With so many things to do in Venice and so many tourist attractions to visit, you can easily spend a week or so exploring this charming Italian city. To begin with, you just have to experience a gondola ride in the Grand Canal. The famous St. Mark’s Square is another place you should explore while visiting the city. Full of lovely buildings, quaint cafes and pigeons, the historical square provides fabulous photography opportunities.
The top tourist attractions in Venice include the magnificent Saint Mark's Basilica, the lavish Doge's Palace, the tower of St. Mark's Campanile, the Rialto Bridge with its stalls selling souvenirs and its Rialto Market and the charming church of St. Mary Of The Friars. You should also check out the Peggy Guggenheim Collection which consists of some quirky as well as tasteful works of art.
An experience you should try to gain is watching a show at the gorgeous Phoenix Theatre. Other points of interest in Venice include the Church Of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Interpreti Veneziani, the lovely Basilica Of St. Mary Of Health, the bustling Rialto Market, the Bridge of Sighs, the Galleria Dell' Accademia museum, the Torcello Island and the opulent St. Mark's Clocktower.
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Grand Canal, Venice
Nearly four kilometres long, this canal is the lifeline of Venice’s water traffic (of private boats, vaporetti (water buses), and the gondolas), and one of the prettiest sights in this pretty city. It’s supposed to follow the course of an ancient river, and the area near the Rialto Bridge is supposed to be one of the first sites colonised around the river. Speaking of bridges, the canal has four: Rialto, the Ponte Degli Scalzi, the Ponte dell'Accademia and the Calatrava Bridge; the last of these is new, but the former three are historical and architectural treasures in their own right.
The canal, as you see it today, has been forming over the last thousand years, as it’s been a historically important trading stop. The 170 buildings that line its sides show the stunning architectural evolution of Europe! – Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Classical and Baroque! And the fantastic piazzas aren’t’ to be missed.
The annual Regatta Storica and the accompanying boat parades are some of the grandest sights Venice has to offers – so do drop in on the first Sunday of September. Waterbuses and gondolas are the perennial favourite ways to get along the canal.
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Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Italy
St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace all grew up together the ninth century onwards. Once, it was only a little square and chapel! Throw in a canal and a dock, some important government buildings, incredible architecture (the National Library of St. Mark's; the Museum of Archaeology, the Correr Museum, Procuratie Nuovo, Procuratie Vecchie, and others), and voila! – You’ve got Venice’s only official Piazza! There’s a Piazetta San Marco too, which has the columns of San Marco and San Theodoro. The piazza was upto 18th century used as a criminal execution ground.
One thing you can’t escape from in and around the piazza are the pigeons. They’re a squatter population that’s been here forever, and have done much damage to the buildings nearby with their droppings; and despite all efforts to eradicate them, persist as stubbornly as only a pigeon can. Feeding them is banned.
There’s not much to do aside from the people watching and enjoying the sights. Don’t buy food from the cafes; they’re ridiculously expensive. Expect a massive crowd all the time.
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San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
The name ‘Church of Gold’ is well deserved. This magnificent Byzantine building is the most opulent, elaborate and lavishly designed/decorated/gifted building in all of Venice. And until the early 18th century, it used to be the Doge’s private little chapel. The only one who had a better building to pray in in the world was the Pope. You are only allowed 10 minutes inside, so make the most of it. The major stands out features (almost each of which have their own fascinating history) are:
8000 sq metres of gilded interior mosaics
Five arched portals in the lower register
Large bronze doors
Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Art
Horses of Saint Mark
The Winged Lion (Venice’s symbol) above the central window
The statue of the Four Tetrarchs from Constantinople
Greek cross design
Geometrically designed marble floors
The gem studded the Golden Pall
St. Marks Museum: Housed inside the basilica, it has it’s own fees and is definitely worth checking out. It’s established between the Basilica’s vestibule and the Doge’s old banquet hall. The exhibits here cover the Quadriga, Mosaics, Textiles and Antiques. They are most informative.
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San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice, Italy
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
The Palace, like its accompanying basilica, was built large to showcase Venice’s indomitable power. The city was ruled from this seat for over a hundred years, and despite its obvious wealth, there’s barely any fortification to the palace, as if the Doge was unconcerned of harm. The architecture is distinctly Venetian, and departs from the styles of most medieval palaces. Highlights and must sees include:
Lower loggia and upper solid walls (An inversion of architectural tradition.)
