1. Saint Mark’s Basilica – Venice
A unique monument with splendid art work, Saint Mark’s Basilica is a cathedral church that attracts millions of visitors each year. The historical role of the Basilica that it played during the centuries has been displayed through religious, iconographic and artistic contents. The accurate division of historical implications by subjects have made it all more fascinating.
2. The Grand Canal – Venice
As one of the major attractions, The Grand Canal is a water traffic corridor in the city. Water buses are used as public transport; however, private taxis are also available. During my visit last year I also saw visitors exploring canal by gondola. The one end of canal meets with Saint Mark Basin and other with the lagoon near Santa Lucia station. It is said that the average depth of canal is 16 feet.
3. The Doges’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) – Venice
The Doges’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) built in Venetian Gothic style is one of the milestones of Venice City. This grand palace has historically played three important roles the Doge residence, the seat of government and the palace of justice. The most fundamental decisions for Venice were taken here. Originally this palace was not having this shape but looked like a castle. The building caught fire and then it was rebuilt.
4. Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice
A modern museum, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, on the Grand Canal is a wonderful place to visit. The tragic death of her father on Titanic brought numerous changes in the life of heiress Peggy Guggenheim. She started collecting art work from Europe and America at her palace, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, and she continued such practice between 1938 and 1946. The public display of her collections also continued after her death at the same place which was given the status of museum later on.
5. Gallerie dell’Accademia – Venice
Initially created as an art school, Gallerie dell’Accademia is a fabulous museum gallery located on the south bank of Grand Canal. The most remarkable attraction is the world famous sculptures of Michelangelo’s David. Besides this museum also house priceless collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings.
6. Museo della Musica – Venice
Having a rare collection of instruments ranging from 17th to 19th centuries, Museo della Musica is a small museum set up in the ex-church of San Maurizio. If you get fascinated by music then don’t miss free entries to this building that have been decorated by the neoclassical interior.
7. The Venetian Arsenal – Venice
Being a hub for Venice’s naval power, the Venetian Arsenal was known as one of the large scale industrial enterprises. It was spread on an area of 110 acres before industrial revolution and a largest industrial complex in Europe. Therefore it has been a source of economic power and wealth for Venice until Napoleon conquered this area in 1797. Architecture and Art Biennale exhibitions are held in the manufacturing sheds of the Arsenale. I have visited this place during all my trips to Venice Gondola Ride.
8. Scuola Grande di San Rocco – Venice
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is another landmark of the Venetian Renaissance and it is located next to the San Rocco Church in Campo San Rocco. It was initiated in the honour of San Rocco and sponsored by affluent Venetians who were keen to ensure San Rocco’s protection. A statue of San Rocco on the back wall is a major attraction but it is dazzled by splendid interior decoration and art work created under the supervision of Jacopo Tintoretto.
9. Murano Glass – Venice
Murano is a little island famous for handcrafts. Visiting here you will get impressed by the stunning Murano glass products being manufactured first hand. Reach Murano Island via boat trip, get straight to the glassblower’s workshop and see amazing glass making in action. The silica sand is turned into glass giving it bright colours and your holidays in Venice becomes really colourful seeing such interesting work.
10. Burano Lace – Venice
Burano is another island famous for its lace work. Walking through narrow streets, you can watch colourful houses of fishermen which are as attractive as their history. There is also a beautiful Lace Museum that is modern in looking but it house old aging craft of lace making. Travel to Venice becomes more charming after you have a visit to such an amazing place.