Venice is not only Piazza San Marco and Ponte di Rialto. Also if you are a “serial traveler” as I am, there is plenty of less known places to discover all around.
Let’s take a look to my personal list:
- Scala Contarini del Bovolo a hidden gem from the top of which you can enjoy a wonderful view of Venice
- Creature di Gomma, an amazing collection of more than 5,000 rubber toys reproducing TV characters from the 60s and 80s. It makes us feel like children again, and chatting with Fabrizio, its brilliant creator, is fantastic! The museum is perfect for children but also… for the older ones! I wrote an article about this unique place here on the blog. Creature di Gomma is a stone’s throw from the Basilica dei Frari (and if you want to stop for lunch or dinner, I recommend I Frary’s, with excellent ethnic cuisine)
- the view from the Ponte dei Conzafelzi (Rio di San Giovanni in Laterano). No spoiler… Believe me and go searching for this place…
- the crypt of San Zaccaria. A few hundred meters from San Marco, the Church of San Zaccaria – enclosed in a small Campo that acquires a dreamlike charm at night – houses a crypt that is almost always flooded.
- Santa Maria del Giglio. The embroidered facade hids amazing works of art
- Teatro Italia. Where in the world you may find such a supermarket? In Venice, of course! On the Lista di Spagna, between the train station and the Ponte di Rialto, you will find this very unusual place
- Museo Casanova. Dedicated to the legendary Giacomo Casanova, this museum is a real hidden gem. His story, his troubled and adventurous life made of love and intrigues. Bonus, a 3D experience that let you put yourself in Casanova’s shoes and watch Venice … from a height of one meter and ninety! Here the article about my last visit.
- Caffetteria Museo Correr. Enjoy the best view of Piazza San Marco from the Cafè of Museo Correr. You don’t have to buy the Museum ticket (but I strongly suggest to visit the Museum too!)
- Giardini Reali. In the San Marco area, these newly reopened Gardens are a wonderful surprise. For your chill-out relaxing stops from the heat of summer or in any season, with its comfortable benches, they are absolutely unmissable
- Labirinto dell’Isola di San Giorgio. On the Island of San Giorgio, a labyrinth bordered by 3,000 boxwood plants dedicated to the great writer Borges.
- Yes, it is a bonus point. I suggest you to go discovering the widespread “library” located in Sant’Elena. Small wooden houses that host free-to-pick books. Only in Venice
Here you may find the map with all the suggested places. Go and enjoy!
Please feel free to add in the comment other suggestions or your preferred unusal place!