The 'Queen' of Italian cities, a trip to Venice will amaze and inspire.
For over 1000 years Venice was a republic in its own right, it finally became part of a unified Italy in 1866. Today, the wealth and predominance of 1500 years as Europe's leading economic and trading power is reflected in its decadence.
In high season it can be difficult to battle through the crowds, but the rewards are worth it! Views of the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, a Gondola ride and simply soaking up the atmosphere in Piazza San Marco are incomparable experiences.
If your school tour is art focused then Venice delivers in spades, Gallerie dell'Accademia is home to wall to wall grandmasters, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is sensational if your interest is 20th century surrealist, futurist and abstract expressionist art, and of course if you time your trip well, you could visit while the Biennale is showcasing the very latest, radical new art from around the world.
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Dubbed by Napoleon the "drawing room of the world," St. Mark's Square has been the hub of religious and social life in Venice for nearly one thousand years. From the Square you are ideally situated to move onto St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bell Tower, which are probably some of the most famous sights in Venice.
Basilica: 09.30 to 17.00
Sundays 14.00 to 16.30/17.00
St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) is the clock tower of St Mark's Basilica, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The tower is 98.6 metres (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square.
1 April to 15 April 09.00 to 17.30
16 April to October 08.30 to 21.00
November to March 09.30 to 17.30
Tickets grant you admission to Palazzo Ducale, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Venice’s famous Ducale Palace is opulent and beautiful with ceilings made of gold, carvings, sculptures, map and globes. Thanks to the patronage of its former occupiers, the Palace is filled with works by Venetian Renaissance masters, such as Veronese and Tintoretto. One of the highlights of your visit is crossing over the Bridge of Sighs to explore the prisons.
For an extra few Euros you can take the Secret Itineraries Tour which includes the cells, the torture room and the judge’s chambers which takes about an extra hour.
16 March to 31 August: £12.50
1 September to 15 March: £5.50
16 April to 28 October: 09:35 to 17:00
29 October to 15 April: 09:45 to 16:45
The people of Venice built this beautiful domed, baroque-style church in 1630 after a bout of the plague wiped out one third of the population. The senate promised to build the church in honour of Mary, whom they hoped would free the city from future waves of the plague. Stunning both inside and out, the church featured in the last Indiana Jones movie.
Church: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 12:00 , 15:00 - 17:30
Sacristy: Monday to Saturday: 10.00-12.00, 15.00-17.00
The bridge was built to connect the Old Prison to the New Prison across the water. Some say the bridge gets its name from the prisoners who, condemned to death, would sigh at their last moments of freedom, while others believe that it comes from the sighs of lovers who are enamoured by the romance of the canals.
The Rialto Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Venice and is certainly the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
The Glass Museum is located in Murano, an Island of the Venetian Lagoon, famous in the world for the art of glass. The collection is the largest historical collection of Murano glass in the world, and also includes notable Roman pieces.museovetro.visitmuve.it
Venice's Ghetto was the first Jewish ghetto in the world and was set up as an area to segregate Jews from the rest of the population in 1516. Venice's ruling council decided the Jewish population would be confined to a small dirty island away from the rest of the population, known as Ghetto Nuova.
A real contrast to other places in Venice, this museum is modern and clean. With a large collection of interesting fossils and a complete skeleton of a dinosaur, there is plenty to see. The history of evolution is explained, from the beginning of life to cavemen.visitmuve.it
16 March to 31 August: £5.50
1 September to 15 March: £4
From 1 November to 31 May
Tuesday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 to 18.00
From 1 June to 31 October: 10.00 to 18.00
A must-see in Venice for all art lovers. The museum collection is housed in three beautiful buildings with the art mostly displayed in chronological order.gallerieaccademia.org
Tuesdays to Sundays: 08.15 to 19.15
The former home of the American art collector Peggy Guggenheim is a dream come true for lovers of modern art. Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the museum features some of the greats of modern art, from Cubism to Futurism and including Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Pollock, Duchamp, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee and Moore.guggenheim-venice.it
10.00 to 18.00 daily
The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years. There are art exhibits all over the city but the two main venues are the Giardini and the Arsenale.labiennale.org
This amazing Baroque palace is one of the few palaces open to the public in Venice. It is located in a Gothic palazzo on the Grand Canal and contains a very interesting collection of antique furniture, Murano glass chandeliers, rare paintings & contemporary art.carezzonico.visitmuve.it
16 March to 31 August: £7.50
1 September to 15 March: £4
November to March 10:00 to 17:00
April to October 10:00 to 18:00
The collection at the International Gallery of Modern Art in Ca’ Pesaro includes masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and works by notable artists such as Kandinsky.capesaro.visitmuve.it
16 March to 31 August: £7.50
April to October: 10:00 to 18:00
November to March: 10:00 to 17:00
A hidden gem, this museum is one of the most beautiful late-gothic buildings in Venice. Inside, you will find Flemish tapestries, paintings, Renaissance sculptures and more.cadoro.org
Monday 08:15 to 14:00 (exhibition opens at 9:00)
Tuesday to Saturday: 08:15 to 19:15
Sunday and holidays: 09:00 to 17:00
Aqualandia is a water amusement park open throughout the summer.aqualandia.it
26 May to 9 September
10.00 to 18.00
Gardaland is the third most popular theme park in Europe situated at Lake Garda in Italy. It is the third largest theme park in Europe and home to 6 rollercoasters and over 30 rides.gardaland.it
The SEA LIFE Jesolo aquarium transports visitors into the amazing underwater world. Get up close and personal to creates great and small from tropical fish to manta rays and sharks. The aquarium has an amazing underwater tunnel, 30 display tanks and is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures!visitsealife.com
30 March to 30 June:
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 23:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00
1 July to 30 August: 10:00 to 18:00
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