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Best attractions to visit in Venice

1. Saint Mark's Basilica - Venice view 360

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Saint Mark s Basilica

Venice, known for its beauty, has many monuments for tourists to explore. One of the main attractions is Saint Mark’s Basilica. The building is a marvel as it contains traces of architecture from four different time periods. The architectural style of the church includes Renaissance, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic. There are many things to do in Saint Mark’s Basilica, some of which include taking a tour of the beautiful monument, and understanding the history of how and why it was built. It is said that the cathedral was built when the body of Saint Mark was smuggled from Alexandria in Egypt to Venice, after a revelation from an Angel who knew he would be buried here, when Venice itself didn’t even exist. The interior of the church is simply mesmerizing as it contains many mosaic monuments and statues telling different stories. The interior also shows a lot of influence from Byzantine architecture as the roof has many domed structures inside. Tourists may find a number of things to do in Saint Mark’s Basilica as they to marvel at the amazing engineering, as it is one of the most intricate structures to have been created.

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2. Rialto Bridge - Venice view 360

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Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge is one of the four main bridges connecting both sides of the Grand Canal in Venice. For a very long time, the bridge remained the only way to both sides of the canal. Before the bridge was properly constructed, the location of the bridge, being the narrowest point in the Grand Canal, consisted of a number of wooden bridges. It was later decided that due to the heavy number of people using the bridge, a proper structure should be constructed with an archway, allowing boats to pass through easily as well. There are many things to do in Rialto Bridge as the bridge has three walkways, of which two are on either side of the bridge, and the one in the middle is lined with many shops that sell items such as jewelry, souvenirs, linens and more for the tourists and locals to buy. The bridge’s creator, Antonio da Ponte, competed against some of the biggest names in architecture such as Michelangelo and Palladio for the contract. Come pay a visit to Venice and find numerous things to do in Rialto Bridge. Whether you go over it or under, you will be amazed by the engineering of this bridge.

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3. Piazza San Marco - Venice view 360

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Piazza San Marco

The Piazza San Marco, also known as Saint Mark’s Square, is one of the most prestigious squares in Europe. Most of the places in or around the square are named after Saint Mark, whose famous cathedral and resting place is also situated here. The square is beautifully decorated and upholds the wealthy and powerful reputation that the city had in the Renaissance period. The square is decorated with four horses which are a sign of Venice’s pride. The square is full of shops on its outer boundary, catering to locals and tourists. There are also restaurants which have an outside seating arrangement for their customers. Among the many things to do in Piazza San Marco, some important things to see include the Palazzo Ducale, a palace highlighting a lot of history of Venice, and also the Companile di San Marco, which is a bell tower. Access to the top of the tower is allowed to tourists for a small fee. The clock tower provides a full aerial view of the city of Venice. Visitors to Venice cannot miss out on all the things to do in Piazza San Marco because this square has a lot of history and during the carnival season, it offers a lot of concerts and other fun activities to indulge in.

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4. Doge's Palace - Venice view 360

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Doge s Palace

While visiting Venice, one of the most important places to go to see is Doge’s Palace. The palace is a historic landmark styled in Gothic Architecture. It used to be the main residence of the Doge of Venice with Doge being the title given to the appointed leader of Venice. It was opened as a museum for the general public in 1923 and explains a lot about the history of Venice and its culture. There are many things to do in Doge’s palace and for a full experience; the secret tour is recommended for people who are interested in knowing about the functioning of the government and the art and culture of Venice at that time. The secret tour has to be booked in advance but has the same price as the regular tour. The palace has a great courtyard with a spectacular view of the Saint Mark’s Basilica. Other beautiful exterior features of the Palace are access to the lagoon and the Bridge of Sighs. The interior tour includes government offices, prisons also known as itineraries and the Doge’s personal chambers. With numerous things to do in Doge’s Palace, you’ll learn much about the great city’s history through artifacts, architecture and official documents.

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5. Statua di Niccolo Tommaseo - Venice view 360

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Statua di Niccolo Tommaseo

The Statua di Niccolo Tommaseo remains in the middle of one of the greatest squares in Venice, Italy, Campo Santo Stefano square.
In 1882 the statue was constructed to honor the Italian author and linguist Niccolò Tommaseo. It was sculpted from a slab of Carrara marble.

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6. Campo Bandiera e Moro - Venice view 360

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Campo Bandiera e Moro

This square is named after the nationalist's brothers Attilio and Emilio Bandiera, who were condemned with Domenico Moro in Cosenza in 1844. Their remaining parts are kept at the Church of San Giovanni.
When you visit Campo Bandiera e Moro you can’t miss the church of San Giovanni in Bragora where Vivaldi was baptized.

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7. Chiesa di San Moise - Venice view 360

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Chiesa di San Moise

Venetians are known for their custom of consecrating the prophets of the Old Testament. Inspired by the Byzantine conventions adopting Baroque style describing the tale of Moses.
A great part of the structure of the Chiesa di San Moise in Venice goes back to the ninth century. Moise Venier funded the reconstruction and Alessandro Tremignon planned the façade in 1668 using sculptural components credited to Heinrich Meyring an Austrian sculptor who designed as well the altarpiece.

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8. Chiesa di San Vidal - Venice view 360

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Chiesa di San Vidal

The Chiesa di San Vidal was constructed in 1084. It is particularly known for its inside works of art by Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Over the span of its history it was upgraded a few times. Today it is often designated as a recital hall, shows and concerts.

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9. Church of San Giorgio Maggiore - Venice view 360

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Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

The church of San Giorgio Maggiore was built in the sixteenth century from 1566 till1610. The church is located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, facing the grand San Marco Basilica, and is one of the main sights of Venice noticeable to the voyager coming from the seaside.
Planned by Andrea Palladio the renowned architect, embracing the established renaissance style notwithstanding a Roman sanctuary facade dependent on four enormous pillars connected to the focal point of the facade.

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10. Cometa di Vetro - Venice view 360

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Cometa di Vetro

Cometa di Vetro is the world's tallest glass Christmas tree conceived by Simone Cenedese, a leading glass craftsman artist in Murano. With 8 meters stature, 3 meters width and 3 tons of weight containing 1000 glass pieces of art. This glass tree is exposed in the island of Murano in Venice alongside the clock tower turned into a chronicled articulation and a milestone landmark acclaiming the historical skills of glass seniors of Murano island.

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