“City of fabulous beauty” – this is the epithet tourists usually award the radiant Venice, the only city in the world where transportation is carried out only by canals. Of course, a trip on the famous Venetian gondola, which you can buy in any souvenir shop. -But don’t forget that St. Mark’s Square, the majestic St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Arsenal of Venice, the Doge’s Palace and the laced Palace of Ca d’Oro await you inland! You can not only sail under the wonderful bridges of Venice – Sighs or Rialto, but also walk on their feet, but the many magnificent palaces of this wonderful city can open their facades only from the sea Sometimes this is the mysterious and unique city where every walk turns into an event and a discovery. So do it, discover Venice!
1. Piazza San Marco
You will most likely arrive in Venice by sea and from the pier you will enter the foreshore of the most famous and beautiful square in the city: St. Mark’s Square. A bit further on you will see this magnificent place with the marvelous St. Mark’s Cathedral of the 9th century, the Clock Tower of the Cathedral with the famous clock, by which not only the time can be determined, but also the current zodiacal sign and the phase of the moon, the columns of St. Mark of the 5th century with the recognized lion and St. Theodore with his figure and the humbled crocodile at his feet, and also the stunning Doge’s Palace of the 14th-15th centuries in the Gothic style and the San-Marco library. The square makes a grandiose impression, although its components were built at different times, it is perceived as a unified and striking whole.
2. St. Mark’s Cathedral
Perhaps the main attraction of the whole of Venice, because the Cathedral of San Marco is visited by all tourists who come here without exception! The fact is that this architectural marvel in the Byzantine style of the ninth century attracts attention immediately when you find yourself in the famous square. The relics of the Apostle Mark are kept in the cathedral, and the winged lion became the symbol of Venice. The temple, built in the form of a Greek cross, and in addition to its amazing appearance has inside a unique golden altar Pala D’Oro with 80 icons decorated with precious stones, which was created 500 years! You should also pay attention to the ancient objects of art, brought here during the Crusades. The cathedral stands on stilts of larch, which gets extraordinary strength when it touches water, which is important for Venice. So people can admire this diamond of world culture for a long time to come.
3. Campanile Bell Tower
Next to the majestic Cathedral of San Marco is this remarkable bell tower, which belongs to the complex of its buildings, but deserves special attention. The bell tower was built in the eighth century and got its present form in 1514. What functions did it perform in the Middle Ages? It used to be a watchtower, a lighthouse for ships, a kind of alarm clock. when the bell rang and invited the townspeople to work, it was even used for torture. Well, and now, besides the purely decorative function and its main function of the bell, this bell tower with a spire and a weathervane in the form of a golden angel is also an excellent observation deck, time to visit which should definitely be allocated!
4. Doge’s Palace
The Doge’s Palace is a delightful architectural creation in the Gothic style, located in St. Mark’s Square. The Palazzo Ducale (another name for the Doge’s Palace) was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and was used for the work of the Venetian government, with the first building for this purpose on this site being built over a thousand years ago! It was destroyed by fire, and we now have a later, but also a beautiful 15th-century version which was designed to inspire awe in foreigners at the greatness of Venice. Do not know what about the horror now, but the awe of the magnificent state rooms of the Palace, the Hall of Maps, where it seems all the ancient maps of the world, the pompous Golden Staircase, works of Veronese, Tintoretto, etc. artists on the walls and ceiling, as well as the appearance of the amazing building, is experienced by all tourists who come to Venice, without exception!
5. Biblioteca Marciana
The Biblioteca Marciana, or St. Mark’s National Library, is not only an outstanding collection of rare books, with over 13,000 manuscripts and 24,000 old printed books, among them the super valuable volumes, but also a building of simply outstanding beauty, built in 1537-1560. The Renaissance style prevails here, and its arches, columns, and sculptures are wonderful! Even if you’re not a visitor to this library, the openwork ligature of its facade you must examine thoroughly, because it is the pride of Venice!
