This is a short list of some of the many things to see in Venice.
Doge’s Palace from the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
We highly recommend going to the top of the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square or San Giorgio Maggiore across the lagoon. There are lifts and either is a good place to see the geography of Venice.
From the Campanile in St.Marks’s to Santi Giovanni e Paolo
The No. 1 boat that goes up and down the Grand Canal from Piazzale Roma to the Lido.
Near to the Fondamenta Nuove, there are the Churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Santi Giovanni e Paolo and also the Gesuiti. Opposite the Gesuiti is the Hospital and Oratory of the Croceriferi, it is worth a visit but has limited opening hours from April to October.
The Church of Madonna dell’Orto.
Across the canal from Madonna dell’Orto is the Palazzo Mastelli and to the south are the Three Moors.
Not far from the flat is Campo Santa Maria Formosa with the Church of the same name. The campo was once a popular venue for bullfights. Over the side door (near the bell tower) is a large mask and it is believed to be an example of someone suffering with elephantiasis, Ruskin assumed it represented the spirit of the evil. Close by is the Querini Stampalia Gallery which houses temporary exhibitions.
The Church of Santa Francesco della Vigna.
Church of San Zaccaria.
Church of San Giorgio dei Greci and the Museum of Greek Icons. Further on, now closed, is the Church of St. Anthony the Abbot, who has a pig as his emblem. At one time there was a herd of pigs living here and they caused so much chaos that they were ‘restrained’ in 1409. In 1819 an elephant, who had escaped from a zoo, took refuge in the Church and was shot.
Church of Santa Maria della Pieta, where Vivaldi taught. Concerts are held here and for more information see www.vivaldichurch.it
San Pietro in Castello. Before 1807, when St. Mark’s became the Cathedral, this was the Cathedral of Venice.
DORSODURO:- a lovely area to walk around. The Church of the Salute, the Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim museum and Campo Santa Margherita.
Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli.
SANTA CROCE:- The Churches of San Simeone Grande and Piccolo and Santa Maria Mater Domini.
SAN MARCO:- St. Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace.
The lion of St. Mark on top of a column the Piazzetta of St. Mark’s.
SAN POLO:- Rialto Bridge and the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto.
The markets at the Rialto. Take a shopping bag (or the trolley) for all the tempting fruit, vegetables and fish.
Santa Maria dei Frari.
Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista.
Church of San Polo.
MUSEUMS:- (some of them)
Querini Stampalia in Campo Santa Maria Formosa.
Archaeological Museum, St. Mark’s Square.
Correr Civic Museum, St. Mark’s Square.
Ca’ Rezzonico, 18C Venice Museum, Ca’ Rezzonico boat stop on the Grand Canal.
Ca’ D’Oro, Ca’D’Oro boat stop on the Grand Canal.
MURANO:- the glass island. On the way the boat stops at the Island of San Michele, the cemetery. Murano has a museum of glass and the Church of Santa Maria e Donato where you can see the dragon’s bones that remain from the creature that Donato is said to have slain.
BURANO:- the lace island with a museum of lace. The island has colourful houses as can be seen in my needlepoint picture in the Inner Hall.
TORCELLO:-with the Cathedral and the Baptistery this is an important island in the history of Venice.
There are several other islands that can be visited including San Francesco del Deserto and San Lazzaro degli Armeni.