What to see in Venice, Italy
Galleria dell’Accademia, or as it is called, the Museum of the Academy – is probably one of the main attractions of Venice. It seeks to get almost all tourists visiting this Italian city.
When you come to Venice, the first thing you will most likely see is the Grand Canal. This is the most famous Venetian canal that runs through the city. It begins near the train station and then covers the whole of Venice in the shape of the letter S.
For centuries, Palazzo Ducale (aka Doge’s Palace) served as the seat of the Venetian government and has been the seat of the Republic’s councils, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Ministry and even a haven for the secret police.
The famous Palace of Ca’d’Oro is located in the Cannaregio district, on Venice’s main street, the Grand Canal. The lacy building amazes tourists with its beauty. Ca’d’Oro is also called the Golden House. And, note, this name was given to the palace not by accident.
Café Florian in Venice
Café Florian is to Venice what Closeri de Lila is to Paris. And even more, because Florian has been called the first café in the country. The establishment on this site opened in 1640 and was called “Arab” because it sold a drink that originated in Venice from Turkey.
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is the romantic name of one of the oldest bridges in Venice. It was built back in 1602 by the architect Antonio Contino. Of course, the beautiful name of the attraction attracts many tourists. However, the Bridge of Sighs originally had nothing to do with the love theme.
The Rialto Bridge can safely be called one of the symbols of Venice. Perhaps it is on this bridge gathers the largest number of tourists. The fact that it is the first and oldest bridge over the Venetian Grand Canal.
No less interesting than the center of the city are its outskirts. Particularly popular with tourists is, of course, the Murano area, where the world famous Murano glass, sometimes called Venetian glass, is produced.
Piazza San Marco
Famed primarily for its pigeons, flood bridges and, what’s more, the Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco is the heart and soul of Venice. St. Mark’s has taken its rightful place among its competitors thanks to the number of historical buildings on its perimeter
Santa Maria della Salute
On November 21, a service commemorating the deliverance from the plague is held at the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute. The people of Venice celebrate the Festa della Salute on this day. You can see the pontoon bridge that, once a year, is erected from the Doge’s Palace to the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute.
Cathedral of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
The Cathedral of San Giorgio Maggiore was erected on the site of a ruined Benedictine monastery in the early 17th century. Its construction took more than 40 years, during which the main architect Andrea Palladio died, so his pupils finished building the temple.
The Cathedral of San Marco
The Cathedral of San Marco is probably the most visited church in Venice and one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is located in the center of the city – in St. Mark’s Square, close to the Doge’s Palace.
The largest library in Venice, the National Library of St. Mark (that’s what “Marciana” means) boasts a collection that includes, in addition to a million printed books, some 13,000 manuscripts and more than 24,000 books from the early days of printing.
If you are on vacation in Venice and realize that the abundance of new knowledge requires an urgent reset, you can spend a day in one of the suburbs, such as Burano. There are a minimum of sights in the area.
The word “lagoon” originally referred to one particular place – Laguna di Venezia, and only later extended it to any bays, cut off from the sea by reefs or sand spits. And one more condition – the water area must necessarily be beautiful.
The arsenal is now a naval and commercial museum, where you can trace the history of Venice as it was in the mind of the average European before all those romantic clichés – that is, as a major Mediterranean port.
Venice Railway Station
When a causeway was built between Venice and the Italian mainland in the mid-19th century, there was a need for a railway station, which took nearly 100 years to build. The opening of the station took place in 1952. The building is not stylized according to the ancient Venetian architecture.
The Museum of the Art of Venice in XVIII century is situated in the splendid palazzo of XVII century. The pictures by Tintoretto, Piazzetto, Guardi, Longi, sculptures, carved furniture, clothes and accessories, interior details (crystal chandeliers, porcelain vases, mirrors) are exposed here.
Campanile Bell Tower
The Campanile Bell Tower is located on Piazza San Marco. It is part of the world famous Venetian Cathedral of St. Mark. However, the Campanile Bell Tower can also be seen as a stand-alone attraction, and a very interesting one at that.
