VENICE TRAVEL GUIDE: 35 Things to Do in Venice, Italy
Places to See | Where to Shop | Where to Stay | Restaurants Serving Traditional Food | Transportation
PLACES TO SEE IN VENICE
GRAND CANAL & A GONDOLA RIDE
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A Gondola ride in the grand canal appears to be the main attraction for many tourists. As appealing as this is, gondola rates are high. Each gondola ride will cost you €80, however, you can share a ride with other people, a maximum of six people in each gondola. The rates are set by the city's officials, therefore, it is almost impossible to find a cheaper gondola. If you just want a cruise in the canal, bigger boats and ferries are available and cost must less.
SAN GIACOMO DI RIALTO
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This gothic looking Church was built in the 15th century and attracts tourists as they pass through the narrow streets of Venice. When you enter the church, you will be met with beautifully painted walls; you are allowed to take a seat and join the congregation for prayers.
BASILICA DEI FRARI
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Basilica dei Frari is a church located in San Polo’s Campo dei Frari. The bell tower of Frari is a beauty and adds ambiance to the church. Visiting hours are 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and festive days, the church is open from 1 pm to 6 pm.
THE RIALTO BRIDGE
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Another top attraction in Venice is the Rialto Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in the canal. Locally, it is known as Ponte di Rialto. The bridge is also the point of meeting for San Polo and San Marco districts.
SAINT MARK’S BASILICA & ST MARK'S SQUARE
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Piazza San Marco, known in English as St Mark’s Square, is an important square in Venice that has proven to be so popular and undeniable—it is known as ‘the square’. The square is the domain that harbors the mighty St Mark's Basilica and St Mark's Campanile. People who visit Venice will most likely have the basilica on their bucket lists.
CHIESA DEI SANTI APOSTOLI
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Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli is a Roman Catholic church in Venezia with a beautiful bell tower which was originally constructed in the year 600. Over the years it has been fixed and remodeled after being destroyed by natural elements, at some point a hurricane.
SAN GIOVANNI CRISOSTOMO CHURCH
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This bright orange church is located in the Cannaregio neighborhood. Built in 1080, the church as been rebuilt a few times over the years mainly because of fire. It attracts a good number of people who visit Venice.
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This gothic like palace was where the duke lived. There are rumors that this is where traitors were interrogated. If you find such history interesting, this palazzo is for you.
SAN GEREMIA CHURCH
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The church of San Geremia is another attraction of Venice, but most importantly a sanctuary for people seeking to pray. The church is perfectly positioned—it faces the beautiful grand canal.
PONTE DI CALATRAVA
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Ponte di Calatrava - this is a glass bridge built over the grand canal in 2008. The first bridge built over the canal in 75 years.
BRIDGE OF SIGHS & DOGE’S PALACE
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Locally known as Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs is probably one of the most beautiful sights in Venezia. Some of the most stunning photographs captured of Venice feature the Bridge of Sighs. Built in the 1600’s, the bridge is made of white limestone and connects the Doge’s Palace to the new prison. Tourists stop by Doge's Palace to admire the great architecture.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE IN VENICE
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DAY TRIPS FROM VENICE
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SHOPPING IN VENICE, ITALY
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WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE
5 Star: Palazzo Veneziano ($260 a night)
4 Star: Hotel Bellini Venezia ($175 a night)
3 Star: B&B San Giacomo Venezia ($110 a night)
VENICE RESTAURANTS SERVING TRADITIONAL FOOD
VENICE RESTAURANTS SERVING TRADITIONAL FOOD
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Cantina do Spade: A restaurant on the Rialto bridge and opened in 1448. They serve perfect Cicchetti among other delicious foods.
Poste Vecie: Venice’s oldest restaurant near the Rialto market. It used to be a post office way back before it was turned to this traditional old restaurant. They serve a good spider crab meat meal here.
Ai Mercanti: A lot of casual and late night food is served here. Located at Calle Fuseri 4346/a it remains one of the popular casual food spots.
Pasta Alla Granseola: Spider crab meat and long noodles, olive oil, white wine, brandy, etc.
Cicchetti: Finger foods of different kinds. Some are made of fish—sardines, crow fish, flour, onions, and vinegar; another kind of Cicchetti is made of meatballs salami, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Cicchetti is usually paired with a glass of wine.
Beef Carpaccio: Invented in Venice in the 1950’s. Raw paper thin sliced beef is served with a few leaves, Parmesan cheese, and herbs. Deer or fish can be used instead of beef.
Tiramisu: A dessert made of ladyfingers biscuits dipped in espresso coffee for a few seconds, creamy cheese, egg white, and cocoa.