12 of the most uncommon areas to pay a visit to in Venice Offbeat


12 uncommon areas to pay a visit to in Venice with no crowd

Venice is a sophisticated city to pay a visit to. With more than 400 bridges and canals, a dense labyrinth of smaller lanes and narrow “calle”,  the finest way to discover its lesser-recognized web-sites is walking. I really like Venice, and for the reason that I reside only an hour away, it really is naturally effortless for me to revisit more than and more than once again. Immediately after dozens of trips, but I really feel as if I had been a initially-time visitor. And all the occasions I am thrilled to be there.

But Venice is badly impacted by the effect of more than-tourism. On this post, I’m sharing some of my favourite, wonderful and uncommon areas of Venice that will show you La Serenissima from a diverse viewpoint, as a result assisting you study additional about its wealthy and strange history.

Lio Piccolo Island Venetian Lagoon
Lio Piccolo Island on the Venetian Lagoon photo credit through Flickr

The Venetian Lagoon

With 550 square km, it is the biggest wetland ecosystem in the Mediterranean basin that comprises 118 smaller islands and 150 canals. When most islands are abandoned, some have been restored and opened to public once again. From Medieval churches, bell towers, ancient buildings, archaeological web-sites, farmhouses, to lengthy stretches of salt marshes, a.k.a. “barene”, shoals and mudflats a.k.a.”melve” it is an perfect eco-habitat for thriving birdlife. A wide variety of birds like ducks, herons, seagulls and a lot of additional, even 8000 flamingos reside permanently in the Venetian lagoon. And the quantity of birds is escalating from year to year.  It is a true paradise for nature and history lovers that are keen to discover additional of Venice offbeat.

Right here under a couple of islands of the Venetian lagoon worth exploring:


It was the initially island to be inhabited with a wealthy mixture of history, myths and tales. The primary attractions amongst all the old palaces are the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral with wonderful Byzantine mosaics and the Ponte del Diavolo, an old bridge with no guardrail that holds a quirky spirits legend. Torcello is recognized as a location of quiet and peacefulness that inspired writers like Hemingway who came right here to reside and operate on his novels. You can go to Torcello by taking the ferry no. 13 and altering in Burano.

The Maria Assunta Church in Torcello Island Venice
A view of The Maria Assunta Church in Torcello

Lazzaretto Nuovo

In the previous, some islands employed to be a refuge for plague victims. Two places: the Lazzaretto Vecchio and the Lazzaretto Nuovo had been made with this objective: thousands of persons had been sent and buried for the duration of the plague outbreaks among 1400-1600. Thanks to a restoration of the Lazzaretto Nuovo island, you can now pay a visit to the museums and most archaeological web-sites that show the history of this island. Lazaretto Nuovo is also recognized as the dwelling of the Vampire of Venice right after a lady skull was discovered in one particular of the plague graves. You can get there by ferry no. 13.


This is the biggest and greenest island in the Venice Lagoon that delivers most of the agricultural make for Venice. It is perfect for a pay a visit to in summer season for sunbathing and stopping more than on the way to the Lido and Murano. Becoming the island flat, and sparsely populated, dotted with farmhouses, fields and gardens, it really is an outstanding web page for a walking or biking adventure along the island shore and on the inland paths and rural lanes. You can get there with the ferry 13 or 18 from Fondamente Nove.

La Certosa

This island is the closest to Venice primary island, and you can also keep overnight in the hotel. There is an intriguing Church Sant’Andrea Apolosto dated back to 1492 with artworks from Tintoretto and Tiziano. Considering the fact that 1985 a restoration system created it doable to reopen it to the public with a refurbished marina that hosts more than 120 sailing boats. A hotel, a restaurant, a cafe and picnic regions amongst reed beds and fields are beloved by the neighborhood Venetians who come more than to hide from the hordes of persons going to Venice.

certosa Island venetian lagoon with Venice in the background
View of La Certosa Island and Venice from the air photo credit Slow Venice

I Frari

Amongst all the wonderful churches in Venice, I Frari, as the locals contact it, a.k.a. The Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari is a church that stands out for the Venitian Renaissance art with the imposing wooden choir and the majestic Titian’s altarpiece paintings: the Madonna di Ca Pesaro and the Assumption of the Virgin. Furthermore, you can see the tombs of early Doges. There is a three Euro entrance which is, in my opinion, nicely spent. If you like churches and want to see a particular one particular, this is the location.

The Jewish Ghetto in Cannaregio

To study about the Venetian complicated and dark history, you have to pay a visit to the Jewish Ghetto in Cannaregio. The curious factor is the word Ghetto originated from the Venetian word Geto, which suggests „foundry“. This factory employed to be in this web page of the city for the duration of the middle ages. Later on, the authorities decided Jewish persons must reside in this restricted region. Mainly because of the segregation guidelines and persecution, they had to construct their synagogues upwards, so they are all on rooftops buildings: There are 5 synagogues that you can pay a visit to. It is one particular additional uncommon factor to do in Venice to study about the dark history of this region. You can pay a visit to the museum or go on a private guided tour.

