Venice's Top 20
Collected by Gretchen Kelly , AFAR Local Expert
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
When planning a May trip to Italy with my husband, magical Venice was one of the cities I knew I wanted to visit. I was really looking forward to seeing all the things typically associated with Venice: gondolas, the Grand Canal, St. Mark's Square,...
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
As it's one of the most popular sights in Venice, you may have to wait for the perfect spot to view the Bridge of Sighs, but it's so beautiful that it's worth the effort. Part of the Doge's palace, the bridge leads to the prison, and it was said...
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
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...
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Most tourists get to Venice's famous Rialto Bridge, but how many cross to the right bank of the Grand Canal to experience the Erberia (vegetable market) and the Pescheria (fish market)? Elbowing my way through the crowds on the Rialto was worth...
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...
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...
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...
30126 Lido, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
You've probably heard of the famous islands within the lagoon of Venice from Murano to Burano but you may not have heard of Lido. Lido is the only island where cars are permitted and there is a long stretching beach ideal for tanning, sipping on...
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