Venice - Do & See
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.
Basilica di San Marco
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.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim was the wife of the artist Max Ernst and the museum is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which is her former home. Her art collection were opened to the public in 1951 and people can now enjoy art from European and American art from the first half of the 20th century.
Piazza San Marco
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.
Rialto Fish Market
This fish and vegetable market has been around since the year 1097, and there is a frantic activity here, especially early in the mornings. The fishmongers, the bustling scenes, the old façades and the canal combine for an experience by all senses. The city’s best butcher shops are also nearby.
Musica a Palazzo
The Opera is intimate, moving and all around a great way to spend your evening. Have a look at their website what is on while you are there, this is truly a unique experience.
Whether or not you are a fan of classical music, the Interpreti Veneziani is a welcoming, lovely break from the city´s pulse. Take one evening to enjoy the harmony brought to you by the orchestra.
St. Mary of the Friars
St. Mary was built in the 13th century and is an important landmark in Venice. It holds many masterpieces of Venetian art from the Renaissance period and is simply a delight for the eye.
San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the islands around Venice. This is another perfect picture opportunity to capture the gorgeous panoramic view of Venice.
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
This library is housed in a beautiful Renaissance building and is an exquisite visit in Venice. This is a perfect spot to become more familiar with Venice history.
Museo di Storia Naturale
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.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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.
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli
This beautiful church is the most requested for weddings in Venice and when you step inside you will understand why. It has the same beauty as the bigger Saint Marks basilica but is of a more reasonable size. It is said to have been built by leftovers of Saint Mark's basilica and its nickname is "the jewel box" because of its beauty.
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.
Ponte di Rialto
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.
Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte dei Sospiri means the Bridge of Sighs, and it has got its sad name from the condemned prisoners passing it to their way to the execution. The covered bridge connects the prison with the interrogation room in Doge's Palace and it crosses the Rio di Palazzo. If you happen pass under it at sunset, the same time as the bells of St Mark's Campanile are ringing, remember to kiss your loved one and the legend says that you will have eternal love.