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3 days in Venice

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3 days in Venice
Whether you're a romantic at heart or not, Venice promises to take your breath away. It's a city best experienced with your eyes -- and your senses --wide open.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Avventure Bellissime
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Avventure Bellissime

Avventure Bellissime (Tours-Italy) is an Italy-based, Italian- and English-speaking tour operator offering world-class tours of Italy since 1999. Based in Venice, Tours-Italy offers an exciting selection of superior-quality city tours, day trips, and vacation packages across Italy to fit the needs of every type of travelers. So whether you’re looking for adventure, history, romance, or... More

Avventure Bellissime (Tours-Italy) is an Italy-based, Italian- and English-speaking tour operator offering world-class tours of Italy since 1999. Based in Venice, Tours-Italy offers an exciting selection of superior-quality city tours, day trips, and vacation packages across Italy to fit the needs of every type of travelers. So whether you’re looking for adventure, history, romance, or relaxation holidays - walking tours, private tours, group tours, and more - in Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Milan, Naples, Capri , Cinque Terre (just to name a few). We’re looking forward to helping you create an itinerary for the Italy trip of a lifetime. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Gallerie dell'Accademia
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Gallerie dell'Accademia

The Gallerie dell'Accademia (Museum of the Galleries of the Academy [originally the Academy of Beaux Arts]) is located in Dorsoduro, with the... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe." And it is a breathtakingly beautiful place. But the square has long been a lure for massive numbers of pigeons, drawn by the massive numbers of tourists who readily feed them. While the tourists happily post for photos amid the flock, there are concerns that the birds' presence--and what they leave behind--will... More

It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe." And it is a breathtakingly beautiful place. But the square has long been a lure for massive numbers of pigeons, drawn by the massive numbers of tourists who readily feed them. While the tourists happily post for photos amid the flock, there are concerns that the birds' presence--and what they leave behind--will damage the centuries old architecture and art work. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Venice Jazz Club
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Venice Jazz Club

The only jazz club in Venice offers live concerts every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9- 11pm. Look for classic and modern jazz, Latin jazz, and bossa nova. VJC is NOT a restaurant, but we make some food BEFORE the concert, from 8pm.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Day 2
Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)
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Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)

Considered the true heart of Venice, this landmark bridge, characterized by its 24-foot arch, is built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years after it was built.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

A welcome break from the mixture of Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Empire, Rococo, glass work and other more traditional styles of Venetian art  is... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Dorsoduro
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Dorsoduro

This Venetian district is home to some of the city’s most renowned art collections, including Galleria dell’Accademia—which is packed with Venetian Renaissance works—and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which houses 20th century art in a gorgeous palazzo setting.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Teatro La Fenice
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Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice is the most important opera house and one of the most prestigious concert venues in Venice, with a history dating back to 1789. The... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
Ca' Rezzonico
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Ca' Rezzonico

Immerse yourself in Venice's Age of Decadence with a visit to this lavish palace of the Venetian aristocracy Rezzonico, which houses an unsurpassed collection of eighteenth-century Venetian art.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Murano
Murano

This Venetian island has been world-renowned for centuries for its blown glass creations, from jewelry to tableware to sculptures. Visits here often include a tour of one of its fascinating glass factories, demonstrations of how it’s done—and of course, a visit to at least one of the affiliated showrooms and shops.

Isola di Burano
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Isola di Burano

Just like the sailors of old, you’d recognize this Venetian island by the picturesque pastel-colored houses and buildings visible from its shores. Burano also is famous for its intimate lace, an art its people want to keep alive.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Museo del Merletto
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Museo del Merletto

The museum is located at the historic Palace of Podestà of Torcello, former seat of the Burano Lace School from 1872 to 1970. Rare and precious pieces offer a complete overview of the history and artistry of the Venetian and lagoon’s laces, from its origins to the present day are on display, in a picturesque setting decorated in the typical colors of the island. The exhibition is... More

The museum is located at the historic Palace of Podestà of Torcello, former seat of the Burano Lace School from 1872 to 1970. Rare and precious pieces offer a complete overview of the history and artistry of the Venetian and lagoon’s laces, from its origins to the present day are on display, in a picturesque setting decorated in the typical colors of the island. The exhibition is accompanied by videos, illustrated explanations, and a number of other vintage items which frame the works and offer an easy and multidisciplinary understanding. During the opening hours of the museum you will also be able to see the work of the skilled lacemakers. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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