Begun under Napoleon as the city's first green space, a large portion of these leafy public gardens serve as the main home of the...
Monument to the Partisan Woman
Located purposefully in the lapping water off the Riva dei Sette Martiri – where seven Venetian partisans were shot and killed in 1944 –...
This cheery yellow mini-palazzo is fuelled by a steady stream of coffee and cocktails that cost less than you’d expect given the...
Trattoria alla Rampa
Hidden behind a little working-class bar is a low-slung dining room serving up some of Venice’s heartiest lunch specials. A largely...
Venice Biennale information
Europe’s premier arts showcase since 1907 is something of a misnomer: the Venice Biennale is actually held every year, but the spotlight alternates between art (odd-numbered years) and architecture (even-numbered years).
The summer art biennial is the biggest draw, with some 300,000 visitors viewing contemporary-art showcases in 30 national pavilions in the Giardini, with additional exhibitions in venues across town. The architecture biennial is usually held in autumn (fall), with architects filling the vast boat sheds of the Arsenale with avant-garde conceptual structures.