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Ba­si­li­ca del Re­den­to­re Ba­sed on a pro­ject by the fa­mous ar­chi­tect An­drea Pal­la­dio, the Ba­si­li­ca was built in 1577 on the island of Giu­dec­ca. It con­tains works by Tin­to­ret­to, Ve­ro­ne­se and other im­por­tant Ve­ne­tian ar­tists. It was built to ce­le­bra­te the de­li­ve­ran­ce from the Black Dea­th, whi­ch kil­led one third of the po­pu­la­tion. To com­me­mo­ra­te the end of the pla­gue, a so­lemn fe­sti­val is still held at the chur­ch on the third Sun­day of Ju­ly. www.cho­ru­sve­ne­ Cam­po Re­den­to­re (Giu­dec­ca). T: 041 2750462. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 41 and 2 (Re­den­to­re stop). Map E6

Ba­si­li­ca di San Mar­co This is the mo­st im­por­tant Ca­tho­lic chur­ch in the ci­ty, and one of the mo­st im­por­tant mo­nu­men­ts in Ita­ly. The ori­gi­nal chur­ch dates back to be­fo­re the year 1000, whi­le its fa­mous po­ly­chro­me faça­de, em­bel­li­shed with mo­saics and bas-re­liefs, is a 13th cen­tu­ry ad­di­tion. The fa­mous win­ged lion, a sym­bol of the ci­ty and of the an­cient ‘Ve­ne­tian Re­pu­blic' is de­pic­ted on its pe­di­ment. In­si­de, a trium­phant ar­ray of do­mes and tran­sep­ts, mo­saics and gold, mar­ble and nu­me­rous other trea­su­res. You might ha­ve to queue for a ti­me to get in­si­de, but your wait will be well wor­th­whi­le. Al­thou­gh ad­mis­sion is free, you will ha­ve to pay to see se­ve­ral spe­ci­fic sights. In or­der not to miss your vi­sit, be su­re to in­form your­self about the ope­ning hours, as they are of­ten su­b­ject to chan­ge. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm; Sun (and Pu­blic Ho­li­days) 2pm-4pm.­si­li­ca­san­mar­ San Mar­co, 328. T: 041 2708311. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (San Mar­co stop).

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Cam­pa­ni­le di San Mar­co (Bell To­wer) This 98.6 me­tre bell to­wer is af­fec­tio­na­te­ly kno­wn to the Ve­ne­tians as ‘el pa­ron de ca­sa' (the ma­ster of the hou­se) be­cau­se it do­mi­na­tes the ci­ty, ob­ser­ving eve­ry­thing that lies be­low it. Re­sting lightly on the ex­qui­si­te Log­get­ta del San­so­vi­no, it has a par­ti­cu­lar­ly re­co­gni­za­ble sha­pe and a ri­ch hi­sto­ry. The ori­gi­nal me­die­val bell to­wer was mo­di­fied se­ve­ral ti­mes, and re­built en­ti­re­ly when it unex­pec­ted­ly col­lap­sed in 1902. It is wor­th going up to the to­wer, to en­joy a brea­th­ta­king view over the ci­ty. Al­thou­gh ad­mis­sion is not free, it is of­ten in­clu­ded in joint tic­ke­ts. Ope­ning ti­mes are su­b­ject to chan­ge. T: 041 5225205. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1,2 (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Canal Gran­de (Grand Canal) Al­thou­gh it is kno­wn as ‘the mo­st beau­ti­ful street in the world', the Canal Gran­de is the main wa­ter­way of Ve­ni­ce and mu­ch mo­re. Li­ned on bo­th si­des by an unin­ter­rup­ted se­ries of pa­la­ces, chur­ches, ho­tels, and other pu­blic buil­dings, it of­fers a jour­ney back in­to hi­sto­ry, evo­king the pomp and splen­dor of the an­cient Se­re­nis­si­ma. For cen­tu­ries, the Canal has wit­nes­sed la­vi­sh par­ties and work­shop even­ts, re­li­gious pro­ces­sions, ca­pi­tal exe­cu­tions, hi­sto­ri­cal re­gat­tas and epi­de­mics. Tho­se vi­si­ting Ve­ni­ce should de­di­ca­te a few hours to a crui­se on the Canal, not on­ly for the plea­su­re of this ex­pe­rien­ce, but be­cau­se it of­fers se­ve­ral of the be­st pa­no­ra­mic views of Ve­ne­tian pa­la­ces. It is is al­mo­st im­pos­si­ble to li­st all of them, but for mo­re in­for­ma­tion you can vi­sit the www. ca­nal­gran­de­ve­ne­ web­si­te. For ex­cur­sions and boat crui­ses vi­sit­nal­gran­, or ask your con­cier­ge.

