Welcome to Venice

Venice is a small city on the water. Composed of many small islands, Venice is encircled by the lagoon, crossed by narrow canals, and joined to the mainland by a single bridge. It is protected from the sea by narrow stretches of land that create natural barriers broken up by outlets to the sea, which guarantee continuous water exchange for lagoon. These long sand lidos are beaches, once outposts overlooking the sea, today precious and unusual bathing localities due to their long stretches of still very wild vegetation. The singularity of this physical environment has allowed Venice to become one of the most beautiful and richest cities in the world: protected by water,Venice has never needed to close itself within walls and has seen the sea as an opportunity to unite its history with that of other Mediterranean civilizations. Read more »

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Broccoli and Leek Pasta

Broccoli and Leek Pasta

Ingredients

  • Broccoli (1 pound)
  • 2 large leeks
  • Pasta—a short variety like bow tie, penne, orecchiette (just over ½ pound)
  • Parmesan, Grana, or Pecorino cheese (other cheese, like brie and ricotta, are also options)
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse cooking salt
  • Water (2 glasses for the vegetables, 1 liter for pasta)

Instructions

  1. Wash the leeks thoroughly, and cut away the outside layer of each. Also remove their tops and bottoms (root). Slice the remainder into thin rounds. Wash and cut broccoli, discarding the thick stem. Separate the broccoli tops from their bases, slicing the bottoms into rounds to ensure that all broccoli pieces cook at the same rate.
  2. Cover the bottom of a wide, flat pot with olive oil, and place over high heat. Add the leeks immediately, along with a splash of water. Moments later, add broccoli, another glass of water, and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Cover and let cook. After five minutes, check the vegetables to ensure that they don’t burn, adding additional water if necessary. Total cooking time should be approximately ten minutes. Remove the pot from heat when all vegetables are tender.
  3. In a separate pot, bring water for the pasta to a boil, adding two teaspoons of coarse salt. The water level must be high enough to completely cover the pasta—it is better to overestimate than underestimate. When the water has boiled, add the pasta and allow it to continue boiling, uncovered, for the time indicated on the package.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain it immediately. Transfer the pasta to the pot containing vegetables (reheat if necessary together). Add olive oil and cheese to taste, then mix thoroughly. Serve and enjoy!
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Radicchio and sausage risotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radicchio and sausage risotto

Ingredients

  • Radicchio and Sausage Risotto
  • Serves 4
  • Ingredients:
  • Radicchio—the Treviso variety, if possible (1 lb.)
  • 2 pork sausages
  • 1 white onion
  • Rice for risotto—Arborio, Vialone Nano or Carnaroli (1⅓ cups)
  • Parmesan or Grana cheese (to taste)
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse cooking salt (2 teaspoons)

Instructions

  1. Radicchio is generally available in the winter months. Varieties other than Radicchio di Treviso are also acceptable.
  2. Peel the onion and cut it into thin slices.
  3. Cover the bottom of a wide pot with olive oil, and place over high heat.
  4. Add onion to the pot, along with a splash of water.
  5. Chop the sausage into small pieces and add to the pot.
  6. Pour in a bit more water, if necessary, and stir.
  7. Allow the contents to cook over a moderate flame while completing the next step.
  8. Remove the radicchio stems, cut the remaining leaves into small pieces, and place into the pot.
  9. Add 2 teaspoons of coarse cooking salt.
  10. Pour the rice into the pot, and once it has absorbed some heat, add boiling water—enough so that the rice can boil and the ingredients do not burn.
  11. Continue to add water when necessary—and remember to continue stirring the entire time the rice is cooking, since it will burn after just seconds at a standstill.
  12. The rice should cook at a boil for 13-15 minutes in total.
  13. Taste the rice to ensure it is fully cooked, then remove the pot from the flame.
  14. Serve, adding cheese to each portion as desired.
  15. Enjoy!
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Risotto di zucca – Winter squash risotto

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Lido Beach and the Murazzi

Summer is here and we are all excited to get a nice tan. Nothing better than a long swim. We suggest to visit Lido Beach which can be reached using the public transport services. The island of the Lido stretches for 11 km between the lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic sea. Lido Beaches offer from basic to exellent services. You can also choose excursions in a natural and silent environment. This picture shows the Murazzi, Istrian stone which defend the lagoon from erosion coming from the sea.  The Murazzi provide a narrow pathway for  bicycles or walkers.

