Venice is surrounded by water, so it’s only natural its cuisine is largely centered on seafood. Fishing may not be as bountiful in the Venetian lagoon as it was hundreds of years ago, but the Rialto Market is still bursting with locally caught fish, and restaurants throughout the city serve dishes featuring Venetian seafood. Here are some of the things to look for on a menu in Venice — but don’t forget to take a stroll through the Rialto Market to see what’s fresh; that’s the best way to know what to order for dinner.
Most of us know that there are no cars in Venice, which means sightseeing is done on foot or on the water. But active travelers don’t need to limit themselves to merely walking around Venice – why not go on a running tour instead?
Venice is made up of more than 115 islands, connected by countless bridges. You can walk between most of the islands, but to reach the island of San Giorgio Maggiore you need to take a boat.
Many churches in Venice are worth visiting for the art you’ll find inside, from the brilliant mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica to the Tintoretto paintings in Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore. But in the Church of San Sebastiano, it’s the ceiling you want to pay attention to.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!
Most people know that Venice has long been known for making glass. Glass factories were moved to the smaller island of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon in 1291 to prevent any potential fires from engulfing the whole city. Today, if you want to see glass blowing demonstrations and tour glass factories, you have to go to Murano – except, that is, if you want to see the factory of the last glass maker in Venice itself: Orsoni.
Italy is full of amazing wine, with every region producing at least some wines for local consumption if not export. If you’re in Venice, an excellent wine-centric day trip is in the Valpolicella wine zone just north of Verona, where they produce the sought-after Amarone.
Venice can be described as “haunting” just as easily as “magical.” After dark, the romance factor has a tendency to become potentially eerie — in ways both good and bad. It should surprise no one, therefore, that Venice has more than its fair share of ghost stories.
The story of Venice dates back to the time of Attila the Hun, but it wasn’t until the Renaissance that the canal city became one of only a few powerful city-states at the time. A tour highlighting the Renaissance era in Venice will give you a better understanding of how this small city rose to such power.
If you’ve heard of any opera house in Venice, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Teatro La Fenice, the famous theater that has burned down twice. There’s another opera house in Venice, however – Teatro Malibran – and it became a critical part of La Fenice’s second rebuilding process, when performances scheduled for La Fenice were held instead at Teatro Malibran. This 17th century theater, like Teatro La Fenice, is relatively unassuming from the outside and a jewel-box of a theater inside.