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Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Music

The soirées that are organised by this enterprising museum and cultural foundation take the form of a half-hour recital of lesser-known works, usually from...

Castello 5252

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The Accademia is the essential one-stop shop for Venetian painting, and one of the world's greatest art treasure houses. At the time of writing - and...

Dorsoduro 1050
Major venue

Madonna dell'Orto

Critics' choice
Attractions

The 'Tintoretto church' was originally dedicated to St Christopher (a magnificent statue of whom stands over the main door), the patron saint of the...

Cannaregio

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

Museo di Torcello

Art, Museums

The Museum of Torcello has a small but worthwhile collection of sculptures and archaeological finds from the cathedral and elsewhere in Torcello. Among the...

Palazzo del Consiglio

Museo Storico Navale

Museums

This museum dedicated to ships and shipbuilding continues an old tradition: under the Republic, the models created for shipbuilders in the final design...

Castello 2148

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

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

Sant'Elena

Attractions

The red-brick Gothic church of Sant'Elena contains no great works of art (the church was deconsecrated in 1807, turned into an iron foundry, and not opened...

Castello 3

Scala Contarini del Bòvolo

Attractions

Follow the signs for the Scala del Bòvolo from campo Manin and you will emerge in a narrow courtyard entirely dominated by this elegant Renaissance spiral...

San Marco 4299

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