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The Sights of Venice Italy

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Known all over the world as The World’s Most Romantic City, there is actually more to Venice than just riding gondolas and cruising along the numerous canals of the city. When you visit the lovely city of Venice Italy, you will find that there is a lot to see, do, and enjoy here. To truly get the most of the city, you need to come up with an itinerary that gets you to see all of the sights that are part of what makes Venice what it is.

To help you out, here are five of the top sights of Venice that you should not fail to visit.

St. Mark's Basilica and Square, Venice

St. Mark’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Square – If you scour the internet, you will find that the basilica and the piazza that fronts it are considered the top places to visit in Venice. Often listed as two separate places for you to not miss seeing in Venice, we listed these two here as one since they are located in the same area of the city, with the basilica standing to the east of the square. Also located in the same area are the Campanile, Museo Correr, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, and the Palazzo Ducale or Doge’s Palace.

All of these are located along the Grand Canal and is one of the places in the city that you can expect to see throngs of tourists. If you want to visit this piazza and the sights around it without having to contend with massive crowds of people, time your visit during weekdays in the morning, when there are not that many tourists around.

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge’s Palace – Also called the Palazzo Ducale, this age-old Gothic structure was the home of the Doge of Venice, who was the considered the main authority of the city in the years 726 and 1797. While not royalty, this elected official has the same rank of a Duke and was put in such a lofty position by the aristocrats who elected him. The palace is now a museum, and has been one since 1923. The front of this majestic building faces the Grand Canal, and the design is the epitome of Gothic architecture, with its detailed arches and traceries enhancing the design.

Canale Grande – As the name implies, this is the largest canal in the city that has hundreds of canals that are lined with historical structures. It snakes through the city in an S-form, going right through the middle starting at the Palazzo Ducale and ending at Santa Croce. Considered more of a river than just a canal, this watery thoroughfare is lined with 170 old buildings, with some dating as far back as the 13th Century.

Ponte di Rialto, Venice

Ponte di Rialto – Along the Grand Canal are numerous bridges that allow residents and visitors to Venice to cross from one side to the other without problem. Probably the most popular and most iconic of these bridges is the Ponte di Rialto. It connects the San Polo and San Marco districts of the city and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Venice. History has it that the bridge used to be made out of wood but after it collapsed in 1524 (after hundreds of years of being used), the ornate stone bridge that you see today was built in its place.

Gallerie dell’Accademia – Located across the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, and right beside the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, is this museum that houses a collection of Venetian paintings from the 13th to the 18th century. Standing right on the Grand Canal, this structure holds some of the masterpieces made by Titian, Tiepolo, and Canaletto. Some of the artwork you can find on display here includes those by Bassano, Bellini, Tintoretto, and Vasari.

These are just a few of the places you should not miss seeing in Venice. Other notable tourist attractions that should also be on your list of must-sees here include The Bridge of Sighs, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Murano, and Torcello Island. While not that many tours of Venice can take you to the places you choose to go to, a customized trip can.

For those who are still wondering if they should visit this lovely city or not, we’ve put together a short video for you show you the beautiful sights of Venice in Italy.

Liked what you saw? Then come on over to Venice! Because some things are best seen up close.

(This video is also available as a slide presentation. :))

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By Priscila Siano (265 Posts)

+Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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