The Ghetto Novo Canareggio Venice
A Campo in the Ghetto Novissimo Venice

The Venetian Patisserie

When in Venice you have to attempt its excellent meals and also attempt to study all the funny names they have! From an aperitif time in the neighborhood „bàcari“ (taverns) and “ombre” (glasses of red wine) with „cicheti“ (appetisers) to ist scrumptious patisserie. Stroll about, and you will discover a lot of areas exactly where the locals consume. Campo San Polo and Campo San Margherita, as nicely as Rio Tèra, are my favourite regions for the finest coffee knowledge in Venice.

Marchini Time Venice best coffe and patisserie
Scrumptious Basi in Gondola by Marchini Time Venice

Verify out the Martini Bar &amp cafeteria in Rio Tèra, and the additional renowned Marchini Time for excellent coffee time. Attempt its „Basi in Gondola“ which suggests “Kisses on a Gondola”, or some additional of their specialities. Only a couple of minutes away from San Marco Square, this is a true artisan patisserie worth checking out when going to Venice.

Basi in Gondola by Marchini Time Venice Italy

Antique markets and vintage shops

A single additional uncommon and unknown factor to do in Venice is to appear for vintage shops. From old fabrics and dwelling interiors and decors to accessories like hats and gloves to clothing in Venice, it is worth wandering off and acquiring lost in the tiny calle about San Marco Square.

Best vintage shops in Venice
A vintage shop in Venice with Murano Glass and additional antiques

In Venice there are flea and antique markets at a lot of of its wonderful Campos, and one particular of my favourites is the Saturday market place at Campo Santa Margherita this campo has a excellent atmosphere, just off a canal, with a church that hosts permanent exhibitions, some of the finest vintage shops, excellent consuming venues and cafes exactly where the locals go.

Venetian masks decorating art

If you like me really like the Venetian masks, skip on these touristy mask shops in Venice and pay a visit to a true workshop like the Ca Macana –  the most recognized – exactly where you can study from the specialised artisans about the special Venetian mask decorating art. When some are cost-free demonstrations open to the public, if you want to dive into the information of this strategy, you can sign up for a paid course.

Venetian artisan decorating masks
A neighborhood artisan at operate in a Venetian mask workshop

San Giorgio Maggiore

Lengthy queues at St Mark Square waiting to go up the Bell’s Tower is the usual situation. So why waste hours of your time, when you can get a super view of the entire of Venice with the lagoon someplace else, away from the crowd. Take the ferry to San Giorgio Maggiore island. Initially pay a visit to the church which homes fabulous Tintoretto performs of “the final supper” and stroll up the staircase of the bell tower, for 60 meters, (elevator is also obtainable) to admire the magnificent view of the Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale as nicely as a wonderful 360° panorama of the Venetian lagoon with its islands.

San Giorgio Maggiore island and Grand canal, aerial view Venice, Italy.
A excellent aerial view of San Giorgio Maggiore Island

Il Museo Della Musica

A single have to-do factor in Venice for music lovers is attending a concert inside a Venetian church or a Scuola Grande. Amongst the a lot of, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the San Vitale Church hold more than 200 shows a year. If you really like music, also a pay a visit to tot the Music’s Museum in San Lorenzo Church is certainly a special and uncommon location to pay a visit to in Venice.

Museo della Musica Classic Music Concerts in Venice Churches
A classic Music Concert held in a Venetian church

Have visited Venice and ticked all the iconic attractions currently? These option and uncommon areas will show you the lesser-recognized Venice, away from the crowds.

If you have a particular location in Venice that you can add to this list? Really feel cost-free to leave your comment right here under. Thanks.

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Suggestions for going to Venice with no crowds

Mainly because Venice is heavily suffering and collapsing with hordes of persons, almost 30 million vacationers in a year, please pay a visit to most respectfully these strategies for touring additional consciously will contribute to preserving the city beauty and heritage web-sites. Thanks for your assist.

  1. Travel independently, discover on foot, alternatively of making use of the ferry.
  2. Favor weekdays more than weekends for your trip to Venice.
  3. If you join a neighborhood tour make positive it really is a smaller group of max 10-12 persons.
  4. Recycle plastic, paper, tins and glass, and take your garbage back dwelling or to the hotel, if litter bins on the street complete.
  5. Look at staying overnight in nearby areas or on a smaller sized island.
  6. Appear for option points and areas to keep away from the crowd.
  7. Do not hang out in substantial groups and never speak loudly at evening in the street, be respectful of the locals.
  8. Go on day trips from Venice to discover additional of Venice’s surroundings.


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Want to revist Venice and explore more of the unusual places, get on the ferry and visit its beautiful lagoon and smaller islands like Torcello, Sant'Erasmo and more. From biking, walking, sunbathing to exploring ancient churches and historical sites. Here are my picks for a day tour of Venice offbeat. #venice #tour #italy #traveltips via @rockytravel


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