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Venice - the uncrowded parts

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There are many less crowded places to see in Venice outside the popular San Marco, San Polo and Cannaregio districts. In our 5 days at Venice, travelling as a couple, we were surprised to find ourselves virtually alone in many locations within 1 kilometre of the crowded San Marco Piazza. We visited just about ever popular attraction but I have mainly described some of these less crowded places that we experienced.

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  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

17 Places

4 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

Hotel Mignon

Hotels

Ponte di Rialto

Bridges

Mercati di Rialto

, Flea & Street Markets

Vaporetto Actv

Bus Transportation, Mass Transportation Systems

Cannaregio

Neighbourhoods

Campo del Ghetto

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant

Restaurants

Trattoria Da "Bepi"

Restaurants

Day 2

Piazza San Marco

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Arsenale di Venezia

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities

Naval History Museum

History Museums

Venezia - VINCENT BAR a Sant' Elena

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Murano

Destinations

Ai Piantaleoni

Restaurants

Ponte dell'Accademia

Bridges

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Churches & Cathedrals

deCanto Wine Bar

Restaurants

SydneyConcordian's City Tips

  • Take a supply of 1 Euro and 50 Euro cent coins for toilets for the 1.50 cost to "spend a penny"
  • Expect the locals to get better service than you in many cafes and restaurants. There's a bit of a love-hate relationship with tourists.
  • Mobile phone/internet coverage and GPS navigation does not work well in much of central Venice due to the narrow lanes.
  • From Venice airport take the Blue route water bus (Vapero) to the second stop, Port Nove. You also get to see Murano Island, that is the first stop.
    Day 1
  • Hotel Mignon
    Hotels
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    The night manager at the Hotel was warm, friendly and very helpful. He helped take our bags to our room on the second floor. After unpacking and returning to the reception he gave us a summary on things to see and recommended some places to eat. His suggestion of the nearby restaurant, Al Cassa Mia, was good. Our room was fairly basic, consistent with its 2 to 3 star rating, and was ornately decorated in Venetian style. The bathroom and room were clean and we had a good night’s sleep on the bed despite some early reservations on the firmness of the 2 single mattresses that made up the double bed. The room is air-conditioned. The size of the room was OK for us and our luggage as we really only slept there after spending all day and most of night about town. The free WiFi did not work that well in the room but then again nether did our mobile phone and its data roaming (we had a Eurosim with Vodaphone Italy). We were lucky to get G, let alone 3G, inside the hotel. However, the WiFi is strong in the breakfast room and reception area, where there are some lounges and you can even buy a drink from the bar.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 392 Hotels in Venice
    • Styed at Hotel Apartment,value for money 12/02/2019
    • Excellent last minute booking 10/12/2018
    • Hotel Mignon
    Address:
    SS. Apostoli, Cannaregio 4535
    30131 Venice
    Italy
  • Ponte di Rialto
    Bridges
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    A must see - always crowded but there are some good shops along it. It is also the main bridge to the Rialto market and San Polo district.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must See for Venice 24/03/2019
    • Wonderful views 24/03/2019
    • Ponte di Rialto
    Address:
    Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto)
    San Polo
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Mercati di Rialto
    , Flea & Street Markets
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    The fresh produce was amazing - particularly the fish, tomato varieties and meat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A traditional Italian market (turning into a traditional trap for tourists?) 24/03/2019
    • Nice market 11/03/2019
    • Mercati di Rialto
    Address:
    Campo della Pescaria
    Vicino il Ponte di Rialto
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 274 7981
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vaporetto Actv
    Bus Transportation, Mass Transportation Systems
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Most cost effective way to travel by water from the airport. Also great to see the main canal - catch the vaporetto from Rio Novo, near the train station to St Marco. The trip from St Marco to Murano Island is also very enjoyable.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 36 Transportation in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to get about 22/03/2019
    • Disappointed 21/03/2019
    • Vaporetto Actv
    Address:
    Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32
    30135 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 2424
    Other:
  • Cannaregio
    Neighbourhoods
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Interesting and less crowded part of Venice which we walked through on the way to the ghetto area, crossing several scenic bridges on the way.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quieter and More Relaxed 17/03/2019
    • Away from the main drag 15/03/2019
    • Cannaregio
    Phone:
    +39 333 422 0631
    Other:
  • Campo del Ghetto
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    A quite local area. The buildings are relatively well maintained and the area is very clean compared to most other parts of Venice.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A place for reflection. 14/03/2019