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Museums in Venice

Ca’ Rezzonico Museum

Among precious historical furnishings, the Ca’ Rezzonico Palace houses important paintings of the XVIII century Venice, including masterpieces from Tiepolo, Rosalba, Longhi, Canaletto, and Guardi.

Address: Dorsoduro 3136

Tickets: Full price: 8,00 euro reduced: 5,50 euro
Children aged from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students (min. 10); citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; F.A.I. members*

Free entranceVenetian citizens and residents; I.C.O.M. members; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings.

Family Offerfor families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): one at ticket full price, the others at reduced tariff.

School Offer: 4,00 euro per person (valid from September 1st to March 15th): for students of all schools levels accompanied by their teachers; a list of the students’ names must be provided by the school

Opening time:

from April 1st to October 31st
10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5 pm)

from November 1st to March 31st
10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4 pm)

Closed on Tuesday, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

Bookings: Call center 84808200

Vaporetto stop: Ca’ Rezzonico

Web sitehttp://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/home/

Mariano Fortuny Museum

Located in the gothic Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei in Campo San Beneto and transformed by Mariano Fortuny into his private studio, it now houses tapestries, collections and exhibitions deeply connected to Fortuny’s spirit.

Mocenigo Palace and Study Center for the History of Textiles and Costumes

The palazzo was the residence from the 17th century of the San Stae branch of the Mocenigo family, one of the most important families of the Venetian patriciate, seven members of which became doges between 1414 and 1778.
It is a large building of gothic origin extensively rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century, when it attained its present appearance.

Address: Santa Croce n°1992

Tickets: full price euro 5,00; reduced euro 3,50 children aged 6 to 14; students* aged 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students; citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; FAI members

Free entrance: Venetian residents; children aged 0-5; disabled people with escort; authorised guides*; interpreters accompanying groups;1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings; I.C.O.M. members.

Opening times: From 1st April to 31st October  10am – 5pm (ticket-office 10am – 4.30pm)

From 1st November to 31th March  10am – 4pm (ticket-office 10am – 3.30pm) Closed on Mondays and on 25th December, 1st January, 1st May

Bookings: call center (only  from abroad) +39 041 42730892       from Mon-Sat between 8am and 6.30pm;

Vaporetto stop: San Stae

Website: http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it 

 

Franchetti’s Collection Ca’ D’Oro

Address: Cannaregio 3932

Opening Time : Monday 8.15 – 14.00, Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15- 19.15 . Close: 1/01, 25/12, 1/05

Tickets:  € 6,50, reduced 3,25

Vaporetto stop: Ca’ D’oro

Website: http://www.polomuseale.venezia.beniculturali.it

 

Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art

The International Gallery of Modern Art contains important nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections of paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces like Morandi, De Chirico, Carrà, Kandinsky, Mirò and Matta

Address: Santa Croce 2070

Opening time: From April 1st to October 31st: 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5 pm)

From November 1st to March 31st: 10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4 pm)

Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

Tickets:  Full price: 8,00 euro;  reduced: 5,50 euro (children aged  from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students; citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; FAI members)

Free entranceVenetian residents; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings; and I.C.O.M. members.

School Offer: 4,00 euro per person
Valid from September 1st to March 15th | For students from all school levels accompanied by their teachers; a list of students’ names must be provided by the school.

Vaporetto stop: San Stae

Bookings: Call center  848082000 (from Italy) or +39 041 42730892  (from abroad)

Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Sundays

Website: http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/ 

Accademia Galleries

Address: Dorsoduro, capo della Carità

Opening Time : Monday 8.15 – 14.00, Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15- 19.15 . Close: 1/01, 25/12, 1/05

Tickets:  € 6,50, reduced 3,25

Vaporetto stop: Accademia

Website: http://www.polomuseale.venezia.beniculturali.it

 

Correr Museum

Created out of the collection that Teodoro Correr left to the city in 1830, the Museo Correr offers various itineraries: from the neoclassical rooms, with sculptures by Antonio Canova, and the historical collections throwing light on the city’s institutions and daily life, to the picture gallery, including works by Lorenzo Veneziano, the Bellini family and Carpaccio. Fully accessible.

Address: Piazza San Marco

Tickets: Full price: 8,00 euro,  reduced: 5,50 euro
Children aged from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students (min. 10); citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; F.A.I. members*

Free entrance: Venetian citizens and residents; I.C.O.M. members; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings.

Family Offer: for families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): one at ticket full price, the others at reduced tariff.

