Venice is one of Italy’s must-see cities and its attractions are one-of-a-kind. Here are some of the top things to do and see that you shouldn’t miss on a visit to Venice.
Piazza San Marco, or Saint Mark’s Square, is the largest and most important square in Venice. Being the widest swath of flat, open land in a waterborne city, St. Mark’s Square has long been an important meeting place for the local citizens of Venice and historically was a showcase for Venice’s aristocracy. It is most impressive from its sea approach, a legacy from the centuries that Venice was a powerful maritime republic. Departing from Venice on a Mediterranean cruise is one of the most breathtaking experiences one can have, and is a treasure that is becoming less and less frequent as the Italian government is limiting access to this great city as a port of call for the large cruise ships.
Doge’s Palace was the originally the headquarters and home of the Leader or Doge of the Republic of Venice during the 1000 year reign of the Republic of Venice. Now a museum you can tour what was the executive legislature halls as well as have access to the torture chambers and prisons that were reached by the Bridge of Sighs…another famous site of Venice.
The St. Mark’s Basilica stands next to the Doge’s Palace includes glistening Byzantine mosaics and paintings by leading Venetian artists.
For the shopper in you, the stop to make is the Rialto Bridge and surrounding area where lovely shops and markets abound. This is THE place to take the picture that you will make your own of the famous Grand Canal, as no other point delivers as great a view … it is well worth the twisting, turning walk through the city’s narrow streets to get there.
Modern art lovers are in for a treat at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. This is one of the first contemporary art museums in Italy and contains priceless works from 20th century masters including Pollock, Klee, Mondrian, and de Chirico.
Situated in the Lagoon along with Venice are other islands and beaches, the most well known being Murano, Burano, and/or Torcello where you can watch craftsmen create their famous glass works, or delicate lace, or you may go to the Venice Lido, which has a beautiful strip of beaches.
And, of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride through the city’s network of canals, which comprise all the ‘streets’ of Venice.
Planning a visit to Venice can be quite challenging to you. This is one city where you definitely can secure a hotel in the wrong part of town and finding your way to the sites can be confusing. In addition, this is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe when it comes to the cost of hotels and food. It is extremely beneficial to work with an expert that knows Venice well, which is something we can provide. We have agents who have developed their knowledge and expertise in travel planning to Venice over many years working in the travel industry.
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