Top 10 Things to do in Venice, Italy

Attractions near Venice, Italy

Palazzo Barbarigo on the Grand Canal is set in the very heart of Venice, a historic palace that not only charms its guests but also happens to be one of the best points of departure for discovering the city. Many of Venice's architectural and historic landmarks are easily reachable by foot. The hotel is located very close to Ponte di Rialto, Ca’ Rezzonico and the galleries of Accademia. The famous La Fenice Opera Theatre and the historic Palazzo Grassi are within walking distance and the Guggenheim Museum and Piazza San Marco are also just a stroll away. Other nearby places of interest include the Basilica dei Frari, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Scuola Grande S. Giovanni Evangelista, which regularly hosts classical concerts and prestigious events. The hotel can be reached from the Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia stations in 20 minutes by foot or 10 minutes on the Vaporetto water ferry. 

Palazzo Barbarigo is 10 kilometers south of VCE-Venice Marco Polo Airport; 40 kilometers southeast of TSF-Treviso Airport and 123 kilometers east of VRN-Verona Airport.  The Venice Cruise Terminal, Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, Piazzale Roma Terminal, St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice, La Fenice Opera Theatre and the Venice “Jewish” Ghetto are within a kilometer of the hotel. La Biennale is 2 kilometers away.  The islands of Murano, Burano and Lido of Venice are within 3 or 4 kilometers. Other points of interest within a kilometer of the hotel include Ateneo Veneto, Assicurazioni General SPA, Università Cà foscari and IUAV Università Architettura.  Fondazione Giorgio is 2 kilometers away. 

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Rialto Bridge 

The famous Rialto Bridge and its marketplace represent Venice’s ancient commercial soul. Still today, this district is filled with osterias, restaurants and cafés to enjoy a fun day or evening. The area also features churches and fondacos.

St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Campanile

St. Mark’s Square is in the very heart of Venice and is the only square of the city.  It is the world’s most beautiful and enchanting square under the stars.  Take a stroll under St. Mark's Campanile, the tall bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica and alongside the mosaic façade for a truly memorable experience. The tower is 323 feet tall and stands alone in a corner of the square. 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice 

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century

La Fenice Opera Theatre 

The Teatro La Fenice was founded in 1792. In the 19th century, the theatre staged the world premieres of numerous operas.

La Biennale 

Since its foundation, the Venice Biennale has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends.

Venetian “Jewish” Ghetto 

The Venetian “Jewish” Ghetto is one of the most ancient and best preserved Jewish quarters of the Old Continent. Considered to be the first ghetto in history, it was established in 1516 by the government of the Republic of Venice as the mandatory residence of Venetian Jews. It is located in the district of Cannaregio.

Church of Frari 

This soaring Italian brick Gothic church features marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child triptych in the sacristy and Longhena's creepy Doge Pesaro funeral monument – yet visitors are inevitably drawn to the small altarpiece. This is Titian's 1518 Assumption, in which a radiant red-cloaked Madonna reaches heavenward, steps onto a cloud and escapes this mortal coil. Titian himself died in 1576 and is buried here near his celebrated masterpiece.

With his Assumption, Titian really outdid himself, upstaging even his own 1526 Pesaro Altarpiece near the entry.

Pinault Foundation - Palazzo Grassi 

The triangular-shaped Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. As a center for contemporary art, the former customs house of the city presents exhibits of works from the Pinault Collection, the institution that supported the transition of this masterpiece of architecture, so emblematic for the city, from its eminently commercial function to port of contemporary art, an ideal venue to share with the world.

Accademia Galleries 

The monumental estate of the Accademia Galleries is located in the prestigious center of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, one of the most ancient lay fraternal orders of the city. The Church of Santa Maria and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi, built by Andrea Palladio, are integral parts of the Accademia.  A very rich collection of Venetian, Byzantine and Gothic 14th century paintings, works from artists of the Renaissance, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiziano as well as later artists Gianbattista Tiepolo, Vedutisti, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto and Longhi are exhibited. These artists ultimately influenced the history of European painting.

Murano Island 

Murano is famous for its glass blowing, particularly lampworking.  Murano’s reputation as a center for glass blowing was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wood buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. A long and still-thriving tradition, this magic art has involved whole generations of Murano residents. The island is home to the Glass Museum in the Palazzo Giustinian, which details the history of glassmaking. A short distance from the museum is the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, which is one of the best examples of the Veneto-Byzantine style.