School Offer: 4,00 euro per person (valid from September 1st to March 15th): for students of all schools levels accompanied by their teachers; a list of the students’ names must be provided by the school

Opening time:

from April 1st to October 31st
10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5 pm)

from November 1st to March 31st
10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4 pm)

Closed on Tuesday, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

Bookings: Call center 84808200

Vaporetto stop: San Marco

Web site: http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/home/ 

 

 Doge’s Palace

Symbol of the city, it is the former home to the Doge and the magistrates state. The interiors, superbly decorated by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo and Tintoretto, offer extraordinary itineraries.

Piazza san Marco - entrance for the public: Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta San Marco
Opening time :       from April 1st to October 31st    8.30 am – 7 pm (last admission 6 pm)   from November 1st to March 31st   8.30 am – 5.30 pm (last admission 4.30 pm). Last admission one hour before. Closing 25th December and 1st January.

Full price ticket: € 14, reduced price ticket €  8

Vaporetto stopSan Marco / San Zaccaria

Official web site: www.museiciviciveneziani.it

How to book a vist to Doge’s Palace: call center 84808200 (from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8 am till 6:30 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays)

 

Clock Tower

Significant element of Venice’s image, the tower marks, for more than 500 years now, the city’s life and history. The tour allows you to see the clock mechanisms and enjoy a spectacular view of Venice.

Vaporetto stop: San Marco /San Zaccaria

Ticket: full price € 12, reduced € 7.  Booking required.

Closed on 25th December and 1st January

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 am, 11 am; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2pm and 3pm

Single ticket: full price 12 euro, reduced 7 euro

Holders of the ticket for the Clock Tower get free admission to the Museo Correr, the National Archaelogical Museum and the State
Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana

Children aged 6 to 14; students* aged 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students; citizens over 65; Venetian residents; holders of the Rolling Venice Card; holders of the Venice Card Orange; for those buying the combined ticket to the Museums of St. Mark’s Square or San Marco Plus; holders of the Museum Pass issued by the Musei Civici Veneziani; those purchasing tickets for Secret Itineraries in Doge’s Palace;
for Families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): one ticket full price, the others reduced; I.C.O.M. members*; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.

Visits only upon prior booking, with specialized guide. The ticket including booking fee and expert guide. All visitors must be over 6 years of age.

*Important Notice
The interior of the Clock Tower comprises various small spaces linked by narrow and steep stairs; thus the building is inaccessible for those with walking difficulties and the visit is not recommended for pregnant women or for those who suffer from claustrophobia, vertigo or heart conditions and respiratory diseases.

TELEPHONE BOOKINGS: call center 848082000   or only from abroad ++39 041 42730892

www.museiciviciveneziani.it

 

Mocenigo Palace and Study Center for the History of Textiles and Costumes

The palazzo was the residence from the 17th century of the San Stae branch of the Mocenigo family, one of the most important families of the Venetian patriciate, seven members of which became doges between 1414 and 1778.
It is a large building of gothic origin extensively rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century, when it attained its present appearance.

Address: Santa Croce n°1992

Tickets: full price euro 5,00; reduced euro 3,50 children aged 6 to 14; students* aged 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students; citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; FAI members

Free entrance: Venetian residents; children aged 0-5; disabled people with escort; authorised guides*; interpreters accompanying groups;1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings; I.C.O.M. members.

Opening times: From 1st April to 31st October  10am – 5pm (ticket-office 10am – 4.30pm)

From 1st November to 31th March  10am – 4pm (ticket-office 10am – 3.30pm) Closed on Mondays and on 25th December, 1st January, 1st May

Bookings: call center (only  from abroad)             +39 041 42730892             from Mon-Sat between 8am and 6.30pm;

Vaporetto stop: San Stae

Website: http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it 

 

Carlo Goldoni’s house

Palazzo Centanni, the house where Carlo Goldoni was born in 1707, now hosts a small museum dedicated to him, an original XVIII century puppet theater, and many modern teaching suggestions.

