What to see in Venice in one and two days

What to see in Venice in one and two days – 20 places to visit on your first time in Venice

Mini-guide to visiting Venice – Places not to be missed, a walking itinerary with map and practical advice to concentrate the best of Venice in a short time

If you have never been to the most famous lagoon city in the world you will be wondering what to see your first time in Venice, how many days you should dedicate to it and how to best organize your days.

After spending almost 10 days in Venice, in a city without tourists (very few) and therefore almost all to myself, I decided to write this long post in which you will find not only the things to see in Venice if you have one day (two would be better) but I have also included lots of practical advice that I’m sure will come in very handy.

Venice is a city of immense beauty and historical significance, as Rome might be, but thanks to its canals it is also unique. It’s impossible not to be fascinated by it.

Venice is located on 117 small islands connected by a series of bridges and separated by a network of canals where around 250,000 people live.

During the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance, Venice was an extremely powerful stronghold, served as an important financial and military center, and was a city of great cultural and artistic development renowned throughout the world.

Today Venice remains an important economic center and is one of the most famous cities in the world.
Attractions such as the Basilica of San Marco and the Grand Canal attract millions of visitors every year, but the wonders and mysteries of Venice go far beyond the two most famous places.

I have selected the main places to see in Venice in one day, I recommend you stay at least 3 days to also visit the nearby islands , such as Murano, Burano and Torsello, and enjoy the wonders of one of the most beautiful and incredible cities in the world.

For further information, I also recommend reading the posts: How to get around Venice and the best tours to visit Venice

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What to see in Venice in one day – If you’re in a hurry

  • Not to be missed tours in Venice – I wrote a post about it that I recommend you read. Start with a two-hour guided tour of Venice to discover the best of the historic center or take advantage of the Free walking tour of Venice.
  • How to get around Venice – A Venice is about walking and taking vaporettos but above all walking .
  • Card to save on entrance fees – If you consider the possibility of visiting historic buildings, the Basilica of San Marco and Museums of Venice.
  • Where to sleep in Venice – If you only have one day in Venice I recommend you sleep in the city and not in Mestre or Giudecca. This way you are very close to the main places to see in Venice and can start very early in the morning. Among the districts in which to sleep, I really like Dorsoduro and , if you prefer an apartment with kitchen in an exceptional location.Calle del Forno Apartment, a small hotel with an excellent quality/price ratio and the Alle Guglie Boutique Hotel you will find many hotels, I recommend the Cannaregio, in particular the Jewish Ghetto. Not only because they are beautiful neighborhoods but also because they allow you to wander around the city without necessarily always passing through Piazza San Marco, which in high season is full of people. In Cannaregio

What to see in Venice in one day

If you only have one day in Venice and you fear that it won’t be enough, don’t despair, you can see a lot, as long as you organize yourself well and calculate good times.

Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot and above all consider it a full day because you will need them.

Even more so since you have little time, in the meantime make sure you buy the skip the line tickets for entry to some of the main attractions , such as the Basilica of San Marco and the climb to the bell tower. This way you can ensure entry without long waits and you don’t waste precious time.

An excellent option is the Venezia Pass, which costs €85.

The pass includes in the cost priority entry to Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica of San Marco and the terraces, a tour in gondola and the app with the tourist guide. Alternatively, consider the combined ticket which includes a two-hour guided tour of the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace and the related priority tickets.

Alternatively, if you are only interested in a few places individually you can consider the priority ticket to the Basilica of San Marco with access to the Terrace and the Pala d’Oro, €24.

I also recommend you book a free walking tour of Venice to become familiar with the city. You can choose from many, here are some of the most popular.


Itinerary with map to see Venice in 1 day

Now we come to what to see in Venice in one day. You can follow the itinerary independently.
Start your day in Venice as early as possible – maybe even at 7:00 in the morning – when the city is not yet full of tourists

