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Best Things To Do in Venice

Losing yourself in Venezia's charm is the main reason to visit. But you should also tour landmarks like Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. On a different day, you could take a ferry (vaporetto) to the smaller islands of Lido, Murano or Burano. You should also make time for art: Don’t miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or the Gallerie dell’Accademia. And if you long to hear an Italian opera, book tickets to a show at the Teatro La Fenice.

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#1
Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. Although the original church was built in 828 ... read more»

#2
Grand Canal
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Venezia's Grand Canal is one of the city's most popular and highly photographed attractions. Recent travelers recommend hiring ... read more»

#3
Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Several centuries ago, if you wanted to cross the Grand Canal, a bridge located here was the only way. Now ... read more»

#4
Teatro La Fenice
Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Teatro La Fenice is one of Italy's oldest opera houses, and many travelers say a performance there is ... read more»

#5
Campanile di San Marco
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This particular bell tower was constructed in the early 20th century, as a replica of the 15th-century original. The former ... read more»

#6
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Lonely Planet says Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) "beautifully encapsulates the splendour of Venice's past and its ... read more»

#7
Bridge of Sighs Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Centuries ago, the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the Doge's Palace to dungeons, was used to transport prisoners from ... read more»

#8
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Views from the Venetian Lagoon give the Doge's Palace an ethereal look -- almost like it's floating on top ... read more»

#9
Academy Gallery (Gallerie dell'Accademia)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: None other than NapolĂ©on established the Galleria dell'Accademia, which today brims with an expansive collection of Venetian art, by ... read more»

#10
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of Fodor's favorite Venice sights, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is a gothic church that ... read more»

#11
Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto Ebraico di Venezia) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In 1516, Jews in the Venice area were forced to move to a small northwestern section of the island. Today ... read more»

#12
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Expat Peggy Guggenheim gathered together this impressive body of contemporary art, and then she went one step further: She married ... read more»

#13
Venice Jazz Club
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A top pick among travelers and travel reviewers, like Lonely Planet, the Venice Jazz Club (VJC) has become a Venice ... read more»

#14
Correr Civic Museum (Museo Civico Correr)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Correr Civic Museum, also known as the Museo Correr, displays art and artifacts from across Venezia's history. Travel ... read more»

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