The city of Venice is located on the north eastern coastline of Italy. Considered one of the most romantic cities of the world, Venice ranks as one of the top tourist destinations, attracting millionsof visitors every year. Its iconic canalways and grand architecture, coupled with ever-inviting sunny weather, have made it a delight to travelers from all across the globe. There is so much to see and do in Venice that it is difficult to pick a starting point. Here are our pick of 10 attractions that have endeared Venice to its visitors.
The small island of Murano is located less than 2 kilometers north of the Piazza San Marco. Although the island measures just about 1.5 kilometers at its widest, it is a major tourist attraction for being home to the famous glassmaking industry of Venice. The island was originally settled by the Romans in the 6th century. Glass making, however, was not established here before the late 13th century. The glassmakers were made to move to the island because of the risk of fire to the wooden buildings in the city. Soon, the industry prospered and Venetian glass became a prized item. You can not only visit these glassmaking workshops, but try your hand in creating your own product.
- San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore is a small island situated just south of the main island of Venice. The island is best known for the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. It was built in 1610 by the renowned architect Paladio. The bell tower has an uncanny resemblance to the Campanile on the main island when seen from a distance. It has 9 bells inside it. Other attractions on the island include an open-air theater, a library, and a cultural center.
- Torcello Cathedral
The Torcello Cathedral is located on the island of Torcello, a short boat ride to the north east of the main island of Venice. The cathedral originally dates back to the mid-7th century, although it went through major renovations in the centuries that followed. It was built during the period when Torcello rivaled its nearby settlements with its power and wealth. Torcello Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of Byzantine-Venetian style of architecture. The cathedral may seem less opulent than others at first glance but it has significant architectural significance. The mosaics decorating this cathedral are the earliest remaining mosaics in Venice.
- Gallerie dell’Accademia
This is an attraction art lovers should not miss. The Gallerie dell’Accademia is an art gallery-cum-museum that has a collection of pre-19th century art from Venice. It is located in the Scuola della Carita on the southern bank of the Grand Canal. One of the most collections of this museum is the Pieta. It was the last painting by the Italian master Titian.
- Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the 4 bridges across the Grand Canal and one of the major attractions of the city of Venice. It was constructed in 1591 and formed the border between the districts of San Polo and San Marco. The bridge, at its longest span, is just about 32 meters long. It has two raised ramps that meet at the central point of the bridge. On the bridge there is space for a row of shops. The bold design of this bridge prompted many to believe that it would not survive very long. However, over 400 years later it stands as one of the most loved landmarks of Venice.
- Palaso Dogal
The Palaso Dogal, or Doge’s Palace, is located right next to the Basilica San Marco. It is a major tourist attraction of the city. The palace was built in 1340 and was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the person who had the supreme authority over the Republic of Venice. The palace, with its numerous symmetrical arches and windows, is a sight to behold. The Porta della Carta gateway of the palace is also a work of art, adorned with beautiful Gothic statues. The palace has been an inspiration to numerous structures that came up in different parts of the world. The present look of the Palaso Dogal, however, is a result of several restorations and renovations. Since 1923, it has been refurbished to a museum.
- Campanile San Marco
The Campanile San Marco is the tall bell tower of the neighboring Sam Marco Basilica. Together with the basilica, it forms one of the most recognized symbols of Venice. The Campanile rises to a height of 98.2 meters and stands independently right in front of the basilica. Although the original bell tower at the site dates back to the 9th century, the present building was constructed in 1912. There is a golden weathervane on top of the bell tower which depicts archangel Gabriel. The Campanile has 5 bells with each bell-ring having a specific purpose.
- Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, is the main square of the city of Venice. It is the most photographed site of Venice. The piazza is home to two of the most recognized landmarks of the city – the San Marco Basilica and the Campanile. It was completed sometime around the 11th century AD. Piazza San Marco is not only the largest square of Venice, it is also its favorite hangout place. It is flanked on 3 sides by arcades with boutique stores and cafes. The 4th side has the basilica.
- Basilica San Marco
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, or simply St. Mark’s Basilica, is the main church of Venice and its most prominent landmark. It was constructed in 1092 and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Italo-Byzantine style of architecture. The church is nicknamed Chiesa d’Oro, meaning the Church of Gold, as it is adorned with gold mosaics. Basilica San Marco stands as a reflection of the wealth and power of the Venetian kingdom during the medieval days.
- Cruise in the Canals
Taking a romantic gondola ride is one of the most popular activities in. In fact, without a gondola, a trip to Venice is just not complete. With a large part of the city submerged in water, there are more waterways and boats than roads and cars in Venice. Listen to the singing gondoliers as they wander along the narrow yet beautiful canals of Venice. Make sure that you are at the Grand Canal during sundown to witness some of the most picturesque views of the Rialto Bridge.
Originally posted 2017-06-07 06:10:29.