Venice street sign

In this section, we'll give you the high points of what to see as you walk around Venice, plus advice on guided tours.

Central Venice is only about twice the size of New York's Central Park, so walking is easy if you don't mind small footbridges.

For more ideas, see "Venice's Top 11 Free Sights" at our in-depth companion site,

Three "don't miss" sights:

Venice by district (sestiere):

Venice sestieri map

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Islands of the Lagoon:

More sightseeing:


  • The best walking guide to Venice that we've seen is Venice Walks, by Jo-Ann Titmarsh (published by Duncan Petersen's On Foot Guides series).
  • For even more sightseeing ideas, and for current opening hours of museums, churches, and special exhibitions, ask your hotel concierge for Venice's free events magazine, un Ospite di Venezia, a Guest in Venice.