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Venice Travel Guide

Venice Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Venice? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Let's Get Lost

Getting around Venice presents some unusual problems: the city's layout has few straight lines; house numbering seems nonsensical; and the six...


Venice's Scuola Days

An institution you'll inevitably encounter from Venice's glory days is the scuola . These weren't schools, as the word today translates, but...


Wading Through the Acqua Alta

There are two ways to get anywhere in Venice: walking and by water. Occasionally you walk through water, when falling barometers, southeasterly...


Eating and Drinking Well in Venice

The catchword in Venetian restaurants is fish, often at its tastiest. Even if you're not normally a fish fan, it's worth trying here—there's...


What to Shop for in Venice

Colorful Murano glass may be the most obvious thing to shop for in Venice—you can't avoid encountering a mind-boggling variety of it in shop...


Top Reasons to Go to Venice

Landmarks: The Rialto bridge and Palazzo Ducale are simply unforgettable. Festivals: Carnevale and the Biennale are celebrations of art...


Venice's Signature Crafts: Glass

Perhaps it's a matter of character that Venice, a city whose beauty depends so much upon the effects of shimmering, reflected light, also developed...


Venice's Signature Crafts: Masks

When Carnevale was revived in the late 1970s, mask making returned as well, with travelers inspiring its evolution to its current ornate form...



Venice was founded in the 5th century when the Veneti, inhabitants of the mainland region roughly corresponding to today's lower Veneto, fled...


Speaking Venetian

Venice is one of the few Italian cities where the local dialect is still alive and well. Much of the language you will hear in Venice is not...



Few landmarks are more identifiable with Italy than the country's great churches, amazing works of architecture that often took centuries to...


Quintessential Venice

If you want to get a sense of contemporary Venetian culture and indulge in some of its pleasures, start by familiarizing yourself with the rituals...


Piazza San Marco

Perhaps nowhere else in the world gathers together so many of man’s noblest artistic creations. The centerpiece of the piazza is the Basilica...


Best Festivals in Venice

Carnevale and the Biennale are much-acclaimed events that draw crowds from around the world, but throughout the year, other festivals that are...


Carnevale in Venice

Ever since its revival in the 18th century, the Venice Carnevale has been aimed at drawing visitors to the city. For the 12 days leading up...


Tours in Venice

If you want some expert guidance around Venice, you may opt for private tours or large group tours. Any may include a boat tour as a portion...


Venice's Biennale

The Biennale dell'Arte originated in 1894 and, except for World War interruptions, has taken place every two years since. In 1910 Klimt and...


Venice Today

While Venice spends a great deal of energy preserving its past, this city is also entrenched in the here and now and modern Venetian life has...

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