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  • 1 Church of Sant'Alvise Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Alvise I - 30141 Venezia

    Visitors should enter this church devoted to Saint Louis of Anjou (Alvise is the Venetian version of Louis) on account of its fine 15C tempera paintings attributed to Lazzaro Bastiani (active between 1449 and 1512). The right wall of the axial chapel..

  • 2 Palazzo Vendramin Calergi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campiello Vendramin Calergi I - 30121 Venezia

    Richard Wagner lived and died in this Renaissance palace, built on the Grand Canal by architect Mauro Codussi, who created a beautiful example of a reinterpretation of Byzantine and Gothic architecture. Given to the city in 1946, it is today home to ..

  • 3 Ca' Pesaro Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fondamenta S. - Croce Mocenigo 2076 I - 30135 Venezia

    Begun by Baldassare Longhena and finished by Antonio Gaspari, this elegant palace with its ground-floor level ornamented with bossages and its large windows in the form of an arch, separated by a series of columns that lead out to a balcony, houses t..

  • 4 Palazzo Grassi Interesting

    Museums and art

    Campo San Samuele 3231 I - 30124 Venezia

    Built in the 18C by Giorgi Massari, this is the last of the great Venetian palaces to be built before the fall of the Venetian Republic. It was purchased in 2005 by French tycoon François Pinault, who commissioned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to rem..

  • 5 Cavalli-Franchetti Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    San Marco I - 30124 Venezia

    A noble facade delicately decorated with openwork, windows with five bays each, intertwined arches and quatrefoils. Cavalli-Franchetti Palace, on the left bank of the Grand Canal, was built during the second half of the 15th C., and transformed at th..

  • 6 Ca' Foscari Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Foscari I - 30126 Venezia

    The current seat of the university is a Gothic building (with a few Renaissance details that was the new tendency at the time) built in the middle of the 15C for doge Francesco Foscari at the mouth of the rio with the same name. From the vaporetto yo..

  • 7 Ca' Dario Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle S. - Cristoforo I - 30123 Venezia

    An extremely elegant facade made with polychrome marble: on the right bank of the Grand Canal, this little 15C palace is truly a jewel... though apparently somewhat poisonous, as its various owners seem to have had a tendency to die a violent death!

  • 8 Scuola Grande dei Carmini Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo S. - Margherita I - 30123 Venezia

    The two façades of the "scuola", one facing Campo Santa Margherita, the other the Campo dei Carmini, were designed by Longhena (1598-1682). Inside is a series of paintings by Tiepolo executed between 1739 and 1744. The hall of the hospice, ..

  • 9 La Fenice Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo San Fantin I - 30124 Venezia

    This understated square has since 1792 been the site of one of the world's leading opera houses. Burnt down in 1996, its two façades and entrances (one giving directly onto a canal) are again standing. Whilst updating the theatre (recital and chamber..

  • 10 Church of Saint Ethan Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Stefano I - 30141 Venezia

    The leaning bell tower, that was victim to a landslide, like many other towers in Venice, is not the only attraction at this Gothic church: a beautiful portal (15th C.) by Bartolomeo Bon, leads to the three naves covered by an exposed underframe shap..

  • 11 Bovolo Staircase Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Contarini del Bovolo I - 30124 Venezia

    A "bovolo" is a spiral, a good name for this half-Renaissance, half-Gothic staircase, which, in a tiny courtyard, flanks Contarini del Bovolo Palace, and leads to the loggias of the home. This structure is full of grace and lightness and is..

  • 12 Church of San Giacomo dell'Orio Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio I - 30135 Venezia

    Rebuilt in the 12C, this church has a remarkable wooden coffered ceiling reminiscent of the keel of a boat, and a number of excellent works of art, including: The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes by Palma the Younger (1548-1628). The same artist pain..

  • 13 Campo di Ghetto Nuovo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo di ghetto Nuovo I - 30121 Venezia

    This vast square bears witness to the darkest hours of the Second World War deportations: a stele by Lithuanian artist Blatas (1979) and the monument in memory of the deported Jews are a reminder that Venice's Jewish community paid a heavy price in t..

  • 14 Church of the Redeemer Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Fondamenta S. - Giacomo I - 30133 Venezia

    It involves a vow pronounced in 1576 by the doge Alvise Mocenigo, to erect a church dedicated to the Redeemer if the city was freed from the plague. What was said was done, and Palladio (1508-80) built this church with a Classical facade, leading to ..

  • 15 Saint Mark's Library Interesting

    Museums and art

    Piazzetta S. - Marco I - 30124 Venezia

    Also known as the Old Library and Sansovino Library, it was built by Sansovino across from the Palace of the Doges, starting from 1537. It is the first example of Classical architecture in Venice. A majestic staircase whose decoration symbolized the ..

  • 16 Clock Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza S. - Marco 52 I - 30124 Venezia

    Dressed in lamb skins, the men bang their mallets against a large bell every hour given to us by God. They are the two Moors of the Clock Tower with the imposing sun dial... In front of the Virgin and Child, on Ascension Day, there is a parade of mec..

  • 17 Church of San Pietro di Castello Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Pietro I - 30122 Venezia

    On the unassuming little island of San Pietro at the far end of the city, this is one of Venice's oldest places of worship. Rebuilt in the 17C to designs by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), its façade resembles that of Il Redentore. The well-proportioned..

  • 18 Church of Saint George the Greater Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Isola S. - Giorgio Maggiore I - 30124 Venezia

    Begun by Palladio in 1566, this church enjoys a beautiful luminosity that outlines the vault of the nave and the transept with a dome and apses. Jacopo Bassano, Tintoretto and his son Domenico, Gerolamo and Giuseppe Campagna all contributed to its de..

  • 19 Fondazione Giorgio Cini Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Giorgio I - 30122 Venezia

    This foundation, established by Vittorio Cini in memory of his son Giorgio, encourages cultural research. It has taken upon itself the restoration of the convent buildings of San Giorgio Maggiore. Visitors can see the library (by Longhena), the clois..

  • 20 Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio I - 30135 Venezia

    Shaded by locust trees and plane trees, the square is one of Venice's more intimate spots, where visitors can watch the world go by from the terraces of its many cafés and restaurants. It is at its most lively in the mornings and late afternoons.

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