Venice

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Venice is a sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was 600 years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains. It is commonly called the birthplace of composers Tomaso Albinoni and Antonio Vivaldi. Venice and its lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage site. It used to be an independent republic, and remains one of Italy's most important cities.

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Venice Halal Travel Guide

Orientation

Rialto bridge 2011

The comune (municipality) of Venice is made up of numerous islands in the Venetian Lagoon as well as a stretch of terraferma (mainland) in northern Italy. The comune is divided into six boroughs and the most famous of which (known as Venezia Insulare) comprises the historic city of Venice as well as the islands of Giudecca, Murano, Burano, Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Sant'Erasmo. Lido and Mestre are other popular areas of the comune.

The historic city is divided into six sestieri (neighborhoods): Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce, and San Marco, where the main monuments and sights are. Each sestiere uses separate house numbers, however and they are not allocated in a specific pattern.

History of Venice

Venice from Torre del Orologio

The Most Serene Republic of Venice dates back to 827, when a Byzantine Duke moved its seat to what is now known as the Rialto, and for the following 970 years, it prospered on trade (especially from the Silk Road) and under the rule of a Roman-style Senate headed by the Doge. Eventually and the Republic of Venice grew into a powerful city-state, and the cradle of Medieval and Renaissance Italian renaissance. In the late 15th century and the Islamic Ottoman Empire's expansion around the Mediterranean, new routes on the high seas shifted commerce to the Atlantic, demoting Venice's political status.

The city remains a centre for the arts. One of the significant events in the history of Venice was the opening of the first public opera house in 1637, which allowed members of the general public (those who could afford to pay for the tickets) to enjoy what was once court entertainment reserved for the aristocracy, thus allowing the genre of opera to flourish. Venice was an important destination of the Grand Tour from the 17th century. In 1797 and the city was conquered by Napoleon, a blow from which it never recovered. The city was soon absorbed into Austro-Hungarian Empire|Austria-Hungary and then ping-ponged back and forth between Austria and a nascent Italy, but Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

Lion of Venice, Piazzetta San Marco - A winged lion and the symbol of San Marco

How is the Climate in Venice

{ July and August may be the worst time to vis it's sometimes very hot and often humid and there are mosquitoes and occasional infestations of flies, and there are a lot of tourists and large crowds anywhere you go. Spring and autumn are probably best, a compromise between temperature (expect 5-15°C in March) and the tourist load. Between November and January, you may manage to feel you have Venice all to yourself, an interesting and quiet experience. Beware of the weather during the winter months: it can be quite cold, windy, and damp. Fog is an additional hazard if you are driving in or out, doubly so in the unlikely chance that you will pilot a boat. But if you've never been to Venice, it's better to go in summer than not to go. You won't regret it. Many cities are far worse in summer, and Venice has no cars, hence no smog.

Acqua alta (high water) has become a fact of life in Venice. The lagoon water level occasionally rises above the level of the squares and streets, flooding them. This can happen several times a year, at irregular intervals, usually in the colder months. Acqua alta usually lasts a few hours and coincides with high tide. You'll see raised walkways in side alleys ready to be pulled out when acqua alta hits. When the city begins to flood, sirens will sound to warn residents and businesses. If you speak fluent Italian, tune into news programs since their predictions of the times the flood begins and ends are usually accurate. Normally and the tide rises and falls in six-hour cycles.

You can get an acqua alta map at the tourist offices either at the train station or Street Mark's Plaza. This will show you the higher, dry routes and the ones with walkways set up during the various flood alerts. There is a tide measuring station at the Rialto vaporetto piers, and a noticeboard at the base of the Campanile in the Piazza San Marco that shows a live tide reading and predictions for the next few days.

Travel as a Muslim to Venice

Laguna Veneta

Because Venice is on a lagoon and the water plays a crucial role in transportation. Whichever way you arrive and the last part of your journey will be on foot from the nearest waterbus/watertaxi jetty. If you need to carry or wheel bags along the narrow streets, bear this in mind when choosing your hotel location and route to it.

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Marco Polo Airport

  • Marco Polo Airport IATA Code: VCE GPS: 45.505278, 12.351944 on the mainland near Mestre (a more typical Italian city, without Venice's unique structure) - Venice Marco Polo Airport Aeroporto di Venezia - This is the closest commercial airport.

There are direct connecting Flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol, Atlanta Airport, Barcelona El Prat, Basel, Belfast, Berlin, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Chisinau, Cologne-Bonn, Copenhagen Airport, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Airport, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Istanbul, Leeds Le Havre, Lille, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Mars Alam, Marseilles, Metz, Montreal, Moscow, Munich Airport, Mykonos, Nantes, New York. Newcastle, Nice, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague Pristina, Riga, Southend, St.Petersburg, Sharm el-Sheik, Stuttgart, Timisoara, Tirana, Toronto, Toulose, Tunis, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich as well as domestic Flights to and from Bari, Brindisi, Cagliati, Catania, Lamzea Terme, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Reggio Calabria and Rome.

ATVO operates airport shuttle expressbus 35 service from Piazzale Roma to Marco Polo Airport between 04:20 and 23:30 every day and from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma between 05:20 to 00:50 every day. The trip in a coach bus with luggage stowed underneath takes about 20 minutes. ATVO ticket price is €8 one-way and €15 return, luggage included. Tickets can be purchased at the airport from the automatic ATVO ticket machine in the arrivals baggage hall, at the ATVO ticket counter in the arrival hall (open from 08:00 to 23:45, tel +39 042 1594672) and from the automatic ATVO ticket machine outside the airport on the ATVO departure platform. In Venice tickets can be purchased at the ATVO ticket office in Piazzale Roma, near the Carabinieri station (tel +39 421 594 671), at automatic ATVO ticket machine outside the ticket office, at 'Chiosco di Pluff' newsagent in the center of the square 5 m from the departure point for the buses to San Marco Airport, at Botazzo Tobaconist's in Piazzale Roma, at the Novo Tour Agency in Piazzale Roma and at IEX Change Agency in St. Mark's Plaza under the Torre dei Mori. In Mestre tickets can be purchased at ATVO ticket office in Via Capuccina 183, near the train station (tel +39 421 594 673), at automatic ticket machine outside the ticket office, at Bar Binario, situated near the ticket office, at ATAV - Associazione Turistica Albergatori Venezia, inside the train station or at 365 Grandi Biglietterie Agency inside the train station.

ACTV operates urban aerobus 5 service from Piazzale Roma to Marco Polo Airport on weekdays between 04:35 and 00:40 and during weekends between 05:40 and 00:40 and from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma on weekdays between 04:08 and 01:10 and during weekends between 04:08 and 01:10. The trip in a city bus takes about 23 minutes. ACTV ticket price for a 75-minutes trip with water buses (vaporetti) and land buses starting and/or ending at Marco Polo Airport is €8 one-way and €15 return. One piece of hand luggage is included in the price. If you are willing to walk 1 kilometers to save a few coins, walk to the Triestina Tessera stop and catch the same bus 5 (or some other routes) for €6. If you have a Venezia Unica card (see local transport), you can ride from that stop for €2.90.

Alilaguna operates three water bus lines from the airport. Such a direct water bus from the airport may be more convenient than taking the bus to the bus station and then changing to the local water bus. To reach the boat jetty, turn left on leaving the terminal and walk 10 minutes along the covered walkway.

  • Blue line (linea blu) runs from the airport to the Cruise Terminal (Terminal Crociere) via Murano, Fondamente Nove, Ospedale, Bacini, Lido, Arsenale, San Zaccharia, San Marco, Zitelle, Zattere and Giudecca Stucky. Boats leave from the airport every hour from 06:10 to 08:10 and from 20:15 to 00:15 and from 08:45 to 20:15 every 30 minutes, boats leave from Cruise Terminal every 30 minutes from 07:50 to 17:20. The boat trip from the airport to the downtown (San Marco) takes about 90 min. This trip is very long and boring, so bring something to do. The trip from the airport to Murano takes 30 min.
  • Orange line (linea arancio) connects the airport with Giglio via Madonna dell'Orto, Guglie, San Stae, Rialto, San Angelo and Ca' Rezzonico. Boats leave from the airport every 30 mins from 08:00 to 19:00. Boats leaving later in the evening go to Fondamenta Nove or San Marco only. Boats leave from Giglio from every 30 minutes from 6:48 to 19:48, later boats leave from San Marco only.
  • Red line (Linea rossa) goes from the airport to Giudecca Zitelle via Murano Museo, Certosa, Lido and San Marco. This is a seasonal service and only operates between around April and November. Boats leave the airport every hour from 10:30 to 18:30 and San Marco every hour from 9:05 to 19:05.

The ticket price from the airport to Lido, Venice or Cruise Terminal is €15 one way (€8 IMOB smart card) and €27 return. Airport to Murano costs €8 one way (€4 IMOB) and €15 return. There are also tourist tickets which are valid for 24 hours (€30), and for 72 hours (€65). All tickets can be purchased online. The water bus services from the airport are operated by a different company (Alilaguna) than the other public water bus services in Venice, so separate tickets will be required.

From the same jetty, you can travel in style (and much faster) by hiring one of the speedy water-taxis (30 min) for about €110.

Treviso Airport

The Treviso Airport (IATA Code: TSF), located 25 km (16 mi) from Venice near Treviso, is relatively smaller but becoming increasingly busy as the main destination for Ryanair, Wizzair, and Transavia budget flights. There are Flights to Treviso Airport from Barcelona, Bremen, Brussels. Bucharest , Charleroi, Chisinau, Cluj, Dublin, "Düsseldorf" Weeze, East Midlands, Eindhoven, "Frankfurt" Hahn, Iasi, Kiev, Leeds, London Stansted, Lwow, Malta, Paris Beauvais, Prague, Skopje, Stockholm, Timisoara and Valencia. There are domestic Flights from Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Palermo. Flights to and from Treviso Airport are operated by Ryanair, +39 895 8958989 and Wizz Air +39 895 895 3322.

ATVO operates buses from Venice to Treviso Airport daily at 05:30, 07:10, 10:30, and 18:30 and from Treviso Airport to Venice daily at 07:45, 08:15, 13:10 and 21:20 plus others not connecting to the Flights to and from Treviso Airport. Flights arriving earlier or later than scheduled may affect the departure from the airport. If flights are cancelled the bus service will be suspended. The bus has two stops in Mestre, one in Corso del Popolo in front of BNP Bank in the historic center and the other one near the train station and the journey takes about 55 min. The bus stop in Venice is at Piazzale Roma and the journey takes about 70 min. Ticket prices are €12 one-way and €22 return (valid 7 days) and have to be validated before boarding the bus. Tickets can be purchased at Treviso Airport at the automatic ATVO ticket machine in the arrivals baggage hall or at the ATVO ticket office in the arrivals hall, operating from 07:30 to 22:30 (tel +39 422 315 381). In Venice, tickets can be purchased at the ATVO ticket office in Piazzale Roma, near the Carabinieri station (tel +39 421 594 671), at automatic ATVO ticket machine outside the ticket office, at 'Chiosco di Pluff' newsagent in the center of the square 5 m from the departure point for the buses to Treviso Airport, at Botazzo Tobaconist's in Piazzale Roma, at the Novo Tour Agency in Piazzale Roma and at IEX Change Agency in St.Mark's Plaza under the Torre dei Mori. In Mestre tickets can be purchased at ATVO ticket office in Via Capuccina 183, near the train station (tel +39 421 594 673), at automatic ticket machine outside the ticket office, at Bar Binario, situated near the ticket office, at ATAV - Associazione Turistica Albergatori Venezia, inside the train station or at 365 Grandi Biglietterie Agency inside the train station. There is free Wi-Fi on the buses.

