Things to do in Venice

Are you going on holiday to Venice in Italy? Would you like to know what tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities are in Venice? Our guide to Venice in Italy gives you the facts & information you’ll want to know.

Venice is a small town with a population of less than 100,000 located in the north west of Italy on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Despite its small size, Venice is one of the premier tourist destinations in Italy receiving millions of visitors from all over the world who come to see the unique canals that form the Town of Venice. Below we’ve mentioned just a few of the interesting things for visitors to do in Venice.

The Grand Canal in Venice

Venice does not have roads, but rather canals and the only way to get around Venice is by boat. The Grand Canal is the main waterway in Venice that runs through the heart of the city and from which other canals branch off. The Grand Canal of Venice is over 4km in length and its width varies from 40 metres to a maximum of 100 metres. Taking a leisurely gondola ride along the Grand Canal in Venice is not only a great way to relax but also enables you to take in the wonderful architecture of Venice which spans more than six centuries and gives you an idea of the richness of the history of Venice.  Gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture are all represented among the buildings of Venice.

Venice Opera House

Italy is the spiritual home of Opera music and there are several world class opera houses to be found in many of the major cities of Italy, of which Venice is one. The Venice Opera house has a rich history of putting on performances by world famous opera singers; however, due to a fire the original Venice Opera House suffered great damage and has only recently been restored. Visitors wishing to look inside the Venice Opera House can join guided tours that operate several times per day for a cost of €7.  Places on the guided tours of the Venice Opera House are limited, therefore it is advisable to call ahead a few days in advance in order to book your place, This is especially so in the tourist high season.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

This building in Venice houses one of the finest art collections in the entire city, and contains some pieces of art believed to be among the most precious in the world. The actual building dates back to the 14th century and was originally used by monks of the Franciscan Order; however, since that time it has had various uses. The Chiesa di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice has a particularly extensive collection of Italian art from the gothic period, although the artistic highlight of a visit to this art collection in Venice is the assumption which depicts the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabrielle. The tomb of Titian, who was one of the most famous artists to have ever come out from Venice, is also located in this building.

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