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In an attempt to make sure that tourists go to see more than just the Palazzo Ducale and San Marco, the entry charges for several museums have been combined in one ticket called I Musei di Piazza San Marco . Costing L18,000/?9.30, the ticket allows one visit to each of the following attractions before the end of the year in which you buy the ticket: Palazzo Ducale, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico, Biblioteca Marciana, Palazzo Mocenigo, Museo del Merletto (Burano) and Museo del Vetro (Murano). It's available at the Correr and Palazzo Ducale, each of which can be visited only with the Musei di San Marco ticket (the Museo Archeologico and Biblioteca Marciana are now annexes of the Correr, and thus also require a combined ticket); at the other places you have the option of paying an entry charge just for that attraction.

Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is located on Piazza San Marco and is one of the highlights of a visit to Venice. As with most churches in Italy, you must be dressed appropriately to be allowed in; this means no short skirts or bare shoulders.
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum located on the Dorsoduro region of Venice, to the east of the Accademia bridge, on the southern side of the Grand Canal, offers a personal collection of modern art, collected by Peggy Guggenheim. 10am-6pm We-Mo. Peggy was married to modern artist Max Ernst, and funded a number of his contemporaries. The gallery includes works by Kandinsky, Tanguy, Duchamp, Pollock and Mondrian. €10

Ride a Vaporetto (Water Taxi) down the Main Canal right before Sunset. The Vaporettos are inexpensive, but the sites are priceless: amazing architecture, soft seaside sunlight, and a fascinating parade of Venetian watercraft.
Take a Gondola if you can afford it, it's expensive, but the Gondoliere maybe can decrease the price if you ask (but they can also decrease the time...). Make sure you reach an agreement on price and time before you start!

Gondola Ride
If you are looking for something to do, you can always SHOP. Venice is full of little stores in every corner and crevice. The commonest local specialities are Carnival masks, glass, and marbled paper. On Murano you can go see glass-making demonstrations! While going through Venice you need to take in the beauty of it all. Walk through the alley ways, and take the water taxi to different parts of the island, sometimes at night you can just go sit in a main area and watch people and tourists. It is wonderful. There are many museums and churchs that are around the city that allow tourists to go in a visit. They are a good thing to keep you busy throughout your visit.

In addition, thirteen churches that charge for entry (either to the whole structure or just part - usually the sacristy) are now part of the Chorus Pass scheme, whereby a L15,000/?7.75 ticket allows one visit to each of the churches over a one-year period. The individual entrance fee at each of the participating churches is L3000/?1.55, and all the churches (except for the variants given below) observe the same opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 1 to 5pm (except in July and August, when all except the Frari are closed to tourists). The churches involved are: Santa Maria del Giglio; Santo Stefano; Santa Maria Formosa; Santa Maria dei Miracoli; the Frari (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm); San Polo; San Giacomo dell'Orio; San Stae; Sant'Alvise; Madonna dell'Orto; San Pietro di Castello; Redentore; and San Sebastiano (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 3-5pm - but often closed Sun in winter).
The opening hours listed below are the latest available times of the major tourist museums and monuments, but bear in mind that they are prone to sudden, inexplicable alterations, especially in winter, when afternoon opening hours are frequently truncated.
An asterisk after the price indicates that a concessionary rate is available for students who can prove their status; under-12s are entitled to reductions at nearly all attractions, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Visitors from EU countries who can prove they are aged under 18 or over 65 are entitled to free admission at the city's state-owned museums - ie the Accademia, Ca' d'Oro, Museo Archeologico and Museo Orientale.

