Tips for Visitors

Getting Around Venice

ACTV (Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano)
Everything you need to know about public transportation in Venice

Comune di Venezia
Other useful information from local authorities

Transportation and Event information

Events in Venice

La Biennale di Venezia
The Biennale encompasses Venice’s internationally renowned biannual contemporary art and architecture exhibitions and the annual film festival.

Teatro La Fenice
Here you will find historic information and tickets to performances at Venice’s world-famous opera house. La Fenice was reopened in 2004 after a devastating fire, and Save Venice contributed to the rebuilding effort.

Turismo Venezia
Other event information from the Tourism Board of Venice


Basilica San Marco
The Basilica of San Marco has stood for over a thousand years and is a must-see for every visitor to Venice. Save Venice has restored over 11 works of art (plus 43 objects in the treasury) that are located throughout the church, its treasury, and the Basilica Museum (located upstairs).

CHORUS Churches (Association of Churches in the Patriarchate of Venice)
The CHORUS Association manages the access and supervision of many churches in Venice, allowing them to remain open for touristic visits every day from 10-5. Many of the restorations Save Venice has or is funding are located in churches operated by CHORUS.

Patriarcato di Venezia
This site is the main source of information from the Catholic Diocese of Venice and includes tourism information for other churches in Venice that are not a part of the CHORUS Association.



Palazzo Ducale

The Palazzo Ducale not only housed the Doge of Venice for over a thousand years, it was also the home to all government offices and courts. The ‘Great Councils’ of the Venetian Republic met inside halls decorated with art created by some of Venice’s most prolific painters including Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Several of these paintings were restored by Save Venice and remain on view throughout the palace.

Museo Correr

The Correr Museum houses a rich collection of objects and art that illustrate the history of the Most Serene Republic. Paintings, decorative objects, coinage, maps, classical and neoclassical sculpture, and much more, complete this extensive and eclectic collection, several of which were restored with funding from Save Venice.

Ca’ Rezzonico

This palazzo now houses the museum of eighteenth-century Venetian art, including frescoes by Giandomenico Tiepolo (originally in Villa Zianigo), restored with funding by Save Venice.

Palazzo Fortuny Museum

The gothic Palazzo Fortuny now houses the collections of Mariano Fortuny that include his paintings, lighting fixtures, photography, textiles and grand garments. Palazzo Fortuny also houses temporary exhibitions from around the world.

State Museums

Gallerie dell’Accademia

The Accademia Galleries house a rich collection of Venetian art from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Save Venice has restored 20 paintings in the collection and has recently committed to the restoration of the Sala dell’Albergo including the painted wooden ceiling, Titian’s Presentation of the Virgin, and other paintings throughout the room.

Ca’d’Oro Giorgio Franchetti Gallery

Once considered to be the most beautiful palace on the Grand Canal, the Ca’d’Oro now houses the collection of previous owner, Giorgio Franchetti, and other art and objects from around Venice.

Palazzo Grimani Museum

The newly restored and reopened Palazzo Grimani is available for a visit, but only on a guided tour that must be reserved in advance.

Private Museums

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, purchased by Peggy Guggenheim in 1948, now houses her extensive collection of Cubist, Abstract, and Surrealist art. After her death in 1979, the building underwent maintenance and restoration (with a contribution by Save Venice) and in 1980 was opened to the public.

Palazzo Grassi/ Punta della Dogana

Information about two contemporary art museums in Venice that house temporary exhibitions and the private collections of François Pinault.

Safeguarding Venice

Restoration and Conservation of Art and Architecture

International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice

The International Private Committees are made up of 24 individual committees representing different countries and areas of interest, who share the mission of promoting and financing the restoration of Venice’s artistic heritage.

UNESCO Office in Venice

The UNESCO Venice Office administers the “Joint UNESCO-Private Committees Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice, cooperating with the Association of Private Committees and Superintendencies of Monuments and Galleries of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Venice in two main areas: the restoration of monuments and works of art and the provision of funding for training of specialist in conservation of cultural heritage.

Acqua Alta and Flood Control

Save Venice’s mission does not encompass issues with high water and flood control in Venice, but below you will find several links where you can find more information:

Consorzio Venezia Nuova

Information about projects currently underway to protect Venice from high water through collaboration between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Venice Water Authority.


Consortium for Coordination of Research Activities Concerning the Venice Lagoon System


Insula plans, designs, contracts and coordinates the execution of urban maintenance works and services for the city, combining the expertise of a design firm and a tendering authority within a single organization.

Italia Nostra – Venice Chapter

Italia Nostra is a national association for the protection of Italy’s historic, artistic, and national heritage with a local mission of protecting the city of Venice and its natural lagoon.


Venice is not just a stage set. It is also a city with a resident population, which has productive activities, transportation and services. But how does the “Venice system” work? How do the tides in the lagoon behave? How are the canals formed? And the embankments? What’s under the buildings? Venice Backstage, a project conceived by Insula spa, the operative arm of the City for urban maintenance, is about what happens behind the curtains, to make the fragile beauty of this fantastic city easier to appreciate.

Religious and Cultural Sites

The Jewish Ghetto of Venice

On March 29th, 1516 the Venetian government issued special laws, creating the first Ghetto of Europe. The Jewish Ghetto was an area where Jews were forced to live and they were forbidden to leave the gated community from dusk to dawn. The Ghetto existed for more than two and a half centuries, until Napoleon conquered Venice and liberated the Jews from these restrictions in 1797. Save Venice has funded restorations in the scuole (confraternities), synagogues, and libraries of this historic Ghetto.

Hellenic Institute of Venice

The Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice is Greece’s only research centre outside Greece itself. The Institute’s main objectives are to carry out studies in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine history — focusing primarily on the history of Greek territories under Latin domination, on the basis of Italian and in particular Venetian archives — and to publish the relevant historical sources. Save Venice has funded the conservation of publications in the archive of the Istituto Ellenico.



CAMEO is a searchable information center developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston