What to see in Venice

25 must see places

Venice Rialto
Ponte di Rialto

Historic Bridge

The oldest of the four historic bridges spanning the Grand Canal is also one of the most famous bridges in the world. The stone bridge dates back to the mid-16th century (a wooden bridge stood in its place from the 13th century) and is unique in that it has a canopy with an arcade for shops. Ponte Rialto is one of Venice's main attractions, so be prepared for huge crowds of tourists. [btn "Choose a hotel with a view of the Rialto" https:/…

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Piazza San Marco
St. Mark's Square

Square

Piazza San Marco is undoubtedly the most visited place in Venice. Around the vast square you'll find the city's most important monuments, led by St Mark's Basilica and its bell tower, which is visible from many places in Venice. In close proximity you will also find the famous Doge's Palace, the clock tower, as well as the Correr Museum and the Archaeological Museum. [btn "The best hotels in the square" https://booking.com/landmark/it/st-mark-s…

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Mercato Rialto
Mercato di Rialto

Market

The Rialto Market is one of the oldest places in Venice and has always been the centre of the city. It is located in a central area on the banks of the Grand Canal just about 3 minutes' walk from the Ponte di Rialto. Markets have been held in the Rialto area since the early 16th century. The main market building was and still is used as a fish market and dates back to the 19th century. Other products such as spices, fruits, vegetables and many…

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Basilica of St. Mark
Basilica of St. Mark

Basilica, Lookout

Venice is full of the best, as the Basilica of St. Mark in the square of the same name declares. It is the most famous example of sacred Byzantine architecture on the European continent. The basilica, completed in 1092, is nicknamed the "Temple of Gold" for its flamboyant façade of gold mosaics, which is further emphasised by the richly decorated interior. St Mark's Basilica is one of the most important monuments in Italy. [btn "The best…

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St. Mark's Bell Tower
St. Mark's Bell Tower

Tower, Lookout

St Mark's is the main landmark of Venice and one of the most iconic buildings in Italy. It belongs to the neighbouring St Mark's Basilica, although it is not directly connected to it, nor was it built together with the basilica. [btn "The best hotels in St. Mark's Square" https://booking.com/landmark/it/st-mark-s-square-piazza-san-marco.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-zvonice] St Mark's Campanile is an unmissable structure and, at 98.6…

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The Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace

Palace

The magnificent Palazzo Ducale is the dominant building on the banks of the Grand Canal, close to St Mark's Basilica. The 14th-century building beautifully combines elements of Byzantine architecture and European Gothic, making it a unique example of 'Venetian Gothic'. [btn "The best hotels in St. Mark's Square" https://booking.com/landmark/it/st-mark-s-square-piazza-san-marco.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-dozeci-palac] The seat of the…

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Santa Maria della Salute
Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica

The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute stands on the banks of the Grand Canal in the Punta della Dogana district and is perfectly visible from the seafront of St Mark's Square. It is one of the landmarks of the Grand Canal and of Venice as a whole and appears in many of the city's promotional images. [btn "The 10 cheapest hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-maria-salute] The promenade…

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Lido di Venezia
Lido di Venezia

Sandy beach, Resort

If you get tired of wandering the streets, hop on a boat and within 20 minutes you'll reach the more modern Lido di Venezia, at the end of which you'll reach a sandy beach and the open Adriatic. [btn "Book a beachfront hotel in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/lido.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-lido-venezia] Compared to the more distant Lido di Jesolo, this beach is a little quieter in terms of discos and bars - you'll find more…

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Murano
Murano

City Quarter

Visit the smaller island of Murano, with its picturesque streets and a large canal cutting across it, much like the Grand Canal cuts through Venice's main street. In fact, Murano is the world-famous home of Venetian glassmakers and is still filled with shops selling beautiful glassware for both practical use and for show. [btn "Book accommodation on Murano Island" https://www.booking.com/city/it/murano.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-murano…

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Burano
Burano

City Quarter

Ideally combine a trip to Murano with a trip to the even more remote and romantic Burano. The island will completely absorb you with its peaceful atmosphere, colourful houses and narrow canals. What's more, as one of the few islands in the lagoon, the locals outnumber the tourists. Colourful Burano may be small, but it's hard to leave here and go back to Venice... [btn "Book accommodation on Burano" https://www.booking.com/city/it/burano.en…

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Venice, San Giorgio
San Giorgio Maggiore

Basilica, Tower, Lookout

The Renaissance Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore stands on a small island of the same name just south of the main part of Venice and is visible from afar, for example from St Mark's Square. Its tower is a more subtle copy of St Mark's bell tower and is often confused with it. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-san-giorgio] Ancient-style basilica The church itself was…

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Grand Canal
Grand Canal

Water Canal

The roughly 4 km long Grand Canal is without a doubt the main thoroughfare of Venice, winding like an axe through the entire historic centre. It stretches from Santa Lucia Central Station to St Mark's Square, where it empties into the lagoon. [btn "Book a room with a view of the Grand Canal" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-canal-grande] Venice's thoroughfare Interestingly, there is no continuous and…

