Palazzo Ducale, aka the Doge’s Palace, used to be the residence of the Doge of Venice, and also a space where the government could lodge. Both court and prison were located within the palace walls, but today the building is a museum.
The full name in Italian is Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, but people will know what you’re talking about if you say Saint Mark’s Basilica. This cathedral church is the most famous of churches in Venice, presenting an impressive mosaic exterior as well as a striking interior.
The Grand Canal is the largest canal in town, almost 4 km long and at places as wide as 90 metres with an average depth of 5 metres. Public transport is available in the form of vaporetti - water buses, gondolas and water taxis. There are plenty of famous buildings located along the river and it is crossed by three bridges.
Piazza San Marco, aka Mark’s Square, is the biggest square in Venice, and the most famous one too. If you truly want to understand the might of the former Venetian empire this is the place to visit. The square is full of interesting and impressive sights, one of the being the campanile - bell tower - from where you can get a splendid view of Venice.
Longhena’s palazzo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole city. It was completed in 1756, over 100 years after the first day of construction and today it serves as a museum, Ca’ Rezzonico, with an interesting display of 18th century Venice.
Ca’ Pesaro is the city’s modern art museum, located in an old palazzo facing the Grand Canal. Very exciting art can be found in the Oriental art department: 30,000 objects from Japan, China and Indonesia.
If the children are tired of walking around then this is a nice place to visit. Here you will find a great collection of animals and botanical exhibits. The museum houses an interesting display of fossils and preserved animals.
Torcello is a small island which does not lie on the typical tourist path in Venice. On the island you will find the oldest Byzantine church in Venice, which is truly amazing in the sunset, and almost a bit spooky.
There are several different tour operators offering different types of Gondola tours. You can choose between the more romantic style with a singer singing serenades for you and your loved one, or maybe a more classical sightseeing tour with a guide telling you the history of all beautiful buildings. There are even tours where you can learn how to row the Gondola yourself.
The Rialto Bridge is one of the bridges that crosses Canal Grande. Be prepared to meet a lot of other tourists here since this is one of the most well-known landmarks of Venice. The architecture is amazing and when you think about that it is built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings, over 400 years ago, you might think twice before you decide to step your foot on it.