Venice is one of Italy’s must see cities offering romance, mystery, stunning architecture, priceless art, canals and hidden piazzas. Winding alleyways and canals pass between plush palaces and magnificent churches, a reminder of the cities great wealth of the past.
Consisting of 117 bodies of land connected by more than 400 bridges over its 150 canals, it is divided into six sections or sestieri. Cannaregio, San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro.
A great introduction to this floating city is a vaporetto trip along the majestic sweep of the Grand Canal from San Marco to Piazzale Roma.
St Marks Square, Basilica San Marco and the Doge’s Palace are the religious heart of Venice. The square draws large crowds of visitors and is a popular meeting place. It’s a super place to enjoy the scenery and people watch from one of the chic sidewalk cafés or peruse the designer boutiques.
Accademia Galleries – a collection of Venetian masterpieces.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection – 20th Century American and European art including Picasso, Magritte & Klee.
Rialto Bridge – main bridge crossing the Grand Canal at its narrowest point. Take a stroll across and enjoy its lively shops and markets.
Doge’s Palace – a magnificent display of Byzantine, Gothic and renaissance architecture.
Basilica San Marco – Venice’s fairytale cathedral housing many stunning works of art.
Bridge of Sighs – famously led convicts from Doge’s Palace to the prison.
An Island day trip – perhaps Murano, famous for glass making or Burano, full of colorful houses and famous for lace.
No matter where you go, you’ll find history, beauty and romance.