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The Cultural Heart of Venice

From art to music, Venice is a treasure chest for the cultural arts lover.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  From the Galleria Dell'Accademia to the Palazzo Grassi to the historic Teatro La Fenice opera house, Venice has a rich history of... more »

Tips:  There are many places to stop and get a quick bite along this route. During the height of summer, it would be a good idea to start... more »

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Points of Interest

This museum is part of a large school of cultural centers, and houses a vast collection of Venetian paintings from the Byzantine and Gothic 14th century to the Renaissance. Visitors can see the works of artists who influenced European painting, including Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and more.

The Gallerie make up the... More

The Ponte dell' Accademia, or Bridge of the Academy, spans the Grand Canal connecting the sestiere of Dorsoduro and San Marco.

Originally made of steel designed by Alfred Neville, the bridge was demolished and replaced by a wooden bridge designed by Eugenio Miozzi and opened in 1933. The replacement bridge fell under disrepair and was replaced... More

Located in Campo San Samuele and overlooking the Canal Grande, Palazzo Grassi contains temporary and permanent collections, curated and (sometimes owned) by François Pinault.

The palazzo itself is the last standing palazzo built after the fall of the Republic in 1797. Architecturally, the Palazzo Grassi is a stunning example of the mix of... More

If you are hungry, there are many small bars and cafes on the way from Palazzo Grassi to La Fenice, especially in Campo Santo Stefano.

Venice has a long history of musical tradition. The first opera house in Venice, the San Benedetto Theater was burned in a fire in 1774. The theater that was built to replace it, starting in 1790 was called La... More

5. Frezzeria

The Frezzeria area between the Teatro La Fenice and San Marco is known for its boutiques and shopping. Unlike the more upscale Mercerie shopping area, the Frezzeria has more of a local atmosphere and is a great place to people watch as local Venetians move about their day.

The nearby Calle Larga XXII Marzo, also has upscale and local shopping... More

Grab a bite to eat and take in the tradition of the uniquely Venetian pastry shop known as Rosa Salva. Visitors will enjoy a variety of dolci (sweets), torte (cakes), creme (custards), and pasticcini (little pastries).

The history of Rosa Salva dates back to 1870 when Antonio Rosa began with the idea of catering to the many Palazzi (palaces)... More