Barzi Bus Service offers a bus service via the motorway from the airport to Mestre train station (about 30 min trip) and Venice Tronchetto (about 40 min trip). Ticket prices are €12 one way and €22 return (valid 10 days). Tickets can be purchased at their desk in the arrival hall (tel. +39 348 836 71 85), or on the bus. Tickets bought on Ryanair flights are not valid for this service. Barzi Bus brings you to Tronchetto, from there you can take vaporetto line 2 to the downtown.

If you'd rather avoid the highway traffic and don't have bulky luggage, take the local Mobilita di Marca bus no. 6 for €1.30 (€2.50 if bought on board). It will deposit you at the Treviso train station in about 10 minutes. There are 2-3 departures hourly from the airport between 06:00 to 22:00. Then it's about 30 minutes on Regionale or Regionale Veloce train to Venezia Santa Lucia (also 2-3 departures per hour). The ticket price is €3.40 for the train.

San Nicolo Airport

The San Nicolo Airport (ICAO:LIPV, no IATA code) is an airfield directly on the Lido. It handles only small aircraft, as the runway (grass) is about 1 km long, and does not have any scheduled flights, but might be of interest to private pilots (arrivals from Schengen Agreement states only) due to its convenience to the city (it is a short walk to the vaporetto landing).

Muslim Friendly Rail Holidays in Venice

Trains from the mainland run through Mestre to the Venezia Santa Lucia GPS 45.441067,12.321023 train station on the west side of Venice; make sure you don't get it confused with Venezia Mestre GPS 45.482564,12.231637 or Venezia Porto Marghera GPS 45.4725,12.2561, which are on the mainland before the bridge. Many through trains only stop in Mestre - in that case just hop on to one of the very frequent trains to Santa Lucia (ticket €1.25). Also, ACTV has a ticket office at Mestre station, and queues might be shorter here. From the Santa Lucia station neighborhood, water buses (vaporetti) or water taxis can take you to hotels or other locations on the islands, but walking is usually the best option.

There's a left luggage facility next to the track on the north side of the station (to the right when facing the tracks). Price is €6 per piece for the first six hours.

Direct trains to Venice are available from many international destinations and there are sleeper trains from Munich and Vienna operated by ÖBB as part of their Nightjet brand. and also a weekly long-distance night train (four nights) from Moscow via Kiev, Budapest and Zagreb. There's also a sleeper service from Paris operating under the Thello brand.

  • Nightjet trains to Munich depart Santa Lucia at 21:04 and arrive in Munich at 06:10. The train from Munich leaves at 23:20 to reach Santa Lucia at 08:24.
  • Trains to Vienna depart at 21:04 and arrive in Vienna at 07:55 next morning. The other way departs Vienna at 21:27, arriving at 08:24 in Santa Lucia.
  • The Thello sleeper leaves Paris Gare de Lyon at 19:15 and arrives in Santa Lucia at 09:35. The reverse trajectory departs Venice at 19:20, arriving in Paris at 09:37.

Venice is well-connected with the domestic train network, Rome and Milan are only a few hours away. Also there are some night trains from cities in southern Italy, though since 2012 most services have been canceled. Freccia Bianca (White Arrow) trains to Trieste leave from Venezia Mestre at 10:24, 19:45 and 21:59 and the trip takes about 1 hours 35 min. Regionale Veloce (Fast Regional) trains leave from Santa Lucia station at 09:11, 9:48, 12:09, 13:09, every hour from 14:11 to 18:11, at 19:35 and the trip which takes around 2 hours 5 min. Freccia Bianca (White Arrow) trains to Milan leave Santa Lucia station at 05:20, 06:20, 06:50, 07:50, 08:50, 10:50, 12:50, 13:20, 14:20, 14:50, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20, 18:20 and 19:50, duration of the trip is about 2 hours 35 min. There are Freccia Argento (Silver Arrow) trains to Rome leaving Santa Lucia at 10:25, 13:25, 15:25 and 18:25, via Bologna and Florence arriving in Rome 3 hours 50 min later, and an Intercity Night train leaving Santa Lucia at 00:07, arriving in Rome at 06:35 next morning. Iitalo offers train services from Santa Lucia to Rome at 07:55, 09:55, 12:55 and 18:55, arriving Romea Ostiense at 11:50, 13:50, 16:50 and 22:50, and at 15:55 arriving at Roma Tiburtina at 19:30.

Also, Venice is the terminus for the luxurious Venice Simplon Orient-Express, a historical train that still make the overnight journey from London and Paris in original 1920s coaches. There are departures at least once a week between March and November. As one of the most sumptuous journeys in the world and the trip is expectedly expensive, starting at €3,900.

By car

Distances to Venice: Rome 540 kilometers, Padova 60 kilometers, Vicenza 75 kilometers, Udine 125 km

Cars arrive on the far western edge of Venice, but remain parked at the entrance to the city (Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto - Europe's largest vehicle park.) There are no roads past this point—and never were, even before cars.

Parking

Car parking is very very expensive here (€26/12 hr, €30/24 hr) and the tailbacks can be quite large. Tronchetto is about a 1 km from Piazzale Roma and the city's main entry point, but there is an shuttle train service, People Mover, at €2.90.

  • Parking Tronchetto - Web: arking/ info-@ Isola Nuova del Tronchetto ☎ +39 041 5207555 +39 041 5285750 - Has 4,000 parking spaces (including 33 parking spaces for persons with special needs). Parking is open 24 hours throughout the year. Cars must not be higher than 2.10 meters. Ticket price is €3 per hour for the first 2 hours, €5 per hour for the next 2 hours and €21 for the whole day. Most credit cards are accepted.
  • Autorimessa Comunale - Piazzale Roma, Santa Croce 496 GPS: 45.43881, 12.31714 ☎ +39 041 2727302 | Opening Hours: Open 24 hours every day of the year €23.40 for cars thinner than 185cm online Offers parking for more than 2000 cars and 300b motor-cycles on 6 floors. Cars must not exceed a height of 2.20 meters. The ticket price is €26 for cars under 1.85 m and €29 for cars over 1.85 meters. Online bookings at this website get 10 percent discount. You can download a map on how to reach the Autorimessa.
  • S. Andrea Car Park - Piazzale Roma GPS: 45.43792, 12.31718 ☎ +39 041 2727304 | Opening Hours: Open 24 hours every day all the year round Inside the Autorimessa, accessible from Rio Terà S. Andrea, for short term parking. Cars must not be higher than 2 meters. The ticket price is €7 for 2 hours. No advance reservation. You can download a map how to reach the S. Andrea vehicle park.

An alternative is to use the vehicle parks on the mainland (terra ferma) and catch a train or bus or vaporetto into Venice. Park near the Mestre train station, and catch a train to Venezia St.Lucia; there are many trains, it is very near (8–10 minutes) and quite affordable (€1.20). Don't bother searching for free parking near Mestre train station - there are no free parking spots near, except on Sunday (free parking is on the other side of the station, in Marghera). Free and safe parkings are also near Mogliano Veneto and Oriago train stations. Besides, Venezia St. Lucia is a good starting point to visit Venice. However drivers going to the Lido can use the vehicle ferry from Tronchetto (vaporetto 17 - frequencies vary), right hand lane off the Ponte della Libertà into the city.

  • Ca' Marcello Car Park - via Ca' Marcello, Mestre GPS: Opening Hours: Open every day from 06:00 to 24:00 Open air vehicle park for 100 cars near the Mestre train station. Ticket price €1 for 4 hours, €4 for the whole day (on week-days from 08:00 to 20:00 only).
  • Terminal Fusina - via Moranzani 79, Fusina GPS: 45.42039, 12.25505 ☎ +39 041 5470160 +39 041 5479133 - Offers parking for 300 coaches and 15,000 cars. It has direct access from A4 highway and Strada Statale Romea 309. Prices €12 for up to 12 hours, €15 for up to 24 hours (20 percent discount for online booking via eHalal Hotels). Terminal Fusina offers 3 boat lines to Venice:
  • Blue Line (Line Blu) runs from Fusina to Venice Zattere every hour from 08:00 to 19:00, also at 20:00 from April to Oct and during carnival and at 21:00 and 22:00 from June to Sept, travel duration 25 minutes, return from Venice Zattere every hour from 08:30 to 19:30, also at 20:30 from April to Oct and during carnival and at 21:30 and 22:30 from June to Sept, ticket price one way €8, return €13
  • Red line (line Rossa) runs from Fusina to Alberoni on Venice Lido in winter Monday to Friday at 07:30, every day at 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30. travel duration 35 minutes, return Monday to Friday 08:15, every day at 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15 and 18:45. Ticket price €7 one-way, €12 return.
  • Yellow Line (Line gialla) runs from Zattere to Alberoni at 08:45, 10:45, 12:45, 16:15 and 18:15, return from Alberoni at 09:30, 11:45, 13:45, 17:00 and 19:00, tickets €7 one-way, €12 return.
  • Punta Sabbioni - Via Fausta, Cavallino Treporti ☎ +39 0415301096 ACI operates a large vehicle park for 100 buses and 400 cars at Punta Sabbioni. This is a convenient way to enter Venice from the seaside resorts Lido di Jesolo, Lignano or Bibione. Vaporetto line 12 brings you to Murano, Burano and Torcello, lines 14 and 15 to S. Zaccaria.

Car rental

Most of the major rental vehicle companies have outlets at Piazzale Roma, at the edge of the city. These are on the ground floor of one of the major parking stations. When you are dropping off your car, you need to find street parking and then walk to the rental vehicle outlet and hand in the keys. Do not park in the parking station! There is a vaporetto stop across the road from the parking station.

Travel on a Bus in Venice

For bus services between Marco Polo airport (VCE) and the Piazzale Roma bus station in Venice, see the By Place section. The Piazzale Roma bus station GPS: 45.4379,12.3189 is well served by vaporetti and water-taxis ... and of course, you can walk everywhere. From Mestre, you can take a bus to Venezia- Piazzale Roma. the ticket is €1.30 but if you buy it in the bus it will cost €2.50. You can buy bus tickets from specialized ticket kiosks and vending machines, as well as tobacconists and newsstands. All of the city is connected to Venice by bus.

By tram

There is a tram connection from the mainland to Venice: Line T1 from Favaro to Piazzale Roma. One way/Single Ticket - 75 min €2.90. Ticket booklet - 10 tickets - 75 min €14. You can buy tram tickets from specialized ticket kiosks, vending machines, tobacconists and newsstands, and you can use the same ticket for buses and People Mover.

Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Venice

Ships arrive at the Stazione Marittima which is at the west end of the main islands, it is served by vaporetti and water taxis. To Piazzale Roma: take the People Mover operating every 3 minutes weekdays from 07:10 to 22:50, holidays from 08:10 to 21:50, price €1. To Santa Lucia Railway Station (distance 1 kilometers): take the People Mover to Piazzale Roma and then walk or take the water taxi (tel. +39 0412402711, +39 041716922, +39 0415222303 or +39 0415229040). To Venezia Mestre Railway Station (distance 7 kilometers) take a taxi (Radiotaxi tel. +39 041 5952080 or take the People Mover to Piazzale Roma and the bus line to Mestre. To Marco Polo Airport (distance 13 kilometers) take a taxi (Radiotaxi tel. +39 041 5952080, 40 minutes trip), a water taxi (tel. +39 0412402711, +39 041716922, +39 0415222303 or +39 0415229040) or take the Polple Mover to Piazzale Roma and then ACTV bus no 6 or ATVO buses.