Bridge of the Constitution in Venice
This in many ways controversial Venetian landmark appeared in the city in 2008. The author of the project was the famous Spaniard Santiago Calatrava. He built the bridge over the Grand Canal, thus connecting the central train station of Santa Lucia with Piazza Romana.
Venice is a city whose mere mention conjures up a string of images. Gondolas, Doges, canals, romantic passions, daggers, poisons and much more. We won’t assure you that if you go to Venice, you’ll see all of this. In any case, you can probably do without poisons and daggers. But the fact that you will plunge into a special, unlike anything else atmosphere – that’s for sure.
Venice, located on the islands, is separated from the mainland by a few hundred meters, but it is impossible to believe it – in this fabulous city you find yourself in another world. In principle, in addition to Venice, there are cities riddled with canals, facing the water so that it is impossible to imagine them without it – Amsterdam, for example, and our St. Petersburg. But for the canals almost completely replace the streets, and instead of cars on them moving gondolas and motorboat-taxi – of course, it is only in Venice.
By the way, keep in mind that many sights, especially the famous Venetian palazzos, can be seen only from the water – because all the aristocratic families of Venice considered as the necessary attribute of their high position own berth.
The heart of Venice is undoubtedly Piazza San Marco, which has been featured in many brochures, postcards, and paintings by artists of different times and directions. And yet, when you find yourself here, you’ll feel your heart sinking, as everything around you is so familiar and so new. Piazza San Marco is a truly romantic place, because the old tradition sees newlyweds coming here from all over the world. For years, happy couples used to feed pigeons in the square, but eventually the birds turned into a scourge for the city, so the problem had to be solved drastically.
You will not see pigeons on St. Mark’s any more, but you can see as many honeymooners as you want because this wonderful place did not lose its charm at all after the birds disappeared. The main attractions of the square – the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral – remain in place and delight tourists.
In general Venice is a museum in itself, St. Mark’s Square it just begins, because the sights you come across literally at every step.
Doge’s Palace is a rare, bright and original example of Gothic secular architecture, which we know well in its church, temple variant, but are almost unfamiliar with civil buildings made in this style.
St. Mark’s Cathedral is also the place in Venice that simply attracts everyone who is in the city; it is here that the pulse of the spiritual life of the “city on water” beats. What is striking in the cathedral at first sight is its dissimilarity to all other temples in Italy, and to the whole European temple architecture. It is much more reminiscent of Byzantine basilicas, and even pre-Mongolian Russian temples.
In general Venice is a museum in itself, but Piazza San Marco is only the beginning, because you can find landmarks here at every turn: beautiful palazzo along the Grand Canal, ancient churches and a variety of bridges. Each and every home in this enchanting city, built on the water, can justifiably be called a monument of architecture.
Therefore it is not necessary to spend time in Venice on a special search of sights, you just need to walk through the city, immerse yourself in its special atmosphere, sit in a cozy cafe, and it is better to be somewhere on a quiet side street. Surprisingly, but these places, despite the abundance of tourists in Venice.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Word in Campo del Frari in the San Paolo quarter is definitely worth a visit. It attracts tourists not only with exquisite architectural forms, but also because it contains many works of art, especially the two masterpieces by Titian – “Assumption of Our Lady” and “Our Lady of Pesaro”.
We can also recommend seeing the Basilica of St. George on St. George Island (Cypress Island), the Basilica of St. John and St. Paul, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Healing Mother of God. Rialto Bridge is another place not to be missed while in Venice. But the other three bridges over the Grand Canal: the Accademia Bridge, the Scalzi Bridge, and the Constitution Bridge are also very picturesque.
In the directory contains the main sights of Venice with photos, video, location on the map and map of travel by private or public transport. Descriptions of the city’s sites include addresses, telephone numbers, opening hours, and ticket prices.
There is hardly any city in Europe as romantic as Venice. And much of this flair is due to its unusual location – on the water. Dozens of canals cut through the city, bridges spanning it here and there, and the layout of Venice resembles a seashell. Getting lost among the winding streets – isn’t that the best adventure for lovers?
The art and architecture of Venice is its pride and heritage. The churches and cathedrals are stunningly monumental and invariably raise the question of how this stone splendor is kept on the water.
