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Lonely Planet Pocket Venice

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Jan 1, 2018


Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Venice is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Absorb the architecture and mosaics at Basilica di San Marco, cruise the Grand Canal aboard a gondola, trace the development of Venetian art at the Gallerie dell'Accademia -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Venice and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Venice:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out city walks map (included in print version), plus over 20 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers San Marco & the Palazzo Ducale, Dorsoduro & the Accademia, San Polo & Santa Croce, Cannaregio & the Ghetto, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Venice, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Venice's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet Venice & the Veneto guide.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Italy guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

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QuickStart Guide

Welcome to Venice

Top Sights

Local Life

Day Planner

Need to Know

Venice Neighbourhoods


San Marco & Palazzo Ducale

Dorsoduro & the Accademia

San Polo & Santa Croce

Cannaregio & the Ghetto


The Lagoon & the Islands


The Best of Venice

San Marco Royal Tour

Venice Culinary Adventure

Castello's Byways



For Kids








Island Escapes

Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Before You Go

Arriving in Venice

Getting Around

Essential Information


Behind the Scenes

Our Writers

Welcome to Venice

'Ooooooeeeee!' Gondoliers call out in narrow canals. With the world's highest density of Unesco-protected masterpieces, Venice will earn gasps from you too. Once you've seen palaces built on water, partied like Casanova in costume and eaten chorus lines of red-footed lagoon scallops, you'll greet every canal bend with anticipation.




Top Sights

Basilica di San Marco

East meets West in this architectural treasure.

S-F / Shutterstock ©

Venice Top Sights

Palazzo Ducale

The doge's magnificent gilded cage.


Venice Top Sights

I Frari

A Gothic masterpiece full of treasure.


Venice Top Sights

Rialto Market

Venice's historic food market.


Venice Top Sights

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy's avant-garde modernist collection.


Venice Top Sights

Gallerie dell'Accademia

A repository of Venetian masterpieces.


Venice Top Sights

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Tintoretto’s masterpieces dedicated to St Roch.


Venice Top Sights

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta & Torcello

The lagoon's oldest Byzantine basilica.




Local Life

Insider tips to help you find the real Venice

To get to know Venice from the inside out, hit the calli (lanes) to find artisans' studios, music venues and bacari (hole-in-the-wall bars) for glimpses of Venetian life after hours and behind the scenes, and then visit the outer islands Venetians have called home for a millennium.

Music in San Marco

y Opera

y Baroque music

Happy Hour in Campo Santa Margherita

y Spritz cocktails

y Local wines


Fashion Finds in San Polo

y Artisan accessories

y Venetian fashions

Cannaregio's Cicheti Circuit

y Creative seafood

y Venetian small plates


Murano Art Glass

y Art glass showrooms

y Glass museum pieces

Getting Creative in Giudecca

y Artist studios

y Contemporary photography

Bars & Beaches on the Lido

y Beaches

y Alfresco entertainment


Other great places to experience the city like a local:

Squero di San Trovaso

Venice Italian School

Venice Photo Tour

Musica in Maschera

Nicolao Atelier

Sotoportego dei Preti

Vogalonga Long Row

Row Venice

Boating on the Lagoon



Day Planner

Day One

MBegin your day on the Secret Itineraries tour of the Palazzo Ducale, then break for espresso at the baroque counter of Grancaffè Quadri before the Byzantine blitz of golden mosaics inside the Basilica di San Marco. Browse boutique-lined backstreets to Museo Fortuny, the fashion house whose goddess-style gowns freed women from corsets.

RPause atop Ponte dell’Accademia for Grand Canal photo ops, then surrender to timeless drama inside Gallerie dell’Accademia. Wander past Squero di San Trovaso to glimpse gondolas under construction and then bask in the reflected glory of Palladio’s Il Redentore on a waterfront walk along the Zattere. Stop at tiny Chiesa di San Sebastiano, packed with Veroneses, then hop between artisan boutiques along Calle Lunga San Barnaba before ‘spritz o’clock’ (cocktail hour) in Campo Santa Margherita.

NLeap back into the 1700s at nearby Scuola Grande dei Carmini, the evocative setting for costumed classical concerts by Musica in Maschera. Alternatively, end the night on a saxy note at modern veteran Venice Jazz Club.

Day Two

MKick off day two with a crash course in lagoon delicacies at the produce-packed Rialto Market, side-stepping it to Drogheria Mascari for gourmet pantry fillers and regional wines, and to All'Arco for a cheeky morning prosecco (sparkling wine). Boutiques and artisan studios punctuate your way to Campo San Rocco, home to Gothic show-off I Frari and its sunny Titian altarpiece. Once admired, slip into Scuola Grande di San Rocco for prime-time-drama Tintorettos.

RExplore the modern art that caused uproars and defined the 20th century at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and contrast it with works that push contemporary buttons at Punta della Dogana. Duck into Baldassare Longhena’s domed Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute for blushing Titians and legendary curative powers, then cross the Grand Canal on Venice's only wooden bridge, Ponte dell'Accademia.

NThe hottest ticket in town during opera season is at La Fenice, but classical-music fans shouldn’t miss Vivaldi played with contemporary verve by Interpreti Veneziani.

Day Three

MStroll Riva degli Schiavoni for views across the lagoon to Palladio's Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. See how Carpaccio's sprightly saints light up a room at Scuola Dalmata di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, then seek out Castello's hidden wonder: Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna. Get stared down by statues atop Ospedaletto on your way to Gothic Zanipolo, home to 25 marble doges.