Chie­sa del­la Ma­don­na dell'Or­to This is one of the lar­ge­st chur­ches in Ve­ni­ce, and, ac­cor­ding to po­pu­lar be­lief, is na­med af­ter a sta­tue of the Vir­gin Ma­ry whi­ch sup­po­sed­ly had mi­ra­cu­lous po­wers. It con­tains a si­gni­fi­cant num­ber of art­works, mo­stly by Tin­to­ret­to and Bel­li­ni, but al­so by Ti­tian and Pal­ma the Youn­ger. The com­plex al­so hou­ses the smal­ler chur­ch of San Mar­zia­le, da­ting back to be­fo­re the year 1000. This chur­ch can on­ly be vi­si­ted by boo­king. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. www. ma­don­na­del­lor­ Can­na­re­gio, 3512. T: 041 719933. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, A (Or­to stop). Map E2

Chie­sa and Scuo­la Gran­de di San Roc­co A Re­nais­san­ce com­plex con­si­sting of a chur­ch and ad­joi­ning pa­la­ce, it was built as a si­gn of de­vo­tion to San Roc­co who was cal­led upon to pro­tect the pla­gue-stric­ken po­pu­la­tion of Ve­ni­ce du­ring the 15th cen­tu­ry. The in­te­riors are fil­led with nu­me­rous trea­su­res, in­clu­ding an im­pres­si­ve num­ber of works by Tin­to­ret­to as well tho­se by Tie­po­lo and Gior­gio­ne. Ope­ning hours su­b­ject to chan­ge www.scuo­la­gran­de­san­roc­ San Po­lo, 3052 (Cam­po San Roc­co). T: 041 5234864. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San To­mà stop). Map D4

Ghet­to di Ve­ne­zia Al­thou­gh do­cu­men­ta­tion chro­ni­cles the pre­sen­ce of a Jewi­sh com­mu­ni­ty in Ve­ni­ce from be­fo­re the year 1000, it was on­ly du­ring the 6th cen­tu­ry, due to po­li­ti­cal un­re­st in Eu­ro­pe and a si­gni­fi­cant in­crea­se in non-Ch­ri­stian im­mi­gran­ts that, for the fir­st ti­me, the Ve­ne­tian Se­na­te, is­sued a de­cree sta­ting that the Jewi­sh po­pu­la­tion should mo­ve to a spe­ci­fic part of the ci­ty, whe­re they could be bet­ter ‘con­trol­led'. Thus Jews we­re for­ced to mo­ve to this, then, re­mo­te nor­th­we­stern cor­ner of Ve­ni­ce, to an aban­do­ned si­te of a 14th­cen­tu­ry foun­dry (‘ghet­to' is old Ve­ne­tian dia­lect for "foun­dry," a word that would soon be used th­rou­ghout Eu­ro­pe and the world to de­pict an area whe­re iso­la­ted mi­no­ri­ty groups li­ved. The Ve­ne­tian Ghet­to ne­ver­the­less be­ca­me a th­ri­ving, vi­brant di­strict. In 1797, when Na­po­leon rol­led in­to to­wn, the ghet­to was di­sban­ded as an in­sti­tu­tion, and Jews we­re free to mo­ve el­sewhe­re. To­day it is still the cen­ter of Ve­ni­ce's ever-di­mi­ni­shing com­mu­ni­ty of Jewi­sh fa­mi­lies. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 (Pon­te Gu­glie stop). Map D2 Palazzo Ca' Ven­dra­min Ca­ler­gi (Casinò di Ve­ne­zia) Over­loo­king the Grand Canal, this buil­ding hou­ses the ol­de­st ca­si­no in the world. An age-old de­sti­na­tion, for ari­sto­cra­tic tra­ve­lers from bo­th

Ea­st and We­st, Ve­ni­ce was the fir­st ci­ty in the world to open a ga­ming hou­se way back in 1683. To­day its old-world am­bien­ce con­ti­nues to play ho­st to se­ve­ral of the world's mo­st clas­si­cal ga­mes. The ca­si­no is open to everyone aged 18 and over and pro­per at­ti­re is re­qui­red.­si­no­ve­ne­ Can­na­re­gio, 2040 (Cal­le Co­lom­bi­na). Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (San Mar­cuo­la stop). Map E3