The marvelous seaside city of Northern Italy is pleasant to walk around: there is no automobile traffic, and therefore the air is clean and pleasant. The walking tour will pass through memorable bridges and picturesque promenades.
Venice has played an important role in the history of Europe and of course Italy itself, as reflected in the city’s museums and galleries. However, it can be called a museum in the open air – there are historic buildings, castles and palaces.
Travellers who have already visited the city share their impressions on the page with reviews of sights in Venice.
What to see in Venice
The Doge’s Palace in Italian sounds like Palazzo Ducale (Palazzo Ducale). It is one of the main attractions of Venice.
The Palazzo Foscari is one of the most notable palaces on the Grand Canal, which belonged to Doge Francesco.
The bell tower or Campanile of Piazza San Marco is located opposite the Basilica of San Marco. This landmark.
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The main sights of Venice
Doge’s Palace, or Palazzo Ducale, is the main attraction of the city of Venice. It took a long time to reach its present form after it was built: it has been reconstructed over and over again, and is now a majestic giant. Looking at it from its northern facade, a part of the palace seems to float above the ground.
In Piazza San Marco, where Palazzo Ducale is located, there is another interesting structure – the Cathedral of St. Mark, made in the Byzantine style. Inside are priceless works of art, as well as relics of the Apostle Mark. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most beautiful temple in Venice is the Church of Santa Maria della Salute. Looking at it, it is difficult to imagine that the erection of this splendor is directly related to the plague epidemic. Inside, the 60-meter dome, the marble floor and the six chapels draw attention. The church is adorned with works by Tintoretto and Titian and marble sculptures by Giusto La Corte.
Ca’d’Oro, the palace on the Grand Canal embankment, is a gem of Gothic architecture. Already the facade is striking: openwork mosaics, marble lace and an intricate interweaving of elements – the palace appears in photos of tourists more often than other sights.
View from the Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal © Marina2506
What to see in Venice in 1 day
A one-day trip can also be full of impressions, just like a week’s vacation. Conveniently, Venice’s main attractions are concentrated within a single neighborhood – central San Marco.
You can start the walk at the Rialto Bridge in the northern part of the neighborhood. This is the oldest and most famous bridge in Venice. It rests on 12 thousand piles and has a height of 7.5 meters. Around the scattered small stores with curious things.
Then the route stretches along the shore of the Grand Canal. If you do not want to walk, you can paddle to the Piazza San Marco in a gondola – the symbol of Venice. The city opens up from the other side if you look at it from the water – just as it was once perceived by previous generations of residents.
On the right hand on the shore is the Galleria dell’Accademia. You can stop here to see with your own eyes the paintings of Venetian geniuses: Tintoretto, Titian, Giorgione and others.
Works of art, only now more modern, belonging to the twentieth century, are collected in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Among the masters represented are, for example, Chagall, Picasso, and Magritte.
The final point of the walk is the Bridge of Sighs. In fact, its name has nothing to do with the meeting of lovers. It has a rather sad story: prisoners sentenced to death were walking on the bridge, and it was their last breath of fresh air.
Excursions from Venice
From Venice you can go on a boat trip along the Venice lagoon and see the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. The tour involves visiting the main museums and attractions on the islands.
If you are visiting the islands of the Venetian Lagoon on your own, it makes sense to buy a combined ticket to the museums of Murano and Burano, which entitles you to access without queuing.
Venice Museums Pass
The card gives you access to the Doge’s Palace, the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Marcian Library, Carlo Goldoni’s house, the Natural History Museum and other places of interest in Venice. The card is valid for 7 days from the first use.
San Marco Silver City Pass
The San Marco Silver City Pass is valid for 7 days from the first use. Tourists can choose to visit three churches, visit the Doge’s Palace, explore the three museums in Piazza San Marco, look at the Querini Stampaglia Foundation.
Venice GOLD City Pass
Gives access to all sights of Venice, including discounts in restaurants and stores. You can use public transportation without restrictions. There is also access to walks on the Grand Canal. You get access to citywide Wi-Fi, as well as access to Venice’s luxurious casino.
Private guides in Venice
Russian private guides can help you get acquainted with Venice in more detail. On the project Experts.Turister.Ru there are 27 registered Russian guides in Venice.