Many visitors to Venice head straight for St. Mark’s Square or the Rialto Bridge but is it possible to find a few hidden gems as well?
The first recommendation is simply to turn off the signposted route from the station to St. Mark’s Square and lose yourself amongst the smaller canals and alleyways. Here you will come across quiet canals and narrow bridges, crumbling buildings and tiny restaurants where the locals eat and the food is cheap. There’s the opportunity for a great photo around every corner.
Escape from Venice Island and take a 40 minute vaporetto (waterbus) ride to the island of Burano, known for its lace shops and wonderful coloured houses. The church of San Martin is open to visitors free of charge and has a fantastic leaning campanile (bell tower).
Near the Accademia Gallery, Campo San Barnaba is a delightful square with bustling cafes and shops which are more intimate and Venetian than the grand showcase of San Marco.
To the north of Venice Island, the Madonna dell’Orto church has been magnificently restored. This quiet gem was Tintoretto’s church and his studio was nearby. He is buried here and many of his works are on display.
The list goes on ……You will want to take in some of the main sights but it is also well worth taking a little bit of time and trouble to sniff out the quieter corners and have a little bit of Venice all to yourself.