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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Skip the ticket line with to explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

2. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Explore the canals of Venice aboard a gondola. As your gondolier takes you down secluded ways and along the Grand Canal, enjoy live commentary from your guide. Learn about the city's palaces, churches, and attractions. Hear about local stories and the history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace, and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At the end of the tour, you will receive a QR code to download a digital map with 2D images of Venice from the Middle Ages until the 18th century. With the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute walking tour from the meeting point as well as your 30-minute gondola ride. See the Biennale Cafe and the facade of San Moisè Church and learn about the history of the Venetian gondola tradition. You will also see Punta della Dogana and Grand Canal.

Venice: The Footsteps of Commissario Brunetti Walking Tour

3. Venice: The Footsteps of Commissario Brunetti Walking Tour

Embark on this Venice walking tour and follow in the footsteps of Commissario Brunetti. Explore the filming locations of the television show that is based on the novels by Donna Leon. Hear about the popular crime series set in Venice.  Meet your guide and venture into the city on this Commissario Brunetti-themed tour. Follow your guide to see locations like the iconic “questura” (police headquarters). Learn new facts and trivia about the author and her books and enjoy a unique perspective of the city.  Find difficult-to-find “campos” and “palazzos” frequented by Brunetti. Uncover off-the-beaten path shooting locations from episodes like “Beastly things” or “Suffer the little Children." View filming locations from newer episodes as well. Find out were Brunetti ate, as your guide explores his broad gastronomic tastes. Be entertained with anecdotes and exciting details from everyday Venetian life. Finish the tour at the headquarters from the show.

La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

4. La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Make your stay in Venice memorable by visiting the La Fenice Opera House. Even if you don't have the time to watch a performance, use this skip-the-line ticket to admire its sensational avant-garde design. Choose an audio guide in 7 different languages, and explore the secrets of the theatre. Discover the history of the building from its origins to the present day. The most important premiers of international opera take place at the La Fenice, staging more than one hundred opera performances per year.

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket

5. Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket

Marvel at modern art by Picasso and Pollock with a single entrance ticket to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal of Venice. Explore one of Europe’s foremost museums of modern art at your own pace and see masterpieces from art styles such as Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Created by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, the collection was originally put on for the 1st post-war Venice Biennale. The following year, Peggy acquired the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished 18th century palace on the Grand Canal. The collection was assembled with the help of distinguished artists and critics, such as Marcel Duchamp, Herbert Read, Nellie van Doesburg and Howard Putzel. Explore the museum on your own to find art by Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Calder and many other avant-garde artists. Take a stroll in the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden to see works by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Fazzini, Giacometti, Holzer, Minguzzi, Mirko, Merz, Moore, Ono and Richier. Admire a collection of art by Italian, European and American artists from 1945 to the present day, including gems by Burri, Capogrossi, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Rothko, Oldenburg, Stella, Twombly, Warhol and Kapoor.

Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

6. Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

Discover the composers behind Venice’s 18th-century musical epoch at a classical concert in the Church of San Vidal.  The 17th-century church provides an intimate historic setting and fantastic acoustics for concertos and symphonies by masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.  Listen to the playing of the talented Interpreti Veneziani ensemble and watch them bring musical masterpieces to life for a memorable evening. After the hour and 30 minutes are over, choose to pick up a CD recorded by the group to bring the music of Venice home with you.

Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

7. Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

Explore the narrow alleyways of Venice and learn about the city's darkest secrets on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Upgrade your experience and add an optional gondola ride through the canals of Venice after your walking tour. Listen to captivating commentary about the Prisons' Palace in St. Mark's Square, and learn about the Lords of Night — the fearsome police of the Serenissima Republic, infamous for torturing their prisoners. Learn about Casanova's secrets and discover treasures stolen from Constantinople. Unveil the mysteries of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Go back in time with a mobile app that shows you a reconstruction of Venice from the 11th to 17th centuries. Discover Campo San Beneto and admire Palazzo Fortuny, one of the largest palaces in Venice in the Gothic style. Choose an optional gondola ride and discover the canals of Venice. See highlights, including the Mozart House and the Grand Canal. Choose an optional gondola ride and explore the city's many canals. Admire highlights of Venice from the water, including the Mozart House, Fenice Opera House, the Grand Canal, and more. End your tour at Piazza San Marco.

Venice: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket

8. Venice: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket

Journey through the life and work of one of the world's great artists and inventors at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Venice. Enjoy a family-friendly exhibition and stimulate your curiosity by taking a deep look at Da Vinci's work. Stroll through the 4 sections of earth, water, air and fire, and discover machines built according to Da Vinci’s original designs. Learn about some of his major studies of human anatomy, and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his major paintings. Explore both his medical work and artistic accomplishments to build a better understanding of the man. Benefit from descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian, supplemented by multimedia displays detailing his life and works.

Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

9. Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Venice: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket

10. Venice: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket

Discover a masterpiece of architecture tucked away off the main streets of Venice and get stunning views with an entrance ticket to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Get up close to its unique, external multiple arch spiral staircase, known as the "Scala Contarini del Bovolo" ("Of the Snail"). Take a closer look at its remarkable mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine styles, and then get an impressive view of the city rooftops. Go to the arcade at the top of the stairs and gaze down at the maze of streets and canals.

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What people are saying about Venice

Bellissimo il palazzo, non si può non visitare, non abbiamo fatto fila per entrare. Dentro c’è freddo (in inverno) quindi inutile lasciare i giubbotti al guardaroba.

It was punctual. It was in Italian and English. We had audiophones to hear our guide well. Very nice Gondola ride. Totally recommend.

Great time saver, I bought them on site to avoid the queue. Beautiful place

Skip the line is always a time saver! Would recommend.

So many interesting things to see. Your was organised