6. The Grand Canal
In Paris there are the Champs Elysees, in St. Petersburg – Nevsky Prospect, and in Venice -. Grand Canal, in Latin “S2 covering the entire city. Walking along it is a magnificent spectacle, because it starts near the train station and ends at the customs building, where it merges with the Canal San Marco and La Giudecca. From the Grand Canal you can see the facades of more than 100 palaces of Venice, and these are Ca d’Oro, Palazzo Barbarito and many others. The most romantic way is to take a gondola or a small boat vaporetto just before sunset, when the last rays of sunlight touch the majestic buildings of Venice. By the way, the depth of the canal is about 5 meters, width varies from 30 to 70 meters, and the length of the main “street” of Venice is 3.8 kilometers.
7. Bridge of Sighs
Even the bridges of the Venetians are simply fabulous works of art! Such is the Bridge of Sighs, built in 1602 in the Baroque style and with its carving of white marble attracts everyone’s attention. Like the legend, invented recently, that if you kiss a loved one while sailing under the bridge, your feelings will be eternal and deeply mutual. Alas, the reality was more prosaic, and its romantic name for the bridge, which in the Middle Ages connected the Doge’s Palace and the prison, came from the sighs of prisoners being led to their place of imprisonment. The only one who did not sigh here was Casanova, who managed to escape from the famous prison.
8. Rialto Bridge
If all the streets in your city are canals, you need to think about “crosswalks” as well. The pontoon crossing built by the Venetians over the Grand Canal in the 12th century became just that. Then in its place a wooden bridge appeared, and later in the 16th century, after a tender, the stone Rialto Bridge, the oldest at this time in Venice, was built here. You must go on the bridge, it is modest in size: 48 meters long and 7.5 meters high, but “alive, smoky” since the 16th century, thanks to the 12,000 piles driven into the Grand Canal. There are souvenir stores on the bridge and the beautiful Rialto Market and the church of San Giacomo di Rialto are nearby.
9. Venetian Arsenal.
To understand what a maritime power Venice was, it is best to visit the naval and merchant maritime museum, which is located in the Venice Arsenal. The Arsenal, in this case, is not a weapons depot, but rather a huge shipyard that employed 16,000 people (and that was back then!), and from which the famous huge ship, the Galeass, was launched, which later transformed into the second experience, the Galeon, which was successful and influenced shipbuilding around the world for centuries! About all this will tell in the “Arsenal” experienced guides.
10. The Palace of Ca’d’Oro
Glory of the Roman tyrant Nero, who built the Golden Palace, did not give peace of mind to Venetian patrician Marino Contarini, who used gold leaf, ultramarine and vermilion for decoration of his luxurious palace Ca’d’Oro. But it turned out something magnificent, and in this place of beautiful palaces, the delightful Venice, still nothing can compare in beauty with the unique Gothic creation of the Palazzo Ca’d’Oro. It is located on the Grand Canal, the main waterway of the city. The palace is asymmetrical and its remarkably openwork and airy left wing combines with the monolithic wing of the right wing, giving it an inexpressible charm and special recognizability It is the most beautiful and wealthy palazzo in Venice!
11. Galleria dell’Accademia
There are many interesting buildings on the banks of the Grand Canal, and one of them is the Galleria dell’Accademia, located in the buildings of the 15th-century Church of Santa Maria della Carita and the former 16th-century monastery. But although the architectural features of these buildings are important for the general perception, the main thing about the Gallery is the outstanding collection of works by Venetian masters such as Titian and Tintoretto, Bellini and Tiepolo and many others. The Gallery itself opened its doors in 1750, but then it had 5 rooms, now it has 24, and to get to this treasury of world fine arts, oh how not easy, because of the eternal influx of tourists in Venice, and everyone considers it his duty to visit this wonderful place!
12. Murano district
Why are you all strolling through the center, but the center of Venice? There is a wonderful area Murano, which is famous for the production of the famous Murano glass, also called the Venetian glass! For a few euros you can get into a glassblower’s workshop and watch this fascinating process, and still there is a Museum of Glass, which every tourist dreams to see, if you come to this wonderful city. And to walk around this mini-district with its churches, palaces and other Venetian charms is also very nice.
