St Mark’s Square
St Mark’s Square is the principal public square of Venice, where it is generally known just as la Piazza . The Piazzetta (little Piazza) is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice and are commonly considered together. A remark usually attributed to Napoleon calls the Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe”.
St Mark’s Church
The Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has been the city’s cathedral only since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro.
The Doge’s Palace
The Doge’s Palace is a monumental piece of architecture and perhaps the most important site in Venice. The building was originally founded in the 14th and 15th century with other elements being added over the years. As early as the 7th century the local affairs of Venice were governed by a Doge or Duke and despite being under the Byzantine Emperor the city was relatively autonomous.
You can book some special tours: Secret Itineraries Tour and Hidden Doge’s Treasure Tour.
This museum is one of the world’s greatest museums and one of the city’s top attractions. The art works in the museum are all from the 18th century or earlier. The artists featured were all major influences on European art as a whole. Some of the highlights of the museum include Giorgione’s The Tempest; Lorenzo Lotto’s Portrait of a Young Man; Carpaccio’s Crucifixion and Glorification of the Ten Thousand Martyrs of Mount Ararat; Mantegna’s St George and Paolo Veronese’s The Feast in the House of Levi. Other featured artists include Bellini, Pacino di Bonaguida, Carriera, Michele Giambono, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi, Rocco, Tiepolo, Titian and Veronese. The museum houses the original famous Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci however due to its value and the painting’s fragile state it is rarely on display.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. The museum presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof collection, a sculpture garden as well as temporary exhibitions. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which also operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Discover one of the most fascinating museums in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal. With furniture, paintings and sculptures of the Eighteenth-century.
Torcello, Murano and Burano
three islands in the Venetian Lagoon — on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, you’ll watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. You can organize the visit by yourself taking the water bus (line 4.1,4.2, 9)
The gondolas plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world. They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon. The price depends on the duration of the tour. For 30 minutes you will approximately spend 80€.