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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

La Zecca

Attractions

The Mint, designed by Sansovino, was completed by 1547. It coined Venice's gold ducats - later referred to as zecchini, whence comes the English word...

San Marco 7
Free

Museo della Musica

Museums

This small museum, set up in the ex-church of San Maurizio, is run by the Rivoalto recording company. Serving partly as a sales and promotion outlet, the...

San Marco 2601
Tags: Music
Free

Museo di Storia Naturale

Museums

This museum has long been undergoing very leisurely restoration. Just two rooms are open to the public. It is housed in the Fondaco dei Turchi, a...

Santa Croce 1730
Free

Piccolo Mondo

Clubs, Music

Called 'El Souk' in better days, this 'small world' remains one of the few places to dance in Venice proper. You may, therefore, find yourself on its...

Dorsoduro 1056A
Tags: Club
Free

San Giorgio Maggiore

Critics' choice
Attractions

This unique spot cried out for a masterpiece. Palladio provided it. This was his first complete solo church; it demonstrates how confident he was in his...

FreeMajor venue

Santa Maria della Salute

Critics' choice
Attractions

This magnificent Baroque church, queening it over the entrance of the Grand Canal, is almost as recognisable an image of Venice as St Mark's or the Rialto...

Dorsoduro
FreeMajor venue

Santo Stefano

Attractions

Santo Stefano is an Augustinian church, built in the 14th century and altered in the 15th. The façade has a magnificent portal in the florid Gothic style....

San Marco
Free

Telecom Italia Future Centre

Attractions

The 16th-century cloisters of the monastery of San Salvador underwent a thorough restoration in the 1980s, to provide a showcase for the latest offerings of...

San Marco 4826
Free