Often, visitors have problems deciding what to visit in Venice. Venice is a very expensive tourist destination, the streets of the city and characteristic passages are narrow and often end right in front of a canal, there are almost no benches and during summers it can be really hot. All of these things add to the confusion of tourists, who are usually not able to plan what to visit or what can be visited in one day.
However, Venice is a magnificent city, a city with very rich history, numerous sights, monuments and a rich culture, the city that was taken from the sea and that is still regarded as one of great achievements of architecture, engineering and a symbol of ingenuity of the local population.
Sights in Venice
The sights of Venice are numerous and breathtaking. They resemble the long history of the city, the trade supremacy on the Mediterranean Sea which brought fortunes to the city, but at the same time they mesmerize the visitors with their beauty and charm, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice
Saint Mark’s Basilica is an incredible church that fascinates visitors with its architecture, beauty and its unique story. The walls of this building still bare the scent of Constantinople while the story of this basilica depicts the history of the Venetian Republic and its ties with the East. This basilica is probably the most visited tourist sight of Venice, leaving visitors speechless with its frescoes in gold and decorations. Keep in mind that the entrance is FREE of charge!
Bridge Rialto in Venice
Bridge Rialto is considered the most important bridge in Venice. During the long history of the city there were different attempts to cross the Grand Channel and to allow the local population an easy crossing on the channel that divides the historic center of the city in two. Even though the dimensions of this bridge cannot be considered an important engineering achievement, once this architectural solution was considered a very daring one. Today, this channel is a well-known tourist attraction, which you will certainly cross, since it is one of just a few bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
Bell tower of the St Mark’s Basilica
On the St Mark’s Square, right next to the basilica, rises the impressive Bell Tower of the Basilica St. Marko. This Bell Tower is the most recognizable symbol of the city, which found its way on tourist maps due to the magnificent view from the tower on the rest of Venice. However, the story of this tower is quite interesting. At first, it was a watch tower, later a light house, while due to the instable foundations once it completely collapsed.
Venetian gondolas and gondoliers
Venetian gondolas could not be considered a tourist sight, or could they? They became so popular among tourists that for most a visit to the city is not compete without a ride in one of these beautiful boats. However, there are numerous things to be aware of in case you decide to take a ride. Ride prices and duration as well as the route of the ride are important issues to be considered.
St Mark’s Square
St Mark’s Square represents the center of the city, but also represents the center of glory and power of once strong Venetian Republic. This beautiful city square, with its architecture and palaces that surround the square, fascinates even the most tired tourists. With the music that comes from the nearby restaurants it is easy to let go, forget about problems and enjoy a unique moment that only this city is able to offer.
Museums in Venice
The museums in Venice are numerous while their collections cover different interests. Having in mind that Venice has always lacked space, it is incredible how numerous the museums are. Apart from just a few museums dedicated to modern art, most of the collections depict Venice, its history and local tradition.
Museum of Doge’s Palace in Venice
Museum Plazzo Ducale is located in Doge’s Palace on St Mark’s Square. For centuries this building represented the center of the Venetian Republic, a building where most important political and economic decisions were made, trails curried out and where the Venetian Doge (elected ruler of Venice) lived. By visiting this museum, you will understand the wealth and power of the republic, and probably remain speechless in front of the magnificent council chambers.
Museum Correr in Venice
Museum Correr offers a unique chance to take a peek into the more modern historical period of the city and take a look at chambers used by different kings and emperors during their stay in the city. The museum offers an overview of the rooms and chambers used by different rulers, but also offers a chance to visitors to learn about the Venetian history, culture and art.
Museum Punta della Dogana
Museum Punta della Dogan is a museum dedicated to contemporary art and here visitors will be able to see the art pieces from the Pinault collection. Apart from the art collection, the building is a masterpiece itself. Once, this building was a custom office while recently it was completely renovated. Located right on the end of the Grand Canal, it offers a unique view both on the city and the lagoon.
Museum of glass on Murano Island
Most visitors of Venice have heard about Murano glass, but there are few that know something about this very well-known product of Venice. You will have a chance to get acquainted with a seven century long history of local glassmaking and get to know the achievements and techniques that were used right here on the Murano Island for the first time.
Gallery Giorgio Franchetti in Ca’d’ Oro building
This art gallery is located in one of the most important Venetian palaces. It is a pity that the main façade of this palace is facing the Grand Canal and therefore stays hidden to most of those that tend to visit the city on foot. Nevertheless, this gallery is worth visiting especially by those interested in the Venetian art, culture and history.
The Great School of San Marko in Venice
This beautiful building is located just next to the beautiful Basilica of Saint John and Paul. Its façade is simply an architectural masterpiece that hides an entrance to a modern hospital. However, on the first floor of the building there are still two rooms that belonged to this great school and that are certainly worth visiting.
National Archeological Museum in Venice
The Archeological museum is a small section of the so-called Museums of the St Mark’s Square. This museum cannot be visited on its own, but only with the ticket that allows the entrance to the Doge’s Palace, the Museum Correr and Marciana Library. The collection of the museum consists of ancient sculptures from the Roman and Greek period, coins, silver utensils etc.
Marciana Library in Venice
This is yet another attraction of the St Mark’s Square museums. Visitors will be able to see two rooms of the library that once hosted precious manuscripts and that were later added to the new palace envisioned for the King of Italy.
Apart from the well-known historic center of Venice, immortalized by beautiful churches and palaces, there are also numerous islands of the Venetian lagoon that belong to the city. Even though some of these islands are close to the historic center while others are in the other part of the lagoon, these islands are definitely worth visiting. Often a problem appears regarding the choice of islands you should visit and how to reach them, as these jewels of the lagoon can be reached only by vaporetto lines (Venetian bus boats).
Murano Island in Venice
Murano Island of Venice is famous for the Venetian Murano glass and is one of the most visited islands of the city. Hundreds or even thousands of tourists visit it each day eager to take a stroll among numerous Venetian glass stores, cafes and restaurants. Also, here you will be able to visit glass factories and learn about the production of Murano glass that has managed to win the hearts of people around the world for centuries now.
Burano Island in Venice
According to most visitors, Burano Island is one of the most beautiful islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Can you even imagine that each house of this island is painted in a different color? Colors are definitely something that sets this island of fishermen apart, but this is not all, there is also something untouchable, maybe the warmth of its inhabitants and the island that even though completely invaded by tourist during summer, do not close their doors to visitors.