Choosing what to see in Venice is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do, due to the nature of this incredible city built on water. Its uniqueness, its history and its culture make every palace, every church and every calle something unique, but we are going to advise you on what you must see in Venice to make better use of your time in this wonderful, timeless city.
Many things are very close to our hotel and you can reach them comfortably by walking. You will soon realise that walking in Venice is one of the best ways to see and get to know the city, thus discovering unexpected places!
St Mark’s Square and St Mark’s Basilica
Absolutely the most famous square in the world, a treasure trove of wonders that leave everyone speechless, not for nothing it was called “the most beautiful ballroom in Europe”.
Not everyone knows that St. Mark’s Square is the only square in Venice, while all the other “little squares” around the city are called “campi” and do you know why? Because once upon a time these squares were not paved, but served as vegetable gardens or meadows for grazing animals, or, especially those next to churches, were used as “holy fields”, or cemeteries.
St Mark’s Basilica proudly overlooks the square in all its majesty. A place to get lost while admiring the incredible golden mosaics on the ceiling.
The square is also overlooked by St Mark’s Campanile, called by the Venetians “El paron de casa”, and the Correr Museum, one of the most important and representative museums in the city.
Together with the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Campanile, the Doge’s Palace is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of Venice. The palace was the seat of the Doge and the state magistrates, it was the place from which justice was administered, and not only that!
A palace to be discovered and where you can get lost among the many rooms (some of them secret) and prisons, which you will reach by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, from whose small windows you can see St Mark’s Basin and the picturesque Island of San Giorgio.
Rialto Bridge and the Market
One of the must-seen in Venice is definitely the Rialto Bridge and its famous Market. The Rialto Bridge is the first bridge to be built across the Grand Canal and was once made of wood until it collapsed under the weight of the crowds that had gathered to watch the Marquis of Ferrara’s wedding procession in 1444.
If you are staying in Venice for at least two days, we recommend a visit to the ancient Jewish Ghetto, just a few steps from our hotel. An evocative and still little-visited place, where you can immerse yourself in the Jewish culture and discover the relationship with the people of the Serenissima and taste their most typical dishes.
Burano, Murano and Torcello
A tour of the three most famous islands of Venice is a must: Burano, Murano and Torcello. This tour would be especially recommended if you planned to stay at least 3 days in Venice, as it is a full-day experience. You will have the opportunity to see how the world-famous Murano glass and the handcrafted merletti of Burano are maiden using an anicient technique. You culd also sit on Attila’s throne on the island of Torcello.
Walk to the Zattere
To end your day(s) if you want to enjoy an unforgettable sunset, this is where you need to come!
The Zattere Fondamenta is one of the strategic points where you can admire the colours of the sky reflected on the waters of the Giudecca Canal, and see the city from a different perspective.
If you are planning a weekend in Venice, do not hesitate to contact us for more pieces of advice!