There is no other place in the world like Venice. The city is a labyrinth of canals, elaborate bridges, cobblestone streets and lively squares. Explore the unique sites of this great city on foot or by vaporetto, a network of boats which is the main mode of transportation in the city.
When in Venice, the must see sights are:
Doge’s Palace – Venice’s most famous building was home to its ruling family for centuries, and also served as both court and prison. Its unique Venetian gothic architecture features beautiful medieval sculptures, columns and arcades. Look for the red marble arch, once reserved for the Doge to announce death sentences and oversee public executions in the square below.
St. Mark’s Basilica is the best example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Filled with incredible artworks, the church has over 40,000 gold mosaics covering the walls and ceilings. Just outside is:
St. Mark’s Square, or Piazzetta, the gathering place where you can people-watch while sitting at one of the sidewalk cafés. Take a short elevator ride up the bell tower and find:
St. Mark’s Campanile, for amazing views of thePiazza and Basilica.
Grand Canal is the main water-traffi c thoroughfare full of gondoliers serenading tourists and locals moving swiftly on vaporettos. Lined with more than 170 historical palazzos, the Grand Canal offers a view into the everyday life of this bustling city.
Rialto Market – Wander around and fi nd sought-after local specialties sold by area farmers and fi sherman, or enjoy a drink at one of the winebars.
Island of Murano – Venice’s glass-making industry was moved to this small Venetian island in 1291 when people believed it was a major fi re hazard to the city. Get to it by vaporetto, water-bus or private water taxi. Visit the Museo Vetraio, the glass museum or see a glass blowing demonstration.