25 Top Tourist Attractions in Venice

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Venetian Arsenal

The Arsenal, built at the beginning of the fifteenth century, is Venice’s oldest state building. It was initially built to house the naval arsenal of Venice’s fleet and served as the original office of the state arsenal. Today it houses the offices of the City Council and of the MOSE Project (Venice and three of the main canals of Venice).

The Arsenal is placed on several levels, three of which are exceptionally interesting. The first of these is the ground floor, which was once used to teach the Venetian youth seamanship. There are many noteworthy features, such as the armillary sphere, the crossbow mechanism, the clock, and the sundial. The second floor, which is the most interesting, houses the Council Chamber, the offices of the MOSE Project staff, and the library of Marino Sanuto, one of the most important Venetian humanists of the Renaissance.

The third floor is the area once used for the Venetian arsenals and is now used by the Department of State Prosecution. It houses the office of the President of the Venetian Republic and the so-called room of the nine, which was used to study the military architecture of the Republic.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo

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Most people say that it resembles a church with its stained glass windows and four side chapels. Some believe it's a basilica which is the type of structure a saint is buried in.

The church is register to tie the most famous church in Venice, but there is no evidence for this.

In fact, the church contains several things: a small crypt under the main altar and a large central veave. It does not have any frescoes or paintings.

It has ten finely decorated, but small side chapels.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice.

Punta della Dogana

Museo Correr

This museum was originally opened in 1777 as an exquisite Venetian-style palazzo by Cardinal Angelo Maria Roverella. He was later created a cardinal by Pope Clement XIV who wanted to redistribute the expensive collections he inherited to the new museums without the associated costs.

The collection is the work of many hands due to the many owners, and dates back from the Renaissance to the 17th century.

From fables and Carpaccio’s work, to Canale and Tiepolo’s works, the museum’s allure rests on its exceptional collection of paintings and sculpture.

Venetian Ghetto

The Ghetto is the most colorful part of Venice, which is quite understated and orderly in comparison. On the other hand, the colors of graffiti, some of them 17th century and others even contemporary, make the entire place extremely attractive to young people from all over Europe.

It's a totally different feeling from the rest of Venice.

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

This is one of the best examples of Venetian Gothic architecture, which is a combination of both Gothic and baroque architectural styles. The School of Saint Roch (Scuola Grande di San Rocco) Milan was founded in 1450 as a confraternity for the saint by the parish priest Cristoforo Mocenigo.

The facade is the most significant structure in the church. It features three tall spires, each topped with a statue featuring one of the three virtues of temperance, fortitude and wisdom.

The school has undergone many changes since the original construction. Most recently in 2004, the addition of a modern appearance was made to the restored church.

The sacristy was modified into a separate chapel, each of the paintings was moved to the entrance hall and the chaplain’s room, and a new choir was built.

In the chapel, The School of St. Roch is shown on the painting depicting the four races of men wearing different dress styles. The painting is all present on 1531 and is attributed to Vittore Carpaccio, who is also the artist of the famous “Miracle of the Bolsena” depict a detail of the painting due to its reference to the story in the Bible of Juliana Lancret.

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Lido di Venezia

Lido di Venezia is the third largest beach on the Lido di Venezia. It was recently renovated, creating an attraction with a series of Venetian jetty inspired arcades, which contain the best boutiques in Lido di Venezia. The beach is also directly accessible from the bus, which makes it very easy to reach and enjoy. Once you reach the beach, you’ll find a wide expanse of sand and sea. Lido di Venezia has a series of marked trails and a large boardwalk that leads all the way to the bus stop. The beach is also well equipped with services such as an ice cream shop, bars and kiosks selling beverages and snacks, and umbrellas and sun beds available for hire.

If you’re at Lido di Venezia during the summer, you’re in for a treat. At night the beach lights up in a wonderful display that is magical to watch.

The most impressive feature of Lido di Venezia is not so much its build-up as the Lido itself. There is a magnificent stretch of water between the baths and the Lido, which gives a wonderful atmosphere to the area.

Rialto Market

& Warehouse—this open-air market has just as much produce as it does musty-smelling old clothing. The place is packed with pickle sellers, sausages, cheese, and much more.

Ponte dell'Accademia

A bridge designed by Palladio that is pulled by ten horses and can move. It used to serve to control the water levels in the canals.

As Venetians were the first to change from sail to steam power on the canals, the horse-driven bridge had to be replaced by the power of electricity. Currently, the bridge operates using a system that controls it remotely from a central location.

Now, the lesser known fact is that the bridge is moved by a very powerful random number generator online but not by the bridge, since there is no bridge-mover overseeing the initial movements. The bridge is moved by an algorithm that unfolds itself randomly and gradually. It is based on a pseudo-random number, a certain function of time.

