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Introduction to Venice

Tours Venice

Venice and the Veneto region include a large chunk of mainland Italy, when people discuss “Venice” they are usually referring to main island of Venice and the outlying islands of the lagoon.  The main island of Venice is composed of many small islands, divided by canals, connected by more than 400 footbridges.

Venezia from Oliver Astrologo on Vimeo.

The streets of the main island of Venice, and those of most islands on the lagoon, are entirely pedestrian. On Venice, your two transportation options are walking or taking a boat.

Venice has six districts, called “sestieri” and several outlying islands. The districts are Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro, on the western side of the grand canal, and Cannaregio, San Marco and Castello on the eastern side of the grand canal. There are many outlying islands in the lagoon. Those that you are most likely to visit are La Giudecca, Lido, San Michele (or “Cimitero”), Murano, Burano and Torcello.

It is possible to walk between all of the six main districts of Venice, and there is public transportation, by boat, available to each of the outlying islands.

When orienting yourself to Venice, it will be very helpful if you immediately make note of what district you are staying in, the name of the street you are staying on, your nearest boat stop, and your nearest campo or city square. These bits of information will be come in handy for finding you way home after a day of exploring the labyrinth of Venetian streets.

A typical Venetian address consists of a building number in a particular district. Most do not even include a street name. As a result, Venetian addresses are virtually meaningless to everyone except the mailman! (In fact, I once overheard a Venetian mailman asking for directions…) This is why walking directions which include references to major sights, street names, churches and bridges are imperative to finding what you are looking for in Venice.

There are hundreds of campos (city squares) in Venice. There is a church in each campo, and the campo is always named after the church. Many of these churches are closed or are difficult to distinguish from the surrounding buildings, but they are there. You will often receive directions that include references to a campo and a church.

A detailed paper map is important to moving confidently and competently around Venice. Though they have improved immensely over the past couple of years, many electronic maps of Venice are still lacking in detail.

The same is true of the paper maps that come in travel guides that you buy overseas. You will find that these also are missing street names, or have the wrong street names. The best street maps of Venice are those sold locally.

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Cooking classes

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How to learn to cook some of the famous local dishes with the most important Italian chefs? We start in the morning with a trip to one of the main and biggest market in...
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Relax in Wellness Centre

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A relaxing day in one most exclusive wellness centre and health spa of the city...
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Clock Tower

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The Mori Tower is one of the most famous architectural landmarks of Venice, standing over an arch that has access to the main shopping street of...
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Shopping Tour

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Shopping Tour - A shopping expert will take you to some of the most famous shops and sought ateliers, looking with you for vintage items, antiques...
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Cannaregio and Ghetto

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Cannaregio and Ghetto A charming walk in the most lived neighborhood of the city, Cannaregio. We will visit the main monuments and churches of the oldest and still one of the most famous areas of the city.
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Secret Passages of the Doge’s Palace

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Discover the secret passages of the Doge’s Palace with an expert guide on an entertaining tour of one of the most famous monuments in Venice.
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Guggenheim Museum

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The temple of contemporary art Every summer from 1951 to December 1979, Peggy Guggenheim loved to open to the public its collection of modern...
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Academy Galleries Venice

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The Accademia Galleries are an important museum of paintings of Venice, which collects mainly paintings of a period from the fourteenth to the...
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Gondola Ride

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A fascinating tour to the discovery of unknown, curious and legendary aspects of Venice, the “water-city” for excellence, which drew in the past...
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Venetian Workshops

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Dogi Palace

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A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Palazzo Ducale is a great layering structure of constructive and ornamental elements: from fourteenth...
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Venetian Villas

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Venetian Villas - Every year, from March to October, it is possible to visit by boat, the Venetian Villas along the Brenta River.
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Venice Highlights of the city

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walking tour to discover some of the many treasures of Venice
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Venetian Islands

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With this tour you will visit the three most important islands of Venice. Torcello is noted for being the first island to be settled in the...
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