The most unique thing about Venice its composition; the city is the sum of 118 small islands set on a marshy lagoon in Northeast Italy. There aren’t any roads, in the traditional sense; instead travelling around the city is made possible by canals and bridges. The only ways to get around are on foot, by water taxis, gondola ferries, and pricey gondolas, mostly only frequented by tourists.
From a water taxi trip along the canals you’ll see palaces dating back centuries. Including the 9th-century Doge's Palace, once the centre of the Venetian Republic’s government and the official residence of Venetian ruler Doge. It is now one of Venice’s most famous museums. The Palace’s interior is as stunning as its ornate exterior.
Dotted throughout the city you’ll see lots of churches. Next to the Doge's Palace, you’ll find the most visited and renowned, the stunning Byzantine Cathedral Basilica of St Mark. This church has been built three times, the first, in the 9th –century, prior to its destruction by fire in 978. It was consecrated in the 17th-century. There are many striking features at the church, including Romanesque carvings, intricate mosaics, Greek Horses of St Mark, and the winged lion, the city’s symbol.
Both landmarks sit on the St Mark's Square (Piazza de San Marco), one of the city’s main public squares. Here you’ll find throngs of tourists feeding the many pigeons that are guaranteed a feast. There are lots of cafes and shops in and around the square, although they can be pricier than those off the main tourist trail.
San Rocco Church (Scuola of St Rocco), known as the Sistine Chapel of Venice, is another superb place of interest. Take in Tintoretto’s breath-taking ceiling paintings and remarkable wooden carvings. Go early to beat the crowds and take a guide to learn more about its history.
When in Venice, you must experience a journey on the Grand Canal connecting the city’s many islands. It is a great way to see the best of the city and see how it is like to live on water.
Naturally, Venice has many bridges for getting around. The 17th-century Bridge of Sighs is legendary. Sitting over the Rio di Palazzo, this beautiful white limestone bridge connects the New Prison to Doge’s Palace, where prisoners were lead for interrogation, sighing as they had their last look at Venice. Legend has it that if you share a kiss at sunset, when passing underneath on a gondola, you will be granted eternal love!
Explore Venice on foot, away from the tourist trail, and you will navigate through picturesque narrow streets and alleyways, discovering hidden gems and charming squares along the way.
Museums, Cathedrals and Churches
Take a stroll across Venice’s oldest and most iconic bridge for romantic views, souvenir shopping and street entertainment.
Gilded mosaics, a jewel-encrusted screen and magnificent Byzantine architecture make this cathedral one of the most stunning attractions in Venice.
Experience the timeless charm of Venice’s glorious heart, home to the city’s most famous cultural icons, many cafés ... and several thousand pigeons.
This grand building was home to Venice’s rulers for centuries and is still a statement of wealth and power.
Arching high over the water, linking a palace with a prison, is a spectacular bridge steeped in local legends.
Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views from the top of this landmark bell tower, where Galileo once made his name.
Cruise across the waters of the Venetian Lagoon to visit 3 famous islands, each with its own unique ambiance and time-honored traditions. Hop off to explore colorful Burano, roam the streets of quaint Torcello, and watch the famous glass-blowing masters of Murano at work.
Combine the top 2 sights in Venice in a hassle-free tour led by an expert local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, you get straight inside the Doge's Palace for an intimate small-group tour. First, step inside Venice's most important church, St.
Skip the lines and step inside 2 of Venice's most iconic monuments with a knowledgeable guide. First, go behind the pink marble facade of the Doge's Palace to see all of Venice's historic wealth and power on display, and then walk under the gold mosaics and beneath the gilded domes of Saint Mark's Basilica.
Step into a page right out of a Venetian storybook as you glide along quiet canals in an authentic gondola. Cruise past ancient palazzos on the Canal Grande, and be serenaded by a troupe of Italian musicians as you pass beneath elegantly arching bridges on hidden waterways.
The charming sights of the Venetian Lagoon are yours to explore on this tour to the islands of Murano and Burano. An expert guide joins you on an outing to discover the famous landmarks, exquisite crafts, and relaxed way of life to be found there.
Glide peacefully among the grandeur and the centuries-old palazzos of Venice during a ride on a traditional gondola. Pass under elegant bridges, sail from the postcard-perfect waters of the Canal Grande into quieter waterways and live the inimitable atmosphere of the Queen of the Adriatic.