13. Glass Museum
Palazzo Giustinian Murano is home to this amazing Glass Museum. Blowing the most complicated things out of glass is a flammable occupation, and that is why the Venetian authorities “expelled” the glassblowers by a special decision in 1291 to the outskirts of the city in the district of Murano. And here these masters have surpassed themselves, began to make fantastically thin products, to use the technology of manufacturing crystal glass, enameled glass (smalt), glass with strands of gold (aventurine), glass “glass of milk” and even imitation of precious stones. And all this you can buy in the museum’s store, all of it authentic, genuine products of the current Venetian masters and not some fakes. That is why this museum is extremely popular.
14. Church of San Moise
There are many fine churches in Venice, but this 17th-century Church of San Moise, very close to San Marco Cathedral, immediately attracts attention with its Baroque facade, even overly laden with ornaments and bas-reliefs. In any case, the Fini brothers, who paid for the reconstruction of the church, achieved their goal and the glorification of their victories on the commercial front became the leitmotif of the sculptural groups on the facade, where the brothers appear as cupids. The interior decoration of the church, however, is sumptuous; there is the altar where Moses receives the tablets of commandments on Mount Sinai and there is a painting by Tintoretto and Giacomo Palma the Younger.
15. Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
The Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari or simply Frari belongs to the 15th century, is located in the center of Venice and is easily accessible to tourists. The basilica and bell tower are in Gothic style, the most interesting thing in the church is its interior, on the main altar is “Assumption of the Virgin Mary” by Titian, there is also Bellini’s triptych “Madonna and Saints on the Throne”. Here is also the tomb of the great Titian. On the 70-meter-high bell tower is a beautiful observation deck, where, unlike the Campanile of St. Mark’s Basilica, there are no exhausting queues, and the view is most beautiful!
16. Church of Santo Stefano
The Church of Santo Stefano was built in the 13th century and is a wonderful example of the Gothic style. The portal depicts St. Stephen in front of an angel, and the interior decoration with works by Tintoretto “The Last Supper”, “Washing of the Feet”, “Praying of the Cup”, Bartolomeo Vivarini “St. Nicholas of Bari”, Paolo Veneziano “Crucifixion”, as well as the work of an unknown artist “Massacre of Babes” is fascinating and impressive. If we add that the ceiling of the central nave is built from the keel and bends of a warship, resting on elegant columns of white and red, it becomes clear why this church is so popular with tourists.
17. Church of the Madonna del Orto
The Church of the Madonna del Orto is notable not only because it was built in the 15th century in the Gothic style and is a magnificent example of this architectural movement, but also because the great Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto found his last resting place here, He often came here for Mass and painted the pentagonal apse behind the altar at the end of the main aisle with paintings such as The Adoration of the Golden Calf, The Last Judgment, The Vision of the Apostle Peter, The Execution of the Apostle Paul, and The Presentation to the Temple. This, of course, makes this church unique and revered.
18. Church of San Zaccaria
A three-minute walk from the Doge’s Palace is the absolutely marvelous 16th-century church of San Zaccaria, which looks like some elegant early Renaissance toy. The 17th and 18th century paintings here are so good that Napoleon Bonaparte had one of Giovanni Bellini’s altarpieces depicting the Virgin Mary with Jesus taken to France, and only 20 years later was it barely returned. But there are works by Tiepolo and Tintoretto, Vecchio and Van Dyck, Celesti and Balestra and many others. Here is also the tomb of the painter Alexander Vittoria.
19. Museum of the History of the Navy
The entire history of the “Clear Venetian Republic” is so inextricably linked to the navy that such a museum could not fail to appear in the city, where all movement is by sea canals. The pride of this collection is the 45-metre Bucintoro, the ship of the Doge of Venice, richly decorated with gold and sculptures. Not all of the ship’s decoration has survived to this day, but what has survived from the decor of the workshop of Alexandro Vittoria is very impressive! And the other models of ships are beautiful! In fact this museum, which is located next to the Arsenal, is its branch, but this is the case when the exhibits here are even more interesting! And there are about 25,000 exhibits in all.