    • Had A Look Round 14/03/2019
    • Campo del Ghetto
    Phone:
    +39 041 715359
    Other:
  • Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli)
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Don't bother if you are a tourist and expect good service. Based on the overall good reviews of this restaurant, the menu and its location along a Venetian Canal we thought we in for a treat for lunch. After being seated in a nice scenic spot next to the canal and given the menus it took quite some time before the wait staff came back to take our order. We ordered salmon with spicy tomato sauce, a matzo soup and sides of latka and artichoke and some drinks. The drinks arrived promptly but things went downhill from there. First to arrive was the matzo soup, which was tepid , not hot as it is supposed to be. After some time, the latka arrived. The latka was burnt and was barely edible. After my wife had nearly finished her soup my salmon finally arrived. To their credit the salmon, with a spicy tomato based sauce, was good. No idea of what happened with the artichoke, which never arrived but was included in the bill (check). The neighbouring tables of Italian speaking clients seem to be able to get all their food served promptly and all dishes served at the same time. When I paid the bill, after alerting them to incorrectly charging me for the artichoke dish that never arrived (no apology offered for this) I politely commented about the tardy service and was given a story about their computer not working. I responded that this didn't seem to affect the service at the other tables and left. I notice on trip advisor that the computer seems to often cause a problem in this place. We were polite to the staff and tolerated the third class service and food without complaining until the end when I was fed up with being charged for something that we did not receive.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Hit and miss (they usually blame the computer) although most people on trip advisor are happy with their experience.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #335 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great food, pleasant staff 24/03/2019
    • Gam Gam.....not yum yum. 20/03/2019
    • Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant
    Address:
    1122 Ghetto Vecchio
    Cannaregio
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 366 250 4505
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Trattoria Da "Bepi"
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    After a bad service experience at the Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant at lunch (see my previous review of this) we were pleased to have a friendly welcome at this restaurant and excellent food as well. We had a sea bass, where a whole fish is baked and served for 2 people. The bass was presented to us before the staff filleted and plated it. The fish was superb in texture and taste. The cost was 18 euro per person for this superb dish and was excellent value. The deserts were also very good. Overall cost for 2 people was 75 euro which included side dishes, wine and other drinks. We thought this was very good value for the quality of food and presentation.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #696 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    • Hidden Gem! 23/03/2019
    • There Are TWO Restaurants with the Same Name in the Same Neighborhood 19/03/2019
    • Trattoria Da "Bepi"
    Address:
    Cannaregio, 4550
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 528 5031
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Piazza San Marco
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Although the most crowded spot that we visited in Venice it is a must see for the interesting shops in the area and is also a hub for catching the vaporetto to other locations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep a supply on 1 euro and 50 euro cent coins for toilets
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for the carnival 24/03/2019
    • Breathtaking 24/03/2019
    • Piazza San Marco
  • Arsenale di Venezia
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Less than 1 kilometre east of St Marco. The eastern side of Venice is an interesting area to experience a typical "suburb" where Venetians live, complete with parks, playgrounds but not too many shops and restaurants.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Home of shipbuilding 09/03/2019
    • The only way to get into the Arsenale in Venice (unless you are with the military) 04/03/2019
    • Arsenale di Venezia
    Address:
    Campo San Biagio Castello 2148
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    41 2441 399
    Other:
  • Naval History Museum
    History Museums
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    The museum was not open but looked interesting from outside. We walked along the canal to the west of the museum to see the naval academy and were fortunate to witness a naval parade.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 800 things to do in Venice
    • A great visit if you're interested either in Venice history or ships 15/03/2019
    • Interesting location 13/03/2019
    • Naval History Museum
    Address:
    Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 244 1399
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Venezia - VINCENT BAR a Sant' Elena
    Bars & Clubs
    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Located well to the east of St Marco are and away from the tourist area this local cafe which serves good coffee, tea and food at a reasonable price. They also serve alcohol, which everyone else was having with lunch. For coffee, tea, and a nice lunch of eggplant and tortellini the cost was 18 euro. Given that their (clean) toilet was free the net cost for 2 was only 15 euro compared to the tourist areas, where you have to pay 1.50 Euros to "spend a penny".

