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Top Choice Church in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore

Solar eclipses are only marginally more dazzling than Palladio's white Istrian stone facade at this abbey church. Begun in 1565 and completed in 1610, it owes more to ancient Roman temples than the bombastic baroque…
Top Choice Venetian in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Trattoria Altanella

Founded by a fisherfolk couple in 1920 and still run by the same family, this cosy restaurant serves fine Venetian fare such as potato gnocchi with cuttlefish and perfectly grilled fish. Inside, the vintage interior…
Top Choice Venetian in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

La Palanca

Locals of all ages pour into this humble bar for cicheti, coffee and spritz. However, it's at lunchtime that it really comes into its own, serving surprisingly sophisticated fare like swordfish carpaccio with orange…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Skyline

From white-sneaker cruise passengers to the €300-sunglasses set, the rooftop bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky wows everyone with its vast panorama over Venice and the lagoon. DJs spin tunes on Friday night year-round…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Fondazione Giorgio Cini

In 1951, industrialist and art patron Vittorio Cini – a survivor of Dachau – acquired the monastery of San Giorgio and restored it in memory of his son, Giorgio Cini. The rehabilitated complex is an architectural tr…
Books in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Libreria Marco Polo

The first bookshop ever to open on Giudecca. With a range of new and used books in English, as well as a fine selection of children's books and out-of-print titles in Italian, it's an exciting addition to the island…
Venetian in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Trattoria Andri

This charming fish restaurant serves classic Venetian dishes prepared with attention to quality and is much beloved by locals. All desserts are homemade. In summer, book a table on the verdant front verandah.
Ice Cream in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Gelido Lato

This tiny ice-cream parlour prides itself on fresh ingredients and interesting flavours, such as cheesecake or walnut and fig. Vegan options available.
Monastery in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Monastero di San Lazzaro degli Armeni

Tours of the historic Armenian island monastery start in its glittering church and are conducted by multilingual monks, who amply demonstrate the institution’s reputation for scholarship. After passing through the 1…
Gallery in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Le Stanze del Vetro

The exquisite beauty of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore has been further enhanced thanks to the Cini Foundation’s project, Le Stanze del Vetro (The Glass Rooms). The building was once part of a boarding school an…