About The City Sightseeing Venice Tour:
This hop-on hop-off boat tour is the easiest way to access the main islands dotted around the Venetian Lagoon. Start your journey at either Santa Lucia Railway Station or the cruise port terminal and you'll be able to catch one of the red sightseeing boats at berthing stations 1 & 3 respectively. These are the most popular departure points on the City Sightseeing Venice tour, though visitors are free to start from any of the 7 stops.
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Arriving By Cruise Ship?
People travelling to Venice on a cruise ship should take note of the following 'cruise days'. During these days the City Sightseeing Venice boats will be accessible from stop 3 (Cruise Terminal).
- April: 1, 2, 13, 17, 20, 24, 25, 26 & 27.
- May: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 18, 19, 24 & 25.
- June: 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29 & 30.
- July: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 20, 21, 26 & 27.
- August: 1, 4, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29 & 30.
- September: 1, 6, 12, 19, 20, 21 & 22.
- October: 9, 11, 24, 25 & 31.
Using Your Boat Tour Pass:
After purchasing your tour pass[es] please print off the ticket voucher you receive (sent immediately by email) and redeem it at either of the following locations:
- City Sightseeing Venice boats (present to pilot/staff).
- City Sightseeing Venice Visitor Centre.
City Sightseeing Venice Visitor Centre:
If you find you need a bit of extra help and guidance while you're in Venice head along to City Sightseeing Italy's own visitor centre inside Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station.
Staff here can provide up-to-date tour information as well as advice and recommendations. They can also exchange your CityXplora voucher for hop-on hop-off boat tickets and hand out complimentary maps. The visitor centre is located in front of platforms 13 and 14, next to Freccia Club, and is open from 08:30 up to 16:00. Click here for a map of the centre's location.
Things To See And Do In Venice:
Here are just a few of the famous sights you'll discover while hopping between the islands:
• Piazza San Marco | • Doge's Palace | • The Frari | • San Rocco | • Gallerie dell’Accademia | • Peggy Guggenheim Collection | • Murano Island | • Venetian Arsenal
How and what you choose to explore depends mostly on your familiarity with the city, the time you have available and personal interests. First-timers who only have a few hours to spare might be content with a foray around Piazza San Marco, a spot of lunch and a gondola ride up the Grand Canal. Such a route covers major attractions from the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge to the Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Grassi- a concise journey that serves as the perfect introduction to a timelessly romantic city.
If you have a bit more time on your hands, maybe a whole day or two, then get discovering Venice's numerous fascinating legacies. Make sure there's plenty of room on the camera memory stick and seek out the city's religious architecture. Must-sees include the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a huge, domed edifice located near the tip of the Punta della Dogana. It was constructed following a devastating outbreak of plague in 1630, and most of the building's decorative artefacts depict scenes relating to the Black Death.
Another sightseeing treasure visible from the Punta della Dogana is the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore, a Palladian church whose white marble façade seems to rise straight out of the surrounding lagoon. Its size and isolated location make it a key focal point of the Venetian cityscape. Look out for the copper-topped campanile (bell tower) and you'll know you've spotted the right place.
Though Venice has much more in the way of religious sightseeing one last place you can't afford to miss is the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, or simply, The Frari. This church is located right in the heart of Venice and is where you'll find the burial place of 16th-century Italian master painter Titian. He's joined by other important Venetian figures, along with their beautiful funerary monuments.
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco, while mainly religious in subject matter, is something we'd regard as more of an artistic gem. The building was established during the late 15th century in dedication to Saint Roch. This semi-legendary figure is best known as a patron of the diseased, particularly those suffering from the Plague. As a city whose 16th century Black Death causalities ran into the tens of thousands his depictions were much confided in by Venetians of every strata. This veneration lead to painter Tintoretto being commissioned to produce a vast range of works for the Scuola in 1564, work which he continued at various intervals until 1588. Today visitors flock to see his stunning biblical depictions and pieces related to Saint Roch. Grand works such as Miracle of the Bronze Serpent adorn the ceiling, while many recounting the life of Jesus line the walls.
Secular sightseeing highlights in Venice are as myriad as its 400+ bridges. Visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia, an institution showcasing all of the key trends and famous faces in Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries. Just a short walk away is Venice's most important collection of modern art, a priceless horde assembled over decades by Peggy Guggenheim.
With Venice being one of Italy's principle opera cities you might like to check out Teatro La Fenice. Alongside Teatro alla Scala in Milan it's one of the nation's most famous operatic houses, having hosted the likes of Verdi and Rossini over its 200+ year history.
Have a walk through the Rialto Markets to see Venice from a foodies perspective. It's a place steeped in history, sensory delights and atmosphere. Be sure to sample a fresh fruit, likely to have been grown on one of the lagoon islands or elsewhere in Vento.
Make your way to the east side of Venice for the Venetian Arsenal, a sprawling medieval shipyard complex that was the height of technological sophistication during its time. During the 14th century it employed up to 16,000 people in a manufacturing effort that was unsurpassed until the Industrial Revolution.