Venice is the capital of Italy which is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. This city has no roads, it just has canals which includes the Grand Canal thoroughfare, therefore lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. From The St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower we can see the beautiful red roofs throughout the city.
This is a city which is filled with tourist attractions. It’s hard to tell from where to begin to describe its scenic beauty. The best way is to simply get lost for a few hours through its charming little streets and narrow passageways, meandering beside its canals, and finding its secret corners. At every turn, one will see something worth remembering like a photo. No matter where this exploration takes you, it’s easy to find your way back to the Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal. Around these two landmarks, most the sights were situated.
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Most of the famous sights those tourists want to visit in Venice is divided into six pedestrian and neighborhoods that have distinctly different characters. San Marco is surrounded on three sides by a great loop in the Grand Canal. Across Rialto Bridge, there is the artisans’ neighborhood of San Polo, and across the Grand Canal to the south situated the prestigious art museums and lively squares. Beyond the six pedestrian neighborhood of the city itself, one will want to hop aboard a vaporetto to its islands such as Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Even a fourth island named San Giorgio Maggiore is a worth visiting place because of the beautiful views of the cities from the tower of its church.
Today, Venice is an important economic center and is one of the famous tourist cities in the world. A number of places like St. Marks’s Basilica and the Grand Canal draw millions of visitors to this area of islands on an annual basis.
The best things to do in Venice and the places to visit in Venice are as follows:-
1. St. Mark’s Basilica
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St. Mark’s Basilica is a marvelous piece of architecture that has stood the test of time since its creation and remains as one of the most important religious buildings in Northern Italy. Everything of this church is fantastic from sculptures and artwork of the front facade to the beautifully painted frescos and Byzantine works of art which is on the inside of the domed ceiling.
2. St. Mark’s Square
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St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous building in Venice and the St Mark’s Square is the most famous piazza which is located on the grand canal, opposite the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. This square holds very much importance in Venice and is a truly spectacular place to visit. Around the Piazza is a series of ornate buildings with arched walkways that justifies it perfectly. Apart from that several important buildings are located on the square such as St Mark’s Campanile, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio. This place is really the perfect place to start one’s tour in Venice and enjoy the impressive sights.
3. Canale Grande
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Just like the other countries in the world, Venice also has hundreds of canals which connects the various islands. The largest of them is the Canale Grande. This massive canal is more like a river and it passes through one side of Venice to the other and quisling through the center in a large S like pattern. Over 100 buildings lie along the banks of the canal and it has also played an important waterway for hundreds of years in the city of Venice.
4. Ponte di Rialto
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The Ponte di Rialto is immensely the most famous and iconic as it is one of the bridges which stretches through the impressive Grand Canal. It connects the San Marco and San Polo districts of Venice. The bridge is a hugely popular tourist attraction and an important pedestrian thoroughfare.
5. Venice Lido
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If someone is looking for a spot of relaxation and to get away from the busy unwanted chaos of the tourists, then Lido is the perfect place to go. This is a separated distinct island which creates a barrier between Venice and the Adriatic Sea and also attributes a long stretch of beautiful beach for the tourists to enjoy the journey. The Lido also has many residential areas, shops, restaurants and hotels, and many more things. This place has a much calmer, laid back and relaxed weather which allows the visitors to enjoy the beauty of this place even more. Lido is undoubtedly the best escape and even supplies a stark contrast to the busy streets and waterways which surrounds the grand canal of Venice city.
6. Bridge of Sighs
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There is only a small bridge in the relative scheme of Venice namely the Bridge of Sighs which is one of the most viewed structural building in the city and is an important ancient landmark. It passes over the Rio di Palazzio. This bridge connects the two places that are Prigioni Nuove to Doge’s Palace. Whilst visiting the city of Venice St. Mark’s Square is an absolute place of visitors.
7. San Giorgio Maggiore
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This is one of the most smaller islands which is not connected to the main canals of Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore covers a short distance from the Venice Basin and the Grande Canal and can be reached water taxi. San Giorgio Monastery is located on the island which has the fantastic view, even the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore and the large campanile which mirrors the one standing in St. Mark’s Square.
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Within the Venice district, Murano is another small island. This piece of land is actually made up of several small islands which are therefore connected together by a series of canals and bridges just like the city of Venice. Murano also has wonderful charm and climatic conditions are also very nice. But this area is not as busy as the main areas of the city of Venice.
9. San Marco Campanile
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It is the tallest structure in Venice. This is actually a towering building which stands at a colossal height of 98.6m. The building that stands now, is actually a reconstruction of the older one as the collapsed building. It was created in the 9th century, which is then used as a watchtower. The tower has been damaged by fire, earthquakes and even lightening throughout the year.
10. Ride a Vaporetto through the Grand Canal
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The Vaporetto is the main transport system in Venice. But don’t worry one can catch a train into the main station, even can walk on footpaths through the streets, but if someone wants to truly experience the beauty of Venice, then one should experience that from the waters. This boat system is very much efficient and is considered as one of the quickest ways of traveling to the various other islands of Venice.