Welcome to Venice
Venice is one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. Beautiful floating palaces of stone surrounded by an ancient network of canals, built on a group of 118 islands and these small islands are linked with 400 bridges. These islands are located in the Venetian Lagoon, which sits just off of the mainland of Italy. With its Gothic architecture, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, wide piazzas, and narrow canals, Venice is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Venice is divided into six sestieri, neighborhoods that have distinctly different characters. San Marco is the heart of Venice and home to Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Bridge, surrounded on three sides by a great loop in the Grand Canal.
Most tourists spend the majority of their time here, along with Dorsoduro (Pont dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute), and San Polo. Santa Croce, located on the western end of Venice, is the main transportation hub. The bus station, parking garages, and train station are located here. Cannaregio, Castello, and Giudecca are where many local Venetians live, but these sestieri make great places to go for a stroll if you want to escape the tourist crowds in the heart of Venice. Finally, Murano, Burano, and Lido make great day trips from Venice, but you need to have at least three days in Venice in order to have enough time to do this.
Attractions in Venice
Piazza San Marco
Piazzetta dei Leoncini
St Mark's Campanile
Museo Archeologico, Venice
Basilica di San Marco
Piazzetta di San Marco
Teatro La Fenice
Bridge of Sighs
Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Formosa
Casa di Marco Polo, Venice
Punta della Dogana - Pinault Collection
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Market)
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro
Basilica S.Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Venice
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia
Jewish Museum of Venice
Giardini della Biennale
Festivals held in Venice
Regate del Redentore
It is one of the oldest popular celebrations of Venice. It takes place every year on the third Sunday of July and it is the Venetians’ favourite celebration.
One of the most important events in Venice is, undoubtedly, the Regata Storica: a sumptuous historic procession of boats precedes competitions among boats of the same kind (the gondolini race, etc.).
This celebration boasts very ancient origins in Venice: it seems to have been existed since the 10th century. Under the Venetian Republic (Repubblica Serenissima) celebrations lasted six weeks: from the 26th of December to Mardi Gras, until the bells announced the beginning of Lent.
Festa della Sensa
The Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension), which takes place in Venice on May every year makes tourists relive the age-old history of the Serenissima Republic and its intimate relationship with the Sea, as well as the customs and traditions of Venetian Rowing. This celebration takes place every year on Ascension Day, in May, and boasts ancient origins.
Tours and Activities from Venice
Latest Blogs from Venice
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