Porters

Cooperative Trasbagagli, tel. +39 041 713719) offers porter services at the following rates: 1 or 2 pieces €25 Venice City, €40 Giudecca, San Giorgio, Riva 7 Martiri, €50 Lido, S.Elena, Giardini, S.Servolo, S.Clemente, and €60 Murano. 3 or 4 pieces €35 Venice City, €50 Giudecca, San Giorgio, Riva 7 Martiri, €60 Lido, S.Elena, Giardini, S.Servolo, S.Clemente, and €80 Murano, 5 or 6 pieces €45 Venice City, €60 Giudecca, San Giorgio, Riva 7 Martiri, €70 Lido, S.Elena, Giardini, S.Servolo, S.Clemente, and €90 Murano. There are porter stations at Ferrovia tel. +39 041 715272, Piazzale Roma.tel. +39 041 5223590. S.Marco Campo della Guerra, tel. +39 3478675491, S.Marco Calle Vallaresso, +39 3465881508, S.Marco Bacino Orseolo, tel. +39 3282696025, S.Marco Sant'Angelo, tel. +39 3406382287, S.Zaccaria (Danieli), tel. +39 3203385248, S.Zaccaria (Jolanda), tel. +39 3495803239 and Rialto (Imbarcadero Actv Rialto line 1 and 2), tel. +39 3474348898

Exploring the Masjids in Venice

Venice, renowned for its scenic canals and historic architecture, is also home to a vibrant and diverse Muslim community. This community has established several masjids (mosques) throughout the city and its surrounding areas, providing not only places of worship but also centers for cultural and social activities. Here's an overview of the key masjids in Venice, offering a glimpse into the Islamic presence in this iconic city.

1. المركز الإسلامي في فينيسيا البندقية (Centro Islamico di Venezia)

Rating: 4.9 (27 reviews)
Via Lazzarini, 3
Hours: Open 24 hours

Overview: The Centro Islamico di Venezia is a central hub for the Muslim community in Venice. Open 24 hours, it provides a welcoming space for prayer, community gatherings, and cultural events. This mosque is known for its serene environment and active engagement in promoting Islamic culture in the region.

2. Islamic Cultural Center

Rating: 4.3 (54 reviews)
Viale Antonio Paolucci, 42

Overview: The Islamic Cultural Center serves as both a mosque and a cultural institution. It offers regular prayer services and also hosts educational programs, lectures, and cultural activities aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of Islam. The center plays a vital role in bridging cultural gaps and promoting interfaith dialogue.

3. Mestre Old Jame Masjid

Rating: 4.7 (108 reviews)
Piazzale Madonna Pellegrina, 1
Hours: Opens at 11:59 AM on Fridays

Overview: This mosque is a historic and significant place of worship for the Muslim community in Mestre, a district in Venice. Known for its Friday congregational prayers, Mestre Old Jame Masjid is a bustling center of religious activity and community engagement.

4. Masjid Mestre-Mosque, Islamico Cultulare Mosque

Rating: 4.7 (17 reviews)
Via Linghindal, 6

Overview: Located in Mestre, this mosque serves as both a place of worship and a cultural center. It is dedicated to providing religious services and fostering a sense of community among Muslims in the area. The mosque also engages in various cultural and educational activities.

5. Mosque-Comunita Islámica di Venezia Provincia

Rating: 5.0 (3 reviews)
Via Lazzarini, 3
Hours: Open 24 hours

Overview: Another prominent mosque on Via Lazzarini, the Comunita Islámica di Venezia Provincia is highly regarded for its commitment to serving the spiritual and social needs of Venice's Muslim population. Open 24 hours, it offers a tranquil and accessible space for worship.

6. Bangla Mosque

Rating: 3.9 (8 reviews)
Via Filippo Corridoni, 9

Overview: The Bangla Mosque caters primarily to the Bangladeshi community in Venice. It provides a familiar and welcoming environment for worship and community activities, helping to preserve cultural ties and traditions.

7. Mosque-Centro Culturale Islámico Alkhair, Marghera, Venezia

Rating: 5.0 (7 reviews)
Via Cirillo, Via C. Monzani, 9
Hours: Open 24 hours

Overview: This mosque in Marghera, a suburb of Venice, is known for its peaceful atmosphere and round-the-clock accessibility. The Centro Culturale Islámico Alkhair plays a crucial role in the religious and cultural life of the local Muslim community.

8. LA PACE

Rating: 3.9 (15 reviews)
Via Giuseppe Paganello, 8
Hours: Open until 11 PM

Overview: LA PACE mosque is a well-regarded place of worship, providing regular prayer services and community support. It is also involved in various social and cultural initiatives aimed at fostering community cohesion.

9. বাইতুল মামুর জামে মসজিদ / BAYTUL MAMUR JAME MASHJID

Rating: 4.6 (11 reviews)
Via Linghindal, 6

Overview: This mosque, also located in Mestre, is another important religious and community center. It offers a welcoming space for worship and community activities, reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of Venice's Muslim population.

10. Ditib Venezia

Rating: 4.2 (37 reviews)
Via Rossetto, 6

Overview: Ditib Venezia is part of a larger network of Turkish mosques and cultural centers. It serves as a key institution for Turkish Muslims in Venice, providing religious services and cultural programs that promote the understanding and practice of Islam.

Venice's masjids not only serve as places of worship but also as vital centers for cultural exchange, education, and community building. They reflect the city's rich diversity and its commitment to fostering a welcoming environment for people of all faiths. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, these masjids offer a unique and enriching glimpse into the Islamic heritage and community life in Venice.

How to get around in Venice

View of the Grand Canal from Rialto to Ca'Foscari

Photography of Venice at dusk - Photograph of Venice at dusk

Venice and the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands - the 'main' part of Venice - are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour, provided you don't get lost (a common occurrence).

If you want to get around a bit more quickly and there are numerous vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis. The vaporetti are generally the best way to get around, even if the service route map changes frequently. If you are going to be in Venice for a few days visiting, it is a lot cheaper to use vaporetti than private water taxis. If you want to have a romantic ride along the canals, take a gondola ride, although they tend to exist for more scenic purposes, rather than getting people from point A to point B.

By public transport

ACTV runs the vaporetti and other public transport services both in the lagoon and on terra firma.

  • Line 1 runs from Piazzale Roma to Lido, passing the Railway Station (Ferrovia), Canal Grande, Rialto, S.Marco and S.Zaccaria and vice versa, leaving Piazzale Roma every 20 minutes from 05:01 to 06:01 and from 22:21 to 23:41, every 10 minutes from 06:21 to 22:01, leaving Lido every 20 minutes from 04:16 to 05:36 and from 21:46 to 23:06, every 10 minutes from 5:56 to 21:26.
  • Line N is a night line, connecting Lido with Canal Grande, Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto, Canale and vice versa. Boats leave Lido every 20 minutes from 23:26 to 04:06 and Piazzale Roma every 20 minutes from 00:09 to 04:49.
  • Line 2 goes from S.Zaccaria over S.Giorgio, Giudecca, Zattere, Tronchetto, Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, S.Marcuola, Rialto, S.Tomà, S.Samuele, Academia and S.Marco. Departure from S.Zaccaria every 20 minutes from 04:59 to 08:39 and from 20:49 to 23:09, every 10 minutes from 08:59 to 20:29. The route can be seen as a "C" running along the Grand Canal and Giudeca Canal, hugging the neighborhoods of San Polo, Santa Croce and Dorsoduro.
  • Line 4.1 runs from San Zaccaria (Jolanda) to Murano via Arsenale, Giardini, S.Elena, S.Pietro di Castello, Bacini, Celestia, Ospedale. Fondamente Nove and Cimiterio and from Murano to San Zaccaria (Jolanda) via Cimitero, Fondamente Nove, Orto, Sant’Alvise, Tre Archi, Gugle, Ferrovia, Piazzale Roma, S.Marta, Palanca, Redentore and Zitelle. Boats leave Fondamente Nove to Murano (Museo) from 06:14 to 21:34 and from 21:42 to 23:22, from Murano (Museo) to Piazzale Roma from 06:32 to 19:32, from Murano (Museo) to Fondamente Nove from 19:52 to 21:52 and from Piazzale Roma to San Zaccaria from 06:18 to 20:18 every 20 minutes.
  • Line 4.2 runs from San Zaccaria (Jolanda) to Murano via Zitelle, Redentore, Palanca, Sacca Fisola, S.Marta, Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, Guglie, Crea, S.Alvise, Orto, Fondamente Nove and Cimitero, and return from Murano to San Zaccaria (Jolanda) via Cimitero, Fondamente Nove. Ospedale, Celestia, Bacini, S.Elena, Giardini and Arsenale. Boats depart at San Zaccaria from 06:13 to 20:33, from Piazzale Roma to Fondamente Nove from 06:56 to 20:56, from Fondamente Nove to Murano from 06:23 to 21:23, from Murano (Museo) to San Zaccaria from 06:43 to 20:43, and from Murano (Museo) to Fondamente Nove from 20:43 to 21:43 and from 22:07 to 23.47 every 20 minutes.
  • Line 5.1 runs anti-clockwise from Lido to Piazzale Roma via S.Pietro, Bacini, Celetstia, Ospedale, Fondamente Nove, Orto, S.Alvise, Tre Archi, Guglie, Riva de Biasio and Ferrovia and from Piazzale Roma to Lido via S.Marta, Zattere. S.Zaccaria, Giardini and S.Elenea. Boats leave from Lido from 06:20 to 20:20, from Fondamente Nove from 06:24 to 23:04, from Piazzale Roma from 06:08 to 23:48 and from S.Zaccaria from 06:38 to 00:08 every 20 minutes.
  • Line 5.2 runs clockwise from Lido to Piazzale Roma and back to Lido. Boats leave Lido from 5.52 to 20.32 and from 20.42 to 0.22, from S.Zaccaria from 6.06 to 20.46 and from 20.56 to 0.36, from Piattale Roma from 0626 to 21:06 and from 21:16 to 23:16 every 20 minutes.
  • Line 6 runs from Piazzale Roma to Lido via S.Marta, S.Basilio, Zattere, Giardini and S.Elena. Boats leave Piazzale Roma from 06:19 to 20:29, and Lido from 05:42 to 20:02 every 20 minutes.
  • Line 9 runs from Burano to Torcello, leaving Burno from 07:05 to 20:35 and Torcello from 06:40 to 20:10 every 30 minutes.
  • Line 10 runs from Lido to San Marco Giardinetti via S.Elena, Giardini, Arsenale and S.Zaccaria and return from San Marco Giardinetti to Lido via S.Zaccaria. Boats from 18:01 to 20:21 and from San Marco Giardinetti from 17:39 to 20:21 every 10 minutes.
  • Line 12 runs from Fondamente Nove to Punta Sabbioni via Murano Faro, Mazzorbo, (Torcello), Burano and Treporti and back. Boats leave Fondamente Nove from 07:10 to 19:40 and Punta Sabbioni from 07:56 to 20:26 every 30 minutes.
  • Line 14, 14L, 15 runs from San Zaccaria Pieta to Punta Sabbioni via Lido and back. Boats leave S.Zaccaria Pietà from 08:15 to 20:15 every 30 minutes, later at varying intervals, last boat at 23.45. Boats leave Punta Sabbioni from 08:30 to 17:00 every 30 minutes, later at varying intervals, last boat at 0.20. Some boats do not stop at Lido.
  • Line 17 is the Tronchetto to Lido (S.Nicoló) ferry. Ferry boats leave at Tronchetto at 00:10, 01:40, and from 06:40 to 23:20 every 50 minutes and Lido (S.Nicoló) at 00:55 and from 05:50 to 23:20 every 50 minutes.

A single ticket (biglietto solo andata) costs €7.50, permitting the use of public transports for 75 minutes from the moment you validate the ticket including transfers heading in the same direction. In case you board a boat without having bought a ticket beforehand, you have to buy one from the on-board collector upon boarding. There are no return tickets.

There are tourist travel cards (biglietto turistico a tempo) for 1, 2, 3, or 7 days. The tourist tickets cost €20 for 24 hours, €30 for 48 hours, €40 for 72 hours and €60 for 7 days. There are other versions available, including those offering discounts for youth under 29 year of age.