  • Start from Rialto Bridge which of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal of Venice is the oldest and also the most beautiful
  • Be sure to also visit the Rialto Market before reaching Piazza San Marco.
  • Reach Piazza San Marco, visit the Basilica and climb the bell tower. The Basilica is one of the busiest places in Venice and the lines to enter can be very long. I advise you to arrive very early or to buy the skip the line ticket (with access to the terrace) so as not to waste time . If you want to go up the bell tower you have to buy the ticket. From the bell tower you will have a wonderful view of Venice, I recommend you go there.
  • Next visit the Palazzo Ducale, once the seat of government of the Venetian Empire. The interior is both splendid and interesting. Also in this case I recommend you book a guided tour which also includes the priority ticket. To optimize time, the best solution is the two-hour tour which includes both the guided tour of San Marco entrance and guided tour are included.Venice Pass (which also includes the terrace and the Pala d’oro). If you prefer to visit the Doge’s Palace independently, no problem, but make sure you buy the (€85 per person) . skip the line tickets as well as the Palazzo Ducale and the
  • Stroll along the Riva degli Schiavoni, from here you will have a splendid view of the canals, San Giorgio Maggiore and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Head towards the Accademia Bridge from where you will have an exceptional view of the Grand Canal . Reach the bridge slowly walking through the many alleys, and stop to see the La Fenice Theatre, the Gallerie dell’ 39;Accademia which are located right above the Accademia Bridge in Dorsoduro, and the (where you can climb to have a beautiful view of Venice from above).Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Canal of Venice

20 places to see in Venice in one day

To best organize your day in Venice here is a brief description of the places to see in Venice and some practical advice for booking entrances and avoid the long lines you may find.

St. Mark’s Square

Piazza San Marco is the only square in Venice with the title of “square” – the others are called field. Life has revolved around this square since the times of the Republic, when it was a market, as well as the center of civil and religious life.

Considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world and certainly the first attraction of Venice. It is surrounded on three sides by the majestic porticoes of public buildings and on the fourth, by the riot of domes and arches of the Basilica of San Marco and its bell tower.

In Piazza San Marco there are some of the most popular attractions in Venice which are unmissable the first time you go there.

The Basilica of San Marco

Among the many things to see in Venice I can only start with the symbol of the city: the St. Mark’s Basilica which is located in the square of the same name.
Its original name was “Golden Basilica” thanks to over a thousand square meters of golden mosaics.

In 828 AD, doge Giustiniano Partecipazio expanded the chapel by connecting it to the existing church when the body of San Marco arrived in Venice from Alessandria, replacing the protector of the city San Teodoro. From that moment, the winged lion, the coat of arms of San Marco, became the official symbol of the Republic of Venice .
The Basilica was completed in 1071 and was consecrated in 1094. In 1145 a great fire destroyed a huge part of the decorations above the 39;interior of the Basilica.

To prevent it from happening again it was covered by the marble that we can see today. Subsequently, mosaic decorations were added to replace the frescoes, and after the fourth cruise it was embellished with marble and works of art arriving from Constantinople.

The plan of the Basilica of San Marco has the shape of a Greek cross, divided into three naves with five domes. Upon entering you will find yourself under the Arch of the Apocalypse, followed by the Pentecost Dome and the Ascension Dome until you reach the incredibly decorated presbytery.

Inside the basilica you will see:

  • Pala D’Oro – The Pala d’Oro is certainly one of the main attractions of the Basilica of San Marco. It is located in the presbytery of the Basilica of San Marco and is a panel that represents sacred images and is made of gold, silver, enamel and precious stones.
  • The Treasure of San Marco – The collection of precious objects and masterpieces preserved inside the Basilica over the centuries. The collection consists of 283 pieces in gold, silver and precious metals. Most of the objects in the collection were brought to Venice after the conquest of Constantinople.
  • Golden mosaics – There are more than eight thousand square meters of mosaic covering the interior of the Basilica, including the five domes. The mosaics tell stories from the Holy Bible, local myths and legends, episodes from the life of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, and above all of Saint Mark.
  • The terrace of the Basilica – The terrace overlooking Piazza San Marco is also worth a visit. Going up you will see an exhibition of rare tapestries and precious fabrics, and the original horses of the Basilica of San Marco, those on the external facade are in fact replicas.
  • Museo di San Marco – The museum was established towards the end of the 19th century and displays various ecclesastic objects. The most famous and prestigious work is the bronze chariot that was brought from Constantinople. The museum also contains Persian carpets, liturgical vestments, illuminated manuscripts with the texts of the liturgies of Saint Mark, and fragments of ancient mosaics removed during the 19th century restoration.

Tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica

The Basilica of San Marco is a church, it is therefore important that you have your shoulders and legs covered. Entrance to the church costs €5but since it is the most famous place in Venice the queues can be very long.

