Everyone's heard of Venice; the architecture, the history, the Gondolas, the romance... This is one of Italy's most interesting, spectacular and sometimes surreal cities. The best thing to do here is take a stroll along some of the many romantic canals and waterways. You'll instantly fall in love with this fascinating place.
Places in Venice not to be missed include:
The Piazza San Marco This is Venice's main square and is located right in the heart of the city. The square itself is truly stunning; packed with stylish sidewalk cafes and designer shops; it's also a great place to enjoy the scenery and people. In the evenings, you can listen to live music performances too. During peak season you'll pay top prices for a meal in the square, but walking, chatting and taking photos in the piazza is, of course, free.
Doge's Palace Palazzo Ducale, on St. Mark's Square is an absolute must see. It's arguably the most impressive building in Venice. It was the political hub of the Venetian government up until the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797.
Saint Mark's Basilica
The Basilica di San Marco is an incredibly attractive church; the architecture is a dynamic mixture of Eastern and Western styles. The church itself was consecrated in 832 AD.
Grand Canal The Grand Canal, Venice's main thoroughfare is lined with spectacular buildings and all kinds of boats. It's an idyllic location and a great place to go walking all year round.
Rialto Bridge Rialto Bridge or the (Ponte di Rialto), is the main bridge in Venice. It's located right in the centre of Venice and crosses over the Grand Canal. The bridge dates back over 400 years. Don't forget to check out the nearby Rialto Market; there are plenty of interesting little shops here - perfect for picking authentic Italian souvenirs.
Galleria del'Accademia This is one of Italy's best-loved artMuseums. It's spread out over three buildings and has a total of 24 rooms. It's massive! It can get very packed during the high season, so remember to get there early.
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