Places to See - Things to do

THE ETRUSCANS
With over 700 pieces on show, the exhibition unfolds throughout Palazzo Grassi displaying all the most significant documents that testify to the development, culmination and final decline, with the Roman conquest, of this extraordinary civilisation.
From November 26 to July 1. Palazzo Grassi.

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco houses one of Europe's greatest collections of paintings by a single artist - Jacopo Tintoretto's religious scenes, which include perhaps the most powerful Crucifixion ever painted.

San Giorgio Maggiore
Occupying its own island just across the water from the Doges' Palace, San Giorgio is a serene Renaissance building with a belltower that gives you the finest view of the city.

Giudecca
The island of Giudecca, with its crumbling mills and wharves, is the one part of central Venice where its industrial heritage as a manufacturing city makes an impact.

The Random Tour
Forget maps!! Forget directions!! Just walk around, nose-up. Venice is a big labyrinth: enjoy! Take the smaller streets, which may lead you nowhere or to a great discover of little pleasures: the perfection of a view, colors, atmosphere. Build-up your personal itinerary! Don't fear to get lost: Venetian people are helpful and you can often see yellow signs teaching you the road to main directions: San Marco, Rialto, Accademia, Ferrovia (the railway station), Piazzale Roma. And at any boat stop you can take a vaporetto to anywhere you wish.

The One-day Rush
"I will be staying in Venice for ONE DAY and it will be my first time there. Where should I go and what should I do?".Just one day, too bad. Let's try to help you anyway. St.Mark's square is a "must". So, let's suppose you get to Venice quite early in the morning. If you arrive by flight, get the motor taxi or "Alilaguna" boat (cheaper) from the airport to St.mark's. First of all: have a map ready with you. Walk in the square, visit the Church (if there's a long queue in front of you, calculate your available time and the line speed) and Palazzo Ducale (you'll also walk inside the Bridge of Sighs!).
Go back to the square, and take your time to walk around, towards the sea, towards Rialto bridge or the Academy Galleries, if you are fond of art. If you have just a few hours left, or if you'd rather visit the city (expecially if it is your first time here), forget about museums: go to Rialto by foot, take the boat towards the "Ferrovia" stop via the Grand Canal, and enjoy the beauty of the city on the waters. Take pictures. Get off wherever you like along the way, if you want, and walk, or go straight to Ferrovia by boat. (The boat takes about 45-60 minutes from St.Mark's to Ferrovia stop. If you still have time: at Ferrovia stop, cross the bridge (Ponte degli Scalzi) and go towards Chiesa dei Frari, and maybe Campo Santa Margherita: this is a very quiet and typically Venetian area. Don't wait until the last minute and leave Venice with a reasonable advance on departure time. To go back to the airport, take a bus from Piazzale Roma (it should be #4; better inquire about schedules in advance); if you have to reach the train station, it is not far (Ferrovia).

 

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