Things to see in Venice

Tourist offices

Venice Pavillion

Giardini Ex Reali, San Marco (Venice Pavilion), Venice, Italy
Tel: +39 41 529 8711.
Opening Hours: Daily 0900-1800.
www.turismovenezia.it

Passes

The Venice Card (tel: +39 41 2424; www.hellovenezia.com) is available for 12-hours, 48-hours or 7 days. It offers free public transport, entry to museums and galleries and discounts on selected parking, excursions and shops. The card is available from the airport, railway stations, bus stations, tourist information offices and online.

The Chorus Pass (tel: +39 41 275 0462; www.chorusvenezia.org) includes entry to 16 of Venice's churches, including the spectacular Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the church of Santa Maria Formosa. The pass is valid for one year and is available to purchase online, at the tourist office and from participating churches.

The Museum Pass (tel: +39 41 4273 0892; www.vivaticket.it) allows entry to 10 civic museums, including the Doge's Palace. The ticket is valid for six months and allows a single admission to each museum.

Basilica dei Frari (Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari)

This glorious gothic church, constructed around 1330, is primarily associated with the painter Titian. He is buried here alongside the celebrated sculptor, Antonio Canova. It was here that Titian made his reputation as he crowned his early years by painting the huge altarpiece, The Assumption of the Virgin, for the Franciscan brothers of the Frari in 1518.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0900-1800, Sun 1300-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: San Polo 3072,, Venice, 30125, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 272 8611.
Basilica di San Marco (St Mark's Basilica)

The golden Byzantine St Mark's Basilica was founded in the 9th century as a shrine for the relics of St Mark. Built on a plan of a Greek cross, its Eastern appearance is enhanced by golden mosaics, originally created by craftsmen from the Byzantine court at Ravenna. The interior houses many of Venice's greatest treasures, including the famed Pala d’Oro altarpiece.http://www.venetoinside.com

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0945-1700, Sun 1400-1700 (Apr-Oct); Mon-Sat 0945-1700, Sun 1400-1600 (Nov-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 270 8311.
Campanile di San Marco (Bell Tower)

The bell tower, which is located to one side of St Mark’s Square, is the tallest structure in Venice and offers a unique view of this fabulous city. At 318ft-high (97m), visitors prepared to make the lengthy climb might glimpse the distant Dolomites over the rooftops.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-1900 (Mar-Jun); daily 0900-2100 (Jul-Sep); daily 0900-1900 (Oct); daily 0930-1545 (Nov-Apr).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: Yes
Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 522 5205.
Galleria dell'Accademia

One of the most important art galleries in Venice, the Academia has some powerful canvases by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. Other highlights include Giorgione's La Tempesta, depicting a naked mother and child sheltering under a stormy sky, and Veronese's bawdy Feast in the House of Levi. Titian’s final painting, Pietà, is here too and is said to include a self-portrait of him facing death.

Opening Times: Tue-Sun 0815-1915, Mon 0815-1400.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Campo della Carita, Dorsoduro 1050, Venice, 30123, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 520 0345.
Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

Once home to the elected leader of Venice, the Doge’s Palace is a Venetian landmark of Islamic and Gothic styles that broods over the city. The facade dates from 1365, but its interior is more Renaissance in its flair, originating from the 16th century. The Ducal apartments have exemplary paintings by Titian and Bellini, ancient prison cells and an armoury.

Opening Times: Daily 0830-1900 (Apr-Oct); 0830-1730 (Nov-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 271 5911.
Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

This 17th-century architectural masterpiece, restored in 2012, once linked Doge's Palace with the Prigioni Nuove (New Prison), which once held Casanova. The bridge takes its name from the sighs let out by convicts as they caught a final glimpse of the outside world. There’s a romantic notion here that lovers will find eternal happiness by kissing under the bridge at sunset.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Riva degli Schiavoni,, San Marco,, Venice, 30124, Italy
Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)

When a market developed on an adjacent island to Venice in the 10th century, a wooden bridge was built to join the two. It collapsed under the weight of a crowd in 1444 and was replaced in 1591 by a single-stone arched bridge designed by Antonio da Ponte. The bridge has been lined with two rows of shops since the 15th century, which today cater to tourists.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: Ponte di Rialto,, Venice, Italy
Gran Teatro La Fenice

Built in the late 1700s, this fabulous Gran Teatro La Fenice was devastated by fire in 1996. A full restoration has returned this inspiring piece of Venetian architecture to its former glory and it now the theatre plays host to operas, classical concerts and ballet performances throughout the year.

Opening Times: Daily 0930-1800
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: Yes
Address: Campo S. Fantin,, San Marco 1965, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 786 511.
Palazzo Grassi

This impressive museum displays numerous works, including the vast collection belonging to French businessman Francois Pinault. Controversial artist Jeff Koons' colourful giant Balloon Dog is on display in the main hall while upstairs, visitors will find work by video artist Bill Viola and installations by artist duo Peter Fischili and David Weiss.

Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1000-1900.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: Campo San Samuele, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 523 1680.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim's collection of modern art is probably the most distinguished in Italy. This assembly of artwork spans Cubism, Surrealism, and European and American abstract expressionism. It includes work by a wide variety of artists, including Pollock, Picasso, Kandinsky and Dalí. The sculpture garden is particularly fine and enjoys lovely views over the Grand Canal.

Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, 704 Dorsoduro, Venice, 30123, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 240 5411.
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