Piaz­za San Mar­co (St. Mark's Squa­re) Kno­wn th­rou­ghout the world, this squa­re is the heart of Ve­ni­ce and its mo­st sym­bo­lic landmark. It con­sists of a cen­tral, tra­pe­zoid-sha­ped unit in­te­gra­ted with other areas. Mea­su­ring 170 me­tres in leng­th, it fa­ces di­rec­tly on­to the wa­ter and is sur­roun­ded by se­ve­ral ma­gni­fi­cent sta­te­ly buil­dings. Its in­cal­cu­la­ble sce­nic beau­ty ma­kes it one of the mo­st wi­de­ly­pho­to­gra­phed pla­ces in the world. The be­st thing to do he­re is to look around and exult, but don't for­get that the squa­re has a num­ber of spe­ci­fic landmark si­tes, who­se in­te­riors can al­so be vi­si­ted: the Ba­si­li­ca of San Mar­co (see li­sting), the Bell To­wer (see li­sting), Palazzo Du­ca­le (see Museums li­stings), the Clock To­wer (see li­sting) and so­me 18th cen­tu­ry ca­fés, the Flo­rian and the Qua­dri, to men­tion the be­st-kno­wn... Va­po­ret­to li­nes, 1, 2 (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Pon­te dei Sospiri (Brid­ge of Si­ghs) The Brid­ge of Si­ghs is a Ba­ro­que brid­ge that, by cros­sing the Rio di Palazzo, on­ce con­nec­ted the Palazzo Du­ca­le to the pri­sons, and to­day it is one of Ve­ni­ce's mo­st ro­man­tic sights. The ‘si­ghs' from whi­ch its na­me de­ri­ves are not tho­se of lo­vers, but tho­se of con­dem­ned pri­so­ners, emit­ted as they we­re led do­wn to the cells. It can be ac­ces­sed on a vi­sit to the Palazzo Du­ca­le. Open dai­ly 8.30am- 7pm. www. pa­laz­zo­du­ca­­sit­mu­ San Mar­co, 31024 (piaz­za San Mar­co). T:041 2715911. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1,2, (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Pon­te di Rialto (Rialto Brid­ge) This is the ol­de­st and mo­st beau­ti­ful of the four brid­ges cros­sing the Grand Canal. Wit­ness to cen­tu­ries of hi­sto­ry, it is ex­ci­ting to cross it (shut­ter­bugs per­mit­ting), but even mo­re spec­ta­cu­lar when seen from the wa­ter, pe­rhaps aboard a gon­do­la. Ori­gi­nal­ly built du­ring me­die­val ti­mes as a pon­toon brid­ge at the canal's nar­ro­we­st point to fa­ci­li­ta­te ac­cess to the po­pu­lar Rialto Mar­ket, it is still a hub of commerce and is li­ned on bo­th si­des by shops. Un­for­tu­na­te­ly, it is not ac­ces­si­ble to everyone; bet­ween up­ward and do­w­n­ward slo­pes, it in­clu­des as ma­ny as 120 steps. San Po­lo, 30125 (ac­cess from Ru­ga dei Ore­si or from Salizada Pio X). Va­po­ret­to li­nea 1,2 (Rialto stop).

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San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re Boa­sting a mo­na­ste­ry and an ad­joi­ning museum (see Museum li­stings), the chur­ch of San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re si­ts on the lit­tle island of San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re across from St. Mark's squa­re. One of the ma­ster­pie­ces of An­drea Pal­la­dio, the chur­ch, and the en­ti­re com­plex, whi­ch holds a num­ber of mar­ve­lous sur­pri­ses in­clu­ding a ma­ze, is wor­th vi­si­ting. This small island, that is a part of the pa­no­ra­ma that can be en­joyed from St. Mark's squa­re, is se­pa­ra­ted from the Giu­dec­ca by the la­goon island of La Gra­zia. Iso­la di San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re. T: 041 5227827. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San Gior­gio stop). Map G5 San­ta Maria del­la Sa­lu­te (Chur­ch of the Vir­gin Ma­ry of Good Heal­th) Ge­ne­ral­ly re­fer­red to as “La Sa­lu­te,” this cro­wn jewel of 17th-cen­tu­ry ba­ro­que ar­chi­tec­tu­re proud­ly stands at a com­mer­cial­ly and ae­sthe­ti­cal­ly im­por­tant point, al­mo­st di­rec­tly op­po­si­te the Piaz­za San Mar­co, whe­re the Grand Canal emp­ties in­to the la­goon. De­si­gned by Lon­ghe­na, who­se work was in­fluen­ced by Pal­la­dio, it was con­struc­ted to ho­nor the Vir­gin Ma­ry for de­li­ve­ring Ve­ni­ce from the pla­gue of 1630. On 21 No­vem­ber ea­ch year, a po­pu­lar re­li­gious ce­le­bra­tion, mar­king the of­fi­cial end of the Black Dea­th, is held he­re. The chur­ch is al­so fa­mous for its or­gan con­certs. Open dai­ly 9am12­noon/3pm-5.30pm.­si­li­ca­sa­lu­te­ve­ne­zia. it. Fon­da­men­ta Sa­lu­te, 30123. T: 041 2743911. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Sa­lu­te stop). Map E5

San­ta Maria Glo­rio­sa dei Fra­ri Kno­wn by the Ve­ne­tians sim­ply as ‘i Fra­ri', this landmark fea­tu­res 17 mo­nu­men­tal al­tars and is the lar­ge­st chur­ch in the ci­ty. This me­die­val chur­ch in Go­thic-Ve­ne­tian sty­le, hou­ses, in ad­di­tion to two pain­tings by Ti­tian, the tombs and fu­ne­ra­ry mo­nu­men­ts of nu­me­rous fa­mous peo­ple, in­clu­ding Ti­tian, Mon­te­ver­di and Ca­no­va. cho­ru­sve­ne­ Cam­po dei Fra­ri. T: 041 2750462. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1, 2, N (San To­mà stop). Map D4

San­ti Gio­van­ni e Pao­lo One of the ci­ty's mo­st im­por­tant exam­ples of me­die­val ar­chi­tec­tu­re, San­ti Gio­van­ni e Pao­lo is con­si­de­red the Pan­theon of Ve­ni­ce be­cau­se all the Ve­ne­tian do­ges, star­ting from the 13th cen­tu­ry, are bu­ried he­re, to­ge­ther with nu­me­rous other no­ta­ble per­so­na­ges.­si­li­ca­san­ti­gio­van­nie­pao­

Cam­po San­ti Gio­van­ni e Pao­lo (Plea­se no­te: this si­te might be mar­ked in Ve­ne­tian dia­lect as ‘san Za­niPo­lo' on the ci­ty's maps).

