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Tips for Visiting

Start your visit early at 10 am if possible. There is so much to see that it really does take at least a full day to fully enjoy the Biennale. For this reason, if you are staying in Venice for more than 1 day we recommend a plus ticket, which is valid for 3 days.
Take a break at the Caffeteria-Work of Art where geometric shapes of contrasting colors interrupt and intersect, creating a complex and lively optical pattern or at the bar and restaurant terrace of at Arsenale.
The lunch areas get very crowded at peak lunch time so try wait until around 2 pm if you want to eat in the Biennale venue. Try to visit the Biennale during the week (except Mondays when it is usually closed) to avoid big crowds.

Opening hours:

  • 11 May – 24 November 2019 | Closed on Mondays (except 13 May, 2 September, 18 November)
  • Giardini della Biennale (Biennale Gardens): open 10 am to 6 pm
  • Arsenale Exhibition Spaces: open 10 am to 6 pm
  • Arsenale Exhibtion Spaces: on Fridays and Saturdays, until 5 October, open 10 am to 8 pm

How to Get there

Both the Giardini della Biennale (the primary Biennale venue) and Arsenale Exhibition Spaces are located in the southeast area of the island of Venice. You can reach the venues by vaporetto (water bus) or by foot from the main island. Visitors coming from Lido, Murano or other islands will have to take a vaporetto to reach the Biennale Venues.

  • Giardini della Biennale
    Vaporetto (water bus) – Get off at Giardini Biennale SX or DX terminals to arrive directly at the Biennale or get off at Giardi SX or DX and you will have a 5 minute walk to the Biennale.
    By Foot – From Ponte Rialto – 30 minutes / From St. Mark’s Square 30 minutes / From the Guggenheim Collection 40 minutes
  • Arsenale Exhibition Spaces – You can easily walk from the Biennale Gardens to the Arsenale Exhibition Spaces in about 10 minutes so you could use the same directions as those for Biennale Gardens, but if you want to go directly to the Arsenale Exhibition Spaces use the following directions:
    Vaporetto (water bus) – Get off at Arsenale terminal
    By Foot – From Ponte Rialto – 25 minutes / From St. Mark’s Square 25 minutes / From the Guggenheim Collection 30 minutes
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