Discover the most beautiful, hidden and original parts of Venice in our company!
The first thing to do when you arrive is to take a look at our “Venetian Bookshop” it’s on the ground floor.
Here you can find heaps of useful books on Venice, with alternative itineraries, curiosities, stories and a great many tasty Venetian recipes.
So you will be ready to discover the true Venice:
seek out those places among the bridges, canals, small squares and alleyways.
In one of his books, Tiziano Scarpa suggests a special itinerary:
“It is entitled: By chance. Subtitle: Without a destination”
because “When you wander aimlessly, Venice will surprise you even more.”
But for those short on time, here is a selection of our favourite places!
Ponte dei Pugni
In the Dorsoduro district of the city, until 1705 the scene of frequent fist fights between the two factions of the city, the Nicolotti and Castellani families. The winner? Whichever of the two challengers managed not to fall into the canal.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
A beautiful late 15th century spiral staircase near Campo Manin. Nicknamed bovolo, or snail’s shell, it stands 26 metres high. You can visit it by buying a ticket either on site or on Explore Venezia.
Libreria Acqua Alta
The most unconventional bookshop in Venice is a place for unusual encounters. Here you will find a tall ladder of books, together with a bath tub brimming with volumes. A truly original place.
Squero di San Trovaso
Dating from the 17th century. This magical place resembles a mountain farmstead, but it is actually where they build and repair the typical Venetian gondolas. The name squero comes from the Italian “squadra” or team, the group of skilled carpenters capable of creating such beauty.
Palazzo Grimani and Palazzo Mocenigo
All the more surprising because less known, we highly recommend a visit. In these palazzi you can admire elaborate decorations, fine sculptures, marbles and typical Venetian furniture and décor. You can also discover the customs and ways of the city and the exploits of the Mocenigo and Grimani family who helped mould Venice.
Serra dei Giardini
Created in 1894 as a glasshouse to accommodate palms and ornamental plants, it is today an enchanting place, ideal for a snack or to read a book, completely surrounded by nature. Pianists can also find an antique piano in a truly special place.
Piazza San Marco
Stand near the two columns in Piazza San Marco. Here is their story: during the time of the Serenissima, this is where the capital punishments of hanging or beheading took place. There were originally three columns, but one of the three ended up in the sea while being transported from the Orient to Venice in the 12th century.
Facing the lagoon, from the right hand corner, count up to the fourth column. It will be slightly crooked. It is said that prisoners condemned to death during the time of the Serenissima could earn their salvation if they managed to go round the column without ever touching the grey stones with their feet.
Simply magnificent. Just looking at it is enough to put you in a good mood. It is, in fact, the most colourful island of Venice. The perfect place to take the most beautiful photo in your album of Venetian memories.