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Something you won't be told easily is that now anyone can purchase the Venezia Unica City Pass card (formerly IMOB) - the only difference is that in addition to its €10 cost for residents, foreigners need to pay a €40 extra "transport activation" fee. Unless you are in town for a couple of days and planning never to return, do it. It's a durable plastic card with your (webcam) picture, and once you have it, you are more or less a local - which means access to €2.90 single vaporetto tickets (save even more by recharging the card with 10 at once for €14), half-price discount on Alilaguna services, and even €0.70 traghetto crossings (instead of €4; flash the card to the gondolier). It is valid for 5 years from the month of issue.

The Venice Connected website of the Comune di Venezia (now integrated into Unica site) makes feasible to book online (at least 7 days in advance) most services controlled by the town administration (public transportation, access to the civic museums, access to public restrooms, vehicle park tickets, entrance to the Casinò and access to the municipal WiFi network covering the entire historic centre); the online prices vary according to the projected number of visitors but are always cheaper than the current on-site prices (and affordableer than with a Venice Card).

You can also get a Venice Card, which has various options that you can choose when you buy it (public transportation, cultural attractions, toilet access, Alilaguna, etc.) There is a 'Junior' version of the Venice that is available at a slightly reduced rate for those between 5 and 29 years of age. Note, however, that a Venice Card is not recommended for those with less than 3 days in Venice, as most of the top attractions are not included in the Venice Card. If you'll be staying in Venice for a week - get the Venice Card and enjoy travelling from island to island and exploring the various museums and churches it offers access to.

By foot

Otherwise, take a walk! The city is not that big, and you can walk from one end to the other in a few hours (if you stick to the paths conveniently marked with arrows in the direction of major monuments). But it would take months for a fit person to discover every path in the city. Make sure to visit some of the smaller alleyways, as they can be very interesting. Along the way you will discover marvelous art, superb architecture and breathtaking urban landscaping. Exploring the city randomly by walking is well worth it but also be prepared to get lost easily! Signs all over the city indicate the direction to the main attractions, "Rialto" and "San Marco", as well as the way back to the train station ("ferrovia") and the bus terminal ("Piazzale Roma"). These signs make it easy to have the "get lost experience" even as a one-day tourist. For a faster and safer walk, you should walk on the right side.

Be aware that addresses in Venice are of the form "District Number" (the Venetian word for neighborhood is "Sestiere"), not "Street Number". To find a specific place using a map, make sure you know which neighborhood it is in. The numbers are assigned at the start of the neighborhood and increase as they move farther away from the Grand Canal.

By water taxi

Water taxis (taxi acquei) are operated by Coop. San Marco (tel. +39 041 5222303), Coop. Veneziana (tel. +39 041 716124), Coop. Serenissima (tel. +39 041 5221265 or +39 041 5229538), Soc. Narduzzi Solemar (tel. +39 041 5200838), Soc. Marco Polo (tel. +39 041 966170), Soc. Sotoriva (tel. +39 041 5209586), Soc. Serenissima (tel. +39 041 5228538) and Venezia Taxis (tel. +39 041 723009).

There are water taxi ranks at Ferrovia (Railway Station) (tel. +39 041716286), Piazzale Roma (S.Chiara) (tel. +39 041716922), Rialto (tel. +39 041723112), Lido (tel. +39 0414222303) and at Marco Polo Airport (tel. +39 0415415084).

In the historic downtown there is a fixed tariff for water taxis of €15 at departure plus €2 per minutes on urban routes. There are supplements of €5 for call services and client pick-up outside the taxi ranks, of €10 for night services between 22:00 and 06:00, of €3 pieces of luggage exceeding 4 pieces and of €5 or €10 for every person exceeding a group of 4. Rates are fixed by a resolution of the Venice City Council.

A water taxi service for persons with special needs is available at +39 041 2747332 or directly through the website Book Taxi].

Best way to travel in Venice by a Taxi

'Normal' taxis can be called from Radio Taxi (tel. +39 041 936137). There are taxi ranks at Piazzale Roma (tel. +39 041 5237774) and Lido (tel. +39 041 5265974).

By Traghetto

There are small gondola ferries crossing the Canal Grande at

  • S.Sofia, Monday to Saturday 07:30 to 20:00, Sunday and holidays 08:45 to 19:00
  • Carbon (Rialto), 7 to 12.30, week-days only
  • S.Tomá, Monday to Saturday 70:30 to 20:00, Sunday and holidays 08:30 to 19:30
  • San Barnaba, 07:45 to 12:30, week-days only
  • S.Maria del Giglio, 09:00 to 18:00 daily
  • Dogana, 09:00 to 14:00 daily

Ticket price €2 one way, €0.70 for Venice residents and IMOB card holders.

By tour

Alilaguna Green line (linea verde) Alilaguna, tel. +39 041 5235775, operates a 4 hours excursion tour to the island of Murano, Burano and Torcello with explanations in English, French, German and Spanish. Departure from imbarcadero San Marco Giardinetti, Minimum 4 participants. Boat starts in Apr, May and Oct at 09:30, 11:00 and 14:30, from June to Sept at 09:30, 11:00, 14:30 and 15:30, from Nov to Mar at 11:00 and 14:00. Ticket price €20 (free for holders of Alilaguna 72 hrs pass).

What to see in Venice

  • Doge's Palace - Palazzo Ducale | Piazetta San Marco, San Marco 1 GPS: 45.4337, 12.3404 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to San Marco ☎ +39 041 2715911 | Opening Hours: Nov to Mar 08:30 to 17:30, April to Oct 08:30 to 19:00, closed Jan 1 and Dec 25 Adults €20, reduced €14 Doge's Palace - Don't miss the guided tour named Secret Itinerary, which will let you discover the part of the palace where the city's administration worked, as well as Casanova's jail and the wonderful five hundred year old roof structure. A MUVE museum.
  • Bell tower of St. Mark - Campanile di San Marco |

Piazza San Marco, San Marco GPS: 45.43404, 12.33905 vaporetto line 1 to San Marco ☎ +39 041 5224064 | Opening Hours: November - Mar: 09:30-15:45; April - Jun, October: 09:00-19:00; July - Aug: 09:00-21:00 €8 Street Mark's Campanile - Q754194 The current tower dates from 1912; an exact replica of the previous tower which collapsed in 1902. The top of the tower offers great views of Venice and the lagoon.

  • Clock tower - Torre dell'Orologio | Piazza San Marco, San Marco GPS: 45.4347, 12.3389 vaporetto lines 1-2-5, 1.5.2 to San Marco ☎ +39 041 5209070 - Adults €12, reduced €7 Street Mark's Clocktower - Having been closed for restoration for many years and the restored astronomical clock is now visible. The fascinating tour of the clock mechanism (and rooftop bell) can only be visited on a guided tour, in English: Monday to Wed at 10:00 and 11:00, on other days at 14:00 and 15:00, in French Monday to Wed at 14:00 and 15:00, advance reservation required online or by phone at +39 041 5209070. A MUVE museum.
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco - San Polo 3052 GPS: 45.43653, 12.32532 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to San Tomà, near the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ☎ +39 041 5234864 | Opening Hours: 09:30-17:30, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, Easter Sunday Adult €10, concessions €8 Scuola Grande di San Rocco A masterpiece of Tintoretto, this guild house is an exquisite example of Mannerist art at its best. In order to allow a comfortable admiration of the detailed ceiling, mirrors are offered to the visitors. Cycles of allegories, life and passion of Christ, scenes from the Old and New Testament.
  • Ponte di Rialto - Rialto Bridge - 45.43805, 12.33592 connecting sestieri San Polo and San Marco across Canal Grande - Rialto Bridge The bridge has become one of Venice's most recognizable icons and has a history that spans over 800 years. Today's Rialto Bridge was completed in 1591 and was used to replace a wooden bridge that collapsed in 1524.
  • Zattere - Dorsoduro GPS: 45.4295, 12.3264 - It's a long and sunny walk along the Giudecca canal, protected during winter time from cold northerly winds for being exposed to south and shielded by buildings. You might find interesting to see how a gondola is made, stopping by the Squero (Venetian for small ship yard) across the canal near San Trovaso Church. It's one of the few still in business in town. With some luck, you'll see some gondole through various manufacturing steps (note that gondole are not straight to counterbalance the gondoliere push).

Churches

Although San Marco is free, other famous churches charge an entry fee. If you plan to visit three churches or more, you are better off buying the churches pass. There is also a combined pass for museums, churches and transportation only available at the tourist information office but it is very expensive.

Basilica St. Mark

  • Saint Mark's Basilica - Basilica di San Marco | Piazza San Marco, San Marco 328 GPS: 45.43453, 12.33969 water lines #1, 52, and 82 will take you from Santa Lucia (the train station) or Piazzale Roma to Piazza San Marco. Walking is another option but will require a map and lots of time and energy ☎ +39 041 5225205 (procuratorial phone number) | Opening Hours: 1 October - 31 Mar: 09:45-16:45; 1 April - 30 September: 09:45-17:00 Admission to the basilica is free, however and the museum upstairs costs €5 and to view the high altar and treasury costs €2 and €3 respectively Street Mark's Basilica Saint Mark's Basilica is on the Piazza San Marco and is one of the highlights of a visit to Venice. As with most churches in Italy, you must be dressed appropriately to be allowed in; this means no short skirts or bare shoulders. You are not allowed to carry large bags or rucksacks inside, sometimes even small daypacks may need to be deposited. Storage is available just around the junction from the main entrance (free of charge). Filming and photography is forbidden so be prepared in advance. The visit within the basilica lasts ten minutes. Waiting for entry into the basilica can last up to five or so hours and it may be wise to use a ticket service to reserve your visit (reservation costs €2, official tickets at venetoinside.com). Once you have a reservation you can take the group entrance on the left, where you hand in the printout of your reservation.
  • San Giacomo di Rialto - San Polo GPS: 45.43851, 12.33547 - San Giacomo di Rialto This church is possibly the oldest church in Venice built around 421. It is most recognized for its 15th-century clock above the entrance of the church. It is also recognized for the red pillars and beautiful Gold accents around the church itself.
  • San Giovanni e Paolo - San Zanipolo - Castello GPS: 45.43927, 12.34218 Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice A fine, huge Dominican church with the tombs of many Doges. It shares its piazza with the fine Renaissance façade of the Scuola San Marco and an equestrian statue of the mercenary (condottiere) captain Bartolomeo Colleoni. Look out for the testicles (coglioni in Italian - it's a lousy pun) on his coat of arms!
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - Basilica dei Frai, often just referred to as the Frari | San Polo 3072 GPS: 45.43679, 12.32624 ☎ +39 041 2728618 | Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00, Sunday and holidays 13:00-18:00. Last admission 30 min before closing time Adult €3, reduced €2.90 - Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari The big friary church, fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture, with fine monuments and paintings of Titian, Belliniand Donatello, among which the famous 'Assunta' by Titian.
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli - Cannaregio GPS: 45.43951, 12.33927 - Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice A perfect jewel box church, simple in form but ornamented with fine exterior marble facings.
  • San Simeone Piccolo - Santa Croce GPS: 45.44040, 12.32230 located opposite the Santa Lucia train station across the Canal Grande - San Simeone Piccolo The last church built in Venice. One of the things that it is recognized for is the fact that they celebrate Tridentine Mass on Sundays. It is also recognized for its dome because it is used to make the church look taller than it is and the dome itself is entirely covered with lead sheet.
  • Santa Maria della Pietà - Castello GPS: 45.43410, 12.34493 Santa Maria della Pietà, Venice A church that used to house an orphanage and hospital in the 18th century, it is known among classical music enthusiasts as the church where the Catholic priest and composer Antonio Vivaldi worked for most of his career.
  • Convento di S.Francesco del Deserto - S.Francesco del Deserto GPS: 45.47357, 12.41713 Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 09:00-11:00, 15:00-17:00 By donation Old Franciscan convent in one of the most beautiful islands in the Venice lagoon.