To avoid long waiting times, precious moments if you only have one day in Venice, I recommend you buy a skip the line ticket and to take advantage of the ticket which also includes The golden altarpiece and the terrace of San Marco. The ticket costs €24

The Basilica of San Marco is open from 9.30 to 17.00 from Monday to Friday. On Sundays and holidays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. During the low season, from October to March/April, the Basilica closes at 4pm.

Piazza San Marco in Venice

The bell tower of San Marco

The Campanile di San Marco was originally built in the 9th century on Roman foundations, the bell tower was restored many times due to fires caused by lightning, and collapsed in 1902. It was decided that the bell tower had to be rebuilt exactly as it was, and in 1912 it was finally inaugurated on St. Mark’s Day.

The bell tower of San Marco is made of bricks. The top of the tower has a pyramidal structure that contains a golden weather vane in the shape of Archangel Gabriel. It is said that the Bell Tower was used as a watchtower. There are five bells on the Bell Tower and each of them was rung for different reasons in its time.

  • The main and largest bell was the Marangona. This bell announced the beginning and end of the working day.
  • The Trottiera announced the meetings of the Council at Palazzo Ducale for the members of the Maggior Consiglio.
  • The Half Third signaled the meetings of the Senate
  • The Nona struck at noon
  • Finally, the smallest bell, the Renghiera, also known as the Curse, announced the executions.

Once up you will have one of the most impressive panoramic views of Venice. The Campanile was used in 1609 by Galileo to demonstrate his telescope to the Doge. You will see a plaque commemorating this event once you climb the tower.

You will be happy to know that to get to the top you can take advantage of the elevator which takes 30 seconds.

If you are looking for a beautiful panoramic view of Venice and are looking for an alternative to the bell tower of San Marco I recommend the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore. Located on a small island in front of St. Mark’s Square, this bell tower has the best view of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Campanile and is usually less crowded than the more famous bell tower.

Tickets for St. Mark’s Campanile
If you intend to climb the tower after having visited St. Mark’s Basilica, we advise you to buy tickets in advance. You can do this by booking online from the official website, where you can purchase skip-the-line tickets for €12.00. At the time of purchase you must choose the time.

Doge’s Palace in Venice

Palazzo Ducale is located in Piazza San Marco, so you can visit it immediately after the Basilica of San Marco, but it overlooks the Grand Canal and it is, with the Basilica of San Marco, one of the places not to be missed the first time you go to Venice.

The Palazzo Ducale was not only the center of government during the Republic of Venice, but also the residence of the Doge. In the beginning the palace was a grim wooden fortress with massive defensive towers. After several fires, the castle was converted into a palace in Byzantine style.
What you see today was built mainly in the 14th century. While the façade overlooking the Piazzetta dates back to the first half of the 15th century. The palace is now a museum.

Inside the palace, walking among the three different floors (Piano delle Logge, First Piano Nobile and Second Piano Nobile) you will walk among a series of rooms decorated and furnished with original furniture and works of art, sumptuous staircases, including the famous Giants’ Staircase and the underground prisons.
On the outside you will be fascinated by the wonderful facades and the courtyard that marks the entrance to the building with the clock façade.

Theentry to the Doge’s Palace costs €20 per adult, also in this case I recommend you buy the priority entry ticket (€27 per adult) or if you are planning to also combine the St. Mark’s Basilica take advantage of the combined ticket with guided tour which you can buy here.

Canal Grande

Venice has literally hundreds of canals that connect the various islands that make up the city – the largest is the Canale Grande.

This monumental canal is more like a river and passes from one side of Venice to the other and meanders through the center in a large S curve. More than 170 buildings dating back to the 13th century line the banks of the canal which is been an important city waterway for hundreds of years.

Only four bridges cross the large canal as you generally walk along one of its sides. The most characteristic way to visit the Grand Canal is certainly with a gondola ride like this which costs €33 and lasts 30 minutes.

Grand Canal in Venice

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo is one of the largest fields in Venice, located in the Castello district, very close to the San Marco district and the Cannaregio district.

The field is famous for the monument by Verrocchio dedicated to Bartolomeo Colleoni and the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the Scuola Grande di San Marco, a beautiful Renaissance palace which constitutes the entrance to the SS Civil Hospital. John and Paul of Venice.

Every year the field is the starting point and the awards ceremony of the SS regatta. John and Paul.