Address: San Polo 2794

Opening time: 10.00-16.00

Tickets: euro 5, reduced euro 3,5

Vaporetto stop: San Tomà

Website: http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it 

Grimani Palace

Address: Castello, Ramo Grimani, 4858

Opening Time :  9.00 – 19.00 Close: 1/01, 25/12, 1/05

Tickets:  € 10, reduced €7

Call Center: +39 (0)41 2411507

Vaporetto stop: San Zaccaria

Website: http://www.polomuseale.venezia.beniculturali.it

San Marco Museum

Opening Time: 9.45 – 16.45

Tickets: 4 euros

Vaporetto stop: SAn Marco

Web site: www.museosanmarco.it

 

Archaeological Museum

Entry through the Correr Museum

Address: San Marco

Opening Time: 10.00-17.00

Tickets: Cumulative ticket for all Civic Museum 18 euros, reduced:  12 euros

Vaporetto stop: San Marco

Web site: www.polomuseale.venezia.beniculturali.it

 Natural History Museum

The Museum is housed in the Fontego dei Turchi, on the Gran Canal, built as a palazzo for the Pesaro family in the 13th century. The museum hosts a number of exibition and an extensive library. The collections include mineral, zoological, botanic, malacolgy collection, collections of fish and plant fossils, the skeleton of an heribore dinosaur and the remains of the gigant crocodile. There is a colection of boats and fishing instruments used in the Venice lagoon.

Address: Venezia, Santa Croce n°1730
Tickets: full price 8,00 euro, reduced 5,50 euro
children aged 6 to
14; students* aged 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or
students; citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività
Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; FAI members

Free entrance
Venetian residents; children aged 0-5; disabled people with
escort; authorised guides*; interpreters accompanying groups;1 free tickets
every 15 tickets with prior bookings; I.C.O.M. members.

Opening Time: From 1st June to 31th October :10am / 6pm (Ticket office 10am /5pm)

From 1st November to 31th May: Tue – Fri 9am / 5pm (Ticket office 9am /4pm) Sat – Sun e 10am / 6pm (Ticket office 10am –5pm)

Closed on Mondays, 25th December, 1st January, 1st May

Bookings:  call-center 848082000

Vaporetto Stop: San Stae

Web Site: www.msn.ve.it

Querini Stampalia Foundation

The Library, Museum and an area for temporary exhibitions are housed  at Palazzo Querini Stampalia.  The Library is of a general nature and provides around 340,000 volumes for public use, including 32,000 directly accessible in the rooms, which are open according to the Founder’s wishes until late at night, including public holidays. An agreement with the City of Venice defines it a Civic Library of the historical centre, in recognition of the role that it plays on behalf of the city which is widely recognised by the Venetians.

In the museum with its eighteenth century and neoclassical furniture, porcelain, bisque, sculpture, globes and paintings from the 14 th to the 20 th century, most of which are from the Venetian school, an atmosphere of a noble residence is bestowed by mirrors and lamps of Murano glass and fabrics woven to historical designs. Amongst the works on display are paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Bernardo Strozzi, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi, Gabriel Bella and a sketch by Antonio Canova.Within the 16 th century residence, on the ground floor, is the area that was restored in 1963 by Carlo Scarpa, which has recently undergone rigorous conservation work.  The work of the architect from Ticino, Mario Botta, a pupil of the Venetian master who designed the site’s new service area around an evocative covered courtyard, is also nearing completion.

 Address: campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252

Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm

Tickets:  full price 10 euro /reduced 8 euro

Bookings:  Ph. +39 041 2711411  Fax + 39 041 2711445

Vaporetto stop: San Zaccaria

Web site: http://www.querinistampalia.it

 

Monumental Halls of Marciana National Library

Address: Piazzetta San Marco.

Tickets: Entry through the Correr Museum with the Musem Pass

Opening Time: 10-17

Call center: telefono +39.0.41.24.07.21.1   Fax:+39.0.41.52.38.80.3

Vaporetto stop: San Marco

Sito internet: http://marciana.venezia.sbn.it/

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum of Venice is situated in the Campo of the Ghetto Novo, between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. It is a little but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice. The precious objects shown to public, important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. The museum furthermore offers a wide selection of ancient books and manuscripts and some objects used in the most important moments of the cycle of civil and religious life. The museum is built in two areas, the first one devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to objects used for liturgy, the latter- planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews through images and objects.

Address: Cannaregio 2902

Opening Times: from June 1st to September 30th: 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m.; from October 1st to May 31st: 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. The Museum and  the Synagogues are closed on Saturday (Shabbat), during Jewish festivities, on December 25th , on January 1st and on May 1st .

Tickets: € 3.00 full price ; € 2.00 reduced price

Entrance to the Museum and Guided Tours to Synagogues : € 8.50 full price ; € 7.00 reduced price

Bookings: www.pierrecicodess.it    tel  +39 041 715359       fax +39 041 723007

Vaporetto stop: Guglie / Sant’Alvise

Web site: http://www.museoebraico.it

 

Glass Museum

Along with an archaeological collection, which includes notable Roman pieces from the first to the third century A.D., there is the largest historical collection of Murano glass in the world; dating from the 15th to the 20th century, the important works on display include various world-famous masterpieces. The museum collection grewes due to donation made by the island’s glassworks. These enrich the contemporary collection above all.

