3 Best Fountains In Venice, Italy

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The capital city of Veneto in northern Italy, Venice is well-known for its vast network of canals and marvelous setting. It consists of a group of 118 islands on the Venetian Lagoon, which are intertwined by the canals and vast array of bridges. Its gorgeous, Gothic-style architecture provides a stunning backdrop to its waterways. Venice is a unique city in more ways than one - it has no roads, but waterways instead. The main mode of transportation is the Vaporetto (water taxis) and water buses. As such, a water-centric city, it’s no wonder that it has some pretty interesting fountains. Here are the three best fountains in Venice, Italy.

1. Fountain near St. Mark's Basilica

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This fountain made headlines when a tourist was filmed having a bath in it in 2015, prompting widespread outrage from Italians. However, that’s not all there is to the fountain - it’s located near St. Mark’s Basilica, arguably the most famous cathedral in the city. No trip to Venice is complete without a visit to this beautiful church. Once you step into its confines, you’ll be awed by the grandiosity of the cathedral, filled with intricate mosaics and beautifully sculpted statues; it definitely lives up to its nickname as the Church of Gold. Built in the 9th century, this cathedral has had a long and varied history, which you can view through one of its many mosaics. Due to the popularity of this cathedral, however, it’s best to book tickets in advance for your trip, or you might have to queue for tickets. You can always admire the fountain near the church in Piazzetta dei Leoncini while waiting your turn - just take note not to bathe in it.

Fountain near St. Mark's Basilica

Address: Piazzetta dei Leoncini, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Opening hours: 24 hours

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2. Fountain of Wine at St. Mark's Square

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If you’re in town during the Carnival of Venice held at St. Mark’s Square, do drop by the Fountain of Wine as part of its festivities. As one of the few running wine fountains in the world, this is bound to be one of your most memorable sips of wine. Definitely stick around to enjoy the rest of the carnival as well - celebrating the lead up to Lent, the Carnival spans weeks of endless merriment and fun. World-famous for its elaborate masks and masquerade balls, it’s a stunning visual spectacle complete with dances, street performances, endless partying and of course, wine-drinking. The Venetians really do it like no other.

Fountain of Wine

Address: Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Opening hours: 24/7

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3. Fountain in the Campo San Giacometto

Venice - Fountain in the Campo St. Giacometo
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Nino barbieri used under CC BY-SA 2.5

Located near the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, this fountain is actually a drinking fountain. You can rest, relax and refill your empty bottles here. As a city that will never be short of water (it’s literally built on water), city officials urge locals and tourists to take advantage of this natural resource instead of relying on bottled water. The water in the city is potable and safe for drinking. In fact, it’s one of the safest in the country, so drink up to your heart’s content at the fountain. There are also numerous drinkable fountains throughout the city, which you can find on a downloadable map on the city’s website. When you’ve quenched your thirst at the fountain, you can move on to visit the church, which is one of the oldest in the city.

Fountain in the Campo San Giacometto

Address: Ponte di Rialto, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Opening hours: 24/7

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An unforgettable Venetian experience

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Marvel at the wondrous architecture and impressive sites in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As a city built on water, it’s no wonder that Venice has some interesting fountains amidst its various attractions as well. Take a walk down its network of canals, enjoy free-flow wine at the famous Carnival of Venice and lastly, drink Venetian water from its many drinking fountain for a true Venetian experience.

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Born and raised in Venice, I ventured far and wide, getting 'germanised' in Bochum and Göttingen, absorbing the post-Olympic vibrance in Turin, getting drunk in the worst bars in Moscow, tracing the historic Silk Road in Central Asia, indulging in Berlin's pulsating club scene, and engaging in the corporate world as a manager in the construction equipment industry across Africa and the Middle East. Back in Venice since 2018, I'm currently pursuing a second degree in Art History, sharing the city's rich heritage with a passion. With over 1000 full-star reviews, my aim is to ensure every visitor experiences the enchanting magic and timeless charm of Venice. Today, I am a tour guide in Venice and I'm excited to share my profound love for this city, commitment to sustainable tourism, and insider tips as a local guide. Let me unveil hidden gems and guide you through unique experiences that leave an indelible mark!

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