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Essential Travellers Guide to Venice Italy

Updated on January 21, 2011
Venice Grand Canal
Venice Grand Canal
St. Mark's Cathedral
St. Mark's Cathedral
Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs

Must See in Venice

St. Mark's Cathedral & Square:

The grand basilica is the resting place of St. Mark, the Evangelist, whose body was stolen from Alexandria by a group of Venetian merchants. The magnificence of its architecture brings millions of visitors to Venice every year. The facade adorns mosaics depicting the transportation and arrival or St. Marks body within 4 large niches, while the interior is decorated in bright mosaics made of gold and bronze which seem to glow with the smallest amount of light.

Rialto Bridge:

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge which spans the canal in Venice. The bridge is home to the Rialto Market, a variety shops showcasing souvenirs and jewelry. Many visit the bridge to take in its beautiful scenic view of the Grand Canal or sit amongst the cafes and restaurants surrounding it.

Bridge of Sighs:

This famous bridge connects the old city prison to Doge's Palace, and was said to be the last view of Venice before convicts were confined to their cells. However, it has more famously been known to grant everlasting love to couples who kiss under the bridge at sunset.

Music in Masquerade:

Take in a Venetian opera at the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, where musicians, actors, and dancers don 18th century costumes and masks while performing . The performance halls house the original furnishings, frescoes, paintings and wooden carvings. In the main hall you will find Tiepolo's famous nine canvases about the spiritual virtues. The intimate performances and beauty of this venue will amaze every audience.

The Island of the Dead:

Take a motorboat from Piazza San Marco to San Michele, a walled cemetery which houses some of the most famous Venetians. For a Venetian, trip to San Michele is dubbed the "last gondola ride".


Take a day trip to one of Venice's lagoon islands, Torcello, from Piazza San Marco. The island has Venice's first Cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, home to the most beautiful display of 11th century mosaics.

Murano Island:

Visit the island of glass which is home to Venetian glass-making legend Murano. Production was moved to the smaller lagoon island as it posed a fire threat on the main island of Venice. On the island you will find Museo Vetraio, the museum of glass, as well as the lace-making center Burano, where you will find shops dedicated to selling lace and linens.

Take a Gondola Ride:

No trip to Venice is complete without a Gondola ride through the city's many canals. There are various Gondola stations around the city. Each boat can hold up to 6 passengers. Current official rates are as follows:

Daytime (8am to 7pm) €80 for 40 minutes + €40 for each additional 20 minutes

Nightime (7pm to 8am) €100 for 40 minutes + €50 for each additional 20 minutes

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli Gran Canal
Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli Gran Canal

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      craftybird 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Yes, I'm very lucky to live so close to Venice! We're only about 1 1/2 hours away by train. I count my lucky stars everyday!

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      Celiegirl 7 years ago

      Wow! Must be an awesome thing to be able to see up close and personal all of those things. Travel is on my "want" list. Enjoy!