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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.
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio
5. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio
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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Palazzo Pisani in Santo Stefano is the largest patrician palaces in Venice, home of Doge Alvise Pisani. An architectural masterpiece by Frigimelica, it overlooks Campiello Pisani, and home to the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory.
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Cover all your Venice essentials with multiple city pass options. Get onto the water with a classic gondola ride in the Venetian canals, or enjoy public transport around the city for the duration of your pass. Combine admission tickets to enter the world-famous St. Mark’s Basilica, the majestic Doge's Palace, in addition to a number of Venetian hotspots.
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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 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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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 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 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 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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Palazzo delle Prigioni translates literally to “prison palace”. The 16th-century jail overlooks the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront in Venice, Italy.
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With its turquoise canals, picturesque bridges and romantic gondolas, Venice is a sightseer’s dream. Make the most of Venice with a visit to one of its colorful islands on a day trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello from Venice. Float between the islands with direct transport for a variety of experiences. From glassblowing and lagoon tours, there’s a day trip from Venice to suit everyone.
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As famous for its pigeons as it is for its history and culture, the Piazza San Marco is the unofficial capital of the watery city of Venice. With a multitude of attractions, including the towering Campanile, and transport links to the rest of the city, it's the perfect place to orient yourself, or just to take a break and observe the controlled chaos of city life.
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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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