Venice Journals

Hidden Venice

A July 2005 trip to Venice by james_d

Quote: Venice in high summer is, on the surface, quite off-putting: tourists, queues, the heat. The allure of the city is escaping to quiet churches and hidden streets. The rewards are far greater and the experience more diverse.

Hidden Venice

Overview

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The main tourist sights of Piazza San Marco are obvious, yet still superb - arrive early in the morning or just before closing time. The most enjoyment comes from the smaller churches and their fabulous artwork, as well as the Scuole, wealthy Venetian guilds who invested in fine pieces by Tintoretto, Carpaccio, and others. Take time to savour them by spending hours in small cafés in the various squares of the city. This is not a place to rush around manically!Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Arrive by water. The Alilaguna service costs 10€ and takes an hour to weave its way through the lagoon. Once in the city, buy a vaporetto pass and take time to go up and down the Grand C...Read More

The Rialto Market

Attraction | "Rialto"

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The Rialto is not only one of Venice's most famous sights - a bridge spanning the Grand Canal - but every morning, home to a market. This is worth getting up for, with freshly caught and unidentifiable fish, along with fabulous fruits and cheeses. Even if you don't buy, take time to wander through the stalls.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2005

The Rialto Market
Campo San Giacomo, Campo della Pescheria
Venice, Italy

Basilica dei Frari

Attraction | "Frari Church"

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This is one of my favourite churches in Venice, with a fabulous altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The choir stalls are incredible, and the relics fascinating. It may not look as grand on the outside as other Venice churches (although it is impressive), but it is well worth a visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2005

Basilica dei Frari
San Polo, 3072
Venice, Italy 30125
+39 0412728611