24 September 2019 | While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information, it should be used as guidance only. If you have updated information please contact policy@etoa.org.


These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Attractions based in Italy outside of Venice, Rome and Florence can be found here.

Attractions based in Rome can be found here.

Attractions based in Florence can be found here.

If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

It is free to enter the basilica, and no pre-booking is required.

Information about opening hours can be found here. The Basilica is closed in the morning on specific days.

Visitors and tour operators may wish to purchase the ‘skip-the-line’ ticket, which can be purchased for the period 01 April to 01 November. Information about these tickets can be found here.

The Basilica is visited by approximately 5.5 million visitors on a yearly basis.

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Information about opening hours, ticket types and prices can be found here. It is not possible to buy a ticket just for the palace. Visitors will either need to purchase a combi ticket for the four museums under the St. Mark’s Square Museums or a museum pass including entrance for 10 other museums in Venice.

The palace is visited by approximately 1.3 million visitors on a yearly basis.

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Guiding regulation

Italy regulates both guida turistica and accompagnatore turistico and defines them in such a way that their activities are mutually exclusive.

Venice has over the years been well-known for frequent checks of tour guides. This is still the case and in 2019 we have continued to receive reports of members’ tour guides being approached by the local police to check if they have the correct documentation.

If you would like to read more about guiding regulations in Italy, please follow this link.

Please click on the right hand banner to read more about the ETOA tour guide ID card, which has proven to be a useful proof of ID when approached by local police in Venice.

Public holidays and opening hours

25 April – La Festa di San Marco: In Venice, St Mark is the patron saint of the city. On this day every year a festivity is held in his honor. It coincides with the national holiday liberation day. Schools and most businesses will be closed. Travel disruption is likely.

1 January New Year’s Day
6 January Epiphany
25 April Liberation from Nazi-fascism
Between 22 March and 25 April Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
2 June Republic Day
1 November All Saints
8 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Saint Stephen

More information can be found here.

Events and seasonality

Visitors can find information about upcoming events on the official tourism page.

Venice Carnival From 8 to 25 February 2020
Venice International Film Festival Yearly end August/beginning of September
Festa del Redentore Third Sunday of July. The feast commemorates the end of the plague in Venice of 1576
Historical Regatta First weekend in September. Every year, various sixteenth century-style boats parade and race down the Grand Canal
Festa della Salute Yearly on 21 November. Every year a temporary bridge is built on boats crossing the Grand Canal. People make the pilgrimage to pay homage to the Madonna

ETOA activity

ETOA’s local Country Representative Tini Gattazzo and Market Manager Manuela Saccone are focusing on developing the local membership base as well as our relationship with local authorities, attractions and other stakeholders.

Tini Gattazzo

Tini Gattazzo
Country representative, Italy
+39 320 069 5112

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Manuela Saccone

Manuela Saccone
Market Manager, Italy & Malta
+44 20 7307 0830

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In April 2019 ETOA held a seminar in Venice on sustainable tourism discussing the following themes in the context of Venice:

  • How destination strategies might evolve in order that tourism works for all stakeholders long-term
  • What processes are required to achieve that goal
  • What the implications may be for policy makers, community and business


The City of Venice is running an awareness campaign called #EnjoyRespectVenezia to promote sustainable tourism in Venice. Furthermore they are promoting less visited areas via the campaign Detourism: travel Venice like a local.

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