Chiesa di Ognissanti - Venezia

  • S. Francesco della Vigna - Campo San Francesco della Vigna, Castello GPS: 45.4381, 12.3486 ☎ +39 041 5206102 | Opening Hours: 08:00-12:00, 16:30-18:00 San Francesco della Vigna San Francesco della vigna
  • Gesuati - S.Maria del Rosario - Fondamente Zattere delle Gesuati, Dorsoduro GPS: 45.429444, 12.327222 ☎ +39 041 5230625 | Opening Hours: 08:00-12:00, 17:00-19:00 Gesuati Santa Maria del Rosario, Venice
  • Gesuiti - S.Maria Assunta - Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio GPS: 45.443333, 12.339167 ☎ +39 041 5286579 | Opening Hours: Summer 10:00-12:00, 17:00-19:00, winter 10:00-12:00, 16:00-18:00, closed Sunday afternoon I Gesuiti, Venice Chiesa dei Gesuiti (Facciata)
  • S. Giobbe - Campo San Giobbe, Cannaregio GPS: 45.445028, 12.320322 Opening Hours: 08:30-12:00, 15:30-18:00 San Giobbe Chiesa di San Giobbe Venezia
  • S. Giovanni in Bragora - Campo Bandiera e Moro, Castello GPS: 45.4344, 12.347 ☎ +39 041 5205906 | Opening Hours: 06:00-11:00, 17:00-19:00 San Giovanni in Bragora Chiesa di San Giovanni in Bragora - Venezia
  • S. Giovanni Crisostomo - Campo San Giovanni Crisostomo, Cannaregio GPS: 45.439167, 12.337222 ☎ +39 041 5227155 | Opening Hours: 07:00-12:30, 15:00-19:00 San Giovanni Grisostomo, Venice Chiesa di San Giovanni Grisostomo
  • S. Giuliano - Campo di San Giuliano, San Marco GPS: 45.435694, 12.338667 - San Zulian Chiesa San Zulian
  • Madonna dell'Orto - Campo Madonne dell'Orto, Cannaregio GPS: 45.44639, 12.33251 ☎ +39 041 719933 | Opening Hours: Summer 09:30-12:00, 16:00-19:00, winter 09:30-12:00, 15:00-17:30 - Madonna dell'Orto With the grave and 10 paintings of Tintoretto.
  • S. Maria del Carmelo - Carmini - 45.4332, 12.3225 - Carmini Santa Maria dei Carmini (facade)
  • S. Maria Formosa - Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello GPS: 45.4369, 12.3411 ☎ +39 041 5234645 | Opening Hours: 08:30-12:30, 17:00-19:00 Santa Maria Formosa Santa Maria Formosa Facciata e campanile
  • S. Maria della Salute - Campo delle Salute, Dorsoduro GPS: 45.430833, 12.334444 ☎ +39 041 5225558 | Opening Hours: 08:30-12:00, 15:00-17:30 Santa Maria della Salute Santa Maria della Salute from Hotel Monaco
  • S. Michele in Isola - Isola San Michele GPS: 45.4487, 12.3469 - San Michele in Isola Chiesa di S.Michele in Isola, north exposure
  • Basilica di San Pietro di Castello - Campo di San Pietro, Castello GPS: 45.43460, 12.35957 - San Pietro di Castello (church) Venice cathedral up to 1807, when the see was transferred to San Marco.
  • SS. Redentore - Fondamente della Croce, Giudecca GPS: 45.424992, 12.332453 - Il Redentore Chiesa del Redentore (Venice)
  • S. Salvatore - Campo San Salvatore GPS: 45.4366, 12.3365 - San Salvador, Venice Chiesa di San Salvador
  • S. Sebastiano - Campo San Sebastiano, Dorsoduro GPS: 45.432, 12.32 ☎ +39 041 5282487 San Sebastiano, Venice San Sebastiano (Venice) Facade
  • S. Stefano - Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco 3825 GPS: 45.433178, 12.330189 ☎ +39 041 5222362 Santo Stefano, Venice Venezia flickr01
  • S. Zaccaria - Campo San Zaccaria GPS: 45.434722, 12.343333 ☎ +39 041 5221257 | Opening Hours: 10:00-12:00, 16:00-18:00 San Zaccaria, Venice Chiesa di San Zaccaria Venezia - Q794876

Museums

The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE) (call center 848-08.2000) offers two museums passes for the San Marco Museums valid for 3 months at €16 (€8 reduced) granting admission to Palazzo Ducale, Museo Correr, Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Sale Monumentali della Bibliotheca Marciana, and another museum pass valid for 6 months for €24 (reduced €18) granting admission to the above mentionned museums plus Ca' Rezzonico, Mesue del '700 Veneziano, Palazzo Mocenigo, Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Ca' Pesaro, Museo del Vetro Murano, Museo di Merletto Burano and Museo di Storia Naturale.

Art museums

  • Correr Museum - Museo Correr | Piazza San Marco, Ala Napoleonica, San Marco 52 GPS: 45.433605, 12.337158 on San Marco Plaza, vaporetto line 11-2-5, 1-5-2 ☎ +39 041 2405211 | Opening Hours: Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10:00-17:00, April 1 to Oct 31: 10:00-19:00, closed Dec 25, Jan 1 €14 (reduced €8), which also includes Doge's Palace Museo Correr 8240 - Venezia - San Marco dal Museo Correr - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto, 12-August - 2006 Interesting collection of globes, starting from the 16th century. There is also an only library hall, an archeological museum of Roman antiques and an important picture gallery. The museum offers a tour of Venetian history. Remarkable painting gallery with masterpieces of the 14th to 16th cent from Venice, works of the Venetian sculpture Canova, studies on urban development and social life. At the end of your visit, don't miss the museum art cafe, with their tables on the San Marco Plaza. A MUVE museum.
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Museum - @nice.it

Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701 GPS: 45.43083, 12.33154 located to the east of the Accademia bridge, on the southern side of the Grand Canal ☎ +39 041 2405411 +39 041 5206885 Opening Hours: W-M 10:00-18:00. Closed on Tuesdays and on 25 December. Open on national holidays (including Tuesdays) Adult €15, seniors (over 65 years) €13, students (18 years and under or holders of valid student ID) €9 Peggy Guggenheim Collection Guggenheim Venedig - The Peggy Guggenheim Museum offers a personal collection of modern art collected by Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy was an American married to modern artist Max Ernst, and funded a number of his contemporaries. The gallery includes a sculpture garden and works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Tanguy, Duchamp, Pollock, Dali, and Mondrian.

  • Ca' Pesaro - International Modern Art Gallery - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderne | Santa Croce 2076 GPS: 45.44094, 12.33163 vaporetto line 1 to San Stae ☎ +39 041 524695 | Opening Hours: November - Mar: 10:00-17:00, April - October: 10:00-18:00, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1 Adults €14, reduced €11.50 (valid for both museums in the Ca' Pesaro) Ca'Pesaro di Baldassarre Longhena facciata sul Canal Grande Modern art collection, paintings of the 19th and 20th century. A MUVE museum.
  • Ca' Pesaro - Museum of Oriental Art - Museo d'arte Orientale di Ca Pesaro - Santa Croce 2076 GPS: 45.44100, 12.33146 vaporetto line 1 to San Stae ☎ +39 041 5241173 | Opening Hours: November - Mar 10:00 to 17:00, April - October: 10 :00-18:00, closed M, Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1 Adults €14, reduced €11.50 (valid for both museums in the Ca' Pesaro) Beautiful palace housing the gallery of modern art focusing on Italian art in the 19th century as well as the Marco Polo Museum, a rich collection mainly of Asian exhibits (fabrics, clothes, armours, porcelain). A MUVE museum.
  • Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia - Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050 GPS: 45.4313336, 12.3284869 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to Accademia Opening Hours: Monday 08:15-14:00, Tuesday - Sunday 08:15-19:15 (ticket office closes 1 hours before) Adults €16, reduced €7.50, advanced reservation fee €2.90 Venice's most significant art museum which is also one of Italy's best. Among the most important paintings in the Accademia are: Gentile Bellini: Procession on St. Mark’s Plaza (1496) and Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo (1500), Giovanni Bellini: Pieta (1500), Jacopo Bellini: Madonna with Child and Cherubs (ca. 1450), Paris Bordenone: A fisherman presents the ring of St. Mark to the doge (ca. 1535), Vittore Carpaccio: Legend of Saint Ursula (1490-1498), Cima da Conegliano: The Holy Virgin under the Orange Tree (ca. 1496), Giorgione (1477-1510): The Tempest and La Vecchia ("The Old Woman"), Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506): St. George, Veronese Paolo (1528-1588): The Feast in the House of Levi (1573), Tintoretto: The Miracles of St. Mark (1548), and Titian: Pietà (ca. 1576).
  • Palazzo Grassi - Campo San Samuele, San Marco 3231 GPS: 45.43380, 12.32794 Opening Hours: Monday W-Su 10:00-19:00. Last admission 1 hours before closing Adults €18, reduced €15 Contemporary art museum. Temporary exhibitions from François Pinault's Collection.
  • Punta della Dogana - Dorsuduro 2 GPS: 45.43080, 12.33618 on the tip between Grand Canal and Giudecca Canal, vaporetto line 1 to Salute ☎ +39 041 2001057 | Opening Hours: W-M 10:00 to 19:00, closed Tuesday and Dec 24 €15, reduced €10 Punta della Dogana 20110724 Venice Santa Maria della Salute 5159 Former customs house, centre for contemporary art, permanent exhibition of works from the François Pinault Collection. Renovation by world renowned architect Tadao Ando.
  • Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Ca' d'Oro - Ca' d'Oro museum | Strada Nuova, Cannaregio 3932 GPS: 45.44088, 12.33392 linea 1 to Ca d'Oro ☎ +39 0415200345 | Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 08:15-19:15, Monday 08:15-14:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1 Adults €8, reduced €6A collection of paintings and statues in a former palace from the 15th century. One of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Venice, sculptures, bronzes, paintings of Mantegna, Giorgione and Titian, Flemish and Dutch paintings.
  • Palazzo Fortuny - San Beneto, San Marco 3958 GPS: 45.43532, 12.33208 laterale Calle della Mandorla, vaporetti line 1 or 2 to Rialto or S.A°ngelo ☎ +39 041 5200995 | Opening Hours: W-M 10:00-18:00, closed Tuesday and May 1 Adults €12, reduced €10 Collection of paintings and lamps. A MUVE museum.

Science and technology museums

  • Telecom Italia Future Centre - Campo San Salvador, San Marco 4826 GPS: 45.4367, 12.3361 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to Rialto ☎ +39 041 5213272 | Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00-18:00; closed M, Dec 25, Jan 1 Free Centre dedicated to telecommunication technology. The building complex includes an adjacent church with important works of art and the Refectory (which is a conference hall today), Renaissance cloisters and a small museum focusing on the evolution of the telephone in the last 100 years.
  • Physics Museum Anton Maria Traversi - Museo della Fisica Anton Maria Traversi | Liceo Marco Foscarini, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, Cannaregio 4942 GPS: 45.44350, 12.33671 vaporetto line 1 to Ca d'oro ☎ +39 041 5224845 | Opening Hours: Daily 09:30-12:30, and West 14:00-16:00, closed holidays and August Adults €2, reduced €1 More than 200 instruments for educational and practical use, built to facilitate scientific research, conducted by physics teachers since the 19th cent, guided tours led by students.
  • Venice Lido Planetarium (Planetario di Venezia Lido), Lido. A planetarium. See Lido for details.
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Campo San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2771 GPS: 45.43308, 12.32546 ☎ +39 339 7985464 | Opening Hours: Daily 09:30-19:30 Adults €8, over-65s, children and students €5 An exhibition in the Chiesa di San Barnaba showing around forty models of machines reproduced from Leonardo's codices. Some of the exhibits are interactive and copies of the codices are available for further reading. It was supposed to have ended in 2012, but doesn't appear to be in a hurry to leave - and a good thing too, since the church, an attraction in itself (it's the one under which Indiana Jones finds catacombs in The Last Crusade, by the way), was rarely accessible to visitors before.

