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Guide to Venice Outdoors

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Venice is the perfect place to wander, its canals all charming and its hidden corners and crannies all worth exploring. Getting lost is part of the experience, and the best way to discover the most striking glimpses of the city. Here, my list of landmarks, green spaces, and hidden gems will make your feet eager to get exploring.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Cannaregio

Neighbourhoods

Riva degli Schiavoni

Marinas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mercati di Rialto

, Flea & Street Markets

Chiesa di San Giacomo dell'Orio

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Venetian Lagoon

Other Outdoor Activities

Campo del Ghetto

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Lido

Islands

Campo Santa Margherita

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Elisa Z's City Tips

  • Service is included at most of the restaurants, but not in bacari, where tipping is at your discretion.
  • The weather is usually cold and humid in winter and extremely hot and muggy in summer. Pack plenty of layers, whatever the season.
  • Unfortunately, the city's many bridges make it difficult for disabled people and families with strollers to navigate.
  • Do happy hour like a Venetian by visiting a bacaro (traditional tavern) and ordering un ombra di vino, a small, very affordable, glass of local wine.
  • Although the streets can be completely deserted at night, especially during winter misty, there is nothing to be scared of. Venice is generally very safe city.
  • There is a lot of walking in Venice, so comfortable shoes are essential.
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    Cannaregio
    Neighbourhoods
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    Elisa Z Says:

    The Fondamente del Sestriere di Cannaregio - Fondamenta Ormesini/della Misericordia and Fondamenta Sensa/Mori - is one of the least touristic parts of Venice. Instead of the fancy boutiques elsewhere in the city, here you will find delicatessens, local shops and everyday Venetian life in action. Wile away a summer evening, sitting on the bank with your legs dangling in the canal or on sipping a glass of wine on a patio along the Fondamenta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pay a visit to the Palazzo Mastelli del Cammello in Campo dei Mori, where a carved camel on its facade pays tribute to the famous spice and fabric merchants who once lived here.
    • One of my favorite places in this area is the well-known tavern Paradiso Perduto, where you can eat delicious food and listen to live music.
    • The Bar Da Aldo is frequented by young people and offers a wide selection of bottled beers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worthwhile.... 24/09/2018
    • Lovely area, bars, restaurants, shops galore! 19/09/2018
    • Cannaregio
    Phone:
    +39 333 422 0631
    Other:
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    Riva degli Schiavoni
    Marinas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This pleasant walk along Riva Degli Schiavoni takes you from Piazza San Marco to the Sant'Elena island - from the busy city center to a quaint residential area, filled with washing hanging down from the over-hanging lines.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stop at Parco delle Rimembranze for views of San Marco basin, San Servolo Island and the Lido.
    • Take a relaxing break in the Napoleon Gardens among the Biennale pavilions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • schiavoni 20/08/2018
    • Beautiful waterside promenade 05/07/2018
    • Riva degli Schiavoni
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    Mercati di Rialto
    , Flea & Street Markets
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    Elisa Z Says:

    The ancient Rialto Market has long been the place where locals do their shopping. In the Campo della Pescaria, which looks out to the Canal Grande, you'll find the green-grocer stalls, while the fish stalls are located under the loggia. The Erbaria and the Campo di San Giacomo di Rialto have become favourite local hangouts recently, due to the many bars and taverns popping up in the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • From Campo della Pescaria, you can get to the opposite bank of the Canal Grande by taking a gondola used as a ferry. It can carry up to ten standing people.
    • Early morning is the best time to visit, both for shopping and to observe the action.
    • Have a spritz on the steps that slope down to the Canal Grande. I always get it from Bancogiro or Naranzaria inns, which are also excellent choices for dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rialto market on Monday 24/09/2018
    • Fresh Delights! 27/08/2018
    • Mercati di Rialto
    Address:
    Campo della Pescaria
    Vicino il Ponte di Rialto
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 274 7981
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
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    Chiesa di San Giacomo dell'Orio
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio is one of the most beautiful squares in Venice, where children play football and ride their bikes while the elderly sit on benches in the shadow of the trees. (Even though bicycles are not allowed in Venice, the authorities seem to turn a blind eye when it comes to local children.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Every Tuesday during summer, the square is home to open-air milongas, where tango dancers, both new and seasoned, can dance the night away.
    • Stop by Alaska, an ice cream shop famous for its unusual flavors such as beer malt, orange and rocket sorbets, and fresh fruit slushes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely setting between square and canal,so peaceful. 26/03/2018
    • A church in Santa Croce 10/01/2018
    • Chiesa di San Giacomo dell'Orio
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    Venetian Lagoon
    Other Outdoor Activities
    Elisa Z Says:

    Tourists often ignore Venice's lagoon and its many islands, which are incredible to see and easy to reach by public transport. Not to miss are the three main islands: Murano with its glassmakers, Burano with its typical colorful houses and Torcello with the wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In Burano, try the bussolai biscuits dipped into a glass of Moscato wine.
    • If you feel like having a treat, make like Ernest Hemingway and dine at Locanda Cipriani in Torcello.
    • Visit the Murano Glass Museum or one of the other local glass factories, where you can see glassmakers at work.
    • Il Bragozzo Local operates tours, on typical historic boats, to the lagoon and its many islands.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 198 Outdoor Activities in Province of Venice
    • Let a boat take the strain! 25/04/2018
    • What not to like of Venice! 01/01/2018
    • Venetian Lagoon
    Other:
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    Campo del Ghetto
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Elisa Z Says:

    All other Jewish ghettos take the name "ghetto" from Campo del Ghetto. Connected to the mainland by only two bridges, the area is still home to an active Venetian Jewish community, and you're likely to see people praying on Saturdays as they've always done.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Jewish Museum or the various Holocaust memorials you'll find in the squares.
    • Head into one of the many kosher shops and, for an alternative culinary choice, dine at the Jewish restaurant Gam Gam.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting........ 24/09/2018
    • An interesting and evocative place 23/09/2018
    • Campo del Ghetto
    Phone:
    +39 041 715359
    Other:
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    Lido
    Islands
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    Elisa Z Says:

    For a relaxing beach day on the Adriatic Sea, head over to Lido, a relaxing spot where Venetians love to sun themselves in summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Venice Film Festival, which takes place here August-September each year, is a great time for celebrity sightings.
    • To reach Lido, take the vaporetto. Tickets are available at any newsstands.
    • The southern coast of the Lido, called Murazzi, is particularly popular with young people.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Only beaches in the Venetian islands 01/09/2018
    • Pretty area, but expensive beach 31/08/2018
    • Lido
    Phone:
    +39 041 526 8019
    Other:
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    Campo Santa Margherita
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Campo Santa Margherita is a great place to take a break from the tourist throngs. Especially popular among university students, it is home to reasonably priced restaurants and numerous pizza places.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Close to San Trovaso church, you will find a Squero, a typical gondola workshop.
    • One of my favorite places to eat is Il Rosso, which serves delicious panini.
    • Another spot to take in the same local atmosphere is the Zattere, along the Giudecca canal.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 827 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to stay in venice 16/09/2018
    • Our favorite campo! 01/09/2018
    • Campo Santa Margherita
    Phone:
    +39 041 521 1598
    Other:
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