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Venice Off the Beaten Path

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This list is a mix of some of my favorite off-the-beaten track landmarks and a few handpicked, must-see places. Search for these spots, and other secrets tucked around the city, to discover your own unique Venice.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Teatro La Fenice

Operas, Theatres

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Campo Santo Stefano

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lido di Venezia

Destinations

Squero di San Trovaso

Historic Sites

Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi

Restaurants

Arsenale di Venezia

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities

Caffe Florian Venezia

Restaurants

Isola San Giorgio Maggiore

Destinations

Katherina N's City Tips

  • The best way to experience Venice is to pick a direction and wander. Getting "lost" allows you to stumble upon the city's many secrets.
  • There are some street markets around Venice where you can join the locals to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Try those in Strada Nova, Rialto and Campo Santa Margherita.
  • Most restaurants in Venice close in the afternoon and re-open between 7 and 8 pm for dinner.
  • To explore the city easily on foot, put your map away and follow the yellow signs (like the ones that say “Per S. Marco” or “Per Rialto”).
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    Teatro La Fenice
    Operas, Theatres
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To see a performance here, be sure to book your tickets well in advance on the theater website.
    • The theater is typically open to visitors during the daytime, and also offers guided tours. Check the website before visiting, as the hours sometimes vary.
    • For an evening performance, it is advisable to dress elegantly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Attractive Theatre 05/12/2016
    • stunning !!! 04/12/2016
    • Teatro La Fenice
    Address:
    Sestiere San Marco 1965
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 786607
    Other:
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    Santa Maria dei Miracoli
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The best place to eat typical Venetian food in the area is Osteria Al Portego in Calle della Malvasia, one of my favorite spots to enjoy cicchetti.
    • Remember to respect traditions and be sure that your shoulders are covered when you enter the church.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful beautiful church 26/11/2016
    • magic and simple 08/11/2016
    • Santa Maria dei Miracoli
    Address:
    Campo Dei Miracoli
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 41 2750462
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:30
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:45
    Other:
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    Campo Santo Stefano
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • My favorite place for ice cream, coffee, light snacks and drinks is Gelateria Paolin (try their special dessert: gianduiotto chocolate with whipped cream).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful little area in Venice 11/11/2016
    • One of the biggest 28/10/2016
    • Campo Santo Stefano
    Address:
    San Marco District
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 275 0462
    Other:
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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • At the moment it, is only possible to view the staircase from outside due to the restoration works in progress.
    • For a delightful meal, try the nearby Ai Mercanti restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well Worth the Search 07/12/2016
    • In a tiny courtyard it is a joy to see 02/12/2016
    • Scala Contarini del Bovolo
    Address:
    Corte del Maltese
    San Marco 4302
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 260 1974
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 13:30
    14:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Lido di Venezia
    Destinations
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nearby, you catch a helicopter tour around Venice from the Nicelli Airport.
    • Take water bus #6 to easily reach Lido.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Lido di Venezia
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    Squero di San Trovaso
    Historic Sites
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • For an affordable gondola experience, take a “traghetto” (ferry-gondola) to cross the Grand Canal from one side to the other. The cost is 2 euros for tourists.
    • The best way to observe gondola masters at work is from the opposite side of the canal.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a detour to see gondola building and maintenance 20/10/2016
    • Facinating 11/09/2016
    • Squero di San Trovaso
    Address:
    Rio San Trovaso
    I-30170 Venice
    Italy
    Other:
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    Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the delicious “baccalà mantecato” (creamed dried cod), “polipo” (squid),”tonno e porri” (tuna and leeks).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 1,244 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No Longer Particularly Special 06/12/2016
    • Great place 05/12/2016
    • Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi
    Address:
    Fondamenta Nani 992
    Dorsoduro
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 523 0034
    Other:
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    Arsenale di Venezia
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Have lunch at the nearby Trattoria alla Rampa (Via Garibaldi) or Trattoria al Diporto (Sant’Elena).
    • Nearby, you will also find the stunning Greek Orthodox Church of San Giorgio dei Greci, as well as the largest park in Venice, Biennale Gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 411 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing industrial archeology site 20/11/2016
    • The industrial engine of Venice's glittering power 20/11/2016
    • Arsenale di Venezia
    Address:
    Campo San Biagio Castello 2148
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    41 2441 399
    Other:
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    Caffe Florian Venezia
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, European)
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    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • In summer season there are often live bands playing music on the terrace, in which case an additional charge might apply.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 1,244 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ah Venice! 08/12/2016
    • Charming Place To Take In Venice 08/12/2016
    • Caffe Florian Venezia
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco San Marco 57
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 520 5641
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Isola San Giorgio Maggiore
    Destinations
    Katherina N Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For those who love cultural events, the island has a Film Festival and an open-air Teatro Verde.
    • Take the water bus #2 from St. Mark's Square to the island.
    • Visit the church's belfry for a breathtaking panoramic view of Venice.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Isola San Giorgio Maggiore
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