Venice: Main Sights

Queen of the Adriatic

Venice Main Sights

Venice is a paradise of canals, gondolas, museums, churches, architectural marvels and contains everything which a tourist can ask for. The floating city is certainly a unique holiday experience; you will be captivated by such an incredibly peaceful and serene experience.

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
There is simply no church in Europe more lavishly decorated, more exquisitely filled with mosaic, more glittering with gold than San Marco, the cathedral of Venice. The floor is a reflection of the mosaic craft in marble, an undulating wonderland of colour and pattern. Be mindful of the fact that there is a great rush of tourists, although the entry is free; book your tickets in advance online. Dress appropriately—no bare shoulders or knees and no photography is permitted.

The Galleria dell’Accademia
The ‘Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the world’s great museums, and cannot be missed on your visit to Venice. It also, unsurprisingly, gets very busy, so book your tickets well in advance and plan your times to miss the crowds. This building was partly built in the 12th Century and finished in the 14th Century. In its 24 rooms, it displays works of Italian artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Piero Della Francesca, Cosmè Tura, and Giovanni Bellini. Other artists include Giorgione, Tintoretto, Paris Bordone, and Moretto Da Brescia and lots more.

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) in Venice
One of Italy's grandest and most history-saturated town halls is this massive Gothic-Renaissance confection (raised in 1309, and rebuilt after a 1577 fire). Its public halls are heavily decorated with canvases and frescoes by Venice's greatest artists.Off the back of the building, you cross over the famous, enclosed Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named by romantic-era writers who imagined condemned prisoners letting out a lament as they crossed and got their final glimpse of Venice and her lagoon through the tiny windows in the center. The cells on the other side preserve the scrawls and graffiti of ancient prisoners.

Piazza San Marco
Often known in English as St Mark's Square, is the principal square of Venice, Italy. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, it is extremely popular with tourists, photographers and Venetian pigeons.

Gondola ride in Venice
Taking a romantic gondola ride in Venice gives you a completely different perspective of the city than exploring it on foot. The best time for a gondola ride is in the evening when the waterways are no longer crowded with other boats. You can usually book a ride through your hotel. Many gondoliers stand near bridges and also around the St.Mark square offering gondola rides.

Grand Canal
The famous waterway is approximately two-miles long and faced with impressive palaces, is a colourful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.

Shopping for Venetian Glass
It's estimated the there are over 1,000 glass shops in the San Marco district alone. For a simple shopping stroll, head out of Piazza San Marco at the clock tower onto Le Mercerie. This route, lined with fancy boutiques and souvenir shops.