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Culture Lover's Guide to Venice

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Culture Lover's Guide to Venice
While strolling around Venice is a worthwhile pastime, the city is teeming with excellent museums any culture lover will appreciate. From architectural masterpieces to modern art and a historic theater, here are the top cultural sites in Venice.

Accademia Gallery — Venice's best art museum
The large collection of art found here includes works by Titian, Tintoretto, Mantegna, Bosch, Bellini, and Veronese. Leonardo da Vinci's famous sketch Vitruvian Man is also sometimes on display. Skip-the-line tickets and tours are available.

St. Mark's Basilica — a church full of onion domes and golden mosaics
The centerpiece of Venice is its gorgeous basilica, dating from the ninth century and dedicated to the city's patron saint. The main area is free to enter, but a guided tour can provide much-needed context for what you're seeing.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection — an impressive modern art museum
Peggy Guggenheim lived in this palace on the Grand Canal until her death, and the art on display comes largely from what was her private collection. Featured artists include Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, and Max Ernst, Guggenheim's husband. Art lovers can opt for a private after-hours visit to avoid crowds.

Doge's Palace — the historic seat of the Venetian Republic
The rulers of Venice, the doges, lived in and governed from this large palace next to St. Mark's Basilica for many years. A tour of the palace offers a glimpse at what life might have been like inside the ornately decorated rooms, with some tours also including a visit to the city's infamous prisons by way of the Bridge of Sighs.

Teatro La Fenice — a famous opera house
This jewel box of an opera house was originally built in 1792, but burned down twice afterwards. True to the name La Fenice, meaning the Phoenix, the theater was rebuilt each time and still hosts performances of opera, ballet, and the orchestra. Guided tours are offered most days.
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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private BoatDay Trips

Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat

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Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's PalaceCultural Tours

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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour Day Cruises

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's BasilicaWalking Tours

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking Tour

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Explore Venice’s lesser-known artistic and architectural treasures on this 2-hour private walking tour. Your local guide will lead you through a labyrinth of narrow backstreets to discover fascinating churches, squares and other landmarks that lie off the beaten path. Learn the history of these sites and admire their stunning artistic elements while you enjoy the personalized experience of a private tour.
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Venice Photography Walking Tour with Private GuideHalf-day Tours

Venice Photography Walking Tour with Private Guide

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Take an artistic approach to Venice with this private photography walking tour. Whether you’re a novice or expert photographer, you’ll find endless opportunities for the perfect shot as you explore Venice’s picturesque streets, squares and canals. A professional photographer guide will lead you on a 3-hour walking tour of magnificent landmarks and hidden backstreets, giving you tips on lighting and composition along the way. Bring your camera or smartphone and leave Venice with a collection of beautiful, print-worthy images to memorialize your holiday.
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