Other museums

  • Mocenigo Palace Museum - Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, Centro Studi die Storia del Tessuto e del Costume - Santa Croce 1992 GPS: 45.44064, 12.32987 vaporetto line 1 to San Stae ☎ +39 041 721798 | Opening Hours: April - October: 10:00-17:00, November - Mar: 10:00-16:00; closed M, Dec 26, Jan 1, May 1 Adults €5, reduced €3.50A collection of clothes dating from the 18th century. Splendid interior. Collection of dresses and accessories, fabrics, books, figurines in various period costumes. A MUVE museum.
  • Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of 18th Century Venice - Musei del Settecento Veneziano | @

Dorsoduro 3136 GPS: 45.43356, 12.32655 vaporetto line 1 to Ca' Rezzonico ☎ +39 041 2410100 | Opening Hours: November - Mar: 10:00-17:00, April - October: 10:00-18:00; closed Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1 Adults €8, reduced €5.50 Museum of the 18th century in Venice - attempts to revive the domestic atmosphere of Venetian nobilities. Furniture, interior decoration, paintings by Guardi, Canaletto, Tiepolo. On the third floor important paintings of the Venetian school. A MUVE museum.

  • Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro). On Murano and the island so typical of its glasswork. A MUVE museum. See Murano for details.
  • Natural History Museum - Museo di Storia Naturale | Fondaco dei Turchi, Santa Croce 1730 GPS: 45.44201, 12.32869 vaporetto line 1 to Riva di Biasio ☎ +39 041 2750206 | Opening Hours: June - October: 10:00-18:00; November - Mar: Tuesday Friday 09:00-17:00, Saturday South 10:00-18:00 Adults €8, reduced €5.50 11 exhibition halls with sections on palaeontology, explorations and nature. A MUVE museum.
  • House of Carlo Goldoni - Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Centro di Studi Teatrali | San Polo 2794 GPS: 45.43615, 12.32826 vaporetto line q or 2 to S.Tomà ☎ +39 041 2440317 | Opening Hours: April - October: Thursday - Tuesday 10:00-17:00; November - Mar: Thursday - Tuesday 10:00-16:00; closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25 Audlts €5, reduced €3.50 Birthplace of Venice's most famous playwright. Museum, library and theater studies center. A MUVE museum.
  • Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto). A MUVE museum. See Burano for details.
  • Museo Storico Navale - Naval History Museum | Riva S. Biasio, Castello 2148 GPS: 45.43276, 12.34996 vaporetto line 1 to Castello ☎ +39 041 2441399 | Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08:45-13:30, Saturday 08:45-13:00, Sunday closed Adults €5, reduced €3.50 Collection of relics from the Serenissima Republic of Venice and the Italian navy, and the ancient Arsenale shipyards, miniature models, uniforms and stadarts, collection of sea shells. The main building of the Naval Historical Museum (Riva S. Biasio) is closed for renovation works. It's feasible to visit the Ships Pavilion in rio della Tana, Castello 2162 (close to the Naval Museum).
  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia - Castello 5252 GPS: 45.4365, 12.3411 near Camp S.Maria Formosa, vaporetto line 1-5, 1-5-2 to San Zaccaria ☎ +39 0412711411 | Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00-18:00; closed M, Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 Adults €10, reduced €8 Residence-museum of the Querini-Stampa family, library, picture gallery, furniture and household objects from the 16th cent onwards, important paintings by Bellini, Palma, Ricci, Tiepolo and Longhi.
  • Palazzo Cini - San Vio, Dorsoduoro 864 GPS: 45.430989, 12.329973 vaporetto line 1 and 2 to Accademia ☎ +39 0415210755 | Opening Hours: upon telephone reservation only Palazzo Cini CANAL GRANDE - palazzo loredan cini A Residence of Vittorio Cini, collection of 15th and 16th cent paintings from Tuscany and Ferrara, period furniture, silver, ivory and ceramic objects.
  • Byzantine Pictures Museum (Greek Institute) - Museo Dipinti Sacri Bizantini (Istituto Ellenico) | Ponte dei Greci, Castello 3412 GPS: 45.43570, 12.34447 vaporetto line 1-5 or 1-5-2 to San Zaccaria ☎ +39 041 5226581 | Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30 Adults €4, reduced €3.50 Collection of Greek, Cretan and Venetian icons of the 14th to 18th century.
  • Scala Contarini del Bovolo - Corte del Riso o del Bovolo, San Marco 4303 GPS: 45.43481, 12.33456 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to Rialto ☎ +39 041 3096605 | Opening Hours: Daily 10:00-13:30 and 14:00-18:00 Adults €7, reduced €6 A cylindrical tower with a spiralling series of arches, among the most characteristic examples of Venetian architecture at the period of transition from Gothic to Renaissance styles. From the top there are great panoramic views of the city.
  • Music Museum - Museo della Musica |

Chiesa di S.Maurizio, Campo di S.Marizio, San Marco 2603 GPS: 45.43308, 12.33160 near Campo Santo Stefano; vaporetto line 1 to S.Monday - .del Giglio or line 1-2 to Accademia ☎ +39 041 2719012 | Opening Hours: Daily 09:30-19:00 Free Beautiful church, collection of musical instruments, Venetian Baroque paintings. en/ Interpreti Veneziani and the creators of the Music Museum, also offer concerts in the nearby San Vidal church.

  • Palazzo Grimani - Ramo Grimani, Castello 4858 GPS: 45.43705, 12.34241 near Campo Sta. Maria Formosa; vaporetto line 1 or 2 Rialto or Zaccaria ☎ +39 041 5200345 (Call center) | Opening Hours: Monday 08:15-14:00, Tuesday - Sunday 09:00-19:00, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1 €4, reduced €3, combined with Accademia €13, reduced €11A jewel of Renaissance architecture that has been opened as a Venetia civic museum recently, collections of paintings, archaeological collection of Greek and Roman artefacts, temporary exhibitions.
  • Archaeological Museum - Museo Archaeologico Nazionale |

Piazetta San Marco, San Marco 52 GPS: 45.4338, 12.3391 Vaporetti line 1 or 2 to San Marco ☎ +39 041 5225978 | Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 € 4, reduced €2 Collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, Egyptian, Assyrian and Babylonian artefacts.

  • St.Mark's Basilica Museum - Basilica di San Marco -Museo |

Piazza San Marco, San Marco vaporetto line 1 or 2 to San Marco or Zaccaria ☎ +39 041 2708311 | Opening Hours: 09:45-16:45 €5.00, reduced €2.50 Visit the famous bronze horses.

  • Scuola Grande di S.Giovanni Evangelista - San Polo 2454 GPS: 45.43837, 12.32577 vaporetto line 1 or 2 ro San Tomà ☎ +39 041 718234 | Opening Hours: occasional 09:30-17:00 €5 Monumental staircase by Codussi, splendid San Giovanni Salon, Oratory of the Cross with precious reliquiaries.
  • Scuola Dalmatina di San Giorgio e Trifone - Calle dei Furlani, Castello 3259/A GPS: 45.43622, 12.34595 vaporetto line 1-5 or 1-5-2 to S.Zaccaria ☎ +39 041 5228828 | Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:00, Sunday 10:00-12:30, closed Monday Adults €4, reduced €2 Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni - Famous painting cycle by Vittore Carpaccio depicting the lives of St.George, Tryphon and Jerome.
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Dorsodure 2617 (near campo Santa Margherita) GPS: 45.43377, 12.32234 vaporetto line 1 to Ca' Rezzonico ☎ +39 041 5289420 | Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-16:00, closed Dec 25, Jan 1 €5, reduced €4 Painting cycles dedicated to the Madonna del Carmine, canvases by Tiepolo and Padoviano.

  • Oratorio dei Crociferi - Campo di Gesuiti, Canareggio 4905 GPS: 45.44312, 12.33834 vaporetto line 1 ☎ +39 041 5322920 | Opening Hours: Friday Saturday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00, otherwise only by reservation Adults €5 Small oratory facing the old monastery dei Crociferi, painting circle by Palma the Younger.

Archives and libraries

  • Marciana National Library - Sala Monumentale della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana |

Piazetta San Marco, San Marco 7 GPS: 45.43342, 12.33920 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to San Marco ☎ +39 041 2407211 | Opening Hours: 08:15-10:00, 17:09-19:00 €4, reduced €2 Buildings by Sansovino, most important collection of books in Venice.

  • State Archive - Archivio di Stato di Venezia | Campo dei Frari, San Polo 3002 GPS: 45.4374, 12.3269 vaporetto line 1 or 2 to S.tomà ☎ +39 041 5222281 | Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 08:10-17:50, Friday Saturday 08:10-13:50 (reading room) Free One of the largest archives in the world, in an old Franciscan monastery. Manuscripts, texts and documents related to the history of the Venetian Serenissima.
  • ASAC Library - Biblioteca ASAC - Archivo Storico Arti Contemporanee della Biennale di Venezia |

Padiglione centrale, Castello (side entrance near Sant'Antonio) vaporetto line 1 or 2 to Castello ☎ +39 041 5218790 | Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00-17:00An annex at the Biennale gardens where the Biennale keeps records related to the Biennale exhibitions and to 20th century art, from 1895 onwards.

  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia. See above under Museums.
  • Fondazione Giorgio Cini - Nuova Manica Lunga della Fondazione Giorgio Cini |

Isola di San Giorgio vaporetto line 2 ☎ +39 041 2710407 | Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30 - Multi-functional centre in an old Benedictine dormitory and the heart of the Foundation's library complex

Monuments

  • Giovanni Caboto - John Cabot | Via Garibaldi 1581 - Venetian explorer of North America who worked for the British (c. 1450-c. 1500).
  • Bartolomeo Colleoni - Campo SS.Giovanni e Paolo GPS: - Condottiere (1400–1475), equestrian statue made by Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci's teacher.
  • Claudio Monteverdi - S. Maria dei Frari GPS: - Tomb, composer (1567-1643) and champion of the early Baroque seconda pratica and then-new genre of opera.
  • Giuseppe Verdi - Giardini pubblici GPS: - Composer of operas; Italian nationalist and national hero (1813-1901).
  • Richard Wagner - Giardini pubblici GPS: - German opera composer (1813-1883).
  • Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto) - Madonna dell' Orto Church - Venetian painter (1578-1594), tomb.
  • Gentile Bellini - San Giovanni e Paolo Church - Venetian painter and official portraitist of the Doges (1439-1507), tomb.
  • Giovanni Bellini - San Giovanni e Paolo Church - Early Venetian oil painter and the most famous of the Bellini brothers (1430-1516), tomb.
  • Caterina Cornaro - San Salvatore Church . Queen of Cyprus (1454-1510), tomb.
  • Paolo Veronese - San Sebastiano Church GPS: - Painter from Verona whose career was in Venice (1528-1588), tomb.

What to do in Venice

Palazzo Vitturi (Venice)

Activities on a boat

  • Ride a vaporetto (water bus) down the Grand Canal right before sunset. The vaporetti are expensive, but the sights are priceless: amazing architecture, soft seaside sunlight, and a fascinating parade of Venetian watercraft.

