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BEST OF VENICE

Venice has many interesting places to see with its numerous, beautiful architectural buildings, monuments and landmarks. It is a unique place to travel and explore wonderful churches, theatres, museums and palaces, not to mention its unique scenic canals; that only Venice can give. With hundreds of things to see and do in Venice, here are some of the places of interest that offer the best of Venice.

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St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square
St. Marks Place Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world and probably the most famous place in Venice. Since medieval times, it was the center of Venice. Its huge open space is dominated by an exotic Veneto-Byzantine church. He was also the location of all major offices of the state of Venice, and was the seat of ...
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St. Mark’s Basillica

St. Mark’s Basillica
Venice’s Byzantine extravaganza is a shrine to the city’s patron saint. Sometime around 800AD, so the story goes, Venetian traders stole Mark’s body from Alexandria, where he had been bishop
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St. Mark’s Campanile

St. Mark’s Campanile
   St. Mark's Campanile Campanile di San Marco (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) is a 98 meters (322 feet) tall bell tower in St. Mark’s Square. A bell tower has risen above the Piazza San Marco since the 10th century, apart from a decade in the early 20th century when the brick structure, by Renaissance master Bertola Bon, collapsed without warning in 14th July 1902. The view over the city, the...
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Saint Roch (Rocco in Italian) is known as the patron saint of the sick. His body is encased in a glass tomb within the Church of St. Roch, which is adjacent to the Scuola Grande (Grand School) San Rocco...
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Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge or the Rialto Bridge is Considered one of the main attractions of Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal
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Santa Maria Della Salute

Santa Maria Della Salute
Santa Maria Della Salute Saint Mary of Health was built in 1630, an offering of thanks to the Virgin Mary for bringing an end to an outbreak of plague that killed nine out of ten of the city’s population, including the Doge and most of the Aristocracy. The massive white marble church, by architect Baldassare Longhena, commands the entrance to the Grand Canal, and its high domes both mimic ...
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Grand Canal

Grand Canal
Grand Canal Venice’s ultimate attraction is the Grand Canal, a magnificent waterway lined with palazzi and superb churches that bisects the city tracing three wide curves and offering constantly changing views. The Grand Canal was originally the Brenta River, and for many centuries, served as the main route for merchant vessels approaching the Rialto. It’s almost 2.5 miles long and vari...
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Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace
  Doge's Palace The Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), once the political and judicial hub of the Venetian Empire and home to the Doge, is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. It is the grandest of the Venetian palazzi, and one of the finest secular buildings of its era. Doges ruled the Venetian Republic from this grandiose palace, built and rebuilt many times from the 7th to the 1...
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Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs Legend has it that Venice’s second-most famous bridge, the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), takes its name from the sighs of prisoners stealing their last glimpse of freedom as they made their way from the Prisons to judgement by the Council of Ten, whose sentences ranged from incarceration in dank, dark cells to the executioner’s block. The handsome span, which can ...
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The Venice Lagoon

The Venice Lagoon
The Venice Lagoon and its Islands From earliest times, the history of Venice has also been that of the lagoon. The two are interdependent. The city has been much influenced by the ebb and flow of the tides of the lagoon, while inhabitants of the lagoon look upon Venice as the metropolis on which they depend for their livelihood. The Lagoon The Venetian lagoon is a small inland sea whose wa...
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Gondolas

Gondolas
  Gondolas Gondolas in Venice are a luxury form of transport used only by tourists (apart from Venetians on their wedding day). There are a number of gondola ranks throughout the city with plenty of gondoliers waiting for business. Gondoliers are part of the symbolism and mythology of Venice. Local legend has it that they are born with webbed feet to help them walk on water. Their intimat...
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The Venitian Arsenale

The Venitian Arsenale
The Venitian Arsenale The Venetian Arsenale is one of the most important places in Venice. It was a shipyard and naval depot that played a leading role in the flourishing Venetian empire. It was Venice’s industrial powerhouse, an ultra-efficient shipbuilding production line which built the galleys that underpinned Venetian sea power. During the 8th century Venice had shipyards that were s...
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San Polo

San Polo
San Polo San Polo is the heart of commercial Venice and the smallest of the six sestieri. It’s reached by crossing the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) which spans the Grand Canal. The shopping here is much more reasonable than that around Piazza San Marco. One of the major attractions is the Erberia, a market which Casanova wrote about in his 18th century autobiography. Both wholesale and r...
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Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale The Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held every other year in the summer. It now includes the Theater Festival, the Festival of Contemporary Dance, the Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Contemporary Art Exhibit. The Biennale di Venezia is always held in odd-numbered years, from June to October. The host site of the exhibitions is the Giardini P...
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Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana One of the most outstanding buildings of the Piazza San Marco is the Library of St. Mark’s, designed by Sansovino and completed in 1591. The main hall, among the most beautiful rooms in Venice, is richly decorated with carved and gilded wood. Its ceilings are covered with paintings by Veronese, Tintoretto and their followers, while a fresco of Wisdom, by Titian,...
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Zattere

Zattere
Zattere Zattere is the name given to the string of quaysides overlooking the Giudecca Canal on the southern side of Dorsoduro. The Fondamenta delle Zattere runs from the Punta della Dogana in the East, to the Stazione Maittima in the West. Its name comes from the rafts of timber floated down the river Piave from the forests of Cadore to Venice, where the wood was semi-submerged until sufficien...
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Carnival

Carnival
Carnival The Carnival of Venice is THE event of the year in Venice.. Originally a celebration of victory, it is now a celebration of life, fashion, art and Venice. Every year, during February, Venice comes alive with parades, street performers, and costumed locals wearing masks. Costumes and Masks of Carnival Carnival masks are serious business in Venice. Local mask designers line the stre...
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Regata Storica

Regata Storica
The Historical Regatta in September is one of the grander maritime celebrations, with a spectacular historical procession of ornate boats rowed by costumed oarsmen down the Grand Canal.
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Vogalonga

Vogalonga
Vogalonga The first Sunday after Ascension (40 days after Easter Sunday), sees the Vogalonga, the Long Row, a 33 km (20 mile) row from St. Mark’s Basin through the lagoon and back via the Canale di Cannaregio and the Grand Canal. Founded to encourage Venetian-style rowing, the event now attracts entries from all over Europe and great effort goes into decorating the boats. The best place t...
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Redentore

Redentore
Redentore The Feast of Il Redentore or Feast of the Redeemer, commemorates the end of the 1576 plague. Half of Venice, picnics aboard boats and gondolas to watch the spectacular fireworks. A bridge of boats spans the Giudecca Canal, connecting Dorsoduro to Palladio’s Church of the Redentore on the island of Giudecca. The Redentore festival takes place on the third Saturday and Sunday in...
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