An elaborately ornamented exterior.
The Porta Della Carta, entrance to the palace, from where important announcements were read out to the public.
The Scala dei Giganti – stairs leading to the Doge’s chambers.
Sala del Collegio, the room where the doge met ambassadors.
Grand Chamber Council on the second floor, with Tintoretto's wall length masterpiece "Paradise".
You’ll also tour through the courtyard, the institutional chambers, the doge’s apartments, the prison and the armoury. From the Doge’s Palace, you can actually access the famed “Bridge of Sighs”.
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Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia, Italy
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The American heiress Peggy Guggenheim made collecting tasteful art and hosting seasonal exhibitions a habit of hers. She lived here, at the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, for over 30 years, and her influence has elevated the museum to a premier modern art museum. Picasso, Calder, Ernst, Pollock, Dali, Chagall, Giacometti, Klee, and some Italian Futurists – they’re all here. Over 400,000 people visit yearly, making it the second most popular building in Venice after the Doge’s Palace itself. Picturesque and elegant, the museum continues to collect art to this day. Her furniture and garden are nothing to be sneezed at either. Visits to the museum will also illuminate the woman who made it all happen, and the tragedy of her family life.
An exclusive personal collection of American heiress Peggy Guggenheim known for its exquisiteness and unique taste. The museum is open for visitors from Monday to Sunday. The Tickets for Peggy Guggenheim Collection varies as per the visitors age. You can get the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Tickets from premises by arriving a little earlier. Concession of a certain amount is available on Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket Prices for children and seniors. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket Cost is completely free for children under 10.
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Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia, Italy
Soaring over the Grand Canal, and connecting San Polo and San Marco, the Rialto Bridge is Venice’s pride and joy. After several wooden bridges in the medieval ages collapsed, Anthony da Ponte took three years to leave behind this beautiful architectural marvel. Once upon a time, merchants would set up day long shops here… now it’s tourists. The bridge’s high arch (7.5 meters) is due to the galley ships that had to pass under it in the days of old. It’s easily one of Venice’s most photographed sights, and is especially fetching at Sunset. There are about 15 stalls still right on the bridge, and the indomitable Rialto Market is of course, right next to it. If you’re on land, and not passing by under it, keep your wallet handy – this is shopping central.
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Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia, Italy
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi – bel canto extraordinaires – made this theatre famous by frequently premiering their works here. The name is vell deserved – the building rose from the ashes after being burned down three different time (the last time by arson and only in 1996). Each time it has resurrected.
Today’s building is very 19th century, with Baroque and Rococo influences…and it’s going stronger than ever! The acoustics are to die for, the orchestra is world class, and the great gilded beauty within which they are performed only elevates the performances.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
Almost no famous European town is complete without it’s own dark history of Jew bullying. Well, this particular district is Venice’s claim to that fame. Until Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Venetian Republic in 1797, the Jews spent 270 years living under severely oppressive laws, despite which they managed to establish a position of great influence within the city. Now, the elegant neighbourhood is popular with tourists, despite its residential nature. There is still a strong Jewish presence here. Highlights include:
The Ca' d'Oro, or the Golden House
The Venetian Ghetto (the first ghetto ever)
Ponte delle Guglie, or the Bridge of Spires
The Jewish Museum
The Venezia Santa Lucia railway station
Churches: Santa Maria di Nazareth, known as Chiesa degli Scalzi
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Campo San Rocco, 3052, 30125 San Polo, Venezia VE, Italy
09:30 am - 05:30 pm
So there’s two deals happening here: one is a dedication to the evergreen Tintoretto, and the other is a church. Tintoretto was actually commissioned to paint for the church, and most of the works here are by him, or his assistants, including his son. And they are incredible. The church too has a nice history, and is once of the finest architectural accomplishments in the city (it has it’s own long story. Ask around.).
One of the architectural accomplishments of Venice, the Scuola Grande Di San Rocco inspires awe and imagination. In order to see this masterpiece, you have to bear long lines to get Scuola Grande Di San Rocco tickets. However, with our tours, you get the chance to beat the lines and have a quick access to this place. Tickets for Scuola Grande Di San Rocco are available over the counter as well as through tours. For a detailed visit laced with all information, you must visit Scuola Grande Di San Rocco ticket prices section. As you buy tickets for Grande Di San Rocco with us, you get everything on platter from booking to actual visit.
