Although Venice isn’t known for its cuisine, there’s a small bar and restaurant in the city that’s an institution – Harry’s Bar near the Basilica di San Marco. One of its claims to fame is as the place where the Bellini was born.
Venice is a city of small waterways, more than 100 islands and countless bridges. But the Grand Canal, the big S-shaped canal that winds through the middle of the city, has only four bridges that cross it. Except, that is, for the one day every year when there are five.
Venice is a mystical and romantic wonderland for grown-ups who enjoy long walks with no particular destination, or wandering in and out of churches just to see what’s inside. For kids, however, it might not be as enticing – which is why you might want to create a DIY scavenger hunt for your kids before you get to Venice.
Most Venice visitors are familiar with the legendary Harry’s Bar near St. Mark’s Square, but may not know about the family history tied to that landmark – or the two Venice hotels that bear the family name to this day, Hotel Cipriani and Locanda Cipriani.
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.