The richly painted roof of the grand hall of the Scuolo Grandi di San Rocco, Venice, Italy.
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Experience Venice

If you have just a short time in Venice, what follows are experiences you can get to in just one day. If you have more time, take a look at our complete online guide to the city.

Start your visit by marveling at the art of Tintoretto at the Scuolo Grande di San Rocco. Jacopo Robusti (1518-94), called Tintoretto because his father was a dyer, was a devout, unworldly man who traveled only once beyond Venice. His epic canvases are filled with phantasmagoric light and intense, mystical spirituality. This museum is a dazzling monument to his work; bring a mirror and revel in the spectularly painted ceiling of the Salla Superiore (Upper Hall).
Bronze horses atop San Marco, with square below, Venice, Italy.
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Experience the Majestic Piazza San Marco
The Piazza San Marco is, as Napoleon called it, the "drawing room" of Europe. The Piazza, as it's simply known, is a civilized square where Venetians and their visitors converge to sip a cappucino or cocktail on the outdoor terraces of some of Europe's grandest cafes.
Cloisters at San Francesco della Vigna, Venice, Italy.
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Find Peace in the Cloisters at San Francesco della Vigna
Once surrounded by vigna (vineyards), this stately edifice now rises above a workaday neighborhood of quiet alleyways and small canals. Pietro Lombardo sculptures and paintings by Veronese grace this Franciscan church's appropriately simple interior. To clear your head of the depictions of saints and sinners, spend a few minutes in the tranquil cloisters.
The quieter back alleys and canals of Castello, Venice, Italy
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Escape the Crowds in the Back Alleys of Castello
Ever-present crowds at Venice's most famous attractions make a stroll through the back alleys and canals of Castello a refreshing change. The houses here are less grand than in other parts of the city, but the Venetian feel is intact.
Twilit diners enjoy an aperitivo in the shadow of Santa Maria del Miracoli, Venice, Italy.
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Spend Twilight in Front of Santa Maria del Miracoli
Sheathed in white marble and perfectly proportioned, this Renaissance creation looks like an ornamental jewelry box, an impression particularly noticeable when the lights go on in the evening. This church is a good example of architect Pietro Lombardo's (1435-1515) ability to marry balance with symmetry.
A gondola drifts by the Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy.
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Visit the Museo della Fonazione Querini Stampalia in the Evening
Giovani Stampalia, a 19th-century scientist, bequeathed his family palazzo and fabulous art to the city of Venice, with the proviso that the premises remain open in the evening. The renovated galleries are the late-night place to see enticing scenes of Venetian life.
The Ca' d'Oro, as seen from the water, Venice, Italy.
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Admire Ca' d'Oro from the Water
The 15th-century Ca' d'Oro is a prime example of Venetian Gothic architecture and one of the best preserved of the hundreds of palazzi lining the Grand Canal. Its name, the Golden Palace, refers to the gilt-covered facade that faded long ago and is now pink and white.