Visit Venice: what to see between the lagoon and the city
If you are going to Veneto on holiday you should not miss the opportunity to visit Venice. Known as “La Serenissima”, Venice is a simply wonderful city. Amidst land and water, you will be surrounded by history and romance.
Visit Venice: must-see attractions
Piazza San Marco
Some attractions in Venice simply must be seen. Piazza San Marco is one of them. The heart of the city is where the most important events take place, starting with the famous carnival.
A quick stop at one of its bars will allow you to enjoy the view of another place that’s not to be missed: the Basilica.
St Mark’s Basilica
Not everyone knows this, but St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice is one of the most visited places in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome. Built on the remains of a Gothic church, it dominates the square and its decorative features leave a real impression on visitors.
Admission is free, but taking the guided tour is advised if you want to fully experience and understand the beauty and magnificence of the place.
Staying on St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace is also a must-see attraction. The seat of the Republic, it is now open to visitors who wish to admire its interior beauty as well as its large outdoor spaces. From here, you can also take a walk on the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the Palace with the prison wing. This bridge is very romantic and is a popular place to take selfies, particularly when gondolas pass by on the canal below.
This is one of the most important bridges crossing the Grand Canal. Built in the 16th century, the Rialto Bridge is a single-arch, covered structure made entirely of stone. From here you can admire the gondolas floating along the canal.
Murano and Burano are two other stops that should be included in a Venetian visitor itinerary, even for a day trip. Murano is famous for its blown glass. At the Glass Museum, you will see how glass is made and why Murano glass has become so famous.
As for Burano, it is renowned for its lace. It is also worth visiting one of the museums here, to see how lace is made.
Divided into 37 rooms, this museum exhibits works from the 15th to the 18th century. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is housed in the Accademia Gallery.
The Dragon Bones of the Basilica of Saints Mary and Donatus
On the island of Murano stands the Basilica dedicated to Saints Maria and Donatus, where you can marvel at… dragon bones! These huge remains are displayed near the altar but, contrary to the name, they are more likely to be from a whale than a dragon.
Legend has it that Saint Donatus killed a dragon with just the sign of the cross. The relics of the saint and the monster are kept in this basilica.
The Borges Labyrinth
On the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, a monument dedicated to the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges has been constructed: a real life garden-maze, in homage to his poetry where labyrinths were often a recurrent theme.
The pathway stretches over one kilometre and the construction includes more than three thousand 90-centimetre high boxwood plants.
Visiting Venice from Jesolo
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