T: 041 5235913. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 5.1 (Fon­da­men­te No­ve stop, Ospe­da­le Ci­vi­le stop). Map F3 Sca­la Contarini del Bovolo Palazzo Contarini is an ex­qui­si­te, la­te Go­thic buil­ding. Ho­we­ver, what ma­kes it su­ch a po­pu­lar at­trac­tion to­day, was the ad­di­tion, by its ar­chi­tec­ts, in 1499, of an ama­zing, ex­ter­nal ‘bovolo' (snail-shell) stair­well en­clo­sed in a cy­lin­der per­fo­ra­ted li­ke la­ce. The ar­chi­tec­tu­ral beau­ty of the stair­well, com­bi­ned with the view that can be en­joyed on rea­ching the top, is well wor­th a vi­sit.

Open Tues-Sun: 10am1.30pm/2pm-6pm. www. sca­la­con­ta­ri­ni­del­bo­vo­lo. com. c/o Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. San Mar­co, 4299 (Cam­po

Ma­nin, Rio San Lu­ca). T: 041 3096605. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (San Mar­co Val­la­res­so stop). Map E4

Scuo­la Gran­de dei Car­mi­ni Hou­sed in a 16th cen­tu­ry palazzo, it is the seat of an an­cient bro­the­rhood and all its ori­gi­nal fur­ni­shing and a num­ber of pri­ce­less oil pain­tings ha­ve been pre­ser­ved in­tact. The dra­ma builds when en­te­ring the Sa­la del Ca­pi­to­lo, who­se cei­ling fea­tu­res ni­ne ex­cep­tio­nal can­va­ses pain­ted by the bro­the­rhood's mo­st fa­mous mem­ber, Giam­bat­ti­sta Tie­po­lo. Open dai­ly 11am-5pm. www.scuo­la­gran­de­car­mi­ Dor­so­du­ro, 2616 (Cam­po dei Car­mi­ni, Cam­po San­ta Mar­ghe­ri­ta). T: 041 5289420. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Ca' Rez­zo­ni­co stop). Map C5

Tea­tro La Fe­ni­ce Twi­ce de­stroyed by fi­re and twi­ce re­sto­red to its for­mer splen­dour (the la­st ti­me was bet­ween 1996 and 2003), for cen­tu­ries it has been Ve­ni­ce's prin­ci­pal sta­ge for world-class ope­ra, mu­sic, thea­ter, and bal­let. Ho­we­ver, its hi­gh point ca­me in the 19th cen­tu­ry when it ho­sted the ‘pre­mie­res' of ope­ras by Ros­si­ni, Bel­li­ni, Do­ni­zet­ti and Ver­di. Not on­ly stron­gly as­so­cia­ted with Ve­ni­ce's cul­tu­ral he­ri­ta­ge, it is al­so a stun­ning feat of ar­chi­tec­tu­re. tea­tro­la­fe­ni­ Tic­ket of­fi­ce T: 041 2424. San Mar­co, 1965 (Cam­po San Fan­tin). Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (San Mar­co-Val­la­res­so stop). Map E4

The islands Al­thou­gh the who­le of Ve­ni­ce lies on an ar­chi­pe­la­go, an ‘ex­cur­sion to the islands' ge­ne­ral­ly means a half-day crui­se on a boat to vi­sit the islands of Mu­ra­no, Tor­cel­lo and Bu­ra­no, th­ree char­ming, small islands, ri­ch in hi­sto­ry and tra­di­tion. Mu­ra­no is fa­mous th­rou­ghout the world for its hand-blo­wn glass (ar­ti­sa­nal work­shops still di­splay glass­ma­kers at work). Tor­cel­lo, bir­th­pla­ce of the la­goon, on­ce a th­ri­ving to­wn with 8,000 in­ha­bi­tan­ts, is to­day a se­mi­ru­ral island with on­ly 17 per­ma­nent re­si­den­ts and two me­die­val chur­ches that speak poi­gnan­tly of pa­st glo­ries, and Bu­ra­no, one of the mo­st pho­to­gra­phed sights in the world, thanks to co­lour­ful hou­ses re­flec­ted in its ca­nals. Bu­ra­no is al­so fa­mous for its ar­ti­sa­nal la­ce work and a par­ti­cu­lar kind of bi­scuit, whi­ch al­so re­sem­bles la­ce. Find out mo­re and buy tic­ke­ts for your trip to the­se ma­gi­cal de­sti­na­tions. Vi­si­tors lo­ve the­se islands, and the­re may be a ri­sk of not fin­ding a seat on the boat. See Map pa­ge 62.

