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Things to do in Venice

Vaporetti (waterbuses) wind their way down the Grand Canal to San Marco. Marvel at St Mark's Basilica or take a Secret Tour of the Doge's Palace. Dorsoduro boasts art collections at the Gallerie dell'Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Titian and Tintoretto masterpieces occupy the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Catch a ferry to picturesque Burano Island. Most sights open 10am-6pm. Many close on Monday.

Burano Island, Venice. Courtesy of the Venice Tourist Board

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Museums and Galleries

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    Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Photo by Sergio Martucci, ©The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation

    The Peggy Guggenheim Collection features 20th-century art pieces brought together by the eccentric American heiress and collector. Housed in her former home, an 18th-century truncated palazzo in Dorsoduro, the museum displays works by Chagall, Picasso, Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.Show this on map

    Cost

    €10; concessions €5-€8; under-10s free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-6pm

    Address

    Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, 704 Dorsoduro, Venice 30123

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 240 5411

    Transport

    Accademia waterbus

    Website

    Peggy Guggenheim Collection Website

  2. 2. Ca' Pesaro - Museums and Galleries

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    Ca' Pesaro, Venice. Courtesy of Musei Civici Veneziani

    Baroque Ca' Pesaro, on the Grand Canal in Santa Croce, is a nobleman's mansion. Inside, the International Gallery of Modern Art houses works by Matisse, Klimt and Kandinsky. Japanese Edo-period (17th-19th-century) objects feature in the Museum of Oriental Art.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5.50; concessions €3; under-5s free

    Opening hours

    22 Mar-2 Nov Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; 3 Nov-21 Mar Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    Santa Croce 2070, Venice 30125

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 721127

    Transport

    San Stae waterbus

    Website

    Ca' Pesaro Website

  3. 3. Glass Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Glass Museum, Venice. Courtesy of Musei Civici Veneziani

    Located on Murano Island, for centuries the centre of European glass manufacture, the Glass Museum shows the complexity and richness of the unique Venetian glassblowing tradition. Pieces range from the 15th century to the present day. Roman artefacts feature too.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5.50; concessions €3; under-5s free

    Opening hours

    3 Nov-21 Mar Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (until 6pm 22 Mar-2 Nov)

    Address

    8, Fondamenta Giustinian, Murano, Venice 30121

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 739 586

    Transport

    Museo Murano waterbus

    Website

    Glass Museum Website

  4. 4. Ca' d'Oro - Museums and Galleries

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    Ca' d'Oro, Venice. Courtesy of APT della Provincia di Venezia

    Ca' d'Oro's graceful facade, best seen from the Grand Canal, is classic Venetian Gothic. This palazzo in Cannaregio houses the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Museum. Two storeys showcase mostly 15th- and 16th-century art, including frescoes by Titian and Giorgione.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; concessions €2.50; EU children free

    Opening hours

    Mon 8.15am-2pm, Tue-Sun 8.15am-7.15pm

    Address

    Cannaregio 3932, Venice 30121

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 522 2349

    Transport

    Ca' d'Oro waterbus

    Website

    Ca' d'Oro Website

  5. 5. Gallerie dell'Accademia - Museums and Galleries

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    Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice. Courtesy of Galleria dell'Accademia

    Occupying a deconsecrated church, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Dorsoduro contain the world's greatest collection of Venetian art, spanning 500 years. Featured artists include the Bellinis, Tintoretto and Carpaccio. View Titiano's Pietà and Veronese's controversial Feast in the House of Levi.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50; concessions €3.25

    Opening hours

    Mon 8.15am-2pm, Tue-Sun 8.15am-7.15pm

    Address

    Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050 , Venice 30130

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 522 0345

    Transport

    Accademia waterbus

    Website

    Gallerie dell'Accademia Website

Attractions

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  1. 6. Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - Attractions

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    Frari, exterior

    The highlight of the soaring Gothic Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in San Polo is Titian's dramatic painting Assunta (1518), a representation of the Assumption. Red and white marble and works by several Venetian masters dominate the church's interior.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 1pm-6pm

    Address

    Campo dei Frari, San Polo 3004, Venice 30125

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 275 04 62

    Transport

    San Tomà waterbus

    Website

    Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Website

  2. 7. Church of San Giorgio Maggiore - Attractions

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    Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. Photo by Heather Sills, © Whatsonwhen

    Palladio's classically Renaissance Church of San Giorgio Maggiore on San Giorgio Maggiore Island is best viewed from across the lagoon. Completed in 1610, the inside showcases paintings by Tintoretto. Climb the clock tower for awe-inspiring city and lagoon views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; clock tower lift €3

    Opening hours

    May-Sep daily 9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-6.30pm; Oct-Apr daily 9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm

    Address

    San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Giudecca, Venice 30133

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 522 7827

    Transport

    San Giorgio waterbus

  3. 8. Scuola Grande di San Rocco - Attractions

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    Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice. Courtesy of APT della Provincia di Venezia

    A breathtaking concentration of over 50 works by Renaissance painter Tintoretto covers the walls and ceiling of the first floor of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This religious fraternity in San Polo has a Renaissance façade featuring white columns.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions €5; under-18s free

    Opening hours

    28 Mar-2 Nov daily 9am-5.30pm; 3 Nov-27 Mar daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Campo San Rocco, San Polo 3052, Venice 30125

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 523 48 64

    Transport

    San Tomà waterbus

    Website

    Scuola Grande di San Rocco Website

  4. 9. Ca' Rezzonico - Attractions

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    Ca' Rezzonico, Venice. Courtesy of Azienda Promozione Turistica Provincia di Venezia

    The magnificent Ca' Rezzonico palazzo graces the Grand Canal in Dorsoduro. Inside, the Museum of 18th-century Venice fills 21 rooms, spread over three floors. Works on display include period furniture, paintings, sculptures and beautiful frescoes by Tiepolo, among others.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50; children €4.50

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (until 5pm 3 Nov-21 Mar)

    Address

    Fondamenta Rezzonico, Dorsoduro 3136, Venice 30123

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 241 0100

    Transport

    Ca' Rezzonico waterbus

    Website

    Ca' Rezzonico Website

  5. 10. St Mark's Basilica - Attractions

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    St Mark's Basilica, Venice. Photo by Heather Sills, © Whatsonwhen

    St Mark's Basilica is a sublime mix of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, standing majestically on St Mark's Square. Inside shimmers with golden mosaics while the Pala d'Oro altarpiece drips with 2000 precious stones. Climb the belltower for city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    1 Apr-30 Sep daily 9.45am-5pm; 1 Oct-31 Mar daily 9.45am-4.45pm

    Address

    St Mark's Square, San Marco 328, Venice 30124

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 522 52 05

    Transport

    San Zaccaria waterbus

    Website

    St Mark's Basilica Website

  6. 11. Ghetto - Attractions

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    Ghetto, Venice. Courtesy of Azienda Promozione Turistica Provincia di Venezia

    Dating back to 1516, the Ghetto (Jewish Quarter) in Cannaregio was the first area in Europe where Jews were forced to live and work. The area brims with once crowded houses and synagogues. The Jewish Museum is particularly interesting.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, Cannareggio 2902/b, Venice 30135

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 715359

    Transport

    Guglie waterbus

    Website

    Jewish Museum Website

  7. 12. Clock Tower - Attractions

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    Clock Tower, Venice. Courtesy of Azienda Promozione Turistica Provincia di Venezia

    Completed in 1499, the Renaissance Clock Tower overlooks St Mark's Square. An incredible feat of mechanical precision, it indicates time, moon phases and the reigning Zodiac sign. Small groups are regularly guided up four narrow floors for far-reaching city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    €12; concessions €7

    Opening hours

    Tour times vary (English tours Mon-Wed 10am & 11am; Thu-Sun 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)

    Address

    St Mark's Square, Venice 30124

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 520 9070

    Transport

    Vallaresso waterbus

    Website

    St Mark's Basilica Website

  8. 13. Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli - Attractions

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    Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice. Courtesy of APT della Provincia di Venezia

    Pietro Lombardo's Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Cannaregio is a miraculous ensemble of marble. The interior and exterior are made entirely of different coloured marble. Started in 1481, it is a fine example of Venice's early Renaissance architecture.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

    Address

    Campo dei Miracoli, Cannaregio 6074, Venice 30121

    Telephone

    +39 0 41 275 0462

    Transport

    Fondamente Nuove waterbus

Special things to do

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  1. 14. Burano Island - Special things to do

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    Burano Island, Venice. Courtesy of the Venice Tourist Board

    The bright pastel-coloured houses on Burano Island in the north of Venice's lagoon lend it a fairy-tale feel. Famous for its traditional lace, this fishing island is a good place for a stroll or a meal at a seafood restaurant.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Venice 30012

    Transport

    Burano waterbus

  2. 15. Secret Tour of the Doge's Palace - Special things to do

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    Doge's Palace, Venice. Photo by Vito Arcomano, © Fototeca ENIT

    A Secret Tour of the Doge's Palace in San Marco is a fascinating insight into the more sinister side of the Venetian Republic's political institutions. Visitors see the Bridge of Sighs, underground chambers and the rooftops from where Casanova escaped.Show this on map

    Cost

    €16; concessions €10

    Opening hours

    Tour times vary (English tours at 9.55am, 10.45am & 11.35am)

    Address

    1, St Mark's Square, Venice 30124

    Telephone

    +39 041 271 59 11

    Transport

    San Zaccaria waterbus

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