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Known as La Serenessima (the Most Serene), Venice is a city graced with countless canals. Stand in the center of the bustling Piazzo San Marco, cruise the Grand Canal, and make time for the many churches and museums with works by local favorites Titian and Carpaccio.
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Experiences

  • Take Vaporetto no. 1 for your trip down the Grand Canal; it's the cheapest way to take in the view.
  • Gaily colored Gothic Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, has sumptuous chambers hung with works by Venice's greatest artists.
  • Napoléon founded the Gallerie dell'Accademia, where you'll find masterpieces by Bellini, Titian, and Giorgione, among others.
  • Revelers from all over the world descend for Carnevale in the 10 days leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Festivals

  • The Venice Film Festival (September) and the Biennale contemporary art fair (late summer or early fall) attract boldface names and often introduce new ones.

Side Trips

  • The island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the water from St. Mark's, boasts one of Venice's greatest churches, San Giorgio Maggiore, a masterpiece by the architect Palladio. Inside are not-to-be-missed paintings by Tintoretto.

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