Explore Venice

What to do, where to eat and where to stay in Venice

Palazzo Grimani

Palazzo Grimani is the only Renaissance Roman mannerist‑inspired house in Venice, it is the former residence of Antonio Grimani who became a dodge in 1521 who later donated the palace to his grandsons. It remained in the hands of the Grimani family until 1865, becoming a state property in 1981 and later opening up as a museum in 2008.

Peggy Guggenheim Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection displays Venice’s most important paintings. The museum was inaugurated in 1980 and presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th century art, including masterpieces by Picasso, Magritte, Dalí, Chagall, Pollock, Calder, de Chirico, Braque, Kandinsky and many others.

Libreria Acqua Alta

This little bookshop is named ‘High Water Bookstore” due to the fact that it is situated along the canal and therefore is subject to flooding when the city experiences the high tide. It has become a little landmark in the city with columns and columns of books lined along the walls.

Galleria dell’Accademia

This art gallery is situated opposite the Ponte dell’Accademia on the Grande Canal and hosts a fine collection of pre‑19th century art featuring works by many world‑renowned artists such as Bellini, Canaletto and Titian.

Tessiture Bevilacqua

For three centuries, the Bevilacqua family has been providing precious fabrics not only to Venice but all around the world and it is also one of the oldest and largest Jacquard weaves in Europe still active. In the atelier you can see the birth of velvet from the nineteenth‑century looms according to original techniques that are still used today.

Bottega Cini

Bottega Cini is a concept store that combines culture with businesses representing centuries of traditional Venetian craftsmanship. You will find Venetian perfumery art of The Merchant of Venice, Marisa Convento and her laboratory of jewellery making with precious murano glass, the ancient Toscolano 1381 paper mill, sculptures by Giancarlo Franco Tramontin and much more.

Tenuta Venissa

The estate is an escape from the city center and transports you to the countryside in Torcello, a tiny islet connected via a bridge to Burano. It’s home to a unique vineyard of the Dorona grape, a native vine that was in danger of being lost after the great flood of 1966. It was recovered and transferred here by the Bisol family, who made Venissa a truly enchanting combination of a Wine Resort, a Michelin starred restaurant, an osteria and guest rooms.

The Gritti Palace

Commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice, the Gritti Palace today is a sumptuous, 82‑roomed hotel situated along the Grand Canal. It is one of the most impressive hotels from both an interior design point of view but also to the attention to detail paid in each corner of the place: from the splendid Bar Longhi to the Explorer’s Library, which pays homage to The Gritti Palace’s rich literary legacy.

La Biennale

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. It was established in 1895 and since then it has housed numerous exhibitions and festivals covering the themes of art, architecture, dance, music and theatre.

Hotel Flora

Run by Romanelli family for over fifty years and three generations, the Hotel Flora is a little hideaway in the city centre. It’s a charming hotel with only 40 guest rooms that each have their own unique decor.

Casa dei Tre Oci

The Casa dei Tre Oci is a cultural project of the Venice Foundation and has been offering major international photographic exhibitions since 2012. There are also numerous educational workshops and photography courses held in this location.

Le Stanze del Vetro

The exhibition “The Glass Ark. Animals in the Pierre Rosenberg Collection”, curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami, retraces the history of 20th‑century Murano glass from an unusual angle: the glass animal. This exhibition can be found on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore (as well as virtual).

Barca Edipo Re

An authentic experience of Venice by boat among Michelin starred chefs and food producers. There are various itineraries you can jump on board on, from sunset sails to a literary focused ride.

Giovanna Zanella

Giovanna Zanella is an artisan who has been making shoes for twenty years. Her store is located not far from the Rialto Bridge, and each of her shoes are entirely customised, by taking the traditional model and creating a unique, customised piece