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.
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.
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.
Let yourself be swept away by the beautiful renaissance paintings at this gallery. The Venetian painter Tintoretto was paid to provide art for the halls of the Scuola and his master pieces are still there to watch. Take the audio tour to get a deeper knowledge of the artist and his works.
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.