Venice City Guide
Visiting VENICE for the first time is like a water dance of endless grace, history and romance, so I paid more attention to my surroundings than I did to taking photos. Since then, I’ve gotten to know the northern Italian city floating on the sea and have come to appreciate its fusion of art + design both contemporary and historic. However, Venice has become very touristy, so I’m sharing my favorites to insure you experience the best of Venice.
For unique shopping experiences, I suggest skipping the luxury retailers and street vendors, and heading to Venetian shops like Rigattieri for ceramics, Venini for Murano glass, and Bottega Mascareri for Venetian masks. Design enthusiasts will like Carte and Il Prato for paper goods, Chiarastella Cattana for linens, and Venetia and Palazzo Fortuny for gorgeous fabrics. Fashionistas will love Virginia Preo for cashmere, Cristina Linassi for lingerie, and Antonia Miletto for jewelry.
Basilica di San Marco
San Marco 328
The most famous church in Venice with incredible Byzantine architecture.
Ca’ Corner Della Regina
Book at least 48 hours in advance to tour one-of-a-kind art installations.
Campo della Carità 1050
A good rainy day option for exploring Italian art.
For the perfect break from all the art + culture you’ll be consuming.
San Marco 1
The Secret Itinerary tour offers great stories of Venice’s intrigue + history.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
A museum of modern art curated by the American heiress.
Piazza San Marco
THE gathering place to people watch and take photos with pigeons.
Punta della Dogana
François Pinault’s incredible art collection in a building re-designed by Tadao Ando.
Rialto Bridge + Market
The oldest bridge crossing the Grand Canal near the must-Instagram seafood market.
San Giorgio Maggiore
The island that’s home to a 16th century church designed by Andrea Palladio.
Seafood restaurant popular with foodies and Americans.
San Polo 1911
Unassuming trattoria near Rialto Bridge considered one of the best for seafood.
Campo San Fantin 2007
Legendary, reasonably-priced and known for its modern take on Venetian classics.
Considered some of the best pizza in Venice.
Alfresco dining on the water + incredible views of Piazza San Marco.
Calle del Pestrin
Traditional Italian offering an innovative fixed-priced menu.
Calle del Scaleter 2202
Elegant with modern cuisine and excellent wine list. Perfect for special occasions.
Calle Vallaresso 1323
Go for the famous Bellini.
Il Figli Delle Stelle
If you’re staying on Guidecca, a relaxing lunch here is a must.
Popular with locals and in-the-know visitors for reasonably priced lunch and dinner.
Riva degli Schiavoni 4149
Read my review here.
San Polo 130
Near Rialto Market, so expect fresh sushi and seafood. Great for apertivo too.
Osteria Oliva Nero
Family-run restaurant serving Venetian specialities elevated with a light-hand.
Osteria di Santa Marina
Campo Santa Marina 5911
Serving delicious Venetian classics in a cozy, romantic atmosphere.
Read my review here.
Aman Canal Grande
San Polo 1364
Contemporary palazzo with secluded private gardens and spacious rooms.
San Marco 1413
Venetian design and attentive service steps from Piazza San Marco.
Glamorous hotel with legendary service perfect for a serene Venetian escape.
San Marco 2283
A fairly-priced hidden gem near Piazza San Marco.
Hotel Monaco + Grand Canal
San Marco 1332
Most rooms offer views of the Grand Canal with 5-star service.
San Marco 3247
Style + design reign supreme at this chic boutique hotel designed by Philippe Starck.
St Regis San Clemente
Isola di San Clemente
The latest sensation to open in Venice courtesy of Starwood hotels.
Westin Europa + Regina
San Marco 2159
A bit dated, but good mid-priced hotel located near Piazza San Marco.
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