Just around the corner from the Galleria dell'Accademia, on the Grand Canal is one of Venice's premier museums. This world-famous museum is run by the same institution, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, that manages the renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York. Peggy Guggenheim, was interested in contemporary art and came into contact with various artists who guided and educated her, including Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp. This museum houses her collection of contemporary art such as works by Bacon, Balla, Brancusi and Chagall. You'll also find masterpieces by the likes of De Chirico, Kandinsky, Klee, El Lissitskj, Magritte, Man Ray, Picasso and Pollock.
Punta della Dogana is a stunning art gallery located on the triangular piece of land that separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. Set in the former customs house, a beautiful 17th-century building, this gallery houses the permanent collection of world's numero uno art collector, Francois Pinault. Here, you will find his famous personal collection, besides several other exhibits pertaining to contemporary art.
The Teatro Goldoni has gone through several changes over the years and is a spot frequented by locals as well as visitors. Named after the 18th Century dramatist Carlo Goldoni, it actually began as Teatro San Luca, way back in 1622. With a seating capacity of 800, Teatro Goldini is known for the diverse range of performances it hosts throughout the year. Apart from some of the most scintillating concerts in the city, the theater offers ballets, operas and various other live acts. Check the website for a complete schedule of events.
Historic landmarks come a dime a dozen in Venice, but Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower) is a bit more legendary than most. Centrally located at the entrance to one of the city's oldest marketplaces, the looming structure has stood watch over generations and generations of busy Venetians. By appointment only, visitors can enter the hulking monolith, ascend its stairways, to learn about the complex inner workings of the ancient clock and take in some astounding views of the neighborhood below.
Al Vapore, the small music venue is located right off the mainland-side of the bridge to Venice in Marghera, which is directly on the other side of the tracks from the train station in Mestre. They very often host international jazz acts and world-class music concerts. Folks from all over the region come to Al Vapore to hear good live music in an intimate setting. It's one of the few places in Mestre where the entire family can enjoy a cultural entertainment and some tasty Italian grub.
Driven by a Gondolier, someone who is both a specialized operator and knowledgeable of the Venitian history, a Gondola is a wooden boat with a flat surface and cozy seats. Initially used by the upper-class Venetians, over the years, a gondola has become a popular activity among couples. Accessible from several landmarks, Grand Canal is one of the most popular and busiest sources of boarding a gondola. From here, you pass through popular attractions such as Palazzo Cà Dario and Chiesa della Salute and you can also learn about their significance in Venetian history.
Avventure Bellissime is one of the best professional touring services one can opt for. Based in Venice, they provide tours not only in the city, but also others like Florence and Rome. All their guides are certified and thoroughly professional, and also speak impeccable English, to make sure you make the most out of the tour. Their one day tours of Venice are quite popular, where one explores the city on foot and by boat. Their ghost walking tours are recommended as well. Refer to the website for details and list of tours.
This gallery specializes in contemporary art and has organized exhibitions on themes such as German Neo-Expressionism, new French trends in art, and the graffiti phenomenon. Temporary exhibitions dealing with recent trends in contemporary art are also held.
Located near the region of San Polo, the history San Silvestro can be traced back to as early as 12th Century when it was built. San Silvestro was destroyed during 1800s and was reconstructed soon after. The reconstruction is believed to be done by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Meduna. This church has been renovated several times throughout the centuries and features elements from Baroque and Renaissance architectural designs. San Silvestro is popular for possessing the artwork by Johann Carl Loth, showcasing baby Jesus presented to God. Presently, this church is a place of worship for Roman Catholics and is a popular destination for art and architecture enthusiasts.