The Golden River

In 1564, a great flood covered the city of Venice and the surrounding area with huge floods of water. One of the recent findings is that as the flood water flooded the city, it widened the paths by widening the mud banks, and it formed many channels, and canals that have remained in some cases, and have increased in many others.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Torre dell'Orologio

The Clock Tower, otherwise known as Torre dell'Orologio, is a symbol of Venice from the 14th century. It is in the serene square, Piazza San Marco in Cannaregio, and faces the famous Basilica of San Marco.

The tower has got the reputation of being the most eternal clock tower in the world, reportedly even withstanding the earthquake of 1688, although it was damaged and restored many times more.

The top of the tower has got the astronomical clock and has got two ringed hands. The clock tower was designed to be the most accurate and functional clock tower in the world at that time, which is why it has got the nickname of La Catena d'Amore, meaning the chain of love.

Spoken Clock

This, unlike other clocks, the noise produced by the chimes and bells can be heard as if it is being spoken. The system consists of a parallel system of two parallel audio paths: one in the right ear and the other in the left.

The two ear canal receptacles are placed one ahead and one behind the two parallel sets of the bells and chimes. Since sound will be played back at an ear similarly to the way in which it enters it, therefore, when the bells make a sound, the sound will be perceived by you in the form of a voice rather than as a pure tone.

Teatro La Fenice

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The Ospedale di Masella is one of the best known landmarks of the city, Its setting on the Grand Canal has made it a strange tourist attraction. It is a unique historical building and is believed to be the only such complex of its kind in Venice.

The Ospedale and Teatro La Fenice were commissioned by the satirical writer Carlo Goldoni. The Ospedale was built in 1741, and the Teatro was completed in 1743.

The Ospedale di Masella was where Tycho Brahe cured his recurring nose problems. He was the Danish astronomer, and most of Europe knew about his illness and his visits to Venice to cure it. when the huge nose was first placed on the mannequin, it looked like the corpse of a hanged man. In some of his writings, he said the nose was not him, but rather a mask of himself.

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

(Frari, Venice)

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (St. Mary's), also known as the Frari Church or Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, is a church in the Frari district of the city of Venice, northern Italy. It was founded in 1418 by the Franciscan order, to whom its friars belong, and was completed in 1483.

The church is thus dedicated to the Glory of the Franciscan order, for at one time it had a small oratory to the Glorious Mary within it (as the "accommodation" or "corner" was called) dedicated to her, but which no longer exists. Several Franciscan friars who died as martyrs in the Turkish dungeons are buried here. The church is known especially for its fine sculptures and for the tombs of several members of the Venetian nobility. The interior, which has a very elegant Gothic and Renaissance appearance, is spacious and contains valuable works of art.

Some of these are, for example, the tomb of Jacopo Sansovino (1521), the tomb of Doge Ludovico Moro (1561), the tomb of Tommaso Contarini, and the tomb of Giambattista Pigna.

Campanile

Di San Marco: Piazza San Marco, Venice

The Piazza San Marco is truly the heart of the city of Venice. The Piazza is the biggest and most beautiful square in Italy (and one of the most beautiful in the world). The Piazza is an ideal spot for a walking tour.

Bridge of Sighs

No, this bridge isn’t over sighing, but over the wells that were built into the ground to provide drinking water. The name comes from the solemnity of the place where prisoners were often condemned to death here.

This is a place you’ll see in a thousand paintings and a hundred movies. There is a gondola terminal right off the Grand Canal so there is no need to worry about having an over-abundance of luggage or cabbages with you.

Giudecca

Giudecca is the little island that belongs to Venice. It has a silvery green color and valuable horsehead sculpture, which was the work of the Venetian sculptor Jacopo Sansovino.

Giudecca is a small place, but it has something to offer that is very special to Venice. It has a lot of water, as you can see, which is famous for its Venetian masks..

Lido Beach

Lido is the largest beach of Venice. It has a big sandy beach and a bit more crowded. There is an entire street of dance clubs there. The water here is deep enough and the beach is big enough for bathing and swimming.

Accademia Bridge

San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio is the biggest church in Venice, featuring a wonderfully decorated façade and a bell tower with carvings that remind visitors of the story of the church’s constancy of faith over the centuries.

The interior of San Giorgio boasts a wonderfully painted ceiling and ornate marble flooring. The temple of San Giorgio is one of only a handful of churches in the city that retain its original 15th-century architecture.

The church's plain rectangular church is under the watchful eye of a statue of Saint George. The patron saint of Venice, Saint George was also a patron of warriors. His arrival is often predicted by the island of San Giorgio, where he’s said to ride a white horse, which in turn merges with a boat (the symbol of Saint Mark).

The church dates back to the 11th century, but was heavily restored in the 19th century. It was largely destroyed during the 1943 raid on the city, but has been painstakingly restored and refurbished.

If you want to have a look at an intact interior, San Giorgio is the place to go in Venice. As you walk through the doors and look up, you’ll notice immediately how high the vaults are, even for churches.