Gondola,

  • Take a gondola if you can afford it's expensive, but the Gondoliere may decrease the price if you ask (but they can also decrease the time...). Make sure you reach an agreement on price and time before you start! A good tip with the Gondolieres is to bargain the price down as low as you can and then say that it's still too much and walk away. Two or three of them will chase after you, one after the other, each offering a lower price than the last. It's feasible to knock €20-€30 off the price (even then, be prepared to shell out €80).
Some guidebooks discourage tourists from asking for gondola price reductions. The oarsmen have an informal habit of cutting the most interesting and little-known parts from the journey path for "discount" clients. Reduced rate riders get much less marvel in exchange for a moderate price drop, which may not be worth it.
Gondolier-for-hire business licenses are officially limited to just 430 to 455 rowers in Venice, making the market artificially scarce and inflating prices. Gondola rides are always costly, often in a princely way and that expense should be planned in advance of the visit. If you go as a group it might be cheaper, though the number of people who can be accommodated on a gondola varies, usually up to a maximum of six seated passengers. The "traghetti" holds more, mostly standing, as a pair of gondoliers rows short distances for canal crossing purposes at a number of points along the Grand Canal.
Venetians and especially the gondoliers among them have highly conservative ideas about society: by 900 years of tradition, all gondoliers must be male and most are born local residents. There are only a few Germans in the business and a single lady, Alexandra Hai, who couldn't manage a for-hire license even after 10 years. She is officially allowed to carry guests of her contract hotel only.
  • If a gondola seems a little pricey and the alternative is to cross the Grand Canal by traghetto. These only cost €2 to use and are largely gondolas that have seen better days, They are stripped down and used as municipal ferries. In the 1950s there were as many as thirty, but now there are seven points to find them. However some only operate when people are going to and from work. The length of any crossing is just a few minutes. Many visitors enjoy visiting the open air markets near the Rialto Bridge and there is a traghetto station there, at the Pescheria (fish market) joining the Santa Sophia church along the Strada Nova. You will notice that traghetti passengers tend to stand up, but if you are not comfortable doing so, sitting is feasible, if you are careful.
  • The more adventurous can try the venetian style of rowing through Row Venice or one of the many rowing clubs.
  • Il Burchiello - Via Porciglia 34, 35121 Padova ☎ +39 049 8760233 +39 049 8763410 Opening Hours: Tuesday Thursday Saturday Full day Venice to Padova. Depart from Riva degli Schiavoni at 09:00, arrive Padova at 19:00 with guided to of Villa Foscara (“La Malcontenta”), optional lunch at restaurant “Il Burchiello” in Osiago, guided tour of Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Pisani in Stra, Wed, Friday and Sunday from Padova to Venice Adults €99, optional lunch €22 Offers a very rewarding full day excursion to the Palladian Brenta Villas from March to October. The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated, used to transport passengers and equipped with a wide wooden cabin, and three or four balconies. It was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the nationside. Today the Burchiello is a modern and comfortable boat, equipped with a cabin and comfortable sofas, air-conditioning, a bar and toilets, and a panoramic deck. Il Burchiello offer navigation from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venice) or from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua), plus the guided tour inside some Venetian Villas and the famous richly-frescoed summer dwellings of the Venetian noblemen of the 1700s.

Other activities

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If you are looking for something to do, you can always shop. Venice is packed full of little stores in every corner and crevice. The commonest local specialties are Carnival masks, glass, and marbled paper. Price can vary wildly, so it's a good idea to hold off buying until you have a fair idea about the relative value of things. As is the case with most tourist cities, a lot of the "original" and "made in Venice" items are actually made in China. Murano is an island famous for its glass making. Almost in every shop you will find "original Murano glass" items. If it was really made in Murano, it would be prohibitively expensive, with prices routinely running into thousands of euros. So if you are looking for affordable souvenirs, real Murano glass is not the thing to buy! You can also see glass making demonstrations in Murano, but be sure to check that there is a demonstration opened inthat day. And it is normally not done in winter either.

Spend a day on the islands, mainly Murano, Burano and Torcello. There are boat services to all these islands at scheduled times, including between the islands themselves. Be prepared for long lines and long waits for the boats between islands. The Glass Museum in Murano and the Lace Museum in Burano are certainly worth a visit. In Burano you will find some of the most picturesque streets and houses, with each house sporting a different pastel shade. Its really beautiful. Though there is not much to see in Torcello except for the old church, and the supposed "Throne of Atilla". However and the peace and tranquility of the island is not to be found anywhere else in Venice! Torcello is also home to a very expensive Cipriani restaurant. But just walking around on these islands is a nice enough experience. If you've had enough of the hype and the other tourists, hop off the vaporetto at 'Cimitero', Venice's graveyard for a peaceful walk. There are many famous tombs, and the section dedicated to deceased children is particularly haunting. There is also a free toilet there.

While going through Venice, make sure you take in the beauty of it all. Walk through the alley ways, and take the water taxi to different parts of the island, sometimes at night you can just go sit in an open area and watch local residents and tourists passing by. It is wonderful. There are many museums and churches that are around the city that allow tourists to go in a visit. They are many great sights to keep you busy throughout your visit.

The “ Secret Itineraries in Doge's Palace” worth a visit, take the visitor into the most secret and fascinating rooms in the Palace. It’s better to book in advance.

Because Venice is now pretty much only inhabited by tourists and people serving the trade, it gets very quiet by 21:00 and there is very little to do in the evening (outside of eating). There are a few exceptions, like some classical music concerts, which most probably only play Vivaldi.

If you would like to have a guide to show up the highlights of Venice, you can choose between many offers. There are walking or boat tours, focused on shopping or history or for art lovers, and many itineraries.

Take photos, using your camera or phone: every corner of Venice will inspire you. And if you have taken good pictures, though you may not be a professional photographer, consider entering the photo competition "OneDayInVenezia"] running all year round, awarding monthly winners, and dedicated to amateur photographers. The Grand Prize is a week-end in Venice, trip included.

Send a Postcard or even better, an entire letter dedicated to a loved one (the old "snail mail" one, not the electronic variety)! Venice has a long, celebrated tradition in postal services, paper and written communication in general (including one of the earliest medieval book printing houses).

Venice it's also Riviera del Brenta old canals. The Riviera del Brenta is famous for its extraordinary Palladian villas along the Brenta river, its museums and historical buildings and it is 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Venice.

This Riviera and its mainland include 7 small cities: Stra, Fiesso d’Artico, Dolo, Fossò, Mira, Oriago and Malcontenta. These places are good for cycling excursions and to see antique Palladian Villas built on the Brenta river. In Stra village and there is the famous gardens of Villa Pisani and the museum of the shoes is in Villa Foscarini Rossi. In this last museum you can admire 1,500 models of Italian-made shoes created in local factories for major brands including Fendi, Genny, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Ungaro, Anne Kleyn, Richard Tyles and Vera Wang. In Dolo village you can visit the square, old watermill (XI century) and big open air market.

  • Teatro San Gallo - ☎ +39 041 2412002 | Opening Hours: November - Apr: 19:00, May-October: 20:00 €39, seniors €35, students €25, children €15 - Half-hour documentary based on the Al Jazeera series Francesco's Venice - an 'amazing film that puts the spectacular beauty of this great city in historical context'. Film in English, audioguides in Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Study as a Muslim in Venice

Venice is home to two major (and expanding) public universities, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia and Università Iuav di Venezia. There are possibly hundreds of smaller schools in the city. Neither university exploits its name for merchandising, and "Università degli Studi di Venezia" sweatshirts for sale at stalls are not only unlicensed, but there is no single university in the city with that name to begin with.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Venice

Venice has always been a city of merchants. Consequently, most of the Venetians working in Venice still own or work at a shop. If the pride of the Republic of Venice was the extreme diversity and quality of goods and services which could be found in Venice and these days, however, mass tourism led Venice to be populated with many shops selling low-quality souvenirs. The local shops are suffering a lot from this situation and it is not easy to identify them within the crowd of shops selling harmful imported goods. Buying from the authentic local businesses has never been more important as it is crucial to the future of the Venetians and guarantees you to get the real thing and to have a much better experience of Venice. It is not easy, though. Thankfully and there is a social enterprise based in Venice, which works closely with the Venetian business owners (shops, restaurants included). They have a certification process where the local artisan shops attest and commit to be selling products both authentic and sustainable as well as to give a 10% discount to the clients carrying a Venezia Autentica Friends' Pass (buyable online for only 10 euros).

  • Atelier Marega - A hand-made mask and costume shop.
  • Fanny - gloves & accessories | @

Calle dei Saoneri, San Polo 2723 100m west of Cà Foscari, near Campo San Polo ☎ +39 041 5228266 Hundreds of leather gloves in all colours.

  • Francis Model - leather articles | - Ruga Rialto, San Polo 773/A 100m Southwest of Rialto bridge ☎ +39 041 5212889 Locally made leather bags. Exceptional craftsmanship. There are reports that some travellers were cheated in this store, by being told that transaction didn't occur while using their credit card, and demanded cash while in fact transaction did occur properly and thus having made the travellers pay for the same item twice.
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Ponte della Guerra, Castello 5364 GPS: 45.43627, 12.33934 Between Rialto and S.Marco square, near Campo della Guerra ☎ +39 041 522 2901 | Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 Here you can find a special selection of the best Italian food and fruit drinks products. Well known for their amazing single portion Tiramisù. If you don't feel like shopping you can always browse the shop and ask cooking tips and the history of products. They can supply yachts, make exclusive gift packages or hampers for companies, and ship worldwide.

  • Venetia Studium - High end Scarves & Shawls | Calle Larga XXII Marzo, San Marco 2425 ☎ +39 041 5236953 Fine velvets and silks of every imaginable color are woven into delicate evening bags, scarves and pillows. The Company Venetia Studium produces in the Island the worldwide famous Fortuny Lamps

If you've come to Venice thinking that you won't be able to do a bit of designer shopping, think again! Just like in every major Italian city, you get the big fashion brand names here too. For label clothing shopping and the best area is that around the Piazza San Marco, where you can find Versace, MaxMara, Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada (and numerous more) big names. If you want to shop for clothing or accessories, though, you don't necessarily have to shop through the biggest names in fashion - in the Campo Santo Stefano and Calle della Mandola, you can get less famous or local boutiques, but you can find some excellent quality and/or unique items such as clothes, shoes, wallets, or handbags.

Watch out also for the hand-made paper and the exquisite miniature buildings made by Moro. Watch out for fakes; Moro "signs" his name on the back. Also, beware of fakes and "free" trips to neighboring Murano for its famous glass. (See Travel Guide for details.)

Tourist Traps: "Coloured Pasta" and "Venetian Limoncello" (not the original napolitan one) are not Italian food, no Italian would ever eat them and they are particularly made for tourists, only buy typical regional Italian food in food shops and always check the labels to discover where they have been made. In case it is not stated on the label, avoid the purchase.

Don't miss the Rialto market on San Polo and the smallest sestiere. The Rialto market is for shoppers. To the east is a neighborhood of small shops and restaurants; to the west is the Rialto farmers' market. Shopping is slightly less expensive than in the tourist-filled Piazza San Marco.

Murano Glass

  • L’Isola - Calle de le Botteghe, San Marco 2970 ☎ +39 041 523 1973 -
  • Archimede Seguso - San Marco 143 ☎ +39 041 5289041 -
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Piazzetta Leoncini, San Marco 314 ☎ +39 041 5224045

Halal Restaurants in Venice

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Venice, with its intricate canals and rich history, offers a diverse array of dining options, including a growing number of halal restaurants. Whether you're craving traditional Italian cuisine or flavors from the Middle East and Asia, Venice has something to satisfy your taste buds. Here are some top halal-friendly eateries to explore:

Ital India Restaurant Halal Foods

Rating: 4.7 (3,002 reviews)
Cuisine: Indian
Fondamenta de le Capuzine, 3102
Hours: Open until 11 PM
Services: Dine-in, Takeaway

For those craving Indian cuisine, ITAL INDIA offers a variety of classic dishes in a casual setting, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists.

Chicken Royal

Rating: 4.0 (258 reviews)
Cuisine: Halal
Via Piave, 73
Hours: Open until 11 PM
Services: Dine-in, Takeaway, Delivery

Chicken Royal specializes in halal Chicken dishes, providing a quick and satisfying option for those on the go.

GRILL IT HALAL RESTAURANT

Rating: 4.8 (76 reviews)
Cuisine: Halal
Via Trento, 8
Hours: Open until 1 AM
Services: Dine-in, Kerbside pickup

This restaurant is known for its excellent halal grilled meats and offers late-night dining options.