Casanova Museum – Experiential Museum

The Museum is located in a part of the Palazzo Malipiero and tells the real story of Casanova thanks to 3D technologies and a faithful reproduction of Venice in the 18th century.

The visit to the museum is interactive, in fact along the route collections of original objects alternate with projections and explanatory panels on the life of the most famous Latin Lover in history.

The funniest interactive moment is certainly the one with the VR (virtual reality) masks which for 5 minutes make us live in a parallel reality just like Casanova.

The Casanova Museum ticket costs €13 per adult.

If you are interested in the life of Casanova I also recommend the visit to the prisons with a walking tour, which costs €15. 

The tour which lasts 1 hour will take you to the cells of the ancient prisons of Piazza San Marco. During the visit you will understand how the prisoners lived and you will learn more about Casanova’s epic escape.The prison building overlooks the fascinating Riva degli Schiavoni and is today the headquarters of the Artistic Circle.

Rialto Bridge and Market

Among the bridges that cross the impressive Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge is undoubtedly the most famous and iconic.

The Rialto bridge connects the San Marco and San Polo districts of Venice and is an important pedestrian street in the city, as well What a very popular tourist attraction.

Rialto was originally a wooden bridge until it collapsed in 1524. After this accident, it was built in stone and was ornate as we see it today. The detail and design of the bridge is simple, its symmetry perfectly framing the Grand Canal.

On the other side of the Rialto Bridge there is the crowded Rialto market, mainly food, where Venetians and chefs shop for fresh products and seafood. In the narrow streets of San Polo, beyond the market, there are artisan shops and mask workshops.

Jewish Quarter of Venice

One of the most fascinating neighborhoods in Venice, at least for me, is the Jewish neighborhood. In 1516 it was decreed that all the Jews of the city would live on this islet, hence the origin of the word “ghetto”. Residents could only go out during the day and the gates were closed and guarded at night.

In this part of the Cannaregio district you can also perceive a discreet Jewish presence, with synagogues and the Jewish Museum of Venice which displays artefacts from Jewish life from the 17th century and later.

In front of the Piazza del Ghetto Nuovo you will find a memorial of bronze panels, created in 1980 by the artist Arbit Blatas, who remembers the victims of deportation during the Nazi occupation of the city in 1943.

To best discover the Jewish ghetto of Venice, book the guided tour of the Rialto and the Jewish ghetto (€20 per person)

Among the places not to be missed in the Jewish ghetto, be sure to visit the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, which, unlike what the name might suggest, in truth it is the island fortified in 1516 where you will see a series of bas-reliefs, the Memorial of the Deportation, the Levantine Synagogue, the and the with its ancient manuscripts and dusty archives.Renato Maestro LibraryAntichità al Ghetto, the famous antique shop Jewish Museum of Venice

Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Located in the Cannaregio district, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta is a beautiful structure also known as the Church of the Jesuits.

The front facade of the church features several stone columns, ornate carved statues of religious figures, and a number of intricate details – a huge bronze door serves as the main entrance.

Built in 1729, this is one of the most recent churches in Venice, but it is still important above all because inside there is the. Works of art, frescoes and gold details cover the ceiling of the church and beautiful artistic motifs cover the walls and columns Martyrdom of San Lorenzo by Titian

Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute is one of the most photographed churches in Venice as it is located on the tip of a peninsula facing the Doge’s Palace.

The monumental baroque church was built as thanks for the end of the plague of 1630 and took more than 50 years to complete. But since the fragile earth could not support its weight, its architect, Baldassare Longhena, had more than a million beams driven into the lagoon floor before to be able to build the church.

The vaporetto landing is right in front of the church, and the highlights – apart from the magnificent dome – is the Sacristy , where there are paintings including Tintoretto’s The Wedding at Cana.

Bridge of Sighs

Although it is only a small bridge, the Bridge of Sighs is one of the most viewed structures in the city and is an important historical landmark. The bridge connects the Prigioni Nuove to Palazzo Ducale.

According to legend, when criminals were taken from the Palace across the bridge, they took a last look at Venice and sighed, thinking of their impending punishment and imprisonment.

The bridge is only accessible if you join a private tour of the Doge’s Palace.
The best view of the Bridge of Sighs is from the Ponte della Paglia, on the Riva degli Schiavoni behind the Palazzo Ducale.

