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Top Choice Museum in San Marco

Palazzo Ducale

This grand Gothic palace was the Doge's official residence from the 9th century, and seat of the Venetian Republic's government (and prisons) for nearly seven centuries. The Doge's Apartments are on the 1st floor, b…
Top Choice Gallery in Dorsoduro

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Venice's historic gallery traces the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries, with works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto among others. The former Santa Maria della Carità c…
Top Choice Basilica in San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

With its Byzantine domes and 8500 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's basilica is an unforgettable sight. It dates to the 9th century when, according to legend, two merchants smuggled the corpse of St Mark out o…
Top Choice Museum in Dorsoduro

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

After losing her father on the Titanic, heiress Peggy Guggenheim became one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Her palatial canalside home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, showcases her stockpile of surrealist, …
Top Choice Basilica in Dorsoduro

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Guarding the entrance to the Grand Canal, this 17th-century domed church was commissioned by Venice’s plague survivors as thanks for their salvation. Baldassare Longhena's uplifting design is an engineering feat tha…
Top Choice Jewish Site in Cannaregio

The Ghetto

In medieval times this Cannaregio outpost housed a getto (foundry). But it was as the designated Jewish quarter from the 16th to 18th centuries gave the word a whole new meaning. In accordance with the Venetian Repu…
Top Choice Museum in San Polo & Santa Croce

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Everyone wanted the commission to paint this building dedicated to the patron saint of the plague-stricken, so Tintoretto cheated: instead of producing sketches like rival Veronese, he gifted a splendid ceiling pane…
Top Choice Museum in Dorsoduro

Ca' Rezzonico

Baroque dreams come true at Baldassare Longhena's Grand Canal palace, where a marble staircase leads to gilded ballrooms, frescoed salons and sumptuous boudoirs. Giambattista Tiepolo's Throne Room ceiling is a maste…
Top Choice Gallery in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Fondazione Giorgio Cini

A defunct naval academy has been cleverly converted into a shipshape contemporary art gallery for the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, preserving the original double-height timber ceiling and going for a weatherbeaten-high-…
Top Choice Church in Castello

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

When 15th-century Venetian girls showed more interest in sailors than saints, they were sent to the convent adjoining San Zaccaria. The wealth showered on the church by their grateful parents is evident. Masterpiece…