Venice Travel Guide

The 'Queen' of Italian cities, a trip to Venice will amaze and inspire.

Venice school trip destination guide

An introduction to Venice

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.

All visits are covered by our externally verified Safety Management System and are pre-paid when applicable. Prices and opening times are accurate as of May 2018 and are subject to change and availability. Booking fees may apply to services provided by Voyager School Travel when paid on site.

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History

St. Mark's Square and Basilica

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.

Price Free
Opening times

Basilica: 09.30 to 17.00

Sundays 14.00 to 16.30/17.00

St. Mark's Campanile

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.

Price 4€
Opening times

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

St. Mark's Square Museums

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.

Price

16 March to 31 August: £12.50

1 September to 15 March: £5.50

Opening times

16 April to 28 October: 09:35 to 17:00

29 October to 15 April: 09:45 to 16:45

Basilica Santa Maria della Salute

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. 

Price 2€
Opening times

Church: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 12:00 , 15:00 - 17:30 

Sacristy: Monday to Saturday: 10.00-12.00, 15.00-17.00

Sunday: 15.00-17.00

 

16th - 28th January, Sacristy: 15:00 - 17:00

The Bridge of Sighs

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.

Rialto Bridge

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.

Murano Glass Museum

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.
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Venetian Ghetto

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.

 

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Science

Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum)

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.
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Price

16 March to 31 August: £5.50

1 September to 15 March: £4

Opening times

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 

Closed on Mondays
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Art

Gallerie dell'Accademia

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

Price  £7 for a group
Opening times Mondays: 08.15 to 14.00

Tuesdays to Sundays: 08.15 to 19.15

Peggy Guggenheim Museum

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.
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Price £9
Opening times

10.00 to 18.00 daily

Closed Tuesdays

La Biennale

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

Price £9

La Galleria Ca' Rezzonico

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.
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Price

16 March to 31 August: £7.50 

1 September to 15 March: £4

Opening times

November to March 10:00 to 17:00

April to October 10:00 to 18:00

Ca' Pesaro

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.
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Price

16 March to 31 August: £7.50

1 September to 15 March: £4

Opening times

April to October: 10:00 to 18:00

November to March: 10:00 to 17:00

Closed Mondays

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro

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

Price £7
Opening times

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

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Recreation

Aqualandia, Lido di Jesolo

Aqualandia is a water amusement park open throughout the summer.
aqualandia.it 

Price £18
Opening times

26 May to 9 September

10.00 to 18.00

Gardaland

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

Price £23

SEA LIFE Jesolo

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

Price £6
Opening times

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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