The Grand Canal is the main waterway of Venice, characterized by palazzos whose reflections dance on the water and highly captivating scenarios, a sight that can't be missed: so from San Zaccaria, climb aboard the ferry (line 1) and take in the view of the Basilica della Salute and historic buildings like the Cà d’Oro, the Palazzo Labia, the Palazzo Grassi and many others.
If you're an art lover, don't forget to visit the Guggenheim, the Querini Stampalia, the Cà Rezzonico Eighteenth century Venetian Museum and the exhibits at Palazzo Grassi; while we're on the subject, don't hesitate to ask for recommendations and information, you'll discover the limitless cultural wealth of the city of Venice.
Palazzo Schiavoni is the best place to start discovering the secrets of Venice: a short 5 minute walk takes you to glorious St. Mark's Square.
Crossing the small "calli" that open onto the Riva degli Schiavoni, you'll find yourself facing this large square, paved with Istria stones, surrounded by the Procuratie porticos and dominated by the high bell tower and extraordinary domes of St. Mark's Basilica.
The Doge's Palace is next to the basilica. The original seat of the Republic of Venice government, the astounding Sala del Maggior Consiglio has been kept intact in this building, unrivaled for the size and quality of its frescoes. Spectacular.
From the Doge's Palace you can visit the dungeons by crossing the Bridge of Sighs. Famous throughout the world and, according to legend, the prisoners' last chance to see the light of day before being shut in the dark underground dungeons.
From St. Mark's Square, pass under the Clock Tower and walk down the Mercerie where you can shop for just about anything; the most important shopping street in Venice along with Via XXII Marzo and its fashion label boutiques.
The Mercerie end at Rialto, where you'll find the lively daytime market and characteristic architecture of the bridge, one of the symbols of Venice; if you want to try the traditional Venetian cocktail, the ‘spritz’, go to the nearby Erbaria at sunset to enjoy the nightlife.
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Palazzo Schiavoni is within easy reach of the car terminal in Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto (where you can park your car in one of the town parking lots at a fee); from Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto, take ferry 2 and get off at San Zaccaria; with the lagoon on your right, walk along Riva degli Schiavoni, cross two bridges until you reach the Pietà church and the Hotel Metropole. Turn left on Calle della Pietà, continue on Calle Bosello and turn right on Salizada dei Greci. Cross the bridge, turn left on Fondamenta dei Furlani where you'll find Palazzo Schiavoni at number 3288, next to the San Giorgio degli Schiavoni school.
From the Santa Lucia train station, take ferry 2 and get of at San Zaccaria; from here, continue as described under "by car".
The Tessera “Marco Polo” airport is 15 km away. Take the ACTV bus 5 to Piazzale Roma (departing every 30 minutes). From here, take ferry 2 and get off at San Zaccaria; from here, continue as described under "by car". As an alternative, you can take the public ferry (Alilaguna) that will take you to Venice in an hour (13,00 Euro per person); ask to get off at the Arsenale stop and, keeping the lagoon on your left, walk to the Pietà church and continue as described under "by car". Taxi or private water taxi services are also available to take you to Fondamenta dei Furlani in 30 minutes, near Palazzo Schiavoni.