Marvel at masterpieces, get about in a gondola, then relax with a gelato
Venice harbours a wealth of artistic and architectural gems
There are some deals – but you’ll have to pay for a Grand Canal view
Lose yourself in a labyrinthine maze of palazzi, waterways and bridges
Enjoy a tipple in Byron's Venice
Bars & pubs
Florian sweeps you back to 18th-century Venice with its mirrored, stuccoed and frescoed interior. Rousseau and Byron hung out here.
Art collected by Mrs Max Ernst
Big names include Picasso, Pollack, Giacometti, Duchamp and Peggy's husband, Max Ernst.
Most luscious cup of coffee in town
Restaurants & cafés
Try the speciality coffees, for which a portion of each sale goes to assist children who work on coffee plantations worldwide.
An expression of the city’s independence, St Mark's basilica is encrusted with trophies brought back from the sack of Constantinople in 1204.
James Bond sent a villain flying through the clock face of this 15th-century tower in the film Moonraker. There's a fine view over piazza San Marco from the roof.
Venice's one-time political and judicial hub. A tour of the state rooms and criminal courts offers a fascinating insight into the workings of past powers.
- Tobias Rehberger. Site-specific intervention, mixed media, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Giardini della Biennale, Venice 2009
Venice's global-scale extravaganzas include La Biennale di Venezia's art, architecture, theatre, music, dance and film festivals; and Carnevale, the world’s largest and most famous masked ball.