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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

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,...

La Pietà (Santa Maria della Visitazione)

Attractions

By the girls' orphanage of the same name, the church of La Pietà was famous for its music. Antonio Vivaldi, violin and choir master here in the 18th...

Castello

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

Oratorio dei Crociferi

Attractions

Founded in the 13th century by Doge Renier Zeno, the oratory is a sort of primitive scuola, with the familiar square central meeting hall but without the...

Cannaregio 4905

Palazzo Ducale

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

An unobtrusive side door halfway down the right wall of the nave in San Marco leads straight into the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)....

San Marco 1
Major venue

Palazzo Zenobio

Attractions

Built towards the end of the 17th century to a design by Antonio Gaspari, Palazzo Zenobio's broad façade and two wings extending backwards, making it...

Dorsoduro 2598

San Pietro in Castello

Attractions

Until 1807, San Pietro in Castello was the cathedral of Venice, and its remote position testifies to the determination of the Venetian government to keep...

Castello

Scuola dei Carmini

Attractions

Begun in 1670 to plans by Baldassare Longhena, the building housing this scuola run by the Carmelite order was spared the Napoleonic lootings that dispersed...

Dorsoduro 2617

Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Attractions

The schiavoni were Venice's Slav inhabitants, who had become so numerous and influential by the end of the 15th century that they could afford to build this...

Castello 3259A

Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Critics' choice
Attractions

Used frequently during the day for conferences and in the evening for concerts, this scuola in 2009 began allowing visits at other times. Check the website...

San Polo 2454
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