20. Lace Museum
If stunning Venetian glass is made on the island of Murano, then the stunning lace – on the island of Burano. There is also a museum of this symbol of Venice in front of the church of San Martino, where you can see the best works of true masters of their craft, who created the magnificent and has become almost legendary lace. There are exhibits even from the sixteenth century and the museum itself opened in 1981, glorifying lacemaking as a true art!
21. Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Oh, those American billionaires! They’re ubiquitous, and Peggy Guggenheim was a passionate art collector and also loved Venice and dogs, so when she died she bequeathed the palazzo and the collection displayed there to the Guggenheim Foundation to set up a beautiful museum there. Even today the collection of Picasso, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee Dali and other artists fascinate all the visitors and the grave of Peggy Guggenheim and the 14 graves of her lhasa apso dogs are very touching.
22. La Fenice Opera House
This opera house was built in 1792, but since then it has burned so many times and risen from the ashes like the Phoenix that it has fully justified its name! The last time it was set on fire by an electrician was in 1996, and at its restoration concert in 2003 the world’s best companies performed there, including the famous La Scala of Milan. And that’s no wonder, since in the theater’s glorious history its plays have been staged here by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Giuseppe Verdi. In fact, it’s one of the most famous theaters in the world!
23. The Island of Pauvella
Magnificent Venice is not only remarkable palaces, canals, squares, and cathedrals, but also one of the darkest places on Earth with a heavy aura and dark abnormal phenomena – the island of Povella. There was not only – and hospital for the mentally ill, and quarantine for sailors, and plague patients were exiled here, and in general on this scary island since 1379 no one lives forever! So if you want to tickle your nerves, you can look at this island. If someone will take you there, of course.
24. Cafe Florian
Venice is a panopticon of crazy prices! But a record in this respect beats famous cafe “Florian” on St. Mark’s Square. Which, however, knows what it charges for, because it has long been a huge Venice landmark, where there were Balzac and Casanova, Hemingway and Brodsky, where there is “The Hall of Important People” with portraits of famous Venetians – Titian, Marco Polo, the architect Andrea Palladio, the playwright Carlo Goldoni, where a small orchestra plays softly, and the food is served on trays of pure silver! The first establishment appeared here in 1640 and was called “Arab” and in its present form or similar to it “Florian” showed itself to the world in 1720.
25. Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute
The cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute was built in the 17th century to commemorate the deliverance of Venice from the terrible plague of that time. Every November 21, from the Doge’s Palace to this Cathedral a pontoon bridge is erected, and there is a service of remembrance of the deliverance from the plague. It is a beautiful building with a central altar on which there is an icon of Madonna della Salute, brought from the Greek island of Crete, a floor made of marble slabs and laid out in circles, the work of Titian, Tintoretto, Giordano in this temple, located exactly opposite the Doge’s Palace across the Grand Canal, is a must see and admire the triumph of life over death, captured in stone!
Venice sights : where to find and how to spot the main ones ? Which places are really worth a visit? Are they so unique and inimitable that not visiting them is like not going at all? Eurotraveler.ru took a close look at a few of the most mentioned sights of the Canal City, forming our own opinion. Naturally, our authors were guided by personal impressions as well!
Venice is probably the second most popular city in Italy. Second only to Rome. Only lazy guidebook did not describe the iconic and curious places in the capital city of Veneto. Or the one that just does not write about Italy.
The Basilica di San Marco and the Doge’s Palace are emphasized in every first work on the architectural gems of the city on the water. The list also often includes the Rialto Bridge, the island of glassblowers Murano. And Burano – if you make it to the lagoon!
In recent years, more and more travelers mention the huge brick cathedral of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in the area of Sa Polo. For for all its external modesty inside, this church is literally consecrated by the genius of Tintoretto.
But many other, really interesting sights, which are worth seeing once in Venice, are still in a dense shadow. People are in a hurry and go “over the top”. And he can hardly be blamed – where to find so much time to consider literally everything. And even in detail!
Excursions, of course, help. Especially the non-trivial ones – skryitaya-venetsiya. But not everyone is ready to part with the sum, exceeding a hundred euros… Even if for three hours of interesting and very informative walk!
However, we got distracted, and went back to our own track. “Walk” on which we are going to sensibly, with the head. Critically assessing the overused clichés, assiduously hammered into the heads of gullible travelers.
