The 10 best places to visit in Venice


Completed in 1603 AD after three years in the making is one of Venice's most famous bridges, the Bridge Of Sighs. Crossing the Rio Di Palazzo between the new prison and the interrogation rooms of the Doge's Palace, it was the last view of Venice for criminals before their imprisonment, its name deriving from the prisoners final sigh before they entered the cells. In reality the bridge was built after the days of executions and inquisitions.

10. Ponte Dei Sospiri

Dating from the 12th century, located in the Castello District of the city is the Venetian Arsenal, a former complex of shipyards and armories that once accounted for around 15 percent of Venice. Constructed in a Byzantine architectural style, the arsenal was responsible for the bulk of the Venetian Republics naval power, unique for its time, it was one of the first large scale industrial enterprises in history.

Pictured is the entrance to the Arsenal.

9. Arsenale Di Venezia


South of the main island group of Venice, yet still part of the San Marco sestieri is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, most famous for its church of the same name. Built in the 16th century, the Benedictine church in a classical Renaissance style has become a major landmark of the city, its brilliant white marble facade gleaming above the blue waters of the lagoon. Beautifully decorative inside and out, with a host of priceless paintings still on display, this wonderful historical church building is one of the finest in the region.

8. San Giorgio Maggiore


Completed in 1687 AD on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal is the minor basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, meaning Saint Mary Of Health, commonly known simply as Salute. After the devastating plague outbreak of 1630 AD, the Republic Of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health, hoping to deliver them from the devastating pestilence. Built in a Baroque style, the most recent of the so called plague churches houses many objects and artworks that bear reference to the Black Death. Among the important pieces is the Baroque high altar arrangement, sheltering the iconic Byzantine Madonna and Child, dating from the 12th or 13th century it was saved after the fall of the city to the Ottomans. The facade is decorated with important religious sculpted figures, though is most famous for its imposing dome, a major landmark in the Venetian skyline, an emblem of the city that has inspired painters throughout the centuries.

7. Santa Maria Della Salute

Constructed in 1340 AD is the Gothic Doge's Palace, built in a Venetian Gothic style it was once the residence of the Doge Of Venice, the former supreme authority of the Venetian Republic. Beautifully ornate, its position overlooking the lagoon and the courtyard  facing St Marks Basilica is a magnificent setting for one of the cities main landmarks. Since opening as a museum in 1923, it is the finest of the cities many museums.

6. Palazzo Ducale


Completed in 1591 AD, the oldest of the four bridges to span the Grand Canal, is the stone arch Rialto Bridge. Connecting San Marco and San Polo, the beauty and historical importance of the Ponte Di Rialto has made it one of Venice's most iconic attractions.

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5. Ponte Di Rialto

Constructed between 800 and 1100 AD​ is the principal public square of Venice, St. Marks Square. Connected to the Piazzaetta, together the two squares are bordered by the lagoon and some of Venice's most well known buildings, including the Doge's Palace and St. Marks Basilica. Other than these two iconic buildings, one of the most notable landmarks of the square is the Campanile, the bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica. First constructed in 1514 AD, what stands there today is an exact copy built in 1912 after the collapse of 1902. It stands 98 metres (323 ft) tall and is one of the symbols of Venice.

4. Piazza San Marco


To the north of the main island group of Venice is the picture perfect island of Burano, an island known primarily for its small brightly coloured homes originating from the golden age of its development. Other attractions on the island include the Church Of San Martino with its leaning campanile. The picturesque buildings along the narrow canals bring tourists, painters and photographers from across the globe.

3. Burano


Completed in 1092 AD at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco and connected to the Doge's Palace is probably the single most famous building in Venice, the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Mark, more commonly known as Saint Marks Basilica. The most famous church in Venice, Saint Marks is the best known example of Italian Byzantine architecture, revered for its great arches, marble decorations, Romanesque carvings and intricate artistic detailing. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics and as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power from the 11th century, the building is a masterpiece of its time, earning it the nickname Church Of Gold.

2. Basilica Cattedrale Di San Marco


Cutting like a large reverse S shape through the heart of the city is one of Venice's major water traffic corridors, the famous Grand Canal. The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to 18th century in a mix of Venetian Byzantine, Venetian Gothic, Venetian Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical architectural styles. The noble Venetian families spent huge sums of money demonstrating their wealth and showing off their richness along the canal, making for a truly special sight for those travelling along it.

1. Canal Grande

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