Fascinating and mysterious, made up by hidden gardens, quiet alleys, majestic and full-of-secrets buildings. Venice is all this, and more.
Venice is a magic place, full of surprises on every corner and every time that people cross one of its bridges. These areas still preserve a very special charm.
The splendour of the rooms of Doge’s Palace fills the heart with excitement.
The beauty of St Mark’s Basilica, the Byzantine patchworks of the vaults, the domes of Arabic taste, the Gothic elements of the main façade, the mosaic images of Christian culture make Venice a jewel of impressive artistic and architectural value, with symbolic meanings full of history, extraordinarily blended and enriched over the centuries in which the “Serenissima” developed its biggest brightness.
The core of Venice: St Mark
We recommend everyone take line 1 of the steamboat, that leaving from Piazzale Roma covers all Grand Canal until St Mark and the Lido and the way back. It is possible to see more than 200 historic buildings overlooking this wonderful Canal, crossed by only 4 bridges, Ponte della Costituzione, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dell’Accademia.
Once at St Mark, you can immediately lose yourself in the most beautiful salon in the world, center of the Venetian tourist life, where you will find important salons and cafés and various historical monuments.
Doge’s Palace with its monumental entry, Porta della Carta. Inside you will find Scala dei Giganti and the museum of the Palace. We remind that this building has been the residence of the Doges and political seat of the Republic for a long time.
Overlooking St Mark’s Square you can find the Archeological Museum with its wonderful collection of Greek marble objects.
Absolutely not to be missed is St Mark’s Basilica, of Venetian-Byzantine style with its gold patchworks narrating the story of St Mark; St Mark’s Clocktower, set between Procuratie Vecchie and in front of Procuratie Nuove. Watching and hearing the stroke of the hours is a sublime experience. To be visited Correr Museum, civic museum of Venice, with exhibits of Antonio Canova, the rooms of Empress Elisabeth of Austria “Sisi”, the historic Library of the museum and many other initiatives and exhibitions.
Within walking distance of St Mark’s Square you can find Calle Larga XXII Marzo with its various famous designer shops; in a little courtyard there is La Fenice Opera House, rose from its ashes and rebuilt after that a fire partially destroyed it.
We advise you to stay in Venice more than one day, in order to have the opportunity to visit slowly and calmly the lagoon city. This is a recommended itinerary that can be travelled in just one day but this way you would have visited only 1% of the city and you would have missed some wonderful places able to give you unique and incomparable emotions.