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Basilica dei Frari
Basilica dei Frari

Basilica

One of Venice's largest churches, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, stands somewhat drowned in the midst of the tangle of narrow canals of the central San Paolo district. Compared to the Byzantine St Mark's, the 1250 building is dark almost mystical, but different nonetheless and therefore definitely worth a visit. [btn "Cheapest accommodation in Venice (Booking.com)" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460…

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Torcello
Torcello

Cathedral, Island

The somewhat forgotten islet of Torcello lies in the Venetian lagoon, about 40 minutes by boat from the historic centre of Venice, and offers divine tranquillity, the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and a peaceful rural setting. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice/.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-torcello] Although the island of Torcello is now inhabited by only something like 30…

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Ca'Rezzonico
Ca' Rezzonico

Palace

This beautiful palace on the banks of the Grand Canal is a prime example of the sumptuous Venetian Rococo. The museum inside is dedicated to the 18th century Renaissance period, and is a must-visit on a hot or cold day. [btn "The 10 cheapest hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-rezzonico] Beautiful exterior, stunning interior The Ca' Rezzonico Palace impresses with its front façade…

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Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte dei Sospiri

Historic Bridge

A covered covered bridge from 1574 connects the interrogation room of the Doge's Palace with the prison building on the other side of the canal. Ponte dei Sospiri translates as "Bridge of Sighs" and earned its name from the cries of the prisoners crossing it. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-sospiri] The bridge is 11 metres long and made of white limestone. You can…

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La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice

Theatre

The famous La Fenice opera house has suffered a turbulent fate, having been hit by a devastating fire several times during its existence. The present neoclassical building dates back to 1792 and has witnessed the premieres of many world-famous operas (La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Les Montagues et les Capulets, etc.). [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-la-fenice] …

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Ca'd'Oro
Ca' d' Oro

Palace

One of Venice's oldest palaces, the Ca' d'Oro, or Golden House, stands right on the banks of the northern part of the Grand Canal. The facade of the Gothic building, dating from 1430, is richly decorated, while the interior serves as a gallery for the art collections of Giorgio Franchetti. [btn "Book a hotel in the centre of Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-ca-doro] Among the most valuable…

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Contarini del Bovolo
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Palace, Lookout

One of the smallest palaces in the centre of Venice attracts visitors thanks to its unusual outdoor spiral staircase. It has only been open since 2016 and is definitely worth a visit. The spiral staircase leads up to the arcade, which offers an interesting view of the whole of Venice from rooftop level. [imageFill 164837,164834,164835,164836] Admission and opening hours Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. The last entry is possible at 17:30. …

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Mazzorbo
Mazzorbo

Island

On one of the smaller islands directly opposite Burano, take a break from the city bustle and enjoy the true Italian countryside. As well as two small villages, the island is covered with extensive artichoke plantations and vineyards. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-mazzorbo] A traditional village with a Romanesque church The islet of Mazzorbo will calm you down…

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Ponte dell Accademia
Ponte dell Accademia

Historic Bridge

The wooden bridge leading to the Galleria dell'Accademia is a popular spot for observing life on the Grand Canal. Built only in 1854, it is the only fixed link between the southern and central parts of Venice. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice/.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-ponte-accademia] The original bridge was of metal construction, but due to disrepair it was demolished and a new wooden one…

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Giardini Biennale
Giardini della Biennale

Garden

The largest park in Venice is located at the eastern end of the historic centre and is part of a large exhibition area comprising several pavilions. Every odd year since the 19th century, it has been the venue for part of the famous Venice Biennale, a showcase of contemporary art. [imageFill 164809,164376] The park contains a beautiful seafront promenade ideal for relaxing after a day's walking. The gardens are free to enter and open 10:00-18…

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Peggy Guggenheim
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a small but one of the most important museums in Italy dealing with European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. [btn "10 luxury hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice/.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-peggy-guggenheim] The small gallery mainly contains the collection of Peggy Guggenheim, niece of mining magnate Solomon R. Guggenheim, and boasts works of Cubism,…

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Venetian shipyards
Venetian shipyards

Exhibition Centre, Historic building

On the eastern side of the historic centre is the large area of the former Venetian shipyards, in Italian Arsenale di Venezia. [btn "Cheapest accommodation in Venice (Booking.com)" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice/.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-lodenice] These shipyards have served the Venetian navy since the 13th century and still harbour a strong genius of long-distance sailing and hard work on the docks. If you're a fan of…

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San Michele Cemetery
San Michele Cemetery

Cemetery

The islet of San Michele is a bit out of the way for tourists, yet it is a stone's throw from Venice. The entire island serves as Venice's only cemetery. There's simply no room in the city, so all the dead go to their final resting place here. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Venice" https://www.booking.com/city/it/venice.en.html?aid=2380460;label=p-benatky-hrbitov] The rectangular shaped island of about 400x500 metres is completely surrounded by a…

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