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 67 Nightlife in Venice
    • Perfect spot to experience the real Venice 06/02/2019
    • Quiet, nice location. Unfriendly waitress 12/05/2018
    • Venezia - VINCENT BAR a Sant' Elena
    Address:
    Viale Quattro Novembre 36
    30132 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 520 4493
  • Day 3
  • Murano
    Destinations
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    We caught the ferry from St Marco to Murano as a cost of 4 Euro each one way. The island has a number of glass makers who have spectacular displays of their wares. We bought some small items but would have loved to be able to afford some of the spectacular chandeliers that were on display. The island was uncrowded on the day we visited and there are many interesting site to see.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Murano
  • Ai Piantaleoni
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Fusion)
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    Excellent food and service - best we had in 5 days at Venice The service at this restaurant is a cut above the other restaurants that we visited in Venice. The staff were very professional and treated all customers equally. We were attracted by the interesting menu and a short conversation with the head waiter. For lunch we had lobster with spaghetti on a warm salad and gnocchi with duck ragout. For the main course we had grilled tuna with vegetables and salmon "burger". All courses were delicious, well presented and made from fine ingredients. Cost was 87 euro for two that included mineral water, coffee and tea. We felt we got what we paid for. The restaurant is located along a main canal at Murano and you can sit outside to enjoy the view or, as we did, sit inside in a sumptuous interior with a central bar and exotic Murano glass light fittings. The decor and cleanliness of this restaurant was also a cut above the rest. After lunch we caught the ferry back to St Marco (cost 4 euro each).

    Good for
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 31 restaurants in Murano
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great pasta 28/10/2018
    • Overpriced, real cheap nasty wine, indifferent staff. 28/09/2018
    • Ai Piantaleoni
    Address:
    Fondamenta Riva Longa 25
    30141 Murano
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 736794
    Price range:
    US$34 - US$57
    Other:
  • Ponte dell'Accademia
    Bridges
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    One of the few steel bridges in Venice. Fantastic views of the main canal.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Now bright, shiny and refurbished 14/03/2019
    • Wooden bridge 10/03/2019
    • Ponte dell'Accademia
    Other:
  • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    The church is located on the south-eastern island of Venice. On the main island just follow the walking directions to L'Accademia to get to the Ponte de Academia bridge that crossed the main canal. There are toilets under the southern part of the bridge. From the bridge just walk in an easterly directions past the Guggenheim museum. The walk in through an interesting and relatively uncrowded part of Venice. Entrance is free and you are allowed to take non-flash photos in most areas. One of the most impressive churches in Venice with massive paintings in the pulpit and interesting paintings and sculptures throughout. Well worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 800 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive from the outside 15/03/2019
    • A bit off the beaten track...worth it for the restored Tintoretto and Titian. 14/03/2019
    • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    Address:
    Campo de la Salute Dorsoduro 1
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 274 3911
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • deCanto Wine Bar
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    SydneyConcordian Says:

    This bar is located at Venice airport. The Trip Advisor community mostly advise you avoid this place like the plague. Our experience is described below. After being seated and waiting for about 10 minutes a waiter finally came towards our table but then went to attend to a table of Italians next to us who has just arrived. I had to insist the waiter serve us first. We ordered cold platters of finely sliced beef with roast vegetables and prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and a coffee and tea. The food arrived promptly, as it was pre-prepared but our coffee and tea never arrived. The food was good but service extremely poor and unprofessional. This place is like the rubbish service we got at Maxims at Paris airport for which I wrote a similar poor review. I can't believe that I didn't check other reviews for this place. I noted that even the Italians disliked this place. At Venice airport just go to one of the many bistros and avoid dissatisfaction.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • With the poor service we encountered plan to stay>1 hour even if that means you miss your plane ;-)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,356 of 1,412 restaurants in Venice
    • Good food and wine 20/03/2019
    • Quick but pricey 26/02/2019
    • deCanto Wine Bar
    Address:
    Via Luigi Broglio 8
    Aeroporto Marco Polo, Dopo i controlli
    30173 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 260 3878
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