Often coming to the “City on the water” is not just for one day – for a few hours. And vested interest in seeing the main things in Venice! Secondary and simply unknown in this situation – like this Giudecca – as expected recedes into the background!
What to see in Venice
We might want to, but we can’t ignore St. Mark’s Square and Piazzetta. That’s where the first thing tourists look for once they set foot on the Grand Canal embankment near the train station. The question “how to get to St. Mark’s”, asked in different languages, must be the most frequently asked at the windows of the vaporetto ticket office.
Such interest is understandable, but the number of those interested is naturally oppressive. After all, San Marco: the hub of crowds of tourists and expensive cafes. The place where everyone wants to take a picture of the famous basilica. It’s hard to catch the angle – all the time someone is crawling in the frame – and generally incomprehensible are the dithyrambs that are sung about the place.
Counting on catching the aura of the famous city here while stirring your coffee with a spoon? In 2020, when Chinese tourists have not just discovered, but already mastered Europe? Alas, even in November Venice is not possible: the area and the adjacent waterfront are packed almost like a market on a Sunday afternoon.
At night, though, if you can’t sleep, you can find a time… almost deserted and magical!
St. Mark’s Basilica. There is always a line, and on a summer day be prepared to stand for at least an hour to get in. Admission is free and the inside is really lush and lavish – it justifies the patient wait. But at 4:45 p.m. the free flow of tourists is cut off and anyone interested is sent to the upper loggia and the treasury – for a small (€6), but money.
The Campanile, that is, the bell tower of St. Mark. It did not survive to this day – it collapsed. And then in the same place built a new bell tower. Tourists crowd in line to get to the top and look at Venice from the top, but you are in no hurry. Read on and you’ll see why…
That is, the Doge’s Palace, the residence of the aristocratic officials who exercised executive power in the city until 1797. The flow of travelers to the entrance is not too great. Or maybe it’s the twenty-dollar charge for admission? Venetians are allowed in for free and it’s not insane generosity – the city has just over 100,000 citizens today.
The interior halls are really impressive, although they are not replete with furniture and paintings. But there is no need for them: intrigues that shook the whole Europe were woven here, and treaties that changed the course of history were drawn up.
The audioguide will allow those who can understand spoken English or Italian to compose a complete picture of Venice’s history. Those who have only mastered a school course will get information from the stands, with which all the halls are equipped.
The ticket allows you to visit the New Prison and see tourists swarming through the cracks in the Bridge of Sighs, and to visit the Correr Museum, which occupies part of the Procuratie. Not an overly impressive exhibit, but in addition to the palace? Why not?
Inside the modern Correr Museum, there are rooms that Empress Sisi, wife of the Austro-Hungarian Kaiser Franz Joseph, used to occupy, looking out of these windows at the Grand Canal and the place where it merges with the Giudecca, at San Giorgio Maggiore and… dreaming. It was the order of the day here: vague images swarmed in her head, and thoughts appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
Slightly hidden in the labyrinth of streets, but for many a must-see attraction in Venice, is the La Fenice Theater. Obviously it is not for everyone. However, seeing Verdi’s powerful opera on the famous stage is guaranteed to elevate your senses.
San Giorgio Maggiore
A separate island in the lagoon of Venice doesn’t seem to be as famous as Murano-Burano. But the church of San Giorgio, which Antonio Palladio rebuilt in the classical way, and the ancient monastery behind it cry out for a visit!
It’s not too easy to get here: a vaporetto no. 2 runs from Santa Lucia Station. But not along the Grand Canal, but around it – via Giudecca!
Those wishing to visit this grandiose church in its simplicity and grandeur should arm themselves with a pass (1, 3, 7 days) for travel. For otherwise, the cost of transportation will seem excessive.
“The Last Supper” by Tintoretto – wait, think who’s where – and the bell tower are two additional lures. You’ll be lifted up to the latter for only 3 euros, and the views around…you’ll be glad you weren’t in line for St. Mark’s Campanile!