Accademia Mon 8.15am-2pm, Tues-Sun 8.15am-7.15pm; late opening in summer (hours are variable - usually Tues-Sat until 10pm, Sun until 8pm); L12,000/?6.20; tel 041.522.2247.
Basilica di San Marco tel 041.522.5697:
Museo Marciano and Loggia dei Cavalli daily 9.45am-5pm (4pm in winter); L3000/?1.54.
Pala d'Oro summer Mon-Sat 9.45am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm; winter closes 4pm; L3000/?1.54.
Tesoro (Treasury) summer Mon-Sat 9.45am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm; winter closes 4pm; L4000/?2.07.
Ca' d'Oro Mon 8.15am-2pm, Tues-Sat 8.15am-7.15pm; L6000/?3.10; tel 041.523.8790.
Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore daily 9.30am-noon & 2.30-6pm; L3000; tel 041.522.7827.
Campanile di San Marco daily 9am-7pm; L8000/?4.16; tel 041.522.4064.
Campanile di Torcello April-Oct daily 11am-4.30pm; L4000/?2.07; tel 041.270.2464.
Cattedrale di Torcello daily: April-Oct 10.30am-5.30pm; Nov-March 10am-4.30pm; L5000/?2.58; tel 041.270.2464.
Collezione Peggy Guggenheim 10am-6pm; April-Oct open till 10pm Sat; closed Tues; L12,000/?6.20*; tel 041.520.6288.
Convento di San Francesco del Deserto daily 9-11am & 3-5pm; donation; tel 041.528.6863.
Frari Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm; L3000/?1.54; tel 041.522.2637.
Galleria di Palazzo Cini summer Tues-Sun 10am-1pm & 2-6pm; L5000/?2.58; tel 041.521.0755.
Monastero Mekhitarista (San Lazzaro degli Armeni) daily 3-5pm; L10,000/?5.16; tel 041.526.0104.
Museo Archeologico same hours and ticket as Museo Correr; tel 041.522.5978.
Museo Civico Correr daily: April-Oct 9am-7pm (last tickets 5.30pm); Nov-March 9am-5pm (last tickets 3.30pm) entrance with the I Musei di San Marco ticket, L18,000/?9.30*; tel 041.552.5625.
Museo d'Arte Moderna (Ca' Pésaro) Closed for restoration but previously open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; tel 041.721.127.
Museo del Settecento Veneziano (Ca' Rezzonico) Usually open: summer 10am-5pm; winter 9am-4pm; closed Fri; L12,000/?6.20*; tel 041.520.4036.
Museo Diocesiano daily 10.30am-12.30pm; free - but donation requested; tel 041.522.9166.
Museo di Dipinti Sacri Bizantini Mon-Sat 9am-12.30pm & 1.30-4.15pm; Sun 10am- 5pm; L7000/?3.62; tel 041.522.6581.
Museo di Storia Naturale Closed for restoration but previously open Tues-Sun 9am-1pm; L5000*; tel 041.524.0885.
Museo di Torcello April-Oct Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm, Nov-March 10am-4.30pm; L3000/?1.55*; tel 041.730.761.
Museo Ebraico 10am-5.30pm; closed Sat; L5000/?2.58; tel 041.715.359.
Museo Fortuny Closed for restoration but previously open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; L6000; tel 041.520.0995.
Museo Goldoni Closed for restoration but previously open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-1.30pm, free; tel 041.523.6353.
Museo Orientale (Ca' Pésaro) Tues-Sun 8.15am-2pm; L4000/?2.07; tel 041.524.1173.
Museo Storico Navale Mon-Fri 8.45am-1.30pm, Sat 8.45am-1pm, plus Tues & Thurs 2.30-5pm April-Oct; L3000/?1.54; tel 041.520.0276.
Museo Vetrario (Murano) summer 10am-5pm, winter 10am-4pm; closed Wed; L8000/?4.13*; tel 041.739.586.
Oratorio dei Crociferi April-Oct Thurs-Sat 10am-1pm; L3000/?1.54; tel 041.270.2464.
Palazzo Ducale daily: April-Oct 9am-7pm (last tickets 5.30pm); Nov-March 9am-5pm; (last tickets 3.30pm) entrance is with the I Musei di San Marco ticket, L18,000/?9.30*; tel 041.522.4951.
Palazzo Mocenigo Tues-Sun: April-Oct 10am-5pm; Nov-March 10am-4pm; L3000/?1.54 or I Musei di San Marco ticket*; tel 041.721.798.
Pinacoteca Querini-Stampalia Tues-Sun 10am-1pm & 3-6pm, Fri & Sat closes 10pm; L12,000/?6.20*; tel 041.271.1411.
Scuola dei Merletti di Burano April-Oct 10am-5pm; Nov-March 10am-4pm; closed Tues; L8000/?4.13*; tel 041.730.034.
Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni Tues-Sat 9.30am-12.30pm & 3.30-6.30pm, Sun 10am-12.30pm; L5000/?2.58*; tel 041.522.8828.
Scuola Grande dei Carmini Mon-Sat 9am-noon & 3-6pm; L8000/?4.16*; tel 041.528.9420.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco daily: summer 9am-5.30pm; winter 10am-4pm; L9000/?4.62 *; tel 041.523.4864.

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