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Here are the Venice tourist attractions you can sight on your gondola ride

This 1200-year-old city is home to some unique attractions. As a city of immense historical significance and home to the Italian Renaissance, try not to skip these highlights during your gondola ride.

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St Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica

This church has stood the test of time since its construction in 832 AD. Its ornate design, stunning artwork and overall charm is the perfect representation of architecture from the Italian Byzantine era. St. Marks Basilica is not just a symbol of religious significance in Europe, but also one that connects the Church to the modern world.

Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs

Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs

Formerly the residence and political seat of Venice’s Doge (government head), this palace is a gothic architectural marvel. Enchanting in its truest sense, the palace is now home to carefully-preserved art, sculptures and Italian culture. Connecting the Doge's Palace to its former prison is the Bridge of Sighs, another must-see monument in Venice. Legend has it that as prisoners were being taken for execution, they would catch a final glimpse of Venice from atop the bridge and let out a sigh at its beauty.

The Grand Canal

Lined on either side by ancient buildings, the Grand Canal is the largest waterway that connects different parts of the city. Approximately 3.86 km long, it is connected indirectly to the Adriatic sea. It is uniquely-shaped like a reverse ‘S’ and divides the city into two. As the most important pier, most gondolas and water taxis are parked at the Grand Canal.

Venice tourist attractions

St Mark’s Square

St Mark’s Square is dubbed as the ‘heart’ of Venice. Located right on the Grand Canal, it connects travelers to important attractions in the city and is dotted with instagram-worthy restaurants and bars. You can also visit the small market area and pick up some souvenirs like local cheese, shot glasses or even a carnival mask. A fun activity here is to feed the pigeons.

Venice tourist attractions

Campanile di San Marco

One of the best views of Venice is from the top of the Campanile di San Marco. This towering structure looks simple from afar but in reality is anything but. The red-brick design is decorated with elaborate stonework; keep a look out for the statue of Gabriel. You can go right to the top with the elevator by paying just €8and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. For more information about the best time and season to visit, go here.

Venice tourist attractions

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto bridge is over 400 years old and connects the San Marco and San Polo districts in Venice. Constructed with Istrian stone, it features a single arch design with three walkways. The Rialto Bridge remains a functional bridge, allowing pedestrians to cross the Grand Canal. The view from the bridge offers an excellent perspective of life in Venice.

Venice tourist attractions

Peggy Guggenheim Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an art museum located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It houses a collection of modern and contemporary art, primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries. Featured works by renowned European and American artists include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and more.

Venice tourist attractions

Teatro la Fenice

The Teatro La Fenice is a historic opera house located in Venice, Italy. It holds a prestigious position in the world of opera and theatre. It is a significant site for operatic premieres, particularly during the 19th century when many works by renowned composers like Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were first performed here. Interestingly, its façade is the only element to have survived two fires that almost entirely destroyed the opera house in 1836 and 1996.




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