The neighborhood is right across the canal from the “goodies” of San Marco, but is generally not as populated by tourists. If you step back from the streets leading from the vaporetto stop at the Accademia Bridge to the church of Santa Maria della Salute. It is always crowded and there are plenty of shops selling traditional Venetian souvenirs: what to bring back from Venice as a gift?
The Accademia Bridge, an interesting landmark of the place, connects the banks of the Grand Canal in a very lively place. Erected in the twentieth century, but made of wood. Photos and selfies in both directions are great, but you will have to sweat to choose the moment – too many people want to do the same.
The Galleria dell’Accademia is the largest art museum in Venice. Inside: beautifully preserved interiors, excellent icons, paintings by Bellini, Veronese, Carpaccio Tintoretto and Titian. A superb collection, definitely worth the €15 it costs to visit.
Tourists under 18 are admitted for free.
A couple of minutes’ walk away is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Specializes in contemporary art, with no ties to Venice. Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, Dali, Giacometti. For admission will ask similar € 15, only children under 10 years will enter for free.
Santa Maria della Salute is an epic church. According to many – the most beautiful in Venice. In addition, and the obvious dominant point of the area. It belongs to the “pen” of Baldassare Longhena, an architect who is not too well known. By building a temple on a fairly marshy place Venetians thanked God for stopping the plague epidemic of 1630-1631, which mowed out a third of the inhabitants.
The church of Santa Maria della Salute looks beautiful from the expanse of the Grand Canal and is a symbol of Venice. On its steps facing the water, it is customary to be photographed for the memory. Many tourists eat here as well – of which the huge seagulls are well aware. The gulls are not shy about snatching sandwiches and sandwiches out of the hands of the underdogs.
Inside, Baroque luxury multiplied by classical restraint, Titian and Tintoretto. Be aware that Santa Maria is closed for lunch – Italian customs allow for a midday siesta – from 12 to 3 pm. So plan your day properly so you don’t “kiss” the closed door.
The central places of Venice end there. But we continue!
The neighborhood is small and adjoins San Marco from the north. Visited by those who ventured from the train station on foot, and those looking for the brick building of the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (traveling by vaporetto to get off at San Toma) with the second oldest bell tower in Venice. Unlike San Marco, it has retained its originality, having survived a lightning strike – it is possible to climb to the top.
Titian is buried in the Frari, and his powerful Assunta, or Ascension of the Virgin Mary, adorns the altar.
Another landmark that can be conventionally attributed to San Polo is the Rialto Bridge. Much better looking from the outside! It is best viewed from the water, from the stern or bow open platforms of the vaporetto.
But the fish market of Rialto, the oldest preserved in Europe, belongs to San Polo entirely. Like the Scuola San Rocco, all painted from head to toe by Tintoretto. The entrance fee of €6 is strongly recommended as a donation to the restoration and maintenance of the interiors and paintings.
This neighborhood is poor on advertised places. There is, however, at least one – the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo or San Zanipolo. The imposing and slightly Frari-like hulk, dating back to the fifteenth century, is the resting place of two dozen Doges of the Republic.
The Venetian Islands must be visited during any serious visit to the city on the water. In the first place are:
Murano, where an assortment of shops should be thoroughly explored. And buy glass knickknacks, which you will not find anywhere else (Chinese fakes do not count). And also just walk around, admiring the walls that have deteriorated over the centuries. And absorbing the incredibly original aura of the place.
Burano with colorful houses, which are begging to be shot. The island is famous for its lace, but other souvenirs in the local shops and begs to be picked up. Expensive, it’s true. But money is the last thing on your mind.
The island of Torcello should be visited before dinner. By nightfall, the place dies out and vaporettos don’t move around very often.
Giudecca is an integral part of Venice. But it is often left in vain – and without it there is too much to see around. But to get here is simple – right from the station by the river streetcar number 2.
As you stroll through Judecca, you’ll see how nice it is when there aren’t many tourists around. You’ll also enjoy the regular layout of the streets and the abundance of air and space. Naturally, you’ll also enjoy the architecture of the houses-they’re exceptionally beautiful!
Lido, site of the Venice Film Festival and the center of sandy beaches, is a wonderful place at any time of year. Tourist activity is low, and that is an additional reason to visit.
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