Address: Murano, Fondamenta Giustinian 8

Tickets: Full price: 8,00 euro Reduced: 5,50 euro
Children aged from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students (min. 10); citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; F.A.I. members*

Free entrance: Venetian citizens and residents; I.C.O.M. members; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings.

Family Offer: for families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): one at ticket full price, the others at reduced tariff.

School Offer: 4,00 euro per person (valid from September 1st to March 15th): for students of all schools levels accompanied by their teachers; a list of the students’ names must be provided by the school

Staircase to reach the collection

Opening Time: from April 1st to October 31st: 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5.30 pm). from November 1st to March 31st:10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4.30 pm). Closed on December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

Bookings: Call center 84808200

Vaporetto stop: Murano colonna

Web site: http://museovetro.visitmuve.it/en/home/

 

Torcello Museum 

The museum was founded in 1870 by count Luigi Torelli who purchased the Paazzo del Consiglio and had it restored to host a collection of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval artefacts uncovered on the island. Torelli donated the building and the collection to the Province of Venice

Address: isola di Torcello

Opening Time: 10.00-18.00

Tickets: euro 3, reduced euro  1,50

Museum pass : Basilica di Torcello + Museo + audio guida :  euro  8; reduced euro  6

Campanile: l’accesso al pubblico è temporaneamente sospeso

Vaporetto stop: Torcello

Web site: sbmp.provincia.venezia.it/mir/musei/torcello/home.htm

Museo Navale

Address: Castello, riva san Biasio 2148

Opening Time: lunedì -sabato  8.45-13

Tickets: euro 1,5

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The Lace Museum

The museum is located at the historic palace of Podestà of Torcello, in Piazza Galuppi, Burano, seat of the famous Burano Lace School from 1872 to 1970. Rare and precious pieces offer document the evolution of the lace art in Venice from the 16th to the 20th century. The museum offres a chance to view works of great value and also to observe lace working technique as shown  by the lace workers who are still guardians of tradition and present in the museum.

Address: Burano, Palazzo Galuppi 187

Tickets: Full price: 5,00 euro, Reduced: 3,50 euro
Children aged from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students (min. 10); citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; F.A.I. members*

Free entrance: Venetian citizens and residents; I.C.O.M. members; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings.

Family Offer: for families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): one at ticket full price, the others at reduced tariff.

Opening time: from April 1st to October 31st: 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5:30 pm). from November 1st to March 31st

10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4:30 pm). Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

Fully accessible.

Bookings: Call center 84808200

Vaporetto stop: Burano

Web sitehttp://museomerletto.visitmuve.it/en/home/

 

Guggenheim Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is located on the Grand Canal between the Accademia Bridge and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Address: Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 704

Opening Times :10.00-18.00    Closed Tuesday and December 25, 26

Tickets: adults: €12; senior visitors over 65 yrs.: €10; students under 26 yrs.: €7 ; children under 10 yrs., members: free

Bookings:  tel: +39 041.2405.440/419    fax: +39 041.520.9083

Vaporetto stop: Accademia / Salute

Website http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/

Palazzo Grassi – François Pinault Collection

Located in Campo San Samuele and overlooking the Canal Grande, Palazzo Grassi presents major temporary exhibitions, some of which are based in whole or in part on François Pinault’s Collection.

 Address: San Marco, campo San Samuele

Opening Times:  open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.  Except on Tuesdays and on the 24th, 25th December. Last entrance at 6 pm.

Tickets:  full : 15€ (Palazzo Grassi or Punta della Dogana)  20€  (Punta della Dogana + Palazzo Grassi)

reduced: 10€ (Palazzo Grassi or Punta della Dogana) ; 15€ ( Punta della Dogana + Palazzo Grassi)

Bookings: call center  ( from Italy)  tel. 199 139 139        (from abroad) :   tel. +39 041 2719039

Vaporetto stop: San Samuele

Websitehttp://www.palazzograssi.it

 

Punta della Dogana – François Pinault Collection

As a center for contemporary art, the former customs house of the city presents a permanent exhibition of works from the François Pinault Collection, the institution who wanted and sponsered the transition of this masterpiece of architecture, so emblematic to the city, from its eminently commercial function to port of contemporary art and ideal venue to share it with the world.

