Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
The world-famous Teatro La Fenice burnt down twice - in 1836 and then again in 1996 - before it was eventually reconstructed in 2004, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, as its Italian name suggests. Even if you are not an opera fan, don’t miss taking a tour of the interior. The theater’s magnificent beauty, complete with ornately decorated halls and golden chandeliers, is a truly awesome experience.
Hidden off a quiet canal in the Cannaregio district, this lovely marble church was built with locally raised money to house a statue of the Virgin Mary that was known to work miracles (“Santa Maria dei Miracoli” means "St. Mary of Miracles." She still stands near the altar.
One of the most beautiful and spacious squares in Venice, Campo Santo Stefano is a great spot to observe the city. I love to spend a relaxing day people watching over a caffè latte on one of the many café patios. Also worth observing are the many beautiful palaces around: the breathtaking Gothic Church of Santo Stefano, the spectacular Palazzo Loredan, the elegant Marcello Conservatorium of Music and the magnificent Chiesa di San Vidal, which often hosts classical events and concerts.
Very close to Campo Santo Stefano is a tiny hidden courtyard. In that courtyard is an elegant spiral staircase that reflects the transition from Gothic architecture to the Renaissance style. If you love finding random treasures, Scala Contarini del Bovolo is definitely worth looking for.
A 12km island dividing the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, Lido di Venezia a perfect place for a quiet afternoon walk or a day at the beach. Undiscovered, and not often frequented by tourists, history lovers will be pleased to discover elegant villas and beautiful churches, like Chiesa di San Nicolò, which houses St. Nicholas’ relics.
This little boatyard near Ponte di San Trovaso is the oldest place in Venice where gondolas are built and repaired. Building a gondola takes about 280 wooden pieces, 8 different kinds of wood, and up to 2 years of work, and you can catch a glimpse the process at Squero di San Trovaso.
Situated next to the Ponte di San Trovaso in the Dorsoduro district, this small enoteca is always packed with locals and tourists, and for good reason. Al Bottegone is my favorite place to buy bottled wine, as most of the great wines in its wide selection cost around 6-7 euro a bottle. The cicchetti here are also excellent and cheap.
The Castello district is a perfect place to experience the typical Venetian atmosphere. It is at Arsenale that shipbuilding took place in the 13th century, when Venice was an important maritime empire. Today, this dockyard complex is mainly known for its Naval History Museum, where you can admire weapons, ship models, illustrations and paintings describing Venetian shipbuilding techniques.
Centrally located in St. Mark's Square, this famous spot is one of the oldest operating coffee houses in Venice. Caffe Florian's rich interior is peculiarly situated: the several lavishly decorated rooms, each with a view of the square, are all connected by one corridor. It's a luxe coffee experience to sit and draw inspiration just as Goldoni, Casanova or Byron did in their time.
There are lots of small islands around Venice, but San Giorgio Maggiore is a truly off-the-beaten-track gem. The highlight of the quiet island is the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, a stunning work by Palladio.