Serenissima's most iconic landmarks. The first Doge's Palace was built on this spot in the 9th century but was destroyed by fire. The Gothic palace that stands in St. Mark's Square today dates back to the 14th century. It has undergone many refurbishments and upgrades over the years. Since the 16th century, it's been linked to the New Prison by the (in)famous Bridge of Sighs.
St. Mark's Basilica
2. St. Mark's Basilica
An enormous monument enriched with history, art, religion, and culture – to say the least! St Mark’s Basilica is made of impeccable treasures, inside out, from the 'Pala d'Oro' behind the altar, adorned in precious stones to the four horses on the façade that symbolize strength and freedom.
St Mark's Bell Tower
3. St Mark's Bell Tower
St. Mark's Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco) is attached to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. At 98.6 m tall, St. Mark's Bell Tower is the tallest structure in Venice, and was rebuilt in 1912 after its collapse in 1902.
Teatro La Fenice
4. Teatro La Fenice
The Teatro La Fenice in Venice is one of the most important landmarks in the history of Italian theater - and in the entire history of opera.
Palazzo Pisani
5. Palazzo Pisani
Built by the Bempo family and eventually acquired by the might Pisani family, Palazzo Pisani Moretta has stood along the Grand Canal in Venice since the late 1400s. Adorned with baroque and gothic design elements, the palace has hosted several important historic figures, including Tsar Paul I of Russia, and Holy Roman Emporer Joseph II.

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The Venice Pass

  1. St. Mark's Basilica
  2. Grand Canal by Gondola
  3. Doge's Palace

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Venice Discovery Pass

  1. Doge's Palace
  2. ACTV 24 - 72-Hour Transport
  3. Chorus Churches Circuit

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You can show your digital tickets at any one of the 14 Churches of the Circuit (except FRARI) in exchange for your Chorus pass, which grants you one admission to each of the 14 churches. A good one to start at is the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio, which features the work of Giuseppe Sardi on its facade, and Peter Paul Rubens' "Virgin Mary and Child with Saint Giovannino" on the inside.
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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of the most important museums in Italy when it comes to European and American art from the first half of the 20th century. It's located in Venice at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal, in what was once Peggy Guggenheim's home.
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The Chiesa di San Vidal is a spectacular concert hall situated at one end of the Campo Santo Stefano in Venice. It's the location for concerts by Interpreti Veneziani, a world class ensemble who perform the likes of Mozart and Bach on the former altar.
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Altare e particolare solista Antonio Aiello, I Virtuosi Italiani
The church of Santa Maria della Pietà or della Visitazione is a beautiful church that often hosts Italy's most talented orchestras and ensembles. It is located in the sestiere of Castello in Venice, Italy, on the Riva degli Schiavoni. If you're seeing the sights, it's just a short walk from the Doge's Palace.
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The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small and characteristic palazzo in Venice, Italy. It's best known for its 15th-century staircase, the Scala Contarini del Bovolo.
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The Leonardo da Vinci Museum is a modern homage to the great artist and inventor. It's located in Venice, at the Scoletta di San Rocco, in front of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
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The Scuola Grande di San Teodoro is one of Venice's oldest and most prestigious theaters, where the impossibly talented cast of musicians perform for you in authentic 18th-century costumes!
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Located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, the Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art is one of the most important museums in Italy. Its permanent collection features a massive array of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and installations by Italian and international artists. The third floor is home to the Oriental Art Museum and a collection of Japanese art of the Edo period that has been gathered over 120 years.
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Mocenigo Palace-Museum is a historic palace in the heart of Venice, which was bequeathed to the city in 1945 by Count Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo. The piano nobile (main floor) is home to historic fashion. Visitors can also explore the many opulent rooms and see an exhibition on the art of fragrance - the perfect way to explore what was once Europe's capital of perfume.
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one of the frescoed rooms inside Fortuny Palace
The Fortuny Palace Museum is housed in a Gothic palace built in the mid-15th century, which has undergone many refurbishments over the years. The palace takes its name from the Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny, who decided in 1898 to restore the building to open his atelier. His atelier has been turned over time into a cultural centre dedicated to painting, sculpture, lighting, photography and clothing.
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Planning your Venice visit

Language

Italian

Currency

Euro (€)

Dialing code

+39

Time zone

Central European Time (CET)

Public Transport

Venice is pretty easy to navigate on foot and most people find the maze of streets quite fun to get lost in. But if you’re trying to fit a lot into a short timeframe, make use of the public transport as well. Public company ACTV runs vaporetto boats of different sizes - so-called because they used to be steam-powered. Tickets must be validated on the landside machines, in one of the docking stations. To cross the Grand Canal you’ll need one of the Traghetti.

Weather

If you’re planning on strolling through the streets, gelato in hand, July is the best month for that, summer temperatures in Venice average 23°C. The downside is that the summer months are also the most crowded. The coldest and quietest month is January, when temperatures drop to 3°C. Don’t be put off though - Venice can be beautiful under a light dusting of snow. Any month between January and June has variable temperature (bring a sweater and sunscreen).

Venetian Food & Drink

If traditional Veneto dishes are on your bucket list, try some oca in onto (goose in fat). It’s better than it sounds. Spider crab, mantis shrimps and sea snails are seafood items you might not see elsewhere. And as a snack, lots of bars will offer cicheti (Venetian tapas) behind the counter - tiny treats from €1 a piece. The house wine in most places is better than in other European countries, so don’t be afraid to wash your tapas down with the cheapest one.

What to do in Venice for 3 days

St. Mark’s Basilica

History springs to life in what was the hub of Venetian social and political life for over 1000 years. The glittering St Mark’s Basilica is one of the world’s most jaw-dropping examples of Byzantine architecture. This church, bedazzling visitors with 8,500 m2 of glittering mosaics, dates back to the 9th century - the height of the Venetian Republic’s power. Napoleon once called the area it inhabits, Saint Mark’s Square, "the drawing room of Europe." Take a guided tour for the historical lowdown.

Doge’s Palace

As a symbol of Venice’s political power, the mighty Doge’s Palace is a highlight on every visitor’s list. Here you’ll witness impressive Renaissance artwork from the greats and learn the history and stories that make this palazzo something special. Look at the mosaics, dating from 1270 to see St Mark's stolen body arriving at the basilica. Tour the Opera Museum, enter the atmospheric Piombi attic prison and vocalise your sympathies as you cross make like the prisoners and cross the Bridge of Sighs.

Explore the Waterways

Befriend a gondolier, grab your mandolin, and hop into one of the ubiquitous gondolas for a punt down one of Venice’s famous canals. Remember, it’s nice to have a singer serenading you, but that will boost the price. Psst - we can help you save a bit of cash. For a different view, jump on a vaporetto (the water bus) and take the Grand Canal boat tour down the city’s main thoroughfare. The 3.5 km boat trip from the railway station to San Marco is a great intro to Venice’s culture and history.

Head to the Dolomites

If you’re craving a slightly slower pace, take a day trip to the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. You can take in two of the most beautiful lakes in the whole peninsula, Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina, eat your lunch in a traditional trattoria and stroll around the little mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo with all its unique boutiques. Renaissance painter Titian was born in the nearby Pieve di Cadore. By the time you get back to Venice you’ll be culturally richer, as well as refreshed.

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