Attractions in Venice


Many attractions & Must See in Venice

There's a lot to choose from within a small radius when it comes to Venice attractions, as this city is chock full of interesting sights, whether you're a fan of history, art, nature or the simple pleasure of admiring the city's beautiful surroundings. These top five attractions are easily integrated into your Venice travel plans no matter how long you plan to stay.

Saint Mark's Basilica

This amazingly ornate basilica dominates the entire historical square that bears its name. Constructed in the 1000s as a place of worship exclusively for Venetian rulers, it has since become the main cathedral of the city, open to all. Nicknamed the “Church of Gold”, this grandiloquent Venice attraction is laden with gilded mosaics both inside and out that shine despite the passage of centuries. The church has been architecturally enhanced a number of times since it was first built, with many additional marble columns, domes and other features now part of the edifice. At the altar you can see the relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist, one of the 12 Apostles.

The Doge's Palace

Located on Saint Mark's Square across from the basilica, this opulent palace was once the power center of Venice's ruling elite, including the Doge (Duke). The exterior and interior of this Gothic mansion are both equally grand, with a number of marble, bronze and other decorative features that testify to the city's wealth in the early 1300s. Today this Venice attraction has a great history museum where you can learn about the city's political history and see some great artworks as well.

Gondola rides

For a unique experience, there's no better Venice attraction than taking a gondola ride along some of the many beautiful watercourses of the city. Many of the boats themselves are intricately decorated with flowers and other motifs, and a lot of gondola operators (or gondoliers)offer music and song along with the ride. Don't expect it to come cheap, especially if you pick up a gondola near one of the major tourist sites. To save money, take your ride earlier in the day and offer to share with other visitors – each boat can take up to six people at a time.

Art in Venice

Another top Venice attraction is its many great art galleries and art museums. At the top of any art lover's list should be the Accademia Gallery (Gallerie dell'Accademia), where spectacular masterpieces from the 14th to 18th centuries are housed. If you're more interested in the modern greats, head over to the Peggy Guggenheim museum, which is home to many great works of the 20th century that belonged to the wealthy heiress: Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock and more are all represented here. The Contini gallery on Saint Mark's Square is another treasure trove for art fans, with works by Chagall, Magrite, Giacometti and Picasso.

Venice islands

To get the most complete impression this island city, you should visit one of its larger islands outside the central area. These Venice attractions can be reached easily and cheaply by public water buses known as motoscafi, or alternatively you can book a local tour guide. Murano, for example, is a charming spot where amazing glass products are made, and there's a glass museum here where you can learn all about the long-standing trade. Burano, a small fishing island known for its lace making, has an enchanting narrow street full of great lace boutiques and brightly colored houses. Torcello, one of the first inhabited areas of Venice, is home to the city's oldest cathedral's, Santa Maria dell'Assunta.

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