Venice Tourism has been a dream for tourists from all over the world for ages. This special city has a romantic ambiance that has been drawing visitors, year after year. I was in Venice for the first time 60 years ago as a teenager and have been back many times, most of them on the beginning of a Mediterranean Cruise.
Here are a few of the most important attractions:
Piazza di San Marco is the #1 attraction in Venice, Italy
St. Mark's Square
Venice’s largest square, Piazza di San Marco, is where everybody gathers for strolls, coffee, drinks, chats, meet friends and beginning of all tours.
Three sides are framed in arcades with fashionable shops, cafes and restaurants. St Marks Basilica in on one of the sides is the tower with its campanile. You may go to the top for an amazing view of the “piazza”.
St. Mark's Basilica
Basilica di San Marco was originally the Doge's private chapel and is the most renowned chapel in Venice. It is decorated with Byzantine art treasures, brought to Venice after the fall of Constantinople.
The soaring interiors include mosaics designed by Titian and Tintoretto including the altarpiece, the Pala d’Oro.
Doge's Palace is impressive for its size and architecture. Entrance through the Porta della carta, a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Visit Scala dei Giganti and the gold vaulted Scala d’Oro.
You’ll be impressed by the palace’s lavish decorations and old paintings as you walk across the Bridge of Sighs to the Prigioni, the prison famous for Casanova’s escape.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Its building started with the Franciscans in the middle of the 14th century and was finished with the completion of the façade and the chapels on the 15th century.
Its beautiful campanile is the second highest in the city. When you go in you’ll see the statue of St John the Baptist by sculpture Donatello, among many other treasures.
Canale Grande is the main artery of Venice
Canale Grande runs through the heart of Venice. It is like the main boulevard of any great city. It connects Piazza di San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the railway station to the mainland.
Only four bridges cross its 4 km length and here you may see the many gondolas and ferries, taking people from one place to the other.
Palace of all the most important families open up to the Gran Canale, all showing their Venetian Gothic and early Renaissance facades facing the waters.
A ride of one of the gondolas through the Gran canal is one of the most romantic things while visiting Venice.
Ponte di Rialto
The Rialto Bridge was built in 1588, after the collapse of the previous wooden bridge. Now the stone arch supports two streets and many shops, along with serving as a crossing point between two important sides of the city.
This is the right place for photos of your trip to Venice, while you watch the hundred of ships going below the bridge.
We grew up with at least a piece of Murano in our homes. So, a trip to Venice is incomplete without a visit to Murano, home of the city’s fabled glass workers.
The then Republic of Venice had the monopoly on glass blowing and therefor you will find the largest collection on your visit to this site.
This Fine Arts Museum on the Grand Canal has the most important collection of 15th-18th century Venetian Art in existence.
The collection has been assembled from monasteries and churches that were closed and from the houses and palaces of noble families.
the House of Levi, St. Ursula by Vittore Carpaccio, and several works by Giambattista Tiepolo are also worth special notice.
Lido was once the first beach resort in all of Europe
This 12-km long strip of sand that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea was Europe’s first real beach resort in those days and at the beginning of the 20th century was the most fashionable one in all of Europe.
The beautiful sand beaches are taken by the hotels, but you may use them for a fee. The public beaches are at the north-end of the Island near the church of St Niccolo.
You can tour Lido on foot or a rented bicycle. Enjoy the island’s Art Nouveau villas and hotels even if you have to wander around the side streets.
Map of the City of Venice
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St marks square by sergei ashmarin
st marks basilica by petar Milosevic
palazzo ducale by Didier deseouens
grand canal bywofgang moreder
rialto by saffron blaze
Murano by buono
santa maria by Didier descouens
accademia by room 06
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