Famous through the world this unique city is one of the most visited by tourists and is rich of spectacular landmarks and monuments. Thanks to an accurate restoration these ancient buildings are still in good condition and can be admired by the many visitors that every day come to Venice.
One of the finest piazzas in the world San Marco square is surrounded by the Procuratie Nuove, Procuratie Vecchie and Ala Napoleonica that are located on three sides. On the fourth side takes place the outstanding Basilica di San Marco and few steps away the 15th century Clock tower (Torre dell’orologio) that rises above the Mercerie.
The square is one of the lowest areas in Venice and especially from October to March its access might be prevented by the high tide (acqua alta) that for tourists will probably be a remarkable experience.
This stunning church is one of the major attractions in Venice. It was erected on a Greek cross plan and has five big domes adorned with kilometers of fine mosaics. The cathedral houses many treasures such as the Pala d’oro, made of gold, statues, amazing glasses and carving and was constructed during the 9th century as St. Mark’s shrine. We suggest visitors to use the elevator and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the lagoon. It will the best sight in Venice and it’s heartily recommended.
Built in the 15th century this splendid gothic palace is rich of many fine sculptures and ornaments. The façade was once covered by gold and for this reason the name of this building is Golden House, Ca’ D’Oro.
The palace now houses a fine collection of Byzantine art with paintings, sculptures and bronzes. Don’t forget to take a look from the many balconies and admire the well built in 1427 and the beautiful mosaics on the ground floor.
Located right on the Canal Grande Ca’ Rezzonico is a huge 17th century building in baroque style now house of the Museo del Settecento Veneziano. The palace was erected in 1660 by Baldassarre Longhena and completed in 1750 by Giorgio Massari. During the centuries Ca’Rezzonico has been the home of very outstanding figures such as the English poet Robert Browing.
The Rialto bridge was built in late 16th century as result of a competition held in Venice to replace the older version on the Canal Grande.
Many illustrious architects such as Palladio, Sansovino and Vignola, tried to win the competition but was Antonio da Ponte to be chosen.
The bridge now houses several jewellery and Murano glass shops reflecting the commercial atmosphere that you can breath in this area.
The Venice Ghetto refers to the district where the Venetian republic segregates the Jews to placate the Roman Catholic Church. This enclosed neighborhood did not have a negative meaning in fact Venice had a separate living quarters also for Turkish and German merchants.
You can visit the ghetto going to Ponte delle Guglie by foot or taking a waterbus. You can visit the Ghetto Nuovo, Ghetto Vecchio and the Jewish community museum.
The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built in 1630 when the plague that killed about a third of Venetian people was definitively gone. The Salute is a very huge structure built on a octagonal plan and full of Saint Mary’s reference marks.
Inside the church there are many valuable paintings by Tiziano such as “Doctors of the Church and the Evangelists”, “David and Goliath, Abraham and Isaac”, “Petecost” and many others.
Amongst the beautiful monuments in Venice there is also the Palazzo Mocenigo. This stunning palace was built to house one of the most illustrious families in Venice. Walking through the building will give you the possibility to imagine the old Venetian lifestyle looking at the paintings, the amazing floor, furniture and traditional clothes displayed.
The St. Mark bell tower is the highest structure of the city. From its 97 m you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the whole city and the St. Mark cathedral’s dome.
The tower was built in the 9th century and then rebuilt several times in the following centuries.
Unexpectedly it crashed to the ground in 1902 fortunately hurting nobody and rebuilt following the original structure rescuing also the ancient bells.
This famous bridge connects the Palazzo delle Prigioni and Palazzo Ducale. It is called bridge of sighs because in old times convicts, after their trial, were forced to enter the prison through this bridge.
According to the legend giving the last glimpse to Venice they would let out a sigh.
You can see the Ponte dei Sospiri heading to Giardini from St. Mark square, but to walk on it you need to take the Palazzo Ducale o Palazzo delle Prigioni tour.