Address: Dorsoduro, capo della Salute

Opening Time: open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.  Except on Tuesdays and on the 24th, 25th December. Last entrance at 6 pm.

Tickets: Full:  15€ Punta della Dogana or Palazzo Grassi / 20€  Punta della Dogana + Palazzo Grassi

reduced: 10€  Punta della Dogana or Palazzo Grassi / 15€  Punta della Dogana + Palazzo Grassi

Bookings: from Italy : tel. 199 139 139       from abroad:  +39 041 27 19 039

Vaporetto stop: Salute

Website: http://www.palazzograssi.it

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Advice

Dear Visitor, please allow us to give you some suggestions “as venetians,”  in order to be in sync with our great but also “strange” city.

1.Usually Venice is a safe and quiet city, but don’t forget to keep your purse or bag closed tightly while walking the streets and on public transportation. Keep an eye on your personal effects.

2.Normally Venetians are very friendly people and will be glad to help you if you get lost in the maze of calli, campi e campielli, but remember to keep to the right when walking, and not to get in the way of people and things.

3.Don’t do what you wouldn’t do at home, for istance: don’t throw trash in streets and canals. Even if baskets are not abundant, remember that the city is a kind of open–pit museum, delicate and precious in every stone.

4.Even if Venice is surrounded by water, the city is not a beach: swimming in the canals is not permitted, you can’t walk bare-chested and remember to wear appropriate clothes if you would like to enter churches and if you want to avoid paying expensive fines.

5. Means of transportation on water ( the famous “vaporetti”) are not only for tourists, but are shared with Venetians, so do as they do: let those getting off pass first before climbing on board, and go inside the cabin rather than stoping outside–even if it’s hot–in order not to get in the way. Otherwise, people will remain on
the platform even if there places to seat onboard. If you are elderly,
disabled, pregnant, or have a child with you, you may fill one of the
seats in front, reserved for you. Above all, remember that Venice is small:
sometimes it is better to walk than wait longer for the vaporetto.

6.Try to know Venice from the inside out: don’t only stop outside, but also visit our museums and esteemed works, expressions of an extraordinary culture.

7.Mingle with Venetians: ask them for suggestions and take their advices.  Try their favourite restaurant, guaranteed to be of quality and reasonably priced.

8.Unfortunately you can’t picnic on bridges, squares and above all in St. Mark’s square.

9. Beware of bad surprises: ask for the price each time before buying anything and reckon that sometimes the price of a coffee taken outside could include the value of the view.

10. It’s forbidden to buy goods sold in the streets by hawkers without regular permission: you will fodder the organized crime and you will also be severely fined.

11.Struggle against large-scale abuse: we kindly ask you to use only taxis and gondola with regular permission and to let only authorized tourist guides accompany you: service will definitely be better and you will give your contribution to protect Venetian tradition.

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Choosing where to stay

Choosing what to do in Venice, you will be spoiled with choices. When deciding how many days to stay here, remember that a weekend is not enough–maybe because it’s strange to be surrounded by water instead of city traffic, and so you will notice the silence of the lagoon and of its canals, or because the city offers so much culture and entertainment. Venice is a city for everyone and for everybody’s pocketbook. You may choose.

For youngers who would like to save money and are looking for something unique, the range is so wide that it will satisfy all people–everything from hotel rooms overlooking canals to B&B rooms looking at roofs.

And afterward, you will definitely want to  come back.

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Murano glass beads

Vases, lamps, glasses, and necklaces: on Murano island glass takes on every possible shade of colour. As fragile as it is precious, it is above all authentic. The traditional antique beads are no exception. Venetian beads are rare and highly sought after by the world’s dealers and have unique characteristics found nowhere else. Although they are common, attempts at imitation and commercialization never manage to copy the true style, craftsmanship, materials, or colour. In fact, duplicating an antique Venetian bead perfectly is extremely difficult. Even though counterfeiters may try ( and re try) to copy the lume technique of the beads, a perfect imitation does not exist. However, much technical and historical knowledge is required in order to tell a true authentic bead from a fake. For anyone who is set on purchasing  true antique beads, the best thing to take note of first is the bead hole. It should be particularly wide (especially in the case of beads crafted before the 30’s) and it must not show any trace of powder or similar substance. In addition, the bead hole should be the same colour  as the actual bead and should not be white or transparent. If there is a chalky substance on the inside of the bead hole that is chipped or easily comes off, the bead is likely to be an Asian imitation. Tips on purchasing such beads are provided here by our expert Cristina Bedin. http://www.operavenezia.com

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