Pi­na­co­te­ca Egi­dio Mar­ti­ni (third floor). Al­ter­na­te­ly, the Bro­w­ning Mez­za­ni­ne hou­ses the works of the Me­stro­vi­ch Col­lec­tion, in­clu­ding works by ar­tists li­ke Tin­to­ret­to and Bo­ni­fa­cio de' Pi­ta­ti. Clo­sed on Tues, 25 De­cem­ber and 1 Ja­nua­ry. Full pri­ce tic­ket €10.­rez­zo­ni­­sit­mu­ Dor­so­du­ro 3136 (Fon­da­men­ta Rez­zo­ni­co). T: 041 2410100. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Ca' Rez­zo­ni­co stop). Map D5

Fon­da­zio­ne Ci­ni-San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re Set again­st the ma­gni­fi­cent bac­k­drop of the Ba­sin of St Mark, the Foun­da­tion was esta­bli­shed in 1951 by Count Vit­to­rio Ci­ni to re­sto­re the Island of San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re and to crea­te an international cen­tre of cul­tu­ral ac­ti­vi­ties. The Foun­da­tion is hou­sed in the mo­nu­men­tal com­plex of the for­mer Be­ne­dic­ti­ne Mo­na­ste­ry of San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re, a pla­ce of ine­sti­ma­ble ar­chi­tec­tu­ral and ar­ti­stic pre­sti­ge, thanks to works by se­ve­ral of Ita­ly's grea­te­st 16th and 17th cen­tu­ry ma­sters. En­lar­ged in the 16th cen­tu­ry by An­drea Pal­la­dio, who al­so de­si­gned its re­fec­to­ry, the chur­ch of San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re and the Cloi­ster of Cy­pres­ses, in ad­di­tion to nu­me­rous other trea­su­res, the com­plex hosts an im­pres­si­ve col­lec­tion of pain­tings by Ja­co­po Tin­to­ret­to, as well as se­ve­ral 16th and 17th cen­tu­ry works of arts. Gui­ded tours in Ita­lian, En­gli­sh and Fren­ch on Sa­tur­days and Sun­days. For in­for­ma­tion and boo­king T: 041 2201215. Full pri­ce tic­ket €10.­ Iso­la di San Gior­gio Mag­gio­re. T: 041 2710280. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (Iso­la di San Gior­gio stop). Map G6

Gal­le­rie dell'Ac­ca­de­mia di Ve­ne­zia

VE­NE­TIAN MUSEUM HUB Fol­lo­wing a Na­po­leo­nic de­cree, the Gal­le­rie dell'Ac­ca­de­mia we­re in­sti­tu­ted as an edu­ca­tio­nal ad­junct to the Aca­de­my of Fi­ne Arts. They ho­st the mo­st im­por­tant col­lec­tion of Ve­ne­tian and Ve­ne­to art­works da­ted bet­ween the 14th and 18th cen­tu­ries. He­re you can ad­mi­re ma­ster­pie­ces by Gio­van­ni Bel­li­ni, Gior­gio­ne, Car­pac­cio, Ti­tian, Tin­to­ret­to, Ve­ro­ne­se and Tie­po­lo, and works by se­ve­ral im­por­tant land­sca­pe ar­tists in­clu­ding Ca­na­let­to, Bel­lot­to and Guar­di. The mo­nu­men­tal com­plex ho­sting the­se works oc­cu­pies the an­cient chur­ch of San­ta Maria del­la Ca­ri­tà, the Scuo­la Gran­de del­la Ca­ri­tà and the Ca­no­ni­ci La­te­ra­nen­si con­vent com­plex de­si­gned by An­drea Pal­la­dio in 1561. Open Mon 8.15am-2pm; Tues-Sun 8.15am-7.15pm. Full tic­ket pri­ce: €9. Tic­ket pri­cing may va­ry du­ring tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions.­le­rieac­ca­de­ Dor­so­du­ro 1050 (Cam­po del­la Ca­ri­tà). T: 041 5222247. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (Ac­ca­de­mia stop). Map D5

Mu­seo Cor­rer The museum is lo­ca­ted in the old Royal Pa­la­ce in St. Mark's Squa­re and in­clu­des the Na­po­leo­nic Wing and the Pro­cu­ra­tie Nuo­ve. Built to hou­se Teo­do­ro Cor­rer's col­lec­tion, it fea­tu­res se­ve­ral ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces de­di­ca­ted to the art and hi­sto­ry of Ve­ni­ce. The­se in­clu­de the neo-clas­si­cal rooms hou­sing sculp­tu­res by An­to­nio Ca­no­va, hi­sto­ric col­lec­tions de­scri­bing the chan­ging ci­ty­sca­pe of Ve­ni­ce and, fi­nal­ly, the pi­na­co­te­ca, boa­sting im­por­tant ma­ster­pie­ces of Ve­ne­tian art from its ori­gins to the 16th cen­tu­ry. Open dai­ly. www.cor­­sit­mu­ San Mar­co 52 (piaz­za San Mar­co). T: 041 2405211. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Val­la­res­so stop or, San Zac­ca­ria stop), 2 (Giar­di­net­ti stop), 5.1 - 4.1 (San Zac­ca­ria stop).

