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Venice: Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana Entry Ticket

1. Venice: Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana Entry Ticket

Admire the works of the Pinault Collection in the current exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana with this combined entry ticket. Discover the "CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century" exhibit at Palazzo Grassi and the "Icônes" exhibition at Punta della Dogana. The exhibition "CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century" brings together over four hundred works that bring the twentieth century to life through the events, social phenomena, and illustrious figures that marked it. Spanning from the 1910s to the early 1980s, this selection presents the work of more than one hundred and fifty international artists including Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, André Kertész, Horst P. Horst, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton, among others, as well as the illustrators Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden, and George Wolfe Plank. Between figuration and abstraction, the exhibition "Icônes" at Punta della Dogana invokes all the dimensions of the image in the artistic context—paintings, videos, sounds, installations, performances—through a selection of emblematic works from the Pinault Collection, and new dialogues between artists who are particularly important for the Collection (David Hammons/Agnes Martin; Danh Vo/Rudolf Stingel; Sherrie Levine/On Kawara...). Uncover the beauty of the interior of Palazzo Grassi, an 18th-century building that was the last palace to be built on the Grand Canal before the fall of the Venetian Republic. It was bought by art collector François Pinault and renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Marvel at Punta della Dogana, the former sea customs house of Venice that was converted to a contemporary art space. Have access to the rooftop of the building and gaze out over a sweeping view of the Venice Lagoon and the last part of the Grand Canal. Enjoy these sites which host some of the world's most important temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Get access to both locations and feel free to start your visit to either one of the two locations.

From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

2. From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

Set off on a day trip from Rome to explore Venice, Europe’s most romantic city. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a high-speed train, see the iconic St. Mark's Square, and cross the Bridge of Sighs. Meet your tour leader at Rome's Termini train station and board a high-speed train to Venice. When you arrive in the city, get your one-way pass for Venice’s waterbus transportation. Follow your guide onto a Vaporetto (waterbus). As you ride, enjoy your first glimpse of this magical water city. Head to St. Mark’s Square, the heart and soul of Venice. From the waterfront, marvel at the magnificence of the western façade of St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy some free time to go shopping, sip a delicious Italian coffee, or get lost in the maze of insanely romantic alleys. Next, cross the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which is among the city's most beloved and most Instagrammable locations. On the way back to the railway station, join your tour leader for a fantastic aperitivo, or Cicchetti, as the locals call it. Sit down for a mix of small savory side dishes, typically served in a bàcari, and wash it down with a Venetian Spritz. Return to Rome on the high-speed train with your guide.

Venice: 1-Hour Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal with Guide

3. Venice: 1-Hour Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal with Guide

Take a tour of Venice from its waterways for the best and most breathtaking views of the city. This 1-hour tour is priced for a group of up to 5 persons. You’ll be steered in style by your own personal gondolier through centuries of history, along the iconic Grand Canal, one of the most elegant high streets in the world. Pass Ca Dario, Casanova’s home, Palazzo Grassi, Ca Rezzonico, Ca Bembo, Ca Pesaro, the Rialto Bridge, Campo Manin, and Mozart’s house. Sit back and relax as you take in the surroundings and your expert guide entertains you with anecdotes about the city. Learn the history behind La Serenissima, pass by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and pass under the Accademia Bridge. Hear tales behind the gondola itself as you near the majestic Rialto Bridge. Turning into one of Venice’s scenic side canals, you’ll take in the splendor of the Canal Grande and also be able to enjoy the quaint charm of the smaller, more residential areas. Your informative guide will tell you all about the gondola and its unique structure, and the traditions of Venetian gondoliers. This is an excellent way to combine an informative and stimulating guided tour with a romantic gondola ride.

Venice: Contemporary Art Private Tour with Gallery Entry

4. Venice: Contemporary Art Private Tour with Gallery Entry

Get in touch with the artistic side of Venice as you visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Palazzo Grassi with your own private guide. Learn about the notable works within each collection on a guided tour of both galleries. Meet in St. Mark's square and head first to Palazzo Grassi. Admire the majesty of the interior of Palazzo Grassi, the last palace built on the Grand Canal in the 18th century. Discover the latest exhibits focused on contemporary artists with temporary exhibitions and permanent collections. Next, discover the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Wander through the exhibits and discover art from various contemporary movements such as Cubism, Futurism, and Modernism. See some of the most famous works of the collection such as The Poet by Pablo Picasso and Au Vélodrome by Jean Metzinger, and Salvador Dalí's Birth of Liquid Desires.

Exclusive Gondola Ride with Guided Old Town Tour

5. Exclusive Gondola Ride with Guided Old Town Tour

The unique feature of Venice is its on-the-water location with hundreds of canals, bridges, lively piazzas and colorful water-front palaces. Book an exclusive gondola ride to see the highlights of the Canale Grande and feel the city’s romantic atmosphere. Gondola is more than a popular attraction, it's a Venetian way of life. Book a private ride and fall in love with the ""City of Water""! Choose a 1-hour option to book a private gondola experience! Sit back and relax on a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat and cruise down the Grand Canal with a Professional Gondolier. The experience includes an introduction to the history of gondolas and a 30-minute gondola ride during which you will see the best of the Floating City and Grand Canal. The main waterway running through the heart of Venice is a part of the world heritage and offers amazing sights. You will see the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica in San Marco, and pass the magnificent Santa Maria della Salute, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Ponte dell'Accademia, Ca’ Dario, Palazzo Grassi, and more. The on-board commentary will introduce you to local history and legends. The ride will end near the famous Rialto Bridge, which connects San Marco to San Polo. Choose a 2,5-hour to enjoy an exclusive 30-minute gondola experience with a Professional Gondolier (no live commentary), preceded by a 2-hour walking tour of The Old Town led by a Private Local Guide. Discover San Marco, one of Venice’s oldest neighborhoods and learn about the history, architecture and culture at your own pace. The tour will begin near the Rialto Bridge and take you through the winding streets of the Old Town to St. Mark's Square, passing by famous landmarks such as the Teatro Goldoni, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Doge's Palace. It will be a fun and insightful experience to enjoy before your gondola ride.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Grassi

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 224 reviews

Veniceis a nice place we were gladwe were able to visit. Our tour guide Rosella is very good, helpful and guided us from start o finish. Kudos to her!

Tour guide was responsible. Instruction was clear. He even told me an authentic Venice sea food restaurant. Totally worth it.

It was a great tour. Highly recommend. Tour guide was very very helpful from start to finish. She was awesome!!

Loved the tour. The guide was excellent. Puntual? Organized. Spoke several languages

Wonderful trip, despite being very tiring. It's really worth it!