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Top Choice Cathedral in San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

With a profusion of domes and over 8000 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's cathedral is an unforgettable sight. It was founded in the 9th century to house the corpse of St Mark after wily Venetian merchants smu…
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 …
Top Choice Museum in San Marco

Palazzo Ducale

Holding pride of place on the waterfront, this pretty Gothic confection is an unlikely setting for the political and administrative seat of a great republic, but an exquisitely Venetian one. Beyond it's dainty colon…
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 Church in San Polo & Santa Croce

I Frari

A soaring Gothic church, I Frari's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child triptych in the sacristy, and Longhena's creepy Doge Pesaro funereal …
Top Choice Venetian in Dorsoduro

Riviera

Seafood connoisseurs concur that dining at GP Cremonini’s restaurant is a Venetian highlight. A former rock musician, GP now focuses his considerable talents on delivering perfectly balanced octopus stew, feather-li…
Top Choice Classical Music in San Polo & Santa Croce

Palazetto Bru Zane

Pleasure palaces don't get more romantic than Palazetto Bru Zane on concert nights, when exquisite harmonies tickle Sebastiano Ricci angels tumbling across stucco-frosted ceilings. Multi-year restorations returned t…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

All’Arco

Search out this authentic neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern) for the best cicheti (bar snacks) in town. Armed with ingredients from the nearby Rialto Market, father-son team Francesco and Matteo serve miniature m…
Top Choice Wine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Al Prosecco

The urge to toast sunsets in Venice’s loveliest campo is only natural – and so is the wine at Al Prosecco. This forward-thinking bar specialises in vini naturi (natural-process wines) – organic, biodynamic, wild-yea…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Antiche Carampane

Hidden in the once-shady lanes behind Ponte delle Tette, this culinary indulgence is a trick to find. Once you do, say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to a market-driven menu of silky crudi (raw fish/seafood), su…