The lines to enter Palazzo Ducale are often long, but it is possible to avoid them and see the sections of the palace that are not open to normal visitors, with the ticket you skip the queue. A local guide will lead you past the rows and explain the history and art in each of the beautiful rooms before leading you across the Bridge of Sighs and into the infamous prison.

Bridge of Sighs

Acqua alta bookshop

The Liberia Acqua alta is perhaps the most famous bookshop in the world, along with the one in Porto, Portugal.
Keeping a collection of books in a city where high water is a reality, even quite frequent, can seem rather complicated.

The bookshop has thus found a decidedly picturesque solution which has earned it the title of most bookshop in the world: the stacks of books they are placed inside bathtubs, waterproof bins and in a life-size gondola.

The whimsical atmosphere of the shop is also reflected in their fire escape, which is nothing more than a door that opens directly onto a canal.

To find out where the Acqua alta bookshop is located click here.

Accademia Galleries

Called Accademia, this museum on the Grand Canal has the most important and complete existing collection of Venetian painting from the 15th-18th centuries.

A large part of the collection comes from monasteries and churches that were closed and from the clearance of palaces of noble families, now exhibited in theformer monastery of Santa Maria della Carità.

Some of the galleries, such as the first, which contains Venetian Gothic painting, have richly carved and gilded ceilings that date back to the 15th century. The works are arranged chronologically, so not only can the evolution of styles be traced, but the works of contemporaries can be compared.

The highlights of the 15th and 16th century paintings are St. George by Andrea Mantegna, St. Jerome and a donor of Piero della Francesca, Madonna and Saints by Giovanni Bellini, Saint John the Baptist and a magnificent Pietà by Tiziano, Cain and Abel and The Miracle of Saint Mark by Tintoretto, the Marriage of Saint Catherine and the Supper in Levi’s House by Paolo Veronese and several works by Giambattista Tiepolo.

Official website: Accademia Galleries

Prison Palace

l Palazzo delle Prigioni is connected to Palazzo Ducale from the Bridge of Sighs< a i=4>, a bridge that can only be crossed if you take part in a guided tour with a tour of the Doge’s Palace 

The building was designed by the architect Antonio Da Ponte starting from 1589 to be completed in 1614 by da Antonio and Tommaso Contino.

The Palace housed one of the oldest magistracies of the Venetian Republic “The Lords of the Night at the Criminal” composed of 6 members representing the neighborhoods of Venice who covered police, surveillance and trials tasks. Over the years, the rooms have been used for many purposes, including the infirmary of the prisons of the Doge’s Palace for prisoners awaiting trial.

Since 1922 the building has hosted the Artistic Circle of Venice born with the idea of ​​creating nineteenth-century style lounges for a few and expert connoisseurs of the art. Today, in addition to being the headquarters of the Club, you can visit the prisons with a guided tour, to visit the cells and the basement of the prisons.

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore: Borges’ labyrinth

In Venice, whose labyrinthine topography fascinated the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, a labyrinth garden has honored his memory since 2011.

Borges’ Venetian Labyrinth is located in the ancient monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, on the island of the same name in front of Piazza San Marco. It was inaugurated on 14 June 2011, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the writer’s death, as a project of the Cini Foundation and the Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation.

The monastic buildings adjacent to the famous Basilica of Andrea Palladio were recovered and restored by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and today house the foundation’s headquarters and its cultural center, with a library specializing in art history – one of the richest in Italy – research institutes and spaces for exhibitions, concerts, conferences and meetings.

In homage to Borges and following Randoll Coate’s project, the Foundation created the labyrinth behind the Palladio Cloister and the , forming a sort of third cloister in an area of ​​2,300 m2.Chiostro dei Cipressi

More than three thousand bushes approximately 90 cm high form an intricate plant labyrinth whose design has the shape of a book and includes references to Borges: his name, the number 86, his age at death, his walking stick, hourglasses, the infinity sign, the question mark, and the initials of his widow, Maria Kodama.

The labyrinth can be visited with a guided tour but it can also be seen from the Belfry of San Giorgio, from which you can clearly see the symbols of the labyrinth, as well as enjoying a wonderful view of Venice.

Recommended tour: Tickets for the Borges Labyrinth and Nuova Manica Lunga (€13 per adult)

St. George's Island view of the island

Squero di San Trovaso

The squero, a typical shipyard for rowing boats in the city of Venice, of San Trovaso is one of the oldest and most famous in Venice.

