Venice Attractions and Tourist
Attractions in Venice
If you are the least interested in history, culture, beautiful buildings,
magnificent churches, paintings and fascinating architecture, Venice is the
place to admire attractions and sights. The town is small, but not easily
accessible. Then we think not only of canals and streets that cross, but just as
much of the tourist crowds that spend the days in Venice. But it's worth it.
Venice's treasures must be admired!
Venice's main street is truly unique, and the only right way to experience it
is by boat. Hop on a vaporetto, one of the city's buses, at
Piazzale Rome and join all the way to St. Mark's Square. Along the way, you
pass over 100 palaces from the 14th to the 18th centuries. You drive under the
Rialto Bridge, the Accademica Bridge, past the Santa Maria della Salute Church
and finally end up in the heart of the city. Several tourists take the vaporetto
up and down the canal for half the day.
Until the middle of the 19th century, this was the only bridge over the Grand
Canal and is still the most important. It links San Marco to San Polo and the
markets on the San Polo side. The bridge dates from the late 16th century and is
a beautiful stone arch with two parallel streets and shops in the middle. There
are always tourist photographers and street vendors. The Rialto Bridge is a must
for any visitor in Venice.
Basilica of San Marco
This Gothic church (see picture first in the article) was begun in 830 as a
private chapel for the dogs and as a resting place for the remains of St. Mark,
which the Venetians had stolen from Egypt. With its five domes, the church was
inspired by Istanbul's St. Sofia, but it has been rebuilt and repaired several
times over the centuries following major fires, giving it a mix of Byzantine
style, Gothic style and Renaissance style.
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On the balconies above the entrance you have a magnificent view of St. Mark's
Square, and many come up here to take a picture of the four famous golden bronze
horses - another Venetian war booty. They have become a symbol of the city.
Be careful not to get into shorts or singlet, no matter how long you've been
in line! Opening hours are at 0945-1600 Monday to Saturday and 1400-1600 Sunday.
This grand palace was not only the residence of the dogs, but also the seat,
courthouse and prison of the Venetian Republic. It began in the 9th century, but
assumed today's form 500 years later.
The halls are lavishly decorated with mosaic floors and golden ceilings with
artwork by masters such as Tintoretto and Veronese. You can also see the prison
cell Casanova escaped from in 1755. The palace is open daily at. 0900-1900. The
entrance fee costs NOK 250 at the time of writing, but there are various tickets
that cost a little more, but which give entrance to several attractions. Doge's
Palace is located at St. Mark's Square.
On the tour through the Doge's Palace you will pass this small but legendary
bridge Ponte dei Sospiri from 1603. The name "Bridge of Sighs" derives
from the legend of the prisoners who, as they passed through here on their way
from the courtrooms to the dungeons, got a last glimpse of daylight and the
lagoon. Today, ironically, the bridge has become one of Venice's more romantic
Ponte dei Sospiri is also close to St. Mark's Square.
This 99 meter high bell tower just outside St. Mark's is Venice's tallest
building. It is actually a copy of the original tower that collapsed in 1902.
Stone by stone, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1912, a thousand years after the
first. The lift up takes one minute and gives the best view of the city and the
lagoon. Open daily from 2 pm 0900 –1900. The entry price is around NOK 100.
The city's most visited attraction after the Doge's Palace is the Accademia
Art Gallery, a huge collection of five different centuries of Venetian art. The
most famous works are by Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and Veronese. The museum
only takes 180 visitors at a time, so stay out early to avoid long waits. Open
Tuesday to Sunday at 0815–1915, Mondays at. 0815-1400. The entry price is about
When you get tired of Renaissance art, you will find one of Europe's best
collections of modern artists such as Dalí, Kandinsky and Picasso in the
Guggenheim Museum just off Accademica.
This was originally a private collection owned by Peggy Guggenheim. She
donated the collection to the city upon her death in 1979, and it is still on
display in her former home in Venice. Open Wednesday to Monday at 1000-1800. The
entry price is around NOK 200.
Tourist in Venice
If you want to see all of Venice's attractions in a few days, you must start
early both days. The consolation is that Venice is worth it!
A natural place to start after a hearty breakfast is at the city's highest
vantage point, Campanile. This 99 meter high bell tower on St. Mark's Square
gives you a glorious view of the entire city and the lagoon. But oddly enough,
you won't be able to see a single channel from the top.
Tourist in Venice day 1
From Campanile the road is short to the city's two most visited attractions:
St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. The queues outside depend on the season.
