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Alberoni Beach, Lido

Attractions

Now an almost exclusively gay beach, Alberoni is the place to cruise in summer. The dunes and pine forest are where the action is. If the weather's good,...

Angelo Raffaele

Attractions

Tradition has it that this church was founded by St Magnus in the eighth century, but the present free-standing building - one of only two churches in the...

Dorsoduro

Arsenale

Attractions

The word arsenale derives from the Arabic dar sina'a, meaning 'house of industry': the industry, and efficiency, of Venice's Arsenale was legendary: the...

Castello

Basilica di San Marco

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. In the Middle Ages...

San Marco
FreeMajor venue

Ca' d'Oro (Galleria Franchetti)

Attractions, Museums

In its 15th-century heyday, the façade of this pretty townhouse on the Grand Canal must have looked a psychedelic treat: the colour scheme was light blue...

Cannaregio 3932

Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

Art, Attractions, Museums

This grandiose palazzo was built in the second half of the 17th century for the Pesaro family, to a project by Baldassare Longhena. When Longhena died in...

Santa Croce 2076

Campanile

Critics' choice
Attractions

At almost 99m (325ft), the Campanile is the city's tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912. Its present appearance, with the stone spire and...

San Marco

Casa di Carlo Goldoni

Attractions, Museums

Officially the Casa di Goldoni e Biblioteca di Studi Teatrali (Goldoni's House and Library of Theatre Studies), this museum is really for specialists,...

San Polo 2794

Chorus

Attractions, Shops

Sixteen of Venice's churches belong to the Chorus scheme. A year-long pass, valid for one visit to each, costs €9 (€6 reductions) and can be purchased in...

Convento di San Francesco del Deserto

Critics' choice
Attractions

From behind the church of San Martino, on Burano, there is a view across the lagoon to the idyllic monastery island of San Franceso del Deserto. The island,...

Fondazione Giorgio Cini & Benedictine Monastery

Attractions

There has been a Benedictine monastery here since 982, when Doge Tribuno Memmo donated the island to the order. The monastery continued to benefit from...

Gli Scalzi

Attractions

Officially Santa Maria di Nazareth, this church is better known as Gli Scalzi after the order of Carmelitani scalzi (Barefoot Carmelites) to whom it...

Cannaregio

I Frari

Critics' choice
Attractions

A gloomy Gothic barn, the brick house of God known officially as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the city's most significant artistic storehouses....

San Polo
Major venue

I Gesuati

Attractions

This church is officially Santa Maria del Rosario, but it is always known as the Gesuati, after the minor religious order that owned the previous church...

Dorsoduro

I Gesuiti

Attractions

The Jesuits were never very popular in Venice, and it wasn't until 1715 that they felt secure enough to build a church here. Even then they chose a...

Cannaregio
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