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Mu­seo d'Ar­te Orien­ta­le-Ca' Pe­sa­ro The museum, lo­ca­ted on the top floor of the Gal­le­ria In­ter­na­zio­na­le d'Ar­te Mo­der­na, is hou­sed in an an­cient buil­ding on the Grand Canal de­si­gned by Bal­das­sa­re Lon­ghe­na for the Pe­sa­ro fa­mi­ly. He­re, you will find one of the mo­st im­por­tant col­lec­tions in the world of Ja­pa­ne­se art from the Edo pe­riod: mo­re than 30,000 pie­ces in­clu­ding swords and dag­gers, Ja­pa­ne­se ar­mour, de­li­ca­te lac­quer ware pa­lan­quin and pri­ce­less por­ce­lain. Other hi­ghlights in­clu­de ex­ten­si­ve sec­tions de­di­ca­ted to Chi­ne­se and In­do­ne­sian art. Clo­sed on Mon, 25 De­cem­ber and 1 Ja­nua­ry. Full pri­ce tic­ket (in­te­gra­ted with the International Gal­le­ry of Mo­dern Art) €10.­teo­rien­ta­ San­ta Cro­ce, 2076.T: 041 5241173. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San Stae stop). Map E3

Mu­seo del Mer­let­to (La­ce Museum) Lo­ca­ted in Bu­ra­no, the museum is hou­sed in a small buil­ding, for­mer­ly ho­me to Ve­ni­ce's fa­mous La­ce School. Boa­sting mo­re than two-hun­dred ra­re, pri­ce­less pie­ces, the ex­hi­bi­tion chro­ni­cles the evo­lu­tion of the art of la­ce-ma­king in Ve­ni­ce from the 16th to 20th cen­tu­ries. Clo­sed on Mon, 25 De­cem­ber and 1 Ja­nua­ry. Full pri­ce tic­ket €5. Joint tic­ket for the Glass Museum and the La­ce Museum €12.­seo­mer­let­­sit­mu­ Piaz­za Ga­lup­pi 187, Bu­ra­no. T: 041 730034. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 4.1, 4.2, 5.2 (Fon­da­men­ta No­ve stop), and then li­ne 12 (Bu­ra­no stop). Off Map

Mu­seo del Vetro (Glass Museum) Hou­sed in the ari­sto­cra­tic palazzo Giu­sti­nian, on the island of Mu­ra­no, the col­lec­tions ex­hi­bi­ted at the museum are ar­ran­ged in chro­no­lo­gi­cal or­der: in ad­di­tion to the ar­chaeo­lo­gi­cal sec­tion fea­tu­ring Ro­man re­mains from the 1st and 2nd cen­tu­ries A.D., you can al­so find an ex­ten­si­ve ran­ge of hi­sto­ri­cal ob­jet d'art ma­de from Mu­ra­no glass, in­clu­ding im­por­tant pie­ces pro­du­ced bet­ween the 15th and 20th cen­tu­ries. Open dai­ly. Full pri­ce tic­ket €10. Joint tic­ket for the Glass Museum + La­ce Museum €12.­seo­ve­­sit­mu­ Fon­da­men­ta Giu­sti­nian, 8. Mu­ra­no. T: 041 5274718. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 4.1, 4.2 (Mu­seo Mu­ra­no stop). Off Map

Mu­seo di San Mar­co The iti­ne­ra­ry that you'll fol­low in­si­de the museum, will ta­ke you from the hi­sto­ric area abo­ve the atrium­nar­thex of the Ba­si­li­ca and the for­mer Ban­que­ting Hall of the Do­ges, through the th­ree ex­ten­si­ve the­mes that are a part of the he­ri­ta­ge of St. Mark's Ba­si­li­ca: Mo­saics, Tex­ti­les, the Qua­dri­ga and the An­ti­co. Par­ti­cu­lar­ly no­tewor­thy, among­st its re­lics and art­works, are the fa­mous gil­ded bron­ze hor­ses of St. Marks and the Ba­si­li­ca's an­cient frag­men­ts of mo­saics, pre­ser­ved in spe­cial con­tai­ners kno­wn as ‘cas­si­ne'. The tour of the museum ta­kes vi­si­tors through va­rious areas of the Ba­si­li­ca, we the­re­fo­re sug­ge­st wea­ring at­ti­re that is re­spect­ful of the re­li­gious na­tu­re of the Ba­si­li­ca. Open dai­ly 9.45am4.45pm. Clo­sed on Mon, 25 De­cem­ber and 1 Ja­nua­ry. Full pri­ce tic­ket €5.­seo­san­mar­co. it. San Mar­co 328 (Pro­cu­ra­to­ria di San Mar­co). T: 041 2708311. Va­po­ret­to li­nee 1 (Val­la­res­so stop or San Zac­ca­ria stop), 2 (Giar­di­net­ti stop), 5.1 o 4.1 (San Zac­ca­ria stop). Map F4

Mu­seo Ebraico di Ve­ne­zia

JEWI­SH MUSEUM This a ‘di­sper­sed museum'; a hi­ghly unu­sual ur­ban ar­chi­tec­tu­ral museum com­plex that in­clu­des the museum itself, the Ghet­to, sy­na­go­gues and an an­cient ce­me­te­ry. It con­tains a small but precious col­lec­tion of ar­ti­fac­ts re­la­ted to the long hi­sto­ry of the Jews in Ve­ni­ce. Thanks to gui­ded tours (in Ita­lian and En­gli­sh), you can vi­sit th­ree of the area's fi­ve


sy­na­go­gues, lo­ca­ted bet­ween the Ghet­to Vec­chio (Old Ghet­to) and the Ghet­to Nuo­vo (New Ghet­to), and the Old Ce­me­te­ry (16th-18th cen­tu­ry) in San Ni­co­lò del Li­do. Fi­nal­ly, to com­me­mo­ra­te the tra­ge­dy of the Se­cond World War, the­re is a bron­ze re­lief Ho­lo­cau­st Me­mo­rial in the Cam­po del Ghet­to Nuo­vo. Full pri­ce tic­ket €4; Jewi­sh Museum + gui­ded tour of the sy­na­go­gues : full pri­ce tic­ket €10. www. mu­seoe­brai­ Can­na­re­gio 2902\b. T: 041 71535. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1-2 (San Mar­cuo­la-Ghet­to stop), li­nes 41-42-51-52 (Pon­te del­le Gu­glie-Ghet­to stop). Map D2

Mu­seo Sto­ri­co Na­va­le del­la Ma­ri­na Mi­li­ta­re The Hi­sto­ric Na­val Museum, the mo­st im­por­tant of its kind in Ita­ly, is ow­ned by the Ita­lian Na­vy and is de­vo­ted to Ve­ni­ce's sea­fa­ring hi­sto­ry. In ad­di­tion to the main buil­ding, who­se ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces span 42 rooms and fi­ve floors, the ‘Pa­di­glio­ne del­le Na­vi' (Ships Pa­vi­lion), lo­ca­ted in the Ar­se­na­le's old ‘Oars Work­shop', is al­so a part of the museum. Built in the mid-16th cen­tu­ry as a work­shop to build and sto­re oars, sin­ce 1980 it has hou­sed an im­pres­si­ve col­lec­tion of hi­sto­ri­cal ves­sels, and is an ex­ten­sion of the main museum's hea­d­quar­ters. Ca­stel­lo 2148, Ri­va San Bia­sio. T: 041 2441399. Pa­di­glio­ne del­le Na­vi.­ri­na.di­fe­ Ca­stel­lo 2162/c (Rio del­la Ta­na). T: 041 2711411. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1, 4.1, 4.2 (Ar­se­na­le stop). Map H5

Palazzo Ci­ni-La Gal­le­ria Si­tua­ted in the Ve­ne­tian 'Museums Mi­le', bet­ween the Ac­ca­de­mia, the Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim col­lec­tion and the Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na, the 16th cen­tu­ry Palazzo Ci­ni in San Vio is the hou­se-museum of Count Vit­to­rio Ci­ni, and hou­ses so­me re­mar­ka­ble art col­lec­tions: 14th-15th cen­tu­ry pain­tings from Tu­sca­ny and Fer­ra­ro (Pie­ro del­la Fran­ce­sca, Fi­lip­po Lip­pi, Dos­so Dos­si and Co­smè Tu­ra), pe­riod fur­ni­tu­re, sil­ver­ware, ivo­ries and ce­ra­mics. Clo­sed on Tue­sdays. Full pri­ce tic­ket €10.­laz­zo­ci­ Dor­so­du­ro 864 (San Vio). T: 041 2710217. Va­po­ret­to Li­nes 1, 2 (Ac­ca­de­mia stop), li­nes 2, 4, 5, 6 (Zat­te­re stop). Map E5

Palazzo Du­ca­le A landmark at­trac­tion, a ma­ster­pie­ce of Go­thic art and a re­po­si­to­ry of in­nu­me­ra­ble art trea­su­res, Ve­ni­ce's Du­cal Pa­la­ce fea­tu­res a num­ber of dif­fe­rent and in­tri­ca­te ar­chi­tec­tu­ral and or­na­men­tal de­tails, da­ting from the 9th cen­tu­ry. For­mer­ly the re­si­den­ce and go­vern­ment cen­tre of the Do­ges, it not on­ly hou­ses tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions but can al­so be vi­si­ted via self-gui­ded rou­tes that al­low vi­si­tors ac­cess to all of its rooms, su­per­bly de­co­ra­ted by ar­tists li­ke Ti­tian, Tie­po­lo and Tin­to­ret­to. The pu­blic en­tran­ce to the Do­ge's Pa­la­ce is through the ‘Por­ta del Fru­men­to' whi­ch leads to the spa­cious coun­cil rooms and then on­wards to the ex­qui­si­te rooms of the Do­ge's Apart­ment. Other hi­ghlights on this rou­te in­clu­de the pri­sons and log­gias over­loo­king the squa­re and the la­goon. Open dai­ly.­laz­zo­du­ca­­sit­mu­ve. it. San Mar­co, 1 (piaz­za San Mar­co). T: 041 2715911. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1 (Val­la­res­so stop or San Zac­ca­ria stop), 2 (Giar­di­net­ti), 5.1 or 4.1 (San Zac­ca­ria stop).

Map F4

Palazzo For­tu­ny Ma­ria­no For­tu­ny (Gra­na­da 1871 - Ve­ni­ce 1949) tran­sfor­med Palazzo Pe­sa­ro de­gli Or­fei in­to his own per­so­nal ate­lier for photography, set-de­si­gn, tex­ti­le crea­tions and pain­tings. The museum's col­lec­tions boasts an ex­ten­si­ve col­lec­tion of pie­ces and ma­te­rials com­mis­sio­ned for im­por­tant pro­jec­ts: pain­tings, lighting sy­stems, photography and or­na­te gar­men­ts. The buil­ding is now used to ho­st art ex­hi­bi­tions. The museum is open on­ly du­ring tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions. Open 10am-6pm. Clo­sed on Tue­sdays. Plea­se no­te that pri­ces va­ry de­pen­ding on the ex­hi­bi­tion being sho­wn. www.for­tu­­sit­mu­ San Mar­co 3958 (Cam­po San Be­ne­de­to). T: 041 5200995. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Sant'An­ge­lo stop), 2 (San Sa­mue­le stop). Map

E4 Palazzo Gras­si

Mu­seo Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na Over­loo­king the Grand Canal and re­cen­tly re­sto­red by Ja­pa­ne­se ar­chi­tect Ta­dao An­do, Ve­ni­ce's 18th cen­tu­ry Palazzo Gras­si and the for­mer har­bour of Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na are two con­tem­po­ra­ry art museums fun­ded by the Fra­nçois Pi­nault Foun­da­tion. They ho­st im­por­tant col­lec­ti­ve or mo­no­gra­phic ex­hi­bi­tions, fea­tu­ring works from the Pi­nault Col­lec­tion, one of the world's lar­ge­st col­lec­tions of con­tem­po­ra­ry art. Palazzo Gras­si's ‘Tea­tri­no', an ad­junct to the ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, of­fers an ac­tion pac­ked ca­len­dar of con­fe­ren­ces, con­certs and scree­nings of an international sco­pe. Open dai­ly 10am-7pm. Clo­sed on Tue­sdays, 25 De­cem­ber. Full pri­ce tic­ket €18 (Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na+Palazzo Gras­si). www. pa­laz­zo­gras­ T: 041 2001057. Palazzo Gras­si San Mar­co 3231 (Cam­po San Sa­mue­le). Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San Sa­mue­le stop), 1 (Sant'An­ge­lo stop). Map D4 • Mu­seo Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na Dor­so­du­ro 2. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Sa­lu­te stop). Map F5

Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion

The museum, boa­sting one of the mo­st im­por­tant col­lec­tions of 20th cen­tu­ry art in Eu­ro­pe, hosts the per­so­nal col­lec­tion of Ame­ri­can hei­ress

Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim. Her pa­la­tial canal si­de ho­me sho­w­ca­ses her col­lec­tion of Cu­bi­st, Fur­tu­ri­st, Sur­rea­li­st and Ab­stract Ex­pres­sio­ni­st art, with works by al­mo­st 200 ar­tists, in­clu­ding Pi­cas­so, Pol­lock, Kan­din­sky, Mi­ró, de Chi­ri­co and Da­lí. It al­so hosts the works of other im­por­tant col­lec­tions and pre­sti­gious tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions. Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm; Clo­sed on Tue­sdays. Full pri­ce tic­ket €15. www. gug­ge­n­heim-ve­ni­ Palazzo Ve­nier dei Leo­ni, Dor­so­du­ro 701 (Canal Gran­de). T: 041 2405.440/419. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (Ac­ca­de­mia stop), li­ne 1 (Ac­ca­de­mia stop or Sa­lu­te stop). Map E5

Scuo­la Gran­de di San Roc­co The hea­d­quar­ters of the San Roc­co Bro­the­rhood, this stun­ning buil­ding, to whi­ch hard­ly any mo­di­fi­ca­tions ha­ve been ma­de, hosts mo­re than 60 ma­ster­pie­ces by ar­tists of the li­kes of Gior­gio­ne, Tie­po­lo and

Ti­tian, still pre­sen­ted in their ori­gi­nal lay­out. Its esta­blish­ment re­pre­sen­ted an im­por­tant mo­ment in the hi­sto­ry of 16th cen­tu­ry Ve­ne­tian art, abo­ve all thanks to Tin­to­ret­to's fa­mous cy­cle of Old and New Te­sta­ment sce­nes. Open dai­ly, 9.30am-5.30pm. Clo­sed on 25 De­cem­ber and 1 Ja­nua­ry. Full pri­ce tic­ket €10; Scuo­la Gran­de + chur­ch €8. www. scuo­la­gran­de­san­roc­ San Po­lo, 3052 (Cam­po San Roc­co stop). T: 041 5234864. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1, 2 (San To­mà stop). Map D4

Cold-pain­ted ter­ra­cot­ta by Ar­tu­ro Mar­ti­ni, na­med ‘Pro­sti­tu­te' (1913), do­na­ted by Maria Bar­ban­ti­ni to the CA' PE­SA­RO, International Gal­le­ry of Mo­dern Art. ca­pe­sa­­sit­mu­

This ca­st of the sta­tue of Pa­ris (1807) by An­to­nio Ca­no­va is part of an iti­ne­ra­ry de­di­ca­ted to the re­no­w­ned sculp­tor who­se works are di­splayed in the fi­ve new rooms of the Pro­cu­ra­tie Nuo­ve of the COR­RER MUSEUM.

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