The ten Venice itinerary not to be missed
1. If you are tired of mass tourism, crowds and queues, avoid San Marco. If you've never visited, how can you miss visiting the Basilica, his treasure, the Pala d'Oro and the beautiful Loggia dei Cavalli, or the Ducal Palace and the Prisons connected to it via the Bridge of Sospiri, perhaps with a guide for Secret itineraries ?!
2. Moving away from the classic routes, leaving behind the crowded Rialto Bridge and all the surrounding streets, go in search of the hidden corners of the more beautiful city... Near San Marco, from Campo Manin, you can access by a little ‘calle’ the back of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, so named for the newly restored staircase, which embellishes the Palace right at the back, because the same has not a facade on an important channel ...
3. Continuing to Rialto, perhaps taking a vaporetto of the line 1 on the Canal Grande, towards San Marco stop at Accademia and enter the magnificent galleries, where you will find the best Venetian art of past centuries. Unforgettable is the Madonna del Parto, the fourteenth century! Continue to the Salute church and enter the Guggenheim collection!
4. If you let Rialto towards Railway and get off at Cà d'Oro, visit the most beautiful Gothic patrician palace of the city: there is here a beautiful collection of ancient italian art. Returning on foot to the Rialto Bridge and San Marco, leave the main road before the church of St. Giovanni Crisostomo (Bellini, Sebastiano del Piombo) and turn right in a street apparently closed: you are in Campiello Remer to enjoy a unique view towards the Grand Canal, Rialto and its market.
5. Follow the peaceful ‘fondamente’ of Cannaregio, leaving the Strada Nova and a dip in one of the popular areas still inhabited of Venice. Visit the Gothic church of Madonna dell’Orto, its beautiful cloister. A little further on the foundations there is a secret garden lovely for a visit, please contact the reception of the Hotel Boscolo Ai Dogi, so you have free access to the inside park overlooking the lagoon ...
Before returning to the Fondamenta della Misericordia and of trying the old Ghetto of Venice, stop at Casa Mastelli, or house of the camel: it overlooks the Campo dei Mori, the brothers Rioba returned from the Peloponnese, formerly owners of the same.
6. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the most popular and charming district of the city: Castello. It holds the only real castle in the city, the Arsenal, the Venetian symbol of its glorious past and power. From San Zaccaria, where you will see a shovel of Bellini's heartbreakingly beautiful, passing by the Church of San Giorgio dei Greci (open for visit with the Museum of Icons), through San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (see the cycle of the Carpaccio), reach the Bragora and finally, behind, the Arsenal. If you have time pass by Tana (from the Entrance of Aresenale - Biennale) to Via Garibaldi, the very popular quarter. From the bottom, where it becomes a channel, you can choose to visit on the right side the ancient Olivolo, with the majestic San Pietro di Castello and its white bell tower; or the secrets districts of Campo Ruga, well hidden from the tourists.
Instead returning from the Arsenal to the Civil Hospital, you will pass from Campo delle Gorne, campiello Do Pozzi, salizada de le gate, and arrive at the church of San Francesco della Vigna, with its hidden treasures: beautiful cloisters, Madonna and Saints of Bellini in the sacristy, the marble chapel by the brothers Lombardo and the extraordinary Pala attributed to Negroponte. Going from Barbaria de le Tole (here there were carpenters) come to the Civil Hospital (Scuola Grande di San Marco) and St. John and Paul both to visit. Do not miss out, around the corner, the precious church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a Renaissance jewel.
7. The church of San Giacomo de l'Orio, very old, the Campo (square) that revolves around it, the area between Santa Croce and San Polo, going down the majestic Frari church. Reach Santa Margherita and enjoy the venetian 'nightlife'!
8. Go in search of the most distant neighborhoods of Venice. You will find, behind San Sebastian and the Angel Raphael, the amazing church of St. Nicholas of Mendicoli.
On the opposite side of the city you can instead push on St. Helena: the church, the park and the gardens of the Biennale. Here there is also the Stadium of Venice, which seems to stand for a miracle!
9. Visit Chioggia, but get there slowly: through the long beaches of Venice, the Lido island, especially by cycling the Murazzi and reach Alberoni, where it is worth stopping to take a drink on the beach last kiosk before the lighthouse. Then embark for Pellestrina and enjoy the special air of this land squeezed between the sea and lagoon, eat good fish. But push yourselves even further, up to Cà Roman, with its wild beach. And finally you reach Chioggia, to greet her cat, sorry, lion!
If you really can not make it to do all of this long tour, in South Laguna least stop in San Lazzaro degli Armeni (visit in the early afternoon, vaporetto from San Zaccaria), go to buy something at the market of Lido (on Tuesdays and Saturdays, overlooking the lagoon) and do not forget a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore (climbing the bell tower, which offers one of the best panoramic views) and the Fondazione Cini.
10. The most beautiful lagoon is the Northern, however: that of sandbanks and small canals, to turn in a rowing boat or canoe ... Or even by pubblic boat, visiting the beautiful Burano (do not stop in his crowded little centre, but miss yourself all around, following the narrow streets that line the lagoon and arrive until Mazzorbo), Torcello (Santa Maria Assunta with climb to the bell tower), Murano (don’t miss the cathedral Santi Maria e Donato and a visit to a furnace, but by day's work, certainly not in weekend!), our beautiful S.Erasmo (the island of the gardens), and the Lazzaretto Nuovo (guided tour with the Archeoclub of Venice).
We forgot so many little secrets a Venetian friend maight tell You and to discover with patience: in Venice you come and come back and slowly the city is revealed, but never entirely ...