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Skip-the-line ACTV Public Transport Pass up to 7 days
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Skip-the-line ACTV Public Transport Pass up to 7 days

Buy your ACTV Public Transport Tourist Tickets to see the most of Venice.

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Tickets for La Fenice Theatre with audio guide
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Tickets for La Fenice Theatre with audio guide

Buy your La Fenice Theatre Tickets with audio guide with Musement. Visit one of the most famous opera houses in Europe.

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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

Buy the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour in Venice. Visit the Golden Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine art, and the rooms of Palazzo Ducale.

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Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour
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Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour

Buy your Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour. Visit the seat of the Venetian political power and enter the ancient prisons.

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30-minute private gondola ride in Venice
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30-minute private gondola ride in Venice

Experience an exclusive and romantic 30-minute private gondola ride on the canals of Venice. Discover the city from the water, as it was meant to be seen.

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St. Mark’s Basilica skip-the-line tour
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St. Mark’s Basilica skip-the-line tour

Buy your Golden Basilica tour in Venice. Visit St. Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine art, with skip-the-line access!

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Gondola ride experience in Venice
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Gondola ride experience in Venice

Buy your Venetian Gondola ride experience and travel down the Grand Canal!

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Ducal Venice: morning walking tour with Doge's Palace
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Ducal Venice: morning walking tour with Doge's Palace

Buy your walking tour in Venice with Doge's Palace. Get off the beaten track, through the streets and canals of Venice.

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Highlights of Venice walking tour with Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
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Highlights of Venice walking tour with Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica

Don't miss this Highlights of Venice walking tour with Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica. Discover the city's most famous buildings and symbols.

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Gondola ride and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
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Gondola ride and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

Buy your Gondola ride and Saint Mark's Basilica tour in Venice. Visit a masterpiece of Byzantine art and enter the breathtaking Canal Grande.

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Historical walking tour of Venice
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Historical walking tour of Venice

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Tickets to “A World of Potential” exhibition at Procuratie Vecchie
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Tickets to “A World of Potential” exhibition at Procuratie Vecchie

Book now your tickets to the interactive exhibition “A World of Potential” at Procuratie Vecchie in Venice!

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Things to do in Venice

Top 5 things to do in VeniceVenice is unlike any other place in the world. A city floating on a lagoon, its shimmering canals, glorious marbled palaces and resplendent churches packed with artistic masterpieces will simply take your breath away. Relatively untouched since its glory days as a financial center and maritime power in the 14th century, wandering down an empty street at night is like stepping back in time. For those not sure where to start their exploration of this fairytale-like city, we’ve got you covered. From the awe-inspiring Doge’s Palace to the exquisitely mosaicked Basilica di San Marco, lulling gondola rides and feasts of cicchetti (delicious small local dishes), we show you the best the city has to offer.1. Doge’s PalaceThe seat of Venetian political power, this waterfront palace is a Gothic masterpiece in white stone and pink marble. It served as both the residence of the Doge and the administrative center. Highlights include lavish council rooms, Tintoretto’s swirling Paradise and a 24-carat gilded stucco staircase.2. St Mark’s SquareThis historic square captures the wealth, beauty and architectural splendor of Venice’s past. Admire famed buildings such as the Basilica di San Marco with its intricate mosaics and marble, along with the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuove. Arrive very early or very late to escape the crowds.3. Gondola rideA gondola ride along the picturesque canals will give you a stunning vantage point on the city. Formerly a mode of transport for the Venetian upper class, now you too can glide down the main canal and hidden waterways (many of which can’t be accessed by foot), while soaking in the unique atmosphere of Venice.4. Cicchetti (local snacks)Don’t leave Venice without stepping into a bacaro (wine bar) and indulging in some cicchetti, the city’s most famous snack. Like the Venetian version of tapas, these are small dishes to be enjoyed at the bar with a glass of ombra (wine), and include everything from polpette (meatballs) to open sandwiches.5. La FeniceOpened in 1792, La Fenice has a long and intriguing history. Not only was it mysteriously set ablaze more than once, but it also premiered the works of several renowned composers, from Verdi to Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. Discover its magic over a heart-rending opera or glimpse its inner workings on a tour.6. Burano and MuranoThere’s more to the lagoon than just Venice. Of the dozen or so inhabited islands, two that are well worth an excursion are Burano and Murano. Each has its own special character. Burano is famed for its pastel-colored canal-side houses while Murano-made glassware has been highly prized since the Middle Ages.Planning your Venice visitWhen to go?Venice’s timeless beauty can be enjoyed all through the year, depending on what you’re looking for. Get a jump on those off-season crowds by coming in spring, but keep in mind the tradeoff will be the certainty of good weather. Summer instead is the city’s peak season and guarantees warm weather, along with higher rates and bigger crowds. September to November is best for those looking to see the city without so many tourists, although you’ll have to watch out for the acqua alta (high tide). Winter gets quite chilly, sights tend to close earlier but it also can be blissfully quiet. That is, except when Carnival comes round, the tourists stream in and the whole city celebrates.How many days should you spend?Around three days will be enough to see all the city’s main attractions and also include some of the neighboring islands, such as Murano or Burano. That said, if you’re looking to enjoy a more local experience, four to five days will give you the chance to wander down some hidden lanes, feast on seafood and soak up the gentle pace of life.How to get there?The closest airport is named after the famed Venetian explorer, Marco Polo. From there it’s a scenic ride by water taxi (from €110) or water shuttle (€22) to central Venice. You can also get there by bus, which is the fastest (20 minutes) and cheapest (€8) option. By taxi it costs around €40. Otherwise you can also fly into Treviso airport, which is used mostly by low-budget airlines. Situated to the north of Venice, it’s an hour-long bus ride (€12 one way) to Piazzale Roma. Taxis cost €80.How to move around the city?It may seem daunting at first getting around this city of winding streets, bridges and canals, but it’s relatively easy once you get the hang of it. Vaporetti are the small passenger ferries that are the city’s main form of public transport. A single ride costs €7.50. If you’re staying for longer or are planning on moving around a lot it might be worth your while investing in a pass; options go from one to seven days and cost €20-60. The ACTV also runs buses that run on the mainland and in Lido. Gondola rides instead are quite pricey (from €80) and are more of an ‘experience’ than a form of transport.Where to shop?Escape the many souvenir shops and you’ll find that while Venice is by no means one of Italy’s shopping mecca’s, it still manages to hold its own. T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS is its most recently hyped locale. A shopping center in a historic building from the 1500s, the building alone is worth a visit, while sweeping views can be enjoyed from the roof. Le Mercerie instead is the city’s classic shopping destination, made up of a warren’s den of streets boasting mostly luxury brands. On Salizada San Moisè, you’ll also find high-end brands, many of which hail from Italy, such as Versace, Miu Miu and Etro. Those looking for something a bit more niche will enjoy exploring the San Samuele area, with its galleries, craft and textile stores and independent boutiques.
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