Venice is known as "the city of canals."But is is equally renowned for its art and architecture, spanning the arc of Western civilization. In contrast to the Renaissance focus of Florence, Venice offers visitors a cross-section of art and history from the Byzantine era through the 20th century.  We offer two ways to tour Venice:

Virtual Venice
Directions: This series of interlocking 360-degree panoramas contain the same sites as the map below, but in a slighty different sequence . The tour begins at the Venice train station and proceeds south down the Grand Canal to the sestieri of Dosoduro. The trip winds its way through sites on the western side of the Grand Canal before crossing the Rialto Bridge to view the sights in the sestieri of San Marco. For the best experience of the sound effects, consider using headphones.
Stazione Venezia Santa LuciaSnap Content
Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets:

QR CodeThere is also a version of this tour designed specifically for VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, and it works with both iPhone and Android devices. It may be access by scanning on the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may access the VR tour by following this link.

For iOS devices: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

For Android devices: Open the camera app and use the built-in scanner to scan the QR code above. Confirm that you want to open the website, and wait for it to load--it should load in stereo view. Select the fullscreen ("X" option) from the menu at the bottom. Turn the device to landscape mode and you are ready to go. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

Venice Web Tour
Instructions: to visit the sites below, either click on the map "hotspots" indicated where the cursor changes into a hand, or click on the sites listed in alphabetical order in the table below. In either case, a separate window will open. Simply click on the "Close" button at the bottom of each page to return to this map. [Note: when viewing on mobile devices, you may have to hit "back" on your browser to return to this page. The "Close" button does not always work on mobile devices. Also, be sure your ad-blocker is turned off for this page.]

Rialto MarketRialto BridgeGrand CanalSanta Maria Glorioso dei FrariBasilica San MarcoPalazzo DucalePiazza San MarcoCampo Santa MarheritaAccademia BridgeAccademia GalleryPeggy Guggenheim MuseumAccademia Bed and Breakfast
1. Accademia Bridge
4. Basilica San Marco VT*
7.  Palazzo Ducale
10.  Rialto Bridge
2. Accademia Bed & Breakfast
5. Campo Santa Margherita
8. Peggy Guggenheim Museum
11. Rialto Market
3. Accademia Gallery
6. Grand Canal
9. Piazza San Marco VT*
12. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari VT*

*Sites marked VT contain separate map tours of their respective areas


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