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Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
St. Mark's Square is Venice's main square. This famous 12th-century piazza is vast and very popular. Along the sides of the piazza, you see arches and arcades. The arcades are lined with shops and elegant restaurants.There are two famous cafes in...
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Piazza San Marco, 328, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
The Basilico San Marco is Venice's crown jewel. Situated at the eastern end of Piazza San Marco, the cathedral was built around 1078 on the site of an earlier house of worship. It is famously the home of the remains of the apostle Mark, which were...
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Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, and without question it's one of the most iconic sights in Venice. There has been a bridge at this site since the 12th century, connecting the districts of San Marco and...
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The Gallerie dell'Accademia is the place to see Venice through the eyes of centuries of famous Venetians. The museum has a huge collection of paintings from the Byzantine and Gothic eras through the Renaissance and into the 18th century (including...
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The Ponte dell'Accademia is one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal, and will get you quickly from San Marco to the labyrinthine Dorsoduro neighborhood. Originally built in 1854 out of steel, the current wooden bridge was built in the 1930s...
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Piazza San Marco, 1, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
The Ponte dei Sospiri was given its English name by part-time Venice resident Lord Byron, who wrote in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: "I stood in Venice on a Bridge of Sighs, a palace and a prison on each hand." Byron's travelogue nails it: When you...
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Go back in time to Casanova's Venice at this perfectly preserved palazzo. Built in the heyday of Venice's decadent 18th century for the Rezzonico family, it was also, at one time, the residence of poet Robert Browning (who died here). In the 1930s...
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Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
There's plenty of art in Venice, from the churches to the Scuoli to the Accademia. But when you just can't look at another Caravaggio, and even Titian hair doesn't move you any more, refresh yourself with a visit to Peggy's house. The renowned...
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Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
This pink-marble waterfront edifice in Piazza San Marco dates back to the 14th century, when it was the residence and seat of government for the doges (rulers) of Venice. Today the ornate Byzantine- and Moorish-influenced Gothic Palazzo Ducale is...
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Sestiere di S. Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Housed in a palazzo originally built by an aristocratic Venetian family in the Gothic era, the current Palazzo Mocenigo was built in the 17th century for the San Stae branch of the Mocenigo family—power brokers that produced a Doge. The building...
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One of the last grand palazzos to be built on the Grand Canal, the Grassi Palace is currently owned by French entrepreneur Francois Pinault and his collection of contemporary art can be seen here on a rotating basis. It is also where his son...
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Forget about gondolas or water taxis: The way to see Venice like a local is by the Venice waterbus. The city's grand palazzos were meant to be approached by water, and this is the accessible and affordable way to do it. We recommend getting an...
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The traditional black gondola might be somewhat sinister-looking—Byron called it "a coffin clapped in a canoe"—but it is an iconic and unmissable Venice experience. Ask to glide over backwater areas rather than on the Grand Canal, and...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Near the base of the landmark Rialto Bridge, the historic Rialto Market is well worth a wander. Seek it out in the early morning when it provides an authentic local experience (and awesome social-media ops), with fishmongers hawking their fresh...
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The Museo Ebraico di Venezia is located between two historic synagogues in the city's Jewish ghetto. In fact, the very word ghetto has its origins here in Venice, where Jews played an important, but segregated, part. The small museum has a...
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Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Aptly named after the phoenix, this opera house has risen from its own ashes three times, the last in the 1990s when it was burned in an act of arson. It was rebuilt in the same ornate style as the building that had been destroyed—a choice...
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Campo San Moisè, 1390/A, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
The Church of Saint Moses is a Baroque edifice located where the Piazza San Marco ends and the winding streets of Venice begin. Unlike other city churches that have been turned into museums or music venues, this is still very much a working church...
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San Marco, 3958, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Look around any shop in Venice and you'll see characteristic velvets and silks in all the colors of the rainbow. It was designer Mario Fortuny who first created the fluted fabrics that are still coveted by costume and fashion designers all over...
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30126 Lido, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Home of the Venice Film Festival, the Lido is also where you'll find Venice's beaches—Shelley and Byron went horseback riding here back in the day—as well as the Grand Excelsior Hotel, whose bar is often crowded with celebrities during...
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Murano, 30141 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Famous for its long history of handblown glassmaking, Murano sits just a few minutes' ferry ride offshore in the Venetian Lagoon. The main attraction is the Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro), which recounts the history of glass through the centuries,...