The squero di San Trovaso dates back to the seventeenth century and is one of the very few squeri still in operation in Venice, even if today they are produced there or only repair gondolas. In the past the shipyard worked with many types of boats.

The squero building has the typical shape of mountain houses, which is rather particular given that we are in Venice. The reason for this rather original choice is due to the fact that the squerarioli were experts in working with wood and therefore took advantage of their craftsmanship.

Click here to find out where the shipyard of San Trovaso is located.

The brothers

I recommend you also go to Campo dei Frari where the basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa is located dei Frari, also known only as the Frari, the largest of the churches in Venice which in 1926 received the title of minor basilica from Pope Pius XI.

Inside it has 17 monumental altars, houses valuable works of art, including two paintings by Titian and houses tombs and funerary monuments of personalities linked to Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi, Titian, Antonio Canova, and numerous doges.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection 

If you love museums, don’t miss the personal art collections of the heiress Peggy Guggenheim which are exhibited in her former house, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, along the Grand Canal.

Unlike other museums in the city, this one you will find an exceptional collection of American and European art from the first half of the 20th century.

The low-rise building, with its stark white interior, is well suited to the bold and dramatic works on display from the Cubist, Futurist, Abstract Expressionist, Surrealist and avant-garde schools of painting and sculpture.

The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Dalì, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, Ernst, Magritte and Pollock. In the museum gardens you will find works by Calder, Holzer, Caro, Judd and Hepworth.

Official site: Peggy Guggenheim Colletion museum

What to see in Venice in two days

If you have two days in Venice and you have followed the one day in Venice itinerary described above then I recommend the second day to take the vaporetto and discover the nearby islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Murano, Burano and Torcello

You can visit the three islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, in a whole day, leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon. Vaporettos are well connected to Venice and you can choose whether to visit them independently or, as I did, with a tour which simplifies boarding and costs a couple of euros more than if you bought the vaporetto tickets separately (€20)


A trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without hopping aboard a vaporetto to cross the lagoon to Murano, home of the legendary Murano glass workers of Venice.

The reason why the glass artisans are located on this island dates back to the 13th century when, in the hope of decreasing the risk of fire from one of the furnaces, the workshops were moved away from the city. This is the official reason.

However, it seems that the real reason was linked to the need to keep the secrets of glass blowing a monopoly of Venice, given that in 1454 the Council of Ten issued a decree addressed precisely to the glass artisans which would have prohibited them from taking their arts outside the Republic.

The sides of the canal today are lined with glass showrooms and laboratories. Inside the seventeenth-century Palazzo Giustinian there is the Glass Museum, with one of the largest and most important collections of Venetian glass from Roman times to the 20th century.

Don’t miss the church of Saints Maria and Donato which combines Venetian-Byzantine and early Romanesque features, the result of its various construction phases between the 7th and 12th centuries. Note especially the Greek marble columns with Venetian-Byzantine capitals, the 12th century mosaic floor with animal figures, and the San Donato above the first altar on the left. Dated 1310, it is the first example of Venetian painting.

It is also worth visiting San Pietro Martire inside which you will find some important paintings such as The Madonna in Maestà by Bellini and San Girolamo in the Desert and Saint Agatha in prison by Paolo Veronese.


Burano is the most picturesque island of the three. It is a fishing village characterized by the walls of the houses colored with bright colors and accesses but also for the production of lace. The Lace School and its small museum will help you distinguish the authentic from the cheap imitations.

Don’t miss the slender and tall bell tower of the church of San Martino chependi.

Burano Canal


Torcello was one of the oldest and most flourishing settlements on the lagoon. Unfortunately, of its palaces, churches, shipyards and docks, only two churches and a few houses scattered across the large island remain.

You can get an idea of ​​the importance of Torcello from its cathedral, dedicated in 639 to Santa Maria Assunta, which is considered the best remaining example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture.

The cathedral was rebuilt in 834 and 1008. The portico and two side apses were added in the 9th century while much of the building dates back to the 11th century. Here you can see some wonderful mosaics. The oldest are found in the chapel to the right of the main altar.

Next to the cathedral you will find the small church of Santa Fosca which dates back to the 11th century. The entrance ticket includes the interesting small historical museum with artifacts from ancient times to the 16th century.

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