What to see in Venice

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St. Mark's Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style with five cupolas, was built (10thC) to house the body of the St Mark the Evangelist. The facade features five portals decorated in splendid marbles and mosaics, and with a...

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Bell tower of San Marco

The campanile of St. Mark's is an imposing square plan tower about 99 metres high, crowned by a spire that was once a lighthouse for shipping. It is the prototype of all the campaniles of the lagoon area. 

It was first built in the 12th...

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Ducal Palace

Formerly the doge’s residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior – with works by...

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Rialto bridge

Completed in the 16th Century, this stone bridge on wood piling was built to replace a wooden bridge and an earlier pontoon bridge that once was the only link between the two banks of the Grand Canal.

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Bridge of Sighs

The bridge was constructed in the 17th century with two internal passageways. The bridge leads to the New and Old Prisons, the latter called pozzi (wells).
A little window looks out over the Basin of St Mark offering a picturesque view of the...

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Great St. Roch School

The Scuola displays an important series of paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto.
Built in the first half of the 16th C, the Guildhall of San Rocco is the home of an extraordinary cycle of canvases by J. Tintoretto, among which eight on the ground...

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Galleries of the Academy

One of the most important museums in Italy, essential for the study of 14th to 18th century art history.

An extraordinary collection of works by the greatest exponents of Venetian painting, including Giorgione, G. Bellini, Carpaccio, and...

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Correr Museum

City museum and historical Risorgimento museum. Comprehensive overview of the old Venetian Serenissima Republic. Historical look at Venetian painting from its origins to today. A museum of art and of Venetian history, located in the Procuratie...

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Piazza San Marco

St Mark’s Square is called a piazza and not a campo to distinguish it from the other squares and to emphasis its singular beauty - it is quite unique as a place for strolling about in and as a gathering place. 

Occupying the present area...

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Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni - (Peggy Guggenheim Collection)

This palace was left unfished, but the ground floor allows us to imagine what a colossal home the Veniers had in mind to build. A wooden model of the whole palace, designed by Lorenzo Roschetti in 1749, is in the Civic Correr Museum. Behind the...

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Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Once known as Ca’ Grande, erected between 1236 and 1338 through the efforts of the Conventual Franciscan Friars Minor, it was replaced by a grandiose Gothic Franciscan-style edifice in the 14th century, with a nave and two aisles and seven...

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Basilica of Saints John and Paul - San Zanipolo

Consacrated in the 1st half of the 15th Century, the Saints John and Paul's Basilica features a series of Gothic arches while the rather later portal has touches of the Renaissance style. The architectural features of the apse are of great...

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Clock tower

Built at the end of the 15th century close to the Basilica, the central part was built on a plan by M. Codussi. On the terrace at the top of the Tower, two dark bronze figures, the Moors strike the hour against a large bell. 
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Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

This 17th century church is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health (Salute). It was constructed after Venice had been freed of the plague, and begun by B. Longhena who did not live to see it completed. Very fine the overall effect of the statues...

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Torcello Island

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Church of the Redeemer

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Grassi-Stucky Palace

Under commission from the Grassis, a wealthy Venetian family of merchants and shiphandlers, the architect Massari designed the palace around 1740. 
Completed 20 years later, it served varied purposes: sumptuous home, hotel, etc. Fiat S.p.A....

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Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo

A patrician residence at San Stae, this houses valuable 18th-century furnishings and paintings. It is also home to a Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes, whose rich and well-organised collections were put together from a variety...

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Murano Island

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Burano Island

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La Fenice Theater

Inaugurated in 1792, almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1836, and again recently in 1996, the Theatre La Fenice was the most important in Venice and one of the most elegant of Italian theatres.
Visiting La Fenice Theatre is a unique...

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Jewish ghetto

The Ghetto was instituted by the Venetian Republic in 1516 as a compulsory place of residence for Jews. The word itself, ghetto, seems to have originated in Venice: the term derives from the contortion of the work geto (‘to throw’ as a synonym...

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Arsenal of Venice

According to tradition the Arsenal of Venice was founded in 1104; it has been enlarged over the centuries, coming to occupy a large part of the northeast area of the city. The term Arsenale is a corruption of the Arab word darsina’a - a house of...

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Isle of Giudecca

The Giudecca – the largest of the islands of Venice and the nearest to the historic centre – owes its name, according to some, to very early settlement by a Jewish community, as demonstrated by the existence of two synagogues, now demolished, and...

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in...

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Ca 'd'Oro

An unusually beatiful example of typical 15th century Gothic design, with its fanciful architectual motives, wealth of marbles and the splendour of its gold and colour, now all disappeared, which drew insperation from eastern rather than from...

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Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli

A very beautiful church built between 1481 and 1489 on a plan by Pietro Lombardo, Our Lady of Miracles astonishes especially because of its elegant facade clad in various kinds of marble that, it is said, seem to be from what was left over after...

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Campo San Polo

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National archeologic museum

Collection of Greek-Roman Antiquity alongside Egyptian and Assyrian-Babylonian sections.

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Church of San Zaccaria

An early period church reconstructed in the 16th century, it has a fine Renaissance facade by Codussi who also partly altered the architecture. The interior is of the greatest interest as Gothic elements blend with the new Renaissance forms,...

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Ca 'Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art

In this enormous imposing mass of 17th century architecture Bald Longhena achieves, in his last creation, an expression of magestic splendour and titanic solidity. 

The building was started from the inside wing of the courtyard, and in...

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Ca 'Rezzonico - Museo del' 700 Veneziano

Ca’ Rezzonico is a splendid palace by Baldassarre Longhena, a sumptuous Venetian residence hosting a precious collection of 18th century Venetian furnishings and paintings. Of great interest are the palatial rooms and the frescoes by G.B....

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Naval and Arsenal Historical Museum

Rich collection of relics of the Venetian Serenissima Republic era and of the Italian Navy.

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Customs Tip

With its triangular shape, Punta della Dogana split the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. As center for contemporary art , the former monumental port of the city present a permanent exhibition of works from François Pinault Collection.

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Ca 'Vendramin Calergi - Casino in Venice

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Church of the Madonna dell'Orto

Flanked by the old Scuola dei Mercanti, this monumental church stands on the far northern edge of the Sestiere of Cannaregio in a churchyard that still maintains its original paving of brick laid out in a herring-bone pattern within Istrian stone...

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Museum of Natural History - Fontego dei Turchi

Minerals, fossils, botanical and ethnographical collections related also the Paleo-Veneto. 
Built in the 13th century, the Fontego dei Turchi is one of the most interesting palaces on the Grand Canal. 
Purchased in 1381 by the Duke of...

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Grand Canal

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Lido di Venezia

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Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo