The iconic city of water known as 'La Serenissima' lives up to its reputation. It is magical, fraught with history, culture and elegance.
Contemporary art & Tintoretto
If you go during the Biennale, contemporary art will be everywhere. But all year long, there are some incredible and eclectic options for art lovers.
If you are into architecture/design, you must explore Carlo Scarpa’s works. Fondazione Querini Stampalia is one of them. It recreates the magnificent residence of the Querini Stampalia family, including some masterpieces but also features some modern design areas. Another of Scarpa’s works is the beautiful Negozio Olivetti (dedicated to the famous Olivetti typewriter) on Piazza San Marco.
The impressive Scuola Grande di San Rocco was decorated by the painter Tintoretto between 1564 and 1587, after a competition in which he stole a march on his main rivals – Salviati, Zuccari and Veronese – by presenting a finished painting rather than the required sketch. More paintings by Tintoretto can be seen at Madonna dell’Orto church, where he is buried. Be careful as it is only open 10am to 5pm.
For contemporary art, the Peggy Gugenheim museum houses the American heiress’ private collection and includes pieces by Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Calder. The 18th century palazzo was her residence for 30 years.
Better plan your meals in Venice as many restaurants can be tourists’ traps. But with the right recommendations, you will have delicious food from casual tapas to refined cuisine.
Antiche Carampane is my favourite restaurant. It is a seafood heaven with a modern and refined approach in a rustic decor. Don’t miss the ‘langoustines al saor’.
La Zucca in Santa Croce is a lovely trattoria giving vegetables center stage.
La Cantina in Canareggio is great for early tapas & wine and a good stop when visiting Madonna dell’Orto church.
Close to the Peggy Gugenheim Collection is Cantinone gia’ Schiavi, perfect for a feast of simple tapas to eat outside along the canal. Head to Gelateria Nico for dessert where you must taste their signature 'gianduiotto' ice cream.
Caffe Rosso is small and charming and a good place for coffee or a Spritz.
'On the go' food shop Pasticceria Rizardini is for the sweet tooth, and Aliani – casa del parmigiano, is for charcuterie, cheese and wine.
From the airport, the ultimate treat is to book a boat taxi / motoscafo.
Fondazione Querini Stampalia / Negozzio Olivetti / Scuole Grande di San Rocco / Peggy Gugenheim Museum / Madonna Dell'Orto / Palazzo Grassi / Punta Della Dogana
Eating & Drinking
Antiche Carampane / La Zucca / La Cantina / Cantinone gia' Schiavi / Gelateria Nico / Caffe Rosso / Pasticceria Rizardini / Aliani
Cannaregio / Arsenale / Rialto Market
Venice can be rainy and floods are common so pack your wellies (but don't worry it is very sunny most of the time).
Winter / Christmas is a lovely time to visit but it can get quite chilly so wrap up warm.