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Sights in Venice

 (Photo by Pedro Szekely)
Grand Canal
Venice: Dorsoduro

Cruising the Canale Grande (Grand Canal), the watery main street of Venice, Italy

Facing the Grand Canal is Marino Marini's "L'angelo della città" or "The Angel of the City" (1948–50) (Photo by Edal)
Peggy Guggenheim
Venice: Dorsoduro

The modern art of the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

 (Photo by vgm8383)
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

The island where Venetian glass was born

The Campanile di San Marco at night (Photo by A L E S S I O)
Campanile di San Marco
Venice: San Marco

A ride up St. Mark's Bell Tower

 (Photo by Eric Salard)
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

Burano is an island of candy-colored fishermen's houses and hand-tatted lace in Venice's Northern Lagoon

View from the Tower of the Cathedral of St. Mary Assumption (Photo by Zairon)
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

Glittering mosaics, breathtaking views, and a marshy proto-Venice in the Venetian Northern Lagoon

"The Last Supper" (1592–94) by Tintoretto (Photo Public Domain)
San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice: Dorsoduro

An island church built by Palladio, decorated by Tintoretto and Bassano, and offering great views from the campanile

The clock on St. Mark's clock tower tells both the time and the position of the sun relative to the signs of the Zodiac (Photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5)
Torre dell'Orologio
Venice: San Marco

The Clock Tower on Piazza San Marco

 (Photo by BKP)
Bacino Orseolo
Venice: San Marco

The gondola parking lot just off Piazza San Marco


Experiences in Venice

A gondola on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge (Photo by Adam Smok)
Venice: Dorsoduro

A gondola ride is the one Venetian tourist trap everyone falls into willingly

The inquisition room (Photo courtesy of ItalyGuides)

A tour that gets you—quite literally—behind the scenes, into the rooms and chambers hidden behind those lavishly decorated walls where the actual governing of the Venetian Republic happened


The other islands of Venice—Murano, Burano, and Torcello

A rowing lesson in Venice (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Spencer Brown)

Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat

Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Venice

Whenever the yellow signs point to some major tourist destination, go the other way instead. Put away the map. Discover the real Venice. (Photo by FTS-Ro)

The fine art of getting lost in the backstreets of Venice and learning to love it

Take a cruise or private boat trip along the Grand Canal, the lagoon, or the back canals of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise in Venice


Lodgings in Venice

A studio apartment

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Venice can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more


Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Venice

The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice


Dining in Venice

The fruit and vegetable barge on Rio San Barnaba

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Venice

The fruit and vegetable barge on Rio San Barnaba (Photo by NH53)

Where to get picnic pickings in Venice


Experiences in Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau (Photo courtesy of

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

How to hire a private tour guide in Italy


Lodgings in Italy

Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

An Italian villa to call your own for the night or the week—renting a villa, house, or cottage in Italy

A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling


Dining in Italy

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 (Photo by Unknown)

Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip


Planning for a trip to Italy

A family room can house the whole clan

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers

La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it)

Italy tours aimed at families