Sights in Venice

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San Marco in the Mist

San Marco in the Mist

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On your first Venice trip one of the first things you will notice is that Venice itself is the main attraction. Venice activities like strolling along the winding streets and the canals, sitting at a terrace with a proper cup of coffee (the sun also rises nicely in Venice, Hemingway must have thought), a glass of wine or 'Grappa', and breathing in the atmosphere of this dazzling city are all a part of Venice vacation you will never forget. Along the Canal Grande are various piazzas, churches and monasteries, most of them accessible to the public. The main sights are centered at and around the piazza of San Marco. Besides presenting an abundance of impressive architectural diversity, several buildings also house museums and/or galleries. Do not forget to cross the canal to have a look at the gallery of the Accademia, which has a fine and varied collection of Venetian paintings.

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Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto

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Possibly built around 421, Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, also called San Giacometo, is considered the oldest church in Venice. Highlights include the great clock, the Gothic Portico (one of the last remaining examples in the city), and the interior design.

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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Galleria dell'Accademia

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Although the Accademia is often left out of the visitor's schedule, it would be a shame to miss this collection of Venetian paintings. The gallery exhibits an impressive specialist collection of Venitian painting from the fourteenth until the eighteenth century.

type:Museums
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address:Accademia, Dorsodura district
openings:daily 9am – 2pm, Tues-Thurs 9am – 7pm, entrance € 6,20
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5222247

Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

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Leaving the Palazzo, you will soon find your way to the Ponte dei Sospiri which leads towards the prisons. The name of the bridge refers to the sighing of the prisoners when looking at the water and the world of freedom outside their barred windows. When you follow the route over water, you will end up at the Pozzi, the cells for the real tough prisoners.

type:Squares and Bridges
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Museo d'Arte Moderna

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type:Museums
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address:Santa Croce, Ca' Pesaro
openings:10am – 4pm, closed on Mondays, L5000.
tel:+39 (0)41 – 721127

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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Over fifty major works by Tintoretto are exhibited in this sixteenth- century building.

type:Museums
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address:San Polo, San Rocco
openings:Apr-Oct: daily 9am-5.30pm / Dec-Feb: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-4pm / Mar-Nov daily 10am-4pm.
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5234864

Basilica del Redentore

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The architect of this basilica, Andrea Palladio, left his architectural touch all over the place. He also made the chiesa di S. Giorgio Maggiore.

type:Churches
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address:Giudecca 195
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5231415

Piazza San Marco

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This spacious square remains impressive to every visitor. Whether it is packed with tourists, or nearly deserted in the early morning hours, this is one of sights you will want print on your retina to remember for the rest of your life.  Besides the Basilica di San Marco, the piazza houses the Campanile (the 99 metres high tower which offers some excellent views of the city), the Torro dell'Orologio, the Palazzo Ducale and other architectural beauties.

Looking for romance? Stroll the Piazza San Marco after dark, treat yourself to a cup of decadent more..

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Palazzo Ducale

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This palace housed Venice's former governmental departments. It dates from the early ninth century, but the earliest recoverable traces are from around the 1340s. The main entrance of the palace, the Porta della Carta, is one of the most bombastic Gothic works in Venice.

type:Palaces
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address:Piazza di San Marco, next to the Basilica
openings:daily, summer 9am-7pm; winter 9am-5pm.

Basilica di S.Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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This basilica houses an extraordinary art collection of the period between the 14th and the 18th century.

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address:San Polo 3072
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5222637

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta

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This church of the Pietas was the one where the famous composer Vivaldi worked and taught for many years. He even managed to bring together an orchestra of 1000 teenage orphan girls! 

The inside shows several several frescoes by Tiepolo.

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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Palazzo Grassi

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type:Palaces
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address:San Marco
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5231680

Palazzo Giustinian Lolin

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tel:+39 (0)41 - 786711

Palazzo Pisani (Palace)

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Located between the Bridge of Rialto and the Ca'Foscari's Vault, Palazzo Pisani stands at one of the most beautiful points along the Grand Canal. The architecture is significant, due in part, to the palace’s façade, which features two levels of Gothic mulliones windows. Inside, Baroque decoration can be found throughout by the best Venetian artists of the XVIIIth Century such as Giuseppe Angeli, Gaspere Diziani, Giambattista Tiepoloi, and Jacopo Guarana. Other points of interest include the grand staircase, antique furnishings, and the palace's art collections.

type:Palaces
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email:info@pisanimoretta.com
tel:+39 041 5285343
url:www.pisanimoretta.com
address:Between Bridge of Rialto and the Ca'Foscari's Vault

Basilica dei S. Giovanni e Paolo

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Pantheon of doges and an astonishing collection of Venetian painting and sculpture.

type:Churches
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address:Castello 6363
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5237510

Canal Grande (The Grand Canal)

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Grand views, galleries, museums, and beautiful Venetian Gothic style palaces -- these are just a few of the sights visitors will see while floating down the Grand Canal in a vaporetto (Venice waterbus). Another way to explore the Grand Canal is by Gondola or motorboat. The Grand Canal begins at Piazetta San Marco and ends at the rail station.

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Palazzo Labia

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type:Palaces
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address:Cannaregio
openings:Wed-Thru-Fri, 3pm-4pm
tel:+39 (0)41 - 5242812

Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica)

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Acque alte - "high waters":  November through February brings heavy rain and flooding, especially in Piazza San Marco
Acque alte - "high waters": November through February brings heavy rain and flooding, especially in Piazza San Marco
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This astonishing cathedral was finished in 1094. The dark inside has been covered up under the spell of an enormous amount of relics, brought along from all over the world and also houses one of the most revered religious images of Venice, the icon of the Madonna of Nicopeia. Golden mosaics line every inch of the ceiling, while flames behind red candleholders flicker in the lamps. The Byzantine influence is evident especially on the outside facade and domes. Other points of interest include: the atrium, the baptistery, Pala d'Oro, and the Marciano Museum and Loggia dei Cavalli.

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email:biblioteca.proc@patriarcatovenezia.it
address:Piazza di San Marco, San Marco 328
openings:Monday-Saturday 9:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sundays 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
tel:+39 041 2708311
url:www.basilicasanmarco.it
openinghours:Monday-Saturday 9:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sundays 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Museo della Comunita' Ebraica

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The Museum of the Jewish Community gives an overview of the history of the Jews in Italy from the Middle Ages throughout the Renaissance.

type:Museums
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address:Cannaregio 2902/b
openings:daily 10am-5:30pm. Closed on Saturdays. L4000
tel:+39 (0)41 - 715359

Palazzo Mocenigo Gambara

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type:Palaces
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tel:+39 (0)41 - 5228400

Musea Archeologico

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The museum, which has a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture, is situated, together with the Libreria Sansoviniana, in one of the most impressive Rennaisance buildings Sansovino created in Venice.

type:Museums
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address:Piazza San Marco 52
openings:daily 10am-2pm
tel:+39 (0)41 – 5222247
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