Venice is made up of more than 100 islands, all linked by Venice’s exclusive canal network. As one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice will not disappoint its visitors. Explore Venice’s famous canals, ancient bridges, impressive palaces, and great art.
What to do and see in and around Venice
St. Mark’s Square
The busy Piazza San Marco is probably the most famous square in Venice. Enjoy a coffee in one of the cafes while admiring the beautiful architecture that surrounds you. Many of Venice’s top attractions, such as the Campanile and the Clock Tower, are located nearby. Don’t miss the golden altarpiece in the impressive St. Mark’s Basilica.
The Accademia Gallery has one of the best art collections in Europe. The walls are lined with works by Venetian master painters such as Bellini, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.
Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs
The Palazzo Ducale was the home of the Doges from where they ran the Venetian state. You see every aspect of the Doge’s life from where he lived to where state affairs were discussed and justice was served. Walk over the infamous Bridge of Sighs, named after the time when the bridge led from the courthouse to the prison cells. The Prisoners saw the sight of the beautiful lagoon and sighed.
Ca ‘D’Oro (House of Gold) located on the Grand Canal is a beautiful palazzo and a great example of Gothic architecture. The Palazzo displays an excellent collection of sculptures, tapestries, and paintings.
Santa Maria della Salute
Guarding the entrance to the Grand Canal is Santa Maria della Salute, a Venetian landmark and a magnificent Baroque church. The sacristy has paintings by Titian and Tintoretto’s The Wedding at Cana.
San giorgio maggiore
The church of San Giorgio Maggiore is a well-known Venetian monument designed by Palladio, the famous Renaissance architecture. Inside, you will find several of Tintoretto’s paintings, including “The Last Supper”.
It is impossible to think of Venice without thinking of canals and gondolas. Cars are not allowed in the city and all transportation is by water. Travel like a true Venetian, hop on the Vaporati (water bus) and travel along the Grand Canal. It will take you under the Rialto Bridge and is a perfect way to admire the beautiful palaces that line the Canal.
Rialto’s lively markets are open every morning. Fruits, vegetables, souvenirs and clothing are offered. The fish market has been held here for 1000 years; don’t miss the live lobsters and crabs.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is one of the best art museums in Venice with an impressive collection of more than 50 works by Tintoretto.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Venier dei Leoni Palace was the home of the American collector Peggy Guggenheim for 30 years. It is now a museum with an impressive collection of modern art. The artists represented include Magritte, Picasso, Pollock, and Kandinsky.
The Lido: 20 minutes by water bus from Venice
The Lido is a long stretch of sand that protects the Venetian lagoon from the sea. The island’s sandy beaches make it a popular day trip destination for families and sun worshipers.
Verona – 80 minutes by train from Venice
The charming city of Verona has a lot to offer its visitors, including Roman monuments, impressive architecture, and delicious restaurants. Be sure not to miss the Roman Arena, where an open-air opera festival is held every year.