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Campo San Luca is a bustling square in the heart of Venice. Located midway between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, Campo San Luca’s central location makes it a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors alike, and a constant stream of visitors makes it a lively spot for people-watching.
One of the many magnificent villas constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in the Veneto countryside, Villa Valmarana ai Nani is named for the 17 stone sculptures of dwarves that line the top of its garden wall, and its interior frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo are considered among their finest works.
Once home to the Mocenigo family of Venice, the Mocenigo Palace (Palazzo Mocenigo) is now a museum dedicated to 17th- and 18th-century fashion and aristocratic Venetian life. Located just south of the Grand Canal in the Santa Croce district, the beautifully furnished palazzo offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the lives of Venetian nobility.
The island of Mazzorbo is just a ferry ride from Venice, yet virtually unknown to tourists. Mazzorbo is about as far as you can get off the tourist track, considering most visitors are lured to the more popular islands of Lido, Burano, Murano, and Torcello. The island is rich in natural beauty and offers a peaceful oasis of vineyards, fruit trees, and artichoke fields.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomites (Dolomiti) mountain range comprises almost 20 spectacular peaks topping 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, which straddles the Italian-Austrian border. The scenery is staggering in both summer and winter, and includes the dramatic Tre Cime di Lavaredo pinnacles, the emerald-green Lake Misurina and Lake Santa Caterina, the elegant Cortina d'Ampezzo ski resort, and idyllic mountain villages such as Pieve di Cadore.
Discover a 700-year history of artistic glassmaking at the Museo del Vetro (Museum of Glass), located on the island of Murano, just north of Venice. Master craftsmen still create exquisite pieces of glass art on the island today, and the museum, housed in a 15th-century palace, showcases the world’s largest collection of Venetian glass.
Set in Italy’s Veneto region, Soave is a historic walled village famous for its medieval castle and fine white wines. Located just off the A4 motorway outside Verona, it’s an ideal stopping point between Venice and Milan, where you can explore the castle fortifications and sample white wines from local vineyards.
A showstopper of a church, Santa Maria del Giglio (known locally as Santa Maria Zobenigo after the Venetian family who founded the original chapel) has one of the most ornate baroque facades in Venice. The church also houses works by Peter Paul Rubens and Tintoretto and boasts an ornate, cherub-covered baptistery.
Located on the sparsely populated island of Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (I Gesuiti) is one of the oldest structures in Venice. Originally constructed in the 7th century, what you see now is mostly renovations from the 11th and 12th centuries in the Byzantine style featuring an impressive array of mosaics.
Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon famous for its colorful houses and intricately woven handmade lace. Traditional handmade lace is not as common as it once was, but you can still see women in the squares of Burano making lace by hand the old-fashioned way, and you can explore the island’s lace tradition at the Museo del Merletto, the Lace Museum.
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Brenta del Riviera is an ancient waterway that connects the Italian cities of Padua and Venice and is lined with the opulent second homes of Venice’s noble families—a perfect spot far enough away to enjoy a countryside atmosphere but close enough to return quickly to Venice.
The Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta, is the only mansion by the acclaimed Venetian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, along the Brenta Canal. Built in the 1550s for the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari, this temple-like villa is an architectural jewel. Visitors are drawn to its perfectly symmetrical design, floor to ceiling frescoes, and views of the Venetian Lagoon.
A nod to Venice’s rich classical musical heritage, the small but fascinating Music Museum (Museo della Musica) is one of the city’s little-known gems. Housed in the beautifully restored church of Chiesa di San Maurizio, the museum explores the art of violin making and the preservation of rare musical instruments.
The town walls of Cittadella, a 13th-century town in the Veneto, are a rare example of medieval defensive walls that retain a practical, well-preserved parapet walk. Visitors can walk the ancient Rhonda Walkway (Camminamento di Ronda) along one of Europe’s most beautiful defensive structures and admire the town from various vantage points.
The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is among Venice’s historic Scuole Grandi (Great Schools, sumptuous confraternity palaces that today contain some of the city’s most important art and relics. Founded in the 13th century, the Scuola is home to Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque masterpieces by Tintoretto and others.
Offering a contrast to the more traditional attractions of Verona, the Nicolis Museum is one of Europe’s most important spaces dedicated to cars. The museum boasts an extensive collection of precious and extremely rare car-related objects collected all around the world by Luciano Nicolis, the museum’s founder.
The modest Italian Gothic exterior of Venice’s Frari Church (Basilica dei Frari) belies the wealth of Italian Renaissance masterpieces inside. Titian’sAssumption of the Virgin (1518) altarpiece is especially notable, its innovative emotional figures and bright colors marking the start of Venice’s High Renaissance.
One of the busiest cruise ports in Europe, the Venice Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere Venezia) is a popular stop for many European cruise liners. Most ships dock at the Stazione Marittima near the Piazzale Roma transport hub in the Venetian Lagoon, with passengers opting to explore charming Venice on guided tours and convenient shore excursions.
The Doge’s Palace is one of the most famous sights in Venice, but many don’t know that it is home to a secret attic prison known as the Piombi. A warren of corridors tucked under the palace roof, it once housed impenetrable prison cells and today is a fascinating hidden corner of Venice accessible only by private tour.
It may be Europe’s smallest, but the Hard Rock Cafe in Venice has enough music memorabilia to satisfy any rock aficionado. With its signature rock-and-roll themed interiors and American-inspired menu paired with a unique location overlooking a gondola-crowded canal, the brand’s Venice outpost is a perfect fusion of old and new worlds.
Italy has a host of hot springs, many used as natural thermal baths since ancient Roman times. Among these historic spa destinations is the town of Abano Terme, the largest hot spring resort in Europe. Take a relaxing day trip from Venice to visit Abano Terme, set in the Euganean Hills with natural thermal waters as hot as 176°F (80°C).
Footwear fanatics especially enjoy visiting the Rossimoda Shoe Museum (Museo della Calzatura), housed in the magnificent Villa Foscarini Rossi. Come to see the museum's 1,500-plus shoes on display, including examples of historic Venetian footwear and iconic styles from some of the biggest names in fashion.
At the heart of Venice, the San Gallo Theater (Teatro San Gallo) sits in a 13th century courtyard just beside Piazza San Marco. The theater is home to the show Venezia, which tells the history of the city of Venice through comedy, music, and drama. The lighthearted show uses multimedia to share more than 1500 years of Venetian history and tradition. It is an entertaining way to learn about the city and its role in world culture. And with over 2,000 performances, it is now the longest running show in all of Italy.
Though the theater itself was constructed in the 19th century, many features and characteristics of the original palazzo remain. Its interior is classically designed in rich reds and golds. The theater has been updated with a modern stage and sound system, so that visitors may learn the history of Venice with the help of the latest technology.
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