Venice is one of Italy’s must-see cities and its attractions are one-of- a-kind. Here are some of the top things to do and see that you shouldn’t miss on a visit to Venice. Here is the list of best place to visit in Venice :-
- St. Mark’s Square :
Called “the drawing room of Europe,” the Piazza was long the symbolic heart of Venice. These days it’s overcrowded with tourists and pigeons, but still magnificent, and it could take days to explore the sights: The Basilica San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the bell tower, the clock tower, the Correr Museum, and more.
- Gondola Tour :
No trip to Venice would be complete without a punt down one of the city’s picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola. The Istituzione per la Conservazione della Gondola e Tutela del Gondoliere. Touristy, overpriced, and the singers belt out songs from Naples for an extra fee, but you’ll see Venice as it was meant to be seen—from the water.
- Accademia Gallery :
Grand museum of Venetian masters from the 14th to 18th century, with works from Bellini, Tintoretto, and Titian; includes Veronese’s “Feast in the House of Levi” (intended to be a “Last Supper,” but when the Inquisition objected to its realistic details, Veronese changed the name).
- Rialto Markets :
Cross the famous 16th-century bridge and walk to the centuries-old open-air fish and produce markets; nearby meat, cheese, and specialty-food shops attract gourmands. Fish market is closed on Sundays and Mondays; produce market closed on Sundays. Afterward, take a traghetto (gondola ferry) across the Grand Canal for 50 cents; locals stand, but sit if you feel unsteady.
- Ca’ Rezzonico :
Aristocratic mansion on the Grand Canal where Robert Browning died in 1889; now a museum featuring 18th-century art and offering a peek at lifestyles of the past.
- Scuola Grande di San Rocco :
“The single most concentrated dose of Tintoretto in the city.”—Damien Simonis, author, Lonely Planet Venice and Venice Condensed. The grand Renaissance building, home of the lay confraternity, is adorned with numerous paintings by Venetian school master Tintoretto; the artist’s masterpiece, ”La Crocifissione” (“The Crucifixion”), hangs upstairs in the Sala dell’Albergo side chamber.
- Chorus Pass Churches :
“These museum-churches run the gamut in age, architectural style, and artistic content.”—Nan McElroy, author, Chorus Pass covers entry into 16 churches; includes must-see frescoed Frari and the “jewel box” Miracoli; buy at the first stop and visit the others as you wander; valid for one year.
- Jewish Museum :
The Museo Ebraico di Venezia contains archives and artifacts documenting the history of Jewish life in the city; tours highlight the unique high-rise buildings in the area necessitated by overcrowding in the old Ghetto and some of the area’s historic synagogues; explores the culture of the different Jewish groups who lived in Venice.
- The Doge’s Palace :
Right next (and partly connected) to St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace is arguably the second most important “attraction” in Venice after the basilica (if you don’t count the city itself as an “attraction”). While there are several good reasons to pay the hefty admission fee to tour the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian), probably the most popular stop on the tour is when you get to walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs. You can see the bridge from the outside without buying an entry ticket, but the only wa to walk on the bridge yourself is as part of a Doge’s Palace tour.
10. San Giorgio Maggiore :
The island opposite St. Mark’s Square offers breathtaking views (bell tower vista is incredible, with no lines); Palladian church contains Tintoretto’s “Last Supper;” weekend tours of the cloisters available.
11. Burano and Torcello:
Tiny adjacent islands are worth the hour-long boat trip. Burano is a fishermen’s village and a photographer’s dream with its brightly colored houses. Torcello, steeped in Venetian history, was home to one of the swampy region’s first settlements; features a Byzantine church, bell tower with lagoon views, and a small museum.
12. Murano :
Throngs of shoppers descend on the island of Murano to watch glassblowing demonstrations and buy souvenirs; local museum focuses on the history of world-famous Murano glass. En route, stop at San Michele, the cemetery island, last resting place of Igor Stravinsky, Ezra Pound, and others.
– Pratiksha Trivedi
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