Once you have entered, you should at least dedicate one hour to the church and
double to the palace. The time you spend, of course, depends on your interest in
art, history and architecture. Afterwards, it might be good to have a cup of
coffee in the sun.
Caffe Florian has been in the middle of St. Mark's Square for almost 300
years. The café often has string quartets that entertain guests. The prices are
very high, but the atmosphere, both indoors and outdoors, is magical.
Leaving St. Mark's Square from the northern corner and strolling up
the Merc de Orologio and following the Merceria San Zulian and
San Salvador shopping streets, you'll soon find yourself on Ponte
di Rialto, the city's oldest and most important bridge over the Grand
Canal. Go ahead with the camera!
On the other side is the district of San Polo, where it is a
pleasure just strolling randomly without a fixed plan. It can take time to tear
yourself away from the marketplaces right across the bridge, and you will
constantly come across scents from various stores that will probably leave you
saturated. One tip is to go in the direction of Campo San Polo. In the
large red building opposite the church, Palazzo Sorenzo, Casanova must have
lived once. In the church you will find Tintoretto's painting "The Last Meal"
Most romantics probably consider a gondola ride the highlight of a Venice
visit, but be prepared to pay at least £ 500 for a quick daytime hike and pretty
much more after eight in the evening. It is usually not possible to bargain at
these prices; The gondolier has his professional pride and can easily be
You can have up to six people in the gondola, so it doesn't necessarily have
to be that expensive. Depending on where you start, the tour will normally go
through parts of the Grand Canal and the pool in front of St. Mark's
After a walk back to the hotel for a shower and a breather, it's time for
dinner. If you want to avoid the most crowded, overpriced tourist traps,
Trattoria Alla Madonna is a good alternative. It is a family-run restaurant
located in San Polo, just southwest of the Rialto Bridge. The restaurant has
mainly local guests, plus some tourists who happen to stumble on. Fresh, grilled
fish is the specialty, and the prices are very affordable. The address is
Calle della Madonna, 594.
If you still have more energy left in your body when night comes, there are
not many options to choose from in Venice. Discos and nightclubs sparkle with
their absence. But there are many small bars and a few Irish pubs! We enjoyed
the English Devil's Forest Pub, located between Rialto and San
Marco, but would rather recommend one of the many small wine bars you will
find around Campo Santa Margherita.
Day 2 in Venice
Have a good breakfast at the hotel and head north until you reach
Fondamenta Nueve. Here you get a day pass on the boats that travel the
islands in the lagoon. The first stop is the nearest inhabited island,
Murano. Here, the city's famous glassmakers have lived for over 700 years,
after the dog ordered all the factories out of town after yet another big fire
was caused by their glowing aces. The Venetians were the first to make glass
windows and glasses. Murano also houses the (probably) oldest church of the
lagoon, Santa Maria e Donato from the 600s.
Further from Murano we suggest you go to the colorful Burano island.
All houses are painted in cheerful colors such as bright red, blue, light green
and yellow, in sharp contrast to the natural colors of the city and the
mainland. The small fishing village is best known for its lace, which was once
the most sought after in Europe. The island has its own lace museum and its own
lace school. The bell tower of the island's old 16th century church is almost as
crooked as the famous tower in Pisa. It is therefore a favorite photo object.
There are also several sidewalk restaurants, where you can settle down if you
feel it is time for lunch. Try the family-owned seafood restaurant Ai Peascatori
on the main street Via baldassarre Galuppi 474.
The next stop on the lagoon tour is Torcello, which was an important
and rich island with a bishop's seat and a population of over 20,000 in the
period 700 to 1300. But after several epidemics and conflicts with the city of
Venice, there are now fewer than 20 permanent residents here. The island is
overgrown with vegetation. On the way from the jetty to the square you pass the
railing-free Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge). In the square there
are a few cozy restaurants. In the center stands a stone chair known as Attila's
Throne. Probably it has been an old judge's chair. Torcello also has a thousand
year old cathedral, and here the island's saint, St. Heliodorus, is still on lit
On the way back to Venice, it may be interesting to stop at the island of
San Michele, the lagoon's cemetery. It was established during the French
occupation during the Napoleonic period. Here are buried among others the
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, the author Joseph Brodsky and the American
poet Ezra Pound.
To end the day, treat yourself to a better dinner. Taverna la Fenice is a
reasonably priced restaurant despite being located right near St. Mark's Square,
at Campiello de la Fenice. As usual in Venice, seafood is the
specialty, but you will also find pasta and meat dishes on the menu.