In this article, we will show you 10 best things to do in Venice, a city of many names — City of Water, City of Canals, La Dominante, La Serenissima, The Floating City, and others. The lagoon and a part of the city of Venice are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The suggestions are based on our exciting trip to this unique historic city. Here are our top 10 picks:
NUMBER 10: Venetian Ghetto
Venetian Ghetto is a Jewish part of Venice dating back to the year 1516, which makes it the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. In fact, according to one theory, the word ghetto derives from the Venetian Ghetto. Don’t miss Banco Rosso and Jewish Musem.
NUMBER 9: Grand Canal
Grand Canal or Canal Grande is a 2.4-mile-long water avenue or in other words, the main water road in Venice, featuring numerous palaces, luxury hotels, and four bridges, including the famous Rialto Bridge. Grand Canal is also home to museums, churches, a fish market, as well as the renowned Casino of Venice.
NUMBER 8: St. Mark’s Square
Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square in English is the main square and the actual center of Venice, built between the 9th and 12th century AD in front of the impressive Basilica di San Marco.
The square is also home to the famous Campanile, a bell tower of Basilica di San Marco. The tower features the highest observation deck in Venice.
Just a few steps across the square you will find the clock tower, of course, featuring a big clock as well as the lion of St. Mark. St. Mark Square is also one of the main locations of the famous Carnival of Venice.
NUMBER 7: Doge’s Palace
Also located on the St. Mark square, stands another important Venice landmark, the center of centuries-long power and influence of Venice – the Doge’s Palace. It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the leader of the Venetian Republic.
Don’t miss the Bridge of Sighs, connecting Doge’s palace interrogation rooms to the New Prison.
NUMBER 6: Crypt at San Zaccaria church
San Zaccaria church, located close to the St. Mark square houses a very special attraction. In the basement, you will find a crypt where many of the doges of Venice were buried. But because of the water from surrounding canals, the crypt floor is always flooded, which is a common phenomenon in the buildings of Venice.
NUMBER 5: Venetian Arsenal
Venice was a naval superpower and in order to build ships throughout history, Venice created what is believed to be one of the largest industrial enterprises in the world before the industrial revolution.
The Arsenale di Venezia was a vast complex of shipyards, armories, and other buildings, many of which still exist today. The production of galleys in Arsenale was unlike any other production process of its time.
NUMBER 4: Museums and art galleries
Venice is home to amazing
museums and art galleries. Located next to Arsenale you can find the Naval History Museum and ships pavilion and see some of the ships that were built here during the Venetian golden era. Don’t miss Galleria dell’Accademia, Museo Civico Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice Glass Museum in Murano, etc. Famous galleries include Punta
NUMBER 3: Bridges
Did you know that Venice is situated on 118 small islands connected by over 400 bridges?
Bridges became an important part of the city’s infrastructure, as well as amazing pieces of architecture. Apart from the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs that we already mentioned, Venice is home to many exceptional bridges with amazing history such as Bridge of Fists, Ponte Chiodo or Nail Bridge, an ancient bridge without rails, Ponte dell’Accademia bridge, Ponte del Paradiso and others.
NUMBER 2: Gondola and Vaporetto
Venice would not be Venice without gondolas, an iconic rowing boat constructed specifically for use in the Venetian lagoon.
You can find gondolas in most parts of Venice, and to truly experience the ancient Venetian canals, a ride on a gondola is a truly one-of-a-kind romantic experience. However, gondola rides can be very expensive, from 80 to over 100 EUR for 40 minutes.
However, a cheaper alternative is buying a ticket for Venice public water transportation called Vaporetto. This way you will still be able to experience some of the main canals and attractions from water, which can also be an exciting experience.
Gondola prices: http://www.gondolavenezia.it/history_tariffe.asp?Pag=43
Vaporetto (waterbus) fares: http://actv.avmspa.it/en/node/775
Vaporetto schedule: http://actv.avmspa.it/en/content/orari-servizio-di-navigazione-0
NUMBER 1: Surrounding Islands
Venice is located in the Venetian Lagoon, consisting of over 100 additional islands, some of which can be easily reached by Vaporetto.
Most important islands include Murano, famous for glass blowing factories of the world-famous Venetian or Murano glass.
The island of Burano, located further away, is known for incredible colorful façades and beautiful lace products and can be a very exciting addition to your trip to Venice.
Other interesting islands include a quiet Torcello island, San Michele, home to impressive Venetian cemetery, or Sant’Erasmo island, also called the garden of Venice.
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