Essential Travellers Guide to Venice Italy
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.
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.
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.
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
Great Venice Hotels
- Hotel Gritti Palace
The Hotel Gritti Palace is a unique facility that offers traditional Venetian style and elegance located on the enchanting Grand Canal.
- Hotel Danieli Venice Luxury Hotel
Only steps away from the Piazza San Marco, and legendary sites such as the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
- Ca Dei Dogi Venice
Ca Dei Dogi offers typical Venetian refinement, is a 15th-century palazzo near the Bridge of Sighs and Saint Mark's Square in Venice.
- DD724 Boutique Hotel Venice
Immediately upon entering the hotel, the guest immediately finds himself surrounded by monuments, the lagoon and the allure of the city.
- Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati Venice
With contemporary design, a wellness center, and the most modern services, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati proposes a new hospitality concept in the historic heart of Venice.
- Hotel Venice Grand Canal Venice
4 star Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, an elegant hotel in the historic center that offers the best comforts, the pride of Venetian hospitality.