Venice Attractions Guide


Venice Tourist Attractions 1. The Grand Canal The Grand Canal is Venice's main waterway, and the core of much of the activity in Venice. The best way to see Venetian scenery is on board a water bus, taxi, or gondola. Gondolas are a popular attraction in the Grand Canal, for they offer the most romantic interlude and sightseeing of Venice's best art and architecture. 2. Rialto The Rialto is where it was believed that the first bridge over the Grand Canal is built. It was later replaced by a stone arch bridge in 1588, designed by Antonio da Ponte. Today, Rialto is a bustling market and forever swamped by tourists. 3. St. Mark's Square or Piazza San Marco St. Mark's Square has always been a bustling area in Venice, full of life and activity. The 1st citadel and church were erected here, the Palazzo Ducale & Basilica di San Marco, respectively. Enjoy the architectural marvels, which are a unique combination of western European, Byzantine and Islamic architectural styles. Visitors flock to the Piazza to feed the pigeons who are equally eager to receive food. Designer shops line the streets of the square. Other must-visits while in St. Mark's Square are: the Archaeological Museum, Museo del Risorgimento and Museo Correr. 4. Gallerie dell'Academia The museum houses the finest collection of European art from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Important works include: Veneziano's 'The Coronation of Mary', Bellini's 'Madonna with Child between Sts. Catherine and Mary Magdalene', Giorgione's 'Tempest', Carpaccio's 'Crucifixion and Apotheosis', and Veronese's Feast in the House of Levi'. 5. Basilica dei Frari This Gothic Franciscan church was constructed in the 1300s and is primarily most known for being the burial place of Titian and Antonio Canova, a famous Venetian sculptor. The church houses works of renowned artists, such as Donatello's 'St. John the Baptist', Titian's 'Assumption of the Virgin' and Bellini's triptych of the 'Madonna and Saints'. 6. Gallerie dell' Academia The Gallerie dell'Academia boasts one of the finest collections of European art from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Notable art masterpieces coming from the Academia include: Veneziano's 'Coronation of Mary', Bellini's 'Madonna with Child betweens Saints Catherine & Mary Magdalene', Carpaccio's 'Crucifixion and Apotheosis', Veronese's 'Feast in the House of Levi', Giorgione's 'Tempest', and Tintoretto's 'The Theft of St. Mark's Body' and 'Crucifixion'. 7. The Bell Tower or Campanile di San Marco The Bell Tower is the highest structure in Venice, standing 318 feet tall. It was built in the 9th century, and offers a breathtaking view of St. Mark's Square, the lagoon, as well as the neighboring islands of Venice. The bell tower collapsed without warning in 1902, but was reconstructed and one of the five historical bells was rescued and is still currently in use to this day. 8. The Clock Tower or Torre dell' Orologio As you enter Saint Mark's Square, the clock tower will be the first thing you'll see, towering above the other buildings. The clock tower was built in 1496 and still keeps accurate time.

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