Titian's Tour, Venice

Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters of all time. He represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. His works are well-known for their realistic interpretation of biblical episodes. Titian had a style of his own that cannot be compared with that of the other artists of his period. This tour will guide you through the most important places in Titian's life and work.
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Titian's Tour Map

Guide Name: Titian's Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: naomi
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Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

1) Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) (must see)

The Doge's Palace was the symbol and the heart of political life and administration throughout the history of the Republic of Venice. Since 1923 the Palace has been open as a museum to the public. After receiving the patent, Titian became an overseer of official work and was engaged to finish the work of Giovanni Bellini, in the Doge's Palace. Also, he was hired by the dukes to paint their portraits and he finished 20 of them. You can admire the amazing work done by Titian throughout the Palace.

Why You Should Visit:
The artwork is amazing, but more the architecture and how the rooms and ceilings were built to support the artwork.
You also get to walk through the Bridge of Sighs, which is where the prisoners were transported from the courthouse to the jail.

Tip:
Book in advance for the guided "secret itinerary" tour that takes you into the old offices, meeting rooms and even torture chambers where the real business was conducted.
This "secret" tour fills up a few weeks in advance depending on the time of year, so book online early – it's well worth it.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am–7pm, last admission 6pm (Apr-Oct); 8:30am–5:30pm, last admission 4:30pm (Nov-Mar)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi

2) Fondaco dei Tedeschi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German merchants. A broad definition was taken of the term 'German', which included what would today be regarded as separate nationalities. First constructed in 1228, the building was rebuilt between 1505 and 1508, after its destruction in a fire. The reconstruction produced a very functional 4-floor building which surrounds a grand inner courtyard. Its architecture is typical of the Cinquecento (Italian Renaissance) style, but the basic concept (and the word 'fondaco') is derived from a type of building in Arab countries. Just like the Fondaco dei Turchi, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi was a palazzo, warehouse, and restricted living quarters for its population, in this case mainly Germanic merchants from cities such as Nuremberg, Judenburg, and Augsburg.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the largest, most well-refurbished shopping centers selling high-end luxury items. Everything looks so pretty you'd prefer to leave them on the shelves.
The 4th-floor Event Pavilion is an exhibition space where you have free access to the roof terrace providing one of the best panoramas of the Grand Canal.

Tip:
You must get a timed ticket near the elevators and line up in the Events Pavilion. Go first to the top floor, pick your ticket and in the meantime you can enjoy the shopping mall (you even get a voucher for some extra discount). Alternately, go onto their website, book your time slot, then show the security guy at the entrance your booking code which you get by email when booking.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario

3) Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario

Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario was founded in 1071 and then rebuilt by Antonio Scarpagnino after the Rialto fire. It is the most interesting example of Gothic architecture that has remained comparatively intact in Venice. This small church has, on its high altar, a painting of the titular saint, San Giovanni, by Titian. In the left aisle there is a fragment of a bas-relief dating from the Middle Ages, representing the Night of the Birth of Christ.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

4) Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (must see)

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was founded at the beginning of the 13th century and during the decades that followed it was enlarged several times in order to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. The imposing edifice is built of brick and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. In common with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice as well as the biggest altarpiece in Venice, "Assumption of the Virgin" by Titian. The other piece of art by Titian in the church is "Madona di Ca'Pesaro", under which the grave of the painter lies.

Why You Should Visit:
The dimension and beauty of this place are extraordinary, covering several layers of Venetian history and art.
Getting to it is another attraction as it's slightly off the beaten path and in a charming area with plenty of character.

Tip:
Pay cash – no credit cards accepted.
Modest dress code required (covers provided).
Do take a guidebook or free pamphlet by the ticket office as an aid.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 1-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gallerie dell'Accademia

5) Gallerie dell'Accademia (must see)

Gallerie dell' Accademia was founded primarily as an art school in 1750. It had the most famous art teachers of the time from all over Italy. With time it came to house a host of paintings by well-known Venetian and Italian artists. Here are presented several works of Titian, including his last work 'Pieta'. The painting was finished after his death by Jacopo Palma il Giovane.

The greatest names of Italian art, such as Bellini, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi – all gathered in one of the greatest art collections in the world. These artists have influenced European art since the 13th century. The galleries are situated in the center of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità.

Why You Should Visit:
Vast amount of early masterpieces! The collection is the best in town for Venetian art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Beautiful, large, spacious and clean – the rooms are well planned and the layout beautiful.

Tip:
Free entry the first Sunday of the month! If you do buy a ticket, hold on to it as it also allows access to the Palazzo Grimani located a short distance away.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 8:15am-2pm; Tue-Sun: 8:15am-7:15pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario

6) Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario (must see)

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario, also called Chiesa di Gesuati, is located in the Sestiere Dorsoduro, along the Giudecca canal in Venice. The current building was constructed in 1724 on behalf of Dominican friars, with the financial help coming from the entire city. The architect of the church was Giorgio Massari. Titian painted 'The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence' especially for this church in the period of 1548-1559. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the poor and the helpless.

Why You Should Visit:
The frescoes on the ceiling are renowned as they depict scenes from the history of the Dominican Order and are considered some of the best examples of work by Italian artist Giambattista Tiepolo.

Tip:
This church is part of the Chorus Pass that gives you entrance to 18 churches scattered throughout Venice. The Pass can be bought at any of the churches or online.
The five bells of Santa Maria del Rosario's bell tower play together on Saturday at 5pm and have an impressive evocative sound.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-4:30pm; Sunday & holidays: 10am-6:30pm
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

7) Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (must see)

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as La Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Sestiere Dorsoduro of the Italian city of Venice. It is one of the best expressions of Baroque architecture in Venice. It stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water.

La Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague-churches. In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.

The dome of La Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent and Francesco Guardi. Several works by Titian enrich the sacristy: "San Marco in trono, con i santi Cosma, Damiano, Sebastiano e Rocco", "Caino ed Abele", "Il sacrificio di Abramo ed Isacco" and "Davide e Golia".

Why You Should Visit:
San Marco may be Venice's most famous church by name, but La Salute may be Venice's most famous by image and silhouette!
The surrounding scenery is just amazing, too, since the church is right at the edge of the canal. You get great shots all around.

Tip:
Do make sure you visit the treasure room for some amazing relics.
And do bring a drink with you as there are hardly any cafes around.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-12pm / 3-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

The Northern Area of Venice is full of places of great historical and cultural importance. This tour offers you a view of some of the loveliest churches of Venice such as the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Chiesa dei Santissimi Apostoli.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour

Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour

The area is first mentioned in sources dating back to the 9th century. The Rialto was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1514. The only structure left standing was the church of San Giacomo di Rialto. The Rialto continues to be a busy shopping area with a daily vegetable market, Erberia, and a fish market in the Fish Camp.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Romantic Walking Tour

Romantic Walking Tour

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is the perfect destination for honeymoons, proposals and romantic trips. It is impossible to name the most romantic places in Venice because all the streets, canals and corners of this city are filled with romance, passion and love. This tour will guide you through the places where you can enjoy the perfect moment with your beloved.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
San Marco Souvenir Shops

San Marco Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Venice without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to Venice. Pop into the specialty shops of San Marco suggested in this tour to find the most beautiful and original items.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.