Visiting Venice

(Venice, Italy)

Famed for its beauty and romance, the city of Venice is truly unique, comprising 117 individual islands, all of which are connected by canals and bridges.

Each year many thousands of tourist visit Venice, to enjoy its magnificent art galleries, stunning museums and spectacular architecture, and to take a ride along the Grand Canal in one of Venice's popular gondolas.

Visiting Venice: Places to Visit

  • Boat tours of Venice, one of the best ways to fully appreciate the scenery around Burano, Murano and Torcello
  • Walking tours of Venice, led by experienced English-speaking tour guides, offering insightful information about many central buildings and sights, with various routes available
  • Canal Grande, a spectacular stretch of water in central Venice, famous for its water taxis and gondolas
  • Chiesa dei Frari, a magnificent church of enormous proportions, built in the 15th century and standing in the San Polo area of Venice
  • Basilica San Marco, a spectacular cathedral which has become one of the many iconic symbols associated with the city of Venice
  • Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), a spacious public square in the heart of Venice, full of pigeons, street performers and coffee shops with outdoor tables
  • Campanile, the eye-catching Bell Tower of San Marco, which was rebuilt after it sadly collapsed more than 100 years ago, offering an observation area and impressive city views
  • Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge), a grand bridge which was built in the late 16th century as the result of a competition, only to become one of Venice's most acclaimed and photographed landmarks
  • Ca' d'Oro (Golden House), a beautiful 15th-century palace, known in Venice for its breathtaking Gothic facade, standing alongside the Grand Canal on the Calle della Ca' d'Oro
  • Ca' Rezzonico, a huge mansion dating back to the 17th century and containing one of the most stunning ballrooms in the whole of Venice
  • Palazzo Mocenigo, a beautiful building once belonging to one of Venice's most wealthy and influential families, now home to a small and interesting local museum
  • Museums, with Venice's most popular including Doge's Palace, the Marciano Museum, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Archaeological Museum
  • Art galleries, including the Venice Accademia Gallery, the Contini Gallery and the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

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