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#9 Punta Della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art

#9 Punta Della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art

Mar 31 | The Punta della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art in its triangular shape divides the Guidecca Canal and the Grand Canal in Venice. Formerly a customs house and primary port of Venice, the Punta della… read more
#10 Fortuny Museum

#10 Fortuny Museum

Mar 31 | Within Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, is the Fortuny Museum, known as Museo Fortuny in Italian. The museum was once owned by a noble Venetian family, the Pesaro’s. The Pesaro family were… read more
#8   Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art

#8 Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art

Mar 31 | Next to the Venice Academy Gallery (Gallerie Dell’accademia Di Venezia) in the Palazzo (which means Palace in English) Venier dei Leoni, you will find the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which contains… read more
#2:  Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale

#2: Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale

Mar 31 | Doge’s Palace is situated right on St. Mark’s Square in Venice. In Italian it is known as Palazzo Ducale, and the palace contains an extensive array of smaller within, and is an absolute architectural… read more
#1:  Basilica of St. Mark, Basilica di San Marco

#1: Basilica of St. Mark, Basilica di San Marco

Mar 31 | The Basilica of St. Mark (San Marco) is the most famous church in all of Venice, if not the most beautiful in all of Italy and our #1 pick for museums to visit while in Venice! The exterior of the Basilica… read more

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In a city proud of its deep cultural history, there is rarely anything "new" in Venice. But in late July 2007, two barges made their way down the Grand Canal carrying sections of a new bridge to be erected over the Grand Canal between Piazzale Roma, the car and bus terminal, and the Santa Lucia railway station. 

It’s been over 70 years since Venice has seen a new bridge over the Grand Canal, and the new glass and steel bridge, temporarily nicknamed the ‘Calatrava’, after its architect Santiago Calatrava, is a much-needed addition to the city.

The Calatrava, only the fourth bridge to span the Grand Canal, faced much opposition to its construction. Some wereopposed to the possibility that this modern bridge would change the landscape of Venice while others were concerned about the lack of disabled access on the bridge. It also went over budget starting at 3.8 million Euros and finally costing over 10 million Euros.

The ‘Calatrava’ bridge over the Grand Canal, spans 266 feet (81 meters), and at its midpoint, it is 30 feet (9.28 meters) above the Canal. The steps and deck are of glass and Istrian stone, with the walls entirely of glass with bronze handrails. At night, fluorescent lights set in the handrails illuminate the bridge.

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