RDip into pretty, Renaissance Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a polychrome marble miracle made from the Basilica di San Marco’s leftovers, before wandering serene fondamente (canal banks) past Moorish statues ringing Campo dei Mori to reach Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto, the Gothic church Tintoretto pimped with masterpieces. Then tour the Ghetto's synagogues until Venice's happiest hours beckon across the bridge at Timon.

NTake a romantic gondola ride through Cannaregio’s long canals, seemingly purpose-built to maximise moonlight.

Day Four

MMake your lagoon getaway on a vaporetto (small passenger ferry) bound for green-and-gold Torcello and technicolour Burano. Follow the sheep trail to Torcello’s Byzantine Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, where the apse's golden Madonna calmly stares down the blue devils opposite. Catch the boat back to Burano to admire extreme home-design colour schemes and handmade lace at Museo del Merletto.

RTake in the fiery passions of glass artisans at Murano’s legendary fornaci (furnaces), and see their finest moments showcased at the fabulously renovated Museo del Vetro. After Murano showrooms close, hop the vaporetto to Giudecca for some spa-loving at the JW Marriott Spa and unbeatable views of San Marco glittering across glassy waters.

NCelebrate your triumphant tour of the lagoon with a prosecco toast and tango across Piazza San Marco at time-warped Caffè Florian; repeat these last steps as necessary.

Need to Know


Euro (€)


Italian and Venetian (dialect)


Not required for EU citizens. Nationals of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not need visas for visits of up to 90 days.


ATMs are widely available and credit cards accepted at most hotels, B&Bs and shops. To change money you'll need to present your ID.

Mobile Phones

GSM and tri-band phones can be used in Italy with a local SIM card.


GMT/UTC plus one hour during winter; GMT/UTC plus two hours during summer daylight saving.


Optional 10% for good service at restaurants where not included in the bill; at least €2 per bag or night, for porter, maid or room service; optional for gondolas and water taxis; leave spare change for prompt service at bar and cafe counters.

1Before You Go

Your Daily Budget

Budget: Less than €120

A Dorm bed: €35–60

A Cicheti (bar snacks) at All’Arco: €5–15

A Spritz ( prosecco cocktail): €2.50–4

Midrange: €120–250

A B&B: €70–180

A Civic Museum Pass: €24

A Midrange dinner: €35–40

Top End: More than €250

A Boutique hotel: €200-plus

A Gondola ride: €80

A Top-end dinner: €50–60

Useful Websites

A Lonely Planet ( ) Expert travel advice.

A Venice Comune ( ) City of Venice official site with essential info, including high-water alerts.

A VeneziaUnica ( ) The main tourism portal with online ticketing for public transport and tourist cards.

Advance Planning

Two months before Book high-season accommodation and tickets to La Fenice, Venice Film Festival premieres and Biennale openings.

Three weeks before Check special-event calendars at, and reserve boat trips.

One week before Make restaurant reservations for a big night out; skip the queues by booking tickets to major attractions, exhibitions and events online at

2Arriving in Venice

Most people arrive in Venice by train, plane and, more controversially, cruise ship. There is a long-distance bus service to the city and it is also possible to drive to Venice, though you have to park at the western end of the city and then walk or take a vaporetto (small passenger ferry).

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at

A Marco Polo Airport

Marco Polo Airport is Venice's main international airport and is located in Tessera, 12km east of Mestre.

Inside the terminal you'll find ticket offices for water taxis and Alilaguna water bus transfers, and a Vènezia Unica tourist office where you can pick-up pre-ordered travel cards and a map.

L Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia

Regional and international trains run frequently to Venice’s Santa Lucia train station, appearing on signs as Ferrovia within Venice. The station has a helpful tourist office opposite platform 3 where you can obtain a map and buy vaporetto tickets.

Vaporetti connect Santa Lucia train station with all parts of Venice. There is also a water-taxi rank just out front.

3Getting Around

Walking is the most scenic and often easiest way to get around Venice – and it's free. The other way to navigate this city on the water is by boat, and there are plenty of boating options. Cars and bicycles can be used on the Lido.


These small passenger ferries are Venice’s main public transport – note the line and direction of travel at the dock to make sure you catch the right boat. Single rides cost €7.50; for frequent use, get a timed pass for unlimited travel within a set period (1/2/3/7-day passes cost €20/30/40/60).


Not mere transport but an adventure – and the best way to slip into Venice's smaller canals. Daytime rates run to €80 for 30 minutes (six passengers maximum) or €100 for 35 minutes from 7pm to 8am, not including songs or tips.

N Water Taxi

The only door-to-door option, but fares are steep at €15 plus €2 per minute, plus surcharges for night-time, luggage, large groups and hotel services. Book ahead.


Locals use this daytime public gondola service (€2) to cross the Grand Canal between bridges.

H Bicycle

Only allowed on the Lido, where bike hire is available and affordable (€9 per day).

K Car

No cars are allowed in Venice beyond Piazzale Roma, where parking starts at €15 per day. Cars can be used on the Lido.

Venice Neighbourhoods

San Marco & Palazzo Ducale

So many world-class attractions are packed into San Marco, some visitors never leave – and others are reluctant to visit, fearing crowds. But why miss the pleasures of the Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Museo Correr and jewel-box La Fenice? Judge for yourself whether they earn their reputations – but don’t stop there. The backstreets are packed with galleries, boutiques and bars.


The Sights in a Day

MEverything started here in the 9th century, when Doge Partecipazio built his palace on the rivo alto (high bank). Join the chorus of gasps from the crowds as you enter the Basilica di San Marco to discover angels dancing across golden mosaic domes. With the palace, prison, mint and library crowding around Piazza San Marco, you could spend days here, so choose carefully, prioritising either Palazzo Ducale or the Museo Correr.

RNab a quick lunch at Osteria da Carla, then hit the backstreets between Piazza San

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