Ca' d'Oro

(Venice, Italy) The Ca' d'Oro, also known as the House of Gold, is the oldest and the most important building in Venice. In 1328, the city council designated it as the city's municipal or civil treasury. The name "Gold" comes from the decorations of the façade, and the house's interior was painted in gold color. In 1339, banking operations were moved to a less-expensive house with the same name in the nearby Campo San Donato.

It has important rooms rich in precious artworks, such as the hall of the Great Council and the Council Hall (Sala Grande e del Consiglio), decorated with marble pilasters, the walls, ceilings, ceiling inlays and gilding, and the door frames of pietra dura (Venetian marble) with allegorical paintings. The room is a work in marble with gilt decorations in which predominate the figures of Philosophy, Civic Virtue, and Justice, the latter holding a book of law.

Santa Maria della Salute

The campanile of the church of Santa Maria della Salute was built in 1703, to commemorate the sea-victory of the Venetian Republic against the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto.

The bell tower has the highest spire of the city, and the clock is the biggest and oldest of the city. The tower is closed at night and only accessible in the daytime by climbing.

It is also one of the busiest clock tower of Europe, due to the popular time signal firing, known as the “Venetian hour” or "lancette volgari" in Venetian.

The signal is fired from a single bell inside the Campanile in the XXII secolo, at the beginning and end of each hour.

To keep the time exact, the clock was slightly ahead of GMT; its original error amounted to forty minutes, which was corrected in 1922, with a chronometer supplied by the U.S. Navy. This clock has a total height of 33 metres, including the central lantern and tiled dome.

The tower rests on a huge wedge-shaped limestone base, raised on twenty-six arches; eight on each frontage.

The interior of the campanile has a mausoleum decorated by Sebastiano Ricci, the brother of the more famous painter, Galateo Ricci.

Ca' Rezzonico

Also known as the "Cazzoni Museum", this palace was designed and built by the architect Matteo Perez. It’s also known for its beautiful gardens surrounding it. Back in 1848, the first owner, a jeweler named Ponzone, saw the beauty in the site and so decided to build himself a summer home. It was a nice environment, and under the ownership of the Cazzoni family, the palace underwent some major changes. Among these works, Ca' Rezzonico added the green domes and marble statues inside.

Piazza San Marco

(Venice's Great Square)

The Piazza is the spiritual center of the city where the Doge’s Palace (a Gothic-style building, completed in the 15th century), Catholic church facade, and the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari church mark the center of the space. The piazza contains the Cattedrale di San Marco, the Basilica of San Marco, and the Doge’s Palace. It is also confirmed that the Frari dominates the view of the piazza.

While so many churches and museums dot the square, it is the Piazza of the Doge that is what catches the eye of most visitors. The current Doge is an elected position and it is mainly ceremonial.

The Piazza is also where the Carnival of Venice is celebrated, during the last week of February. The celebration has a number of different ritual events and carnival-like activities.

If you plan to visit the church, plan to visit at least two hours before close, and expect to pay. Do not miss the Doge's Palace!

Even though Venice is a famous tourist destination, the beauty and history can be difficult to discover due to multi-tasking tours. One way to avoid this is to simply visit the Piazza San Marco, the most important square in the city.

Rialto Bridge

This is the oldest bridge in Venice. It’s also one of the busiest bridges and has the best view of Venice ever. It’s shaped like a T and connects the Giudecca island in the middle of the city to the Grand Canal. The perfect date at the Rialto Bridge would be lots of flowers, good music, and each other.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace, also known as the Doges Palace, is a palace in Venice, northern Italy, the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority in the Republic of Venice.

The palace and the city are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is one of the best-known symbols of the Republic of Venice.

The Doges Palace is said to be one of the largest secular buildings in the world. It is so large, in fact, that it contains several famous landmarks within the palace … the halls of the Great Council, the Quirinals, the Scuderie, and the Sala dello Scrutinio.

Construction

The palace was inspired by the buildings of the Byzantine emperors in Constantinople. Determined to live in a palace equal to the magnificence of the court of the Byzantine emperor in the fourth century, the Doge of Venice, Agostino Barbarigo, called in the architects Antonio da Ponte and Michele Sanmicheli to build the palace.

The building of the Doges Palace commenced around 1506, and for more than 200 years the palace was the symbol of the power of the Republic of Venice.

Grand Canal

St. Mark's Basilica

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St. Mark's Basilica is the most visited religious building in Venice. The first basilica was built in the 4th century, and the present structure was not completed until the 15th century.

The Cathedral has the largest interior dome in the world, rising 145 feet (44.5m) above the floor. One side of the building has 38 columns, and it’s one of the most significant examples of Byzantine architecture.

You can visit the top of the dome by climbing the stairs inside the basilica to look across the lagoon to the islands of the Venetian coast.

When you can’t make it to the top, make your way up the spiral staircase that's just inside the basilica for a close-up look at the architecture and fabulous inside views of the dome.

Check out the inside of the church to see the attention to detail in the design of the building and the beautiful golden mosaic floor.