25 Best Things to Do in Venice (Italy)

Walk to Palazzo Mocenigo

Price: FREE

• Duration:

Head on past the church and about 50 meters further on you will reach the palace.

Palazzo Mocenigo

  • Price: $4.00 (for a single adult)
  • Duration: 20 minutes

(Opening hours 10:00 – 16:00 Tues – Sun. Admission €4)

Donated to the city by the last descendant of the Mocenigo family in 1954 it now houses the museum of textiles and costumes. This is an interesting, if specialized museum and may only really hold the fascination of true fashionistas.

25 best things to do in venice italy

Walk to Fondaco dei Turchi

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration:

Leaving Palazzo Mocenigo you continue along the main road and turn right at the ice cream shop. Head towards the Rio de Tron canal, then across the Rio del Megio canal and along Fondamente del Megio which takes you to the museum.

Fondaco dei Turchi

  • Price: $8.00 (for a single adult)
  • Duration: 30 minutes

The Natural History Museum of Venice (Opening hours Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat & Sun 9:00 – 17:00. Admission €8)

The “Inn of the Turks” served as a residence for Turkish traders in Venice, who were famous for their importing of oil, wax and wool. By the mid 18thcentury the building was in dire straights and in need of restoration. The palace was the initial home to the Correr Museum until 1923 when it moved to the Procuratie Nuove in Piazza San Marco.

25 Best Things to Do in Venice (Italy)

Walk to the Church of San Zan Degola

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration:

Upon leaving the Museum you enter the Campo San Zan Degola with its interesting church.

Church of San Zan Degola

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration: 10 minutes (Opening hours Mon – Sat 10:00 – 12:00)

The church of the beheaded John the Baptist is an old building which has received much restoration and renovation over recent years.

Opening up the circular window in the facade and revealing the intricate detailed work of the roof structure revealed some rare Byzantine frescoes, which tend not to survive Venice’s damp conditions. There is also a bas- relief head on the church’s wall, said to represent a local murderer who was executed in Piazza San Marco in the 16th century.

25 Best Things to Do in Venice (Italy)

Walk to Ponte degli Scalzi

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration:

Cross the canal, which runs past the campo over the Ponte Bembo, and follow this road and the Lista Vecchio Bari through the lanes of Santa Croce until you reach the Campo San Simone Grande with its church and a Tintoretto fresco. Walking around the outside of the church and into the smaller square, Campo Santo you cross the Rio Mam canal and head up Calle Longa to the famous Scalzi Bridge.

Ponte degli Scalzi

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration: 10 minutes

The barefoot bridge, which takes its name from the nearby monastery and was used by the monks to cross the Grand Canal. It connects the districts of Cannaregio and the Santa Lucia Railway Station to the Bus Depot in Piazzale Roma in Santa Croce. This bridge was opened in 1934 and replaced an earlier iron bridge that had seen better days.

25 Best Things to Do in Venice (Italy)

Walk to Palazzo Labia & Church of San Geremia

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration:

After crossing the bridge turn right and follow the Rio Tera, List di Spagna to the Campo San Geremia and the nearby Ponte Guglie.

Palazzo Labia & Church of San Geremia

  • Price: FREE
  • Duration: 40 minutes

Palazzo Labia

(Opening hours are Wed, Thurs and Fri 3pm – 4pm. Free admission) One of Venice’s elaborate Baroque palaces and most famous for its wonderful frescoes painted by Tiepolo and the deceptive decorative works of Mengozzi-Colonna. Labia is unusual as it not only has two elegant facades onto the Cannaregio and Grand Canals but also a third decorative rear facade.

This marvelously decorated building is owned by the media company RAI and is maintained as a cultural venue within the city.

 

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