Halal Kebab Pizza

Rating: 3.8 (256 reviews)
Cuisine: Kebab
Via Cappuccina, 66
Hours: Open until 11:30 PM
Services: Dine-in, Takeaway, Delivery

For a quick and tasty meal, Halal Kebab Pizzas offers a variety of Pizzas and Kebab.

Aurora Pizzas & Kebab Halal

Rating: 4.2 (246 reviews)
Cuisine: Kebab
Salizzada dei Greci, 3454
Hours: Open until 11:30 PM
Services: Dine-in, Takeaway

Aurora Pizzas & Kebab is praised for its generous servings and delicious halal food.

Orient Experience

Rating: 4.5 (2,025 reviews)
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Rio Terà Farsetti, 1847
Hours: Open until 11 PM
Services: Dine-in

This warm eatery serves a variety of Middle Eastern dishes and is well-regarded for its friendly staff and flavorful food.

Ristorante Libanese - Gibran

Rating: 4.2 (633 reviews)
Cuisine: Lebanese
Calle del Cafetier, 6645
Hours: Open until 12 AM
Services: Dine-in

Gibran offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, perfect for those seeking halal options in a traditional setting.

Namaste Indian Restaurant

Rating: 4.5 (2,067 reviews)
Cuisine: Indian
Viale Stazione, 6
Hours: Open until 3 AM
Services: Dine-in

Namaste Indian Restaurant is a go-to spot for halal Indian food lovers, known for its extensive menu and late hours.

Ristorante Bombay Spice - Indiano - Halal Food

Rating: 4.3 (1,119 reviews)
Cuisine: Indian
Via Forte Marghera, 129
Services: Dine-in, Takeaway, Delivery

Bombay Spice offers a rich selection of Indian dishes, catering to those seeking halal options in Venice.

Venice's halal restaurant scene is diverse, offering a wide range of cuisines from Italian to Middle Eastern and Indian. These restaurants not only provide delicious halal food but also ensure a welcoming atmosphere for all diners. Whether you're a local or a tourist, these halal eateries in Venice are sure to provide a memorable dining experience.

eHalal Group Launches Halal Guide to Venice

Venice - eHalal Travel Group, a leading provider of innovative Halal travel solutions for Muslim travelers to Venice, is thrilled to announce the official launch of its comprehensive Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Venice. This groundbreaking initiative aims to cater to the diverse needs of Muslim travelers, offering them a seamless and enriching travel experience in Venice and its surrounding regions.

With the steady growth of Muslim tourism worldwide, eHalal Travel Group recognizes the importance of providing Muslim travelers with accessible, accurate, and up-to-date information to support their travel aspirations to Venice. The Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide is designed to be a one-stop resource, offering an array of invaluable information on various travel aspects, all carefully curated to align with Islamic principles and values.

The Travel Guide encompasses a wide range of features that will undoubtedly enhance the travel experience for Muslim visitors to Venice. Key components include:

Halal-Friendly Accommodations inVenice: A carefully selected list of hotels, lodges, and vacation rentals that cater to halal requirements, ensuring a comfortable and welcoming stay for Muslim travelers in Venice.

Halal Food, Restaurants and Dining in Venice: A comprehensive directory of restaurants, eateries, and food outlets offering halal-certified or halal-friendly options in Venice, allowing Muslim travelers to savor local cuisines without compromising their dietary preferences in Venice.

Prayer Facilities: Information on masjids, prayer rooms, and suitable locations for daily prayers in Venice, ensuring ease and convenience for Muslim visitors in fulfilling their religious obligations.

Local Attractions: An engaging compilation of Muslim-friendly attractions, cultural sites such as Museums, and points of interest in Venice, enabling travelers to explore the city's rich heritage while adhering to their values.

Transport and Logistics: Practical guidance on transportation options that accommodate Muslim travel needs, ensuring seamless movement within Venice and beyond.

Speaking about the launch, Irwan Shah, Chief Technology Officer of eHalal Travel Group in Venice, stated, "We are thrilled to introduce our Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide in Venice, a Muslim friendly destination known for its cultural richness and historical significance. Our goal is to empower Muslim travelers with accurate information and resources, enabling them to experience the wonders of Venice without any concerns about their faith-based requirements. This initiative reaffirms our commitment to creating inclusive and memorable travel experiences for all our clients."

The eHalal Travel Group's Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Venice is now accessible on this page. The guide will be regularly updated to ensure that Muslim travelers have access to the latest information, thus reinforcing its status as a reliable companion for Muslim travelers exploring Venice.

About eHalal Travel Group:

eHalal Travel Group Venice is a prominent name in the global Muslim travel industry, dedicated to providing innovative and all-inclusive travel solutions tailored to the needs of Muslim travelers worldwide. With a commitment to excellence and inclusivity, eHalal Travel Group aims to foster a seamless travel experience for its clients while respecting their religious and cultural values.

For Halal business inquiries in Venice, please contact:

eHalal Travel Group Venice Media: info@ehalal.io

Buy Muslim Friendly condos, Houses and Villas in Venice

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At eHalal Group, we understand the importance of meeting the unique requirements of Muslim individuals and families seeking properties that align with their cultural and religious trainings. Our extensive portfolio of Muslim-friendly properties in Venice ensures that clients have access to a diverse selection of options tailored to their needs. Whether it's a luxurious villa, a modern condominium, or a fully equipped factory, our team is dedicated to assisting clients in finding their ideal property.

For those seeking a comfortable and modern living space, our condos are an excellent choice. Starting at US$ 350,000 and these condominium units offer contemporary designs, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations within Venice. Each condo is thoughtfully designed to incorporate halal-friendly features and amenities, ensuring a seamless integration of Islamic values into everyday living.

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Muslim Friendly hotels in Venice

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Stay safe as a Muslim in Venice

Venice is considered a safe city. You have to take the habitual travellers' precautions however. Keep your valuable items (like wallet and passport) close to you because there are pickpockets, especially in more crowded parts of the city. In case of need, you can dial free of charge on any phone 112 (no area code needed) to contact Carabinieri or 113 (no area code needed) to contact the Police.

Medical Issues in Venice

Venice has begun to install septic tanks in buildings, but much of the city has not yet been upgraded and releases untreated sewage directly into the canals. Avoid bathing yourself, touching the water, immersing feet, etc. in the canals looking for refreshment in hot season. Also, at night there is a risk of falling into the water, as there are many alleys which end in the water but have little or no lighting. In the warmest months and these conditions can sometimes generate foul odors. Choose other times to visit if they might ruin what should be a highly enjoyable stay.

You can reach the emergency medical service dialing free of charge on any phone 118 (no area code needed, conversation will be recorded) to have assistance and an ambulance sent to you.

Chemists' shops (Italian: Farmacie) are all around the town. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a rotational basis: outside the shop there's always the list of operating ones with time-table, address and phone number. If you need a special drug you might be asked to book it in advance if it's not in common use. Note that the commercial name or brand of your prescription might differ from your country of origin, and make sure that the medication you want is available in the EU.

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Orientation

The unfortunate side-effect of the quaint back-alleys which make Venice such a delight to visit is that it is remarkably easy to get lost. Even maps provided by hotels are frequently inaccurate, and the maze-like structure of the city can become very confusing indeed. The tight cluster of little islands that comprise Venice is completely surrounded by the Lagoon, so it is not feasible, no matter how lost you become, to leave Venice on foot. Sooner or later you will come upon a piazza that you can locate on your map.

One tip: as you cross bridges, note the house numbers before and after. A small change probably means you are on the same island/neighborhood and have crossed a "new" canal. A major change means you are now on another island. Most maps clump islands together into their voting neighborhoods and there are many more islands than neighborhoods.

One piece of assistance is to look for directional signs. These will be marked "Per" and then with the name of a prominent location or bridge in the city, complete with an arrow pointing in the relevant direction. Hence, to get to the Rialto bridge and the signs to follow are marked "Per Rialto". Those to Street Mark's Plaza read "Per South Marco", and those to the train station "Per Ferrovia" (there are some others as well). Having oriented yourself to the nearest landmark, direction-finding can thus become (slightly) easier.

Remember, though, that the signs to read are the official ones. Graffiti will occasionally give other directions, frequently incorrect ones.

That said, some argue that getting lost in Venice is part of the experience of the city. The number of photogenic canals, hidden restaurants and retail outlets where glass blowing is done almost guarantees that there is no such thing as a "dull neighbourhood". Additionally and the public transport means that it is relatively easy to arrive at the intended destination even after one has emerged from the web of alleys in a totally unexpected place.

Overcrowding

While Venice may not get more tourists than other famous Italian destinations as Rome or Florence and the narrowness of streets and open areas may at times make Venice feel uncomfortably crowded during (but not only) the peak seasons, at the San Marco sestiere and the surroundings of the Rialto bridge and the streets leading from Venezia Santa Lucia and Piazzale Roma to San Marco. Walking by itself can be difficult, let aside snapping a good photo, using a public restroom, or sitting at a decent cafe or restaurant.

To avoid the worst of the crowds, unless it is Winter, try to visit the San Marco and Rialto bridge areas during early morning and late evening. During the late morning and afternoon, stay away as far as feasible from this area, for instance walking around west Santa Croce, north Canarregio, eastern Castello and Giudecca. Alternatively, take day trips to places outside central Venice such as Burano and the Lido, Padua or Vicenza, or simply take the opportunity to refresh in your hotel.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Police (emergency call): 113
  • Carabinieri (emergency call): 112
  • First Aid (emergency call): 118
  • Venice Hospital: +39 041 5294111
  • Medical Service on Duty: +39 041 5294060
  • Venice Tourism Board: +39 041 5298700
  • Gondola Service San Marco: +39 041 5200685
  • Gondola Service Rialto: +39 041 5224904
  • Gondola Service Danieli: +39 041 5222254
  • Airport San Marco Information: +39 041 2609260
  • Airport San Marco Lost and Found Office: +39 041 2609222
  • Railway information: 892021
  • Railway Lost and Found Office: +39 041 785531

Consulates

Most of the consulates listed here are only honorary consulates, so can only offer limited consular services. If you need any serious help, try visiting Milan, where larger consulates can be sometimes be found; however, it will usually be easier to visit the Italian capital, Rome#Embassies|Rome, where most countries' embassies are found.

  • Russia | San Marco, 4718/a - ☎ +39 04 12418879
  • Turkey | - Santa Marta, Fabbricato 17 ☎ +39 041 5230707

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Explore more Halal friendly Destinations from Venice

Around the Venetian lagoon are other smaller islands, which have since been deserted but are worth a visit. There is also the Lido, which is a long narrow island with more modern buildings, hosting a youth hostel and a hotel.

  • Burano — Island famous for lace, textiles and colorfully painted houses.
  • Lido — The island of tranquility, a beach neighborhood 10 minutes by boat from San Marco, and where the Venice movie festival is held.
  • Mestre — Town in the mainland, but still a part of Venice.
  • Murano — Nearby island famous for its glassware.
  • Torcello — Nearby island with a 7th-century basilica church and an archeological museum.
  • Lake Garda — An easy day trip by train, it is Italy's largest lake and stunning in scenery.
  • Eraclea — Typical for its pinewood and Laguna del Mort, 55 minutes from Venice by vehicle or by boat.
  • Jesolo — Jesolo is one of the most important beaches in Italy, just 45 minutes from Venice by vehicle or by boat (ferry from Treporti to Venice).
  • Padua (It. Padova) — 40 km west of Venice, home to the Basilica of St. Anthony and the Scrovegni Chapel, and the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world, among others.
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo — Lovely alpine town, site of 1956 Winter Olympic Games. Great mountain scenery, might be very expensive. A couple of hours of vehicle ride to the north of Venice, more than 3 hours by train and bus.

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