Activities - Venice

Somebody once said "it takes a life time to know Venice". We have spent about 20 weeks on Venice and have only scratched the surface.

I won't bother covering the obvious here; St Mark's, Ducal Palace, Scuola Grande, Acadamia, Murano, Burano etc but will touch on some of the less obvious.

A visit to Tortcello, The Church of Santa Maria Assunta and lunch at Locanda Cipriani is a must. Torcello is where it all started. The first island inhabited by the Veneti around 452.

Torcello is a delightf barely inhabited (just 15 permanent inhabitants) island, a world a way from St Mark's. We find it an enchanting, magical place.

For details of Locanda Cipriani please see my review below.

The Multi Sala Rossini is less than 10 minutes from the apartment, often showing international films in the original language.

The What3Words location is native.belonging.awaiting.

Photo walks He does photo walks for €150 up to 2 people (€50 per extra) – we should offer it to our guests? Or photo tours in a boat at sunset for €400 for up to 12 people :

San Francesco del Deserto

Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli



San Francesco della Vigna



Tennis Club Ca' del Moro

Day Trips

Basasano del Grappa
Bassano is an hour and 15 minutes by train from Santa Lucia. Restaurant: Birraria Ottone


Monty Don did a wonderful program on the gardens (some public, some private) of Venice, which can be seen on the BBC iPlayer. Though it may not be available when you read this!

The gardens he featured are as follows:

Maze on San Giorgio Maggiore

Public Garden Giardini Real

Palazzo Nani Bernardo (private?) +39 335 833 3740

Orto del Campanile Calle de le Pazienze. Producing fruit and veg which can be bought.

Fondazione Querini Stampalia Fondazione - Modern garden open to public. For the location on Google maps click here.

Fortuny Garden (Private)

Palazzo Gradenigo (Private?)

Palazzo Soranzo Cappello (Private?)

Park at eastern end of Venice near the Arsenale (Public)

Cooperativa Sociale Laguna Fiorita ONLUS
Nursery -

Palazzo Barbarigo garden Veneto

San Francesco de la Vina Vineyard. Only six monks. Monastery of Carmelites. Orto wine

Palazzo Malipero

Regata Storica, the pinnacle of the citys Voga alla Veneta calendar of rowing events, a tradition whose roots stretch back at least to the middle of the 13th century. Things kick off with a nice bit of maritime pageantry, in the form of an opening parade in the 16th-century style, manned by gondoliers in period costume, that sails up the Grand Canal. A series of competitions follows: young rowers and womens races, a six-oared regatta, a mens gondola finale. The boat nomenclature mascareta, disdotona, caolina, pupparin will alone be enough to get some booking their flights. Its both legitimate sport and one of Venices finest expressions of pride and heritage. 4 September,

Classic Boats Venice

Visit St Giorgio Maggiore towards sunset, take the lift up to the top of the campanile and watch the sun set over Venice. Don’t bother with a gondola ride (in 20 odd trips we never have but maybe we are tourist snobs!). Take the Traghetto from the Salute (Gondola Traghetto Dogna) to St Marco, just outside Harry’s. You experience a gondola for €2! There are at least 10 traghettos across the Grand Canal. Libreria Acqua Alta: A delightful book shop with books piled everywhere, including in a gondola.

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