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Dorsoduro, 3136, 30123 Venezia, Italy
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
As often happens when attempting to construct palaces in Europe, the builders died (1649) before completing the project. It’s subsequent owner left the building only his name. After being used as a rental for the rich and noble through the 19th and 20th century, the city of Venice finally acquired the building to house art. Throughout it’s history though, its tenants did their best to outfit the place as lavishly as possible. I’d describe it to you, but it would take me an entire book.
18th century venetian art
The fresco 'The Allegory of Merit'
The Throne Room, containing relics of Barbarigo’s life
A chinese style salon
A ridiculously ornate picture frame
18th century venetian glass
And despite all this fine treasure, the building itself is undisputably more valuable than it’s contents. It’s unique mish-mash of elements, strangely, work better than if anybody had planned the museum.
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San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice, Italy
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
So a name like that has GOT to have a story behind it, right? It does. The view convicts had through the stone bars of this covered limestone bridge was the very last they’d have before their imprisonment. Lord Byron had the honor of giving the bridge its name. The legend goes that if a couple kisses under the bridge at sunset, they’re blessed with eternal love. A number of other bridges, even natural ones, have since been given the same name.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
A 11km long sandbar across the lagoon with captured European imagination in the 1850s… the beach resort had been born. Its success was further propelled by the thriving business brothels brought in. Residents of Lido are a lot more cosmopolitan than actual Venice. Lido is also where the Venice Film Festival plays out every year. Various movie scenes have been filmed here. Enjoy strolling, and enjoy the little canals and cafes. The Adriatic Sea is wonderful, so go ahead and have a splash.The beaches aren’t exactly open to all; there are two big public beaches, but hotels own all the rest. Basically, if you’re sick of Venice, this is where you come to chill.
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Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia, Italy
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
This Baroque Tower is undisputedly Venice’s most recognisable landmark. That’s why the city won’t let it die. Since the first tower was erected in the 10th century, it’s been repeated struck down by calamity after calamity (usually fires and earthquakes), and each time they just built it back up again, adding a little extra detail here and there each time. In this way was added the belfry, the attic, the gold leaf spire, the Logetta, the lightning rod, and the statue of an angel. The tower’s current look dates from about the 16th century. It collapsed again in 1902, and finally the government built it back up, but with structural reinforcements.
Make sure you climb and see the 360 degree observatory!! An elevator could take you to the top too. Highlights:
98.6 meters tall
Arched belfry houses five bells (ask the locals for their specific functions).
Walking lions atop the belfry.
The Goddess of Justice (Venice)
Pyramidal spire with a golden weather vane of the Angel Gabriel.
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San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This church, also called the Frari, is practically an honorary basilica. The Franciscans built in Italian Gothic style. It’s big, made of brick, and dedicated to the Assumption. It was completed in the 14th century. Despite it’s reputation, it’s rather plain to look at from the outside, though still imposing. It’s tower is the second highest in the city. Crypts, statues, and paintings breathe life into the interior of the church, and Titian’s ‘Assumption’ is dramatic. There are lovely frescoes on the wall. Some old celebrities are buried here; Antonio Canova’s heart for one, Claudio Monteverdi, a few Doges etc. Notable works of art were done by:
Antonio and Paolo Bregno, Lorenzo Bregno tomb of Benedetto Pesaro above the sacristy door; tomb of Alvise Pasqualino on the west wall.
Titian Assumption - The largest altarpiece in Venice.
The expressions of the figurines here are said to be creepily lifelike. Also note the only rood screen in Venice.
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Isola San Giorgio Maggiore, 30124 Venice, Italy
08:30 am - 06:30 pm
This 16th-century Benedictine basilica sits on the island that shares its name. It’s beautiful: classical renaissance, white marble, with a proud bell tower, right in the middle of a blue lagoon. The first church here was built in the late 8th century. Palladio designed the current building, but died before he could see his completed project in 1610. The monks by and large controlled decoration of the church, so it’s not over-opulent. Highlights are:
Tintoretto’s The Last Supper and The Fall of Manna and the Entombment of Christ.
The Chapel of the Dead.
Virgin and Child with Saints by Sebastiano Ricci.
Altarpiece by Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto of the Risen Christ and St Andrew with Vincenzo Morosini and family.
Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto’s painting of the Coronation of the Virgin with Saints.
Adoration of the Shepherds by Jacopo Bassano.
Miracle of the immobility of Santa Lucia by Leandro Bassano.