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Best Things to Do in Venice

Venice is an authentic open-air museum, but, nevertheless there are certain landmarks that are not to be missed:

The top 5 places to visit

  • Gran Canal The Grand Canal is the largest and most famous canal of Venice. It is nearly four kilometres long and divides Venice in two.
  • Plaza de San Marcos Piazza San Marco is the city’s main public square and it houses the most representative buildings of Venice. Napoleon called it “the world’s most beautiful drawing room”.
  • Basílica de San Marcos The Basilica di San Marco (St Mark’s Basilica) is the cathedral church of Venice and is situated next to the Doge’s Palace in the Piazza San Marco.  
  • Palacio Ducal The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Venice is one of the most popular visits. The palace has been used as a residence for the Doges and a prison during the Republic of Venice.
  • Puente Rialto de noche The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice, and without a doubt, the most renowned. Until the nineteenth century, it was the only bridge to cross the Grand Canal.

Museums and palazzos

  • Campanile de San Marcos The Campanile di San Marco is the bell tower of the Basilica and the tallest building in Venice. It offers stunning views of the city.
  • Museo Correr The Museo Correr is the most famous museum in Venice. The museum houses objects and works of art that reflect the Venetian culture, history and art.
  • Ca' Rezzonico Ca' Rezzonico is one of the most fascinating palazzos in Venice and one of the few that is open to the public. It currently houses the Museum of eighteenth century Venice.
  • Galería de la Academia The Gallerie dell’Accademia is the most influential art gallery in Venice. It contains works of art by Varonese, Canaletto, Tintoretto, Tiziano (Titian) and Bellini.
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco The Scuola Grande di San Rocco signifies to Venice what the Sistine Chapel signifies to Rome. For over 20 years, Tintoretto decorated the building’s walls. 
  • Ca' d'Oro Ca’ d’Oro is one of the most beautiful palaces in Venice and its façade is one of the most remarkable on the Grand Canal. It houses the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’ Oro.
  • Ca' Pesaro The International Gallery of Modern Art of Venice Ca’ Pesaro contains a large collection of art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Churches and Basilicas

  • Basílica de Santa María della Salute The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is one of the most popular churches in Venice. It has an impressive dome, which can be seen from anywhere in the city. It was built to commemorate the end of the plague. 
  • Santa María Gloriosa dei Frari The Basilica di Santa Maria Glorioso dei Frari is one of the most remarkable churches in Venice. Its plain exterior hides a magnificent interior.
  • San Giorgio Maggiore San Giorgio Maggiore is a beautiful church in Venice. It is located on the island of the same name. From its bell tower, visitors will obtain superb views.
  • Basílica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo The Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is the largest church in Venice and one of the most surprising. The remains of 27 doges of Venice lie in the Basilica.  

Once you have visited these beautiful landmarks, museums and monuments, don’t forget to explore the other islands in the Venetian Lagoon, other nearby towns and other curious places in Venice.