The whole city is a unique sight in itself, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The best way to explore Venice is by foot.
Palazzo Ducale, aka the Doge’s Palace, used to be the residence of the Doge of Venice, and also a space where the government could lodge. Both court and prison were located within the palace walls, but today the building is a museum.
The full name in Italian is Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, but people will know what you’re talking about if you say Saint Mark’s Basilica. This cathedral church is the most famous of churches in Venice, presenting an impressive mosaic exterior as well as a striking interior.
The Grand Canal is the largest canal in town, almost 4 km long and at places as wide as 90 metres with an average depth of 5 metres. Public transport is available in the form of vaporetti - water buses, gondolas and water taxis. There are plenty of famous buildings located along the river and it is crossed by three bridges.
Peggy Guggenheim was the wife of the artist Max Ernst and the museum is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which is her former home. Her art collection were opened to the public in 1951 and people can now enjoy art from European and American art from the first half of the 20th century.
Piazza San Marco, aka Mark’s Square, is the biggest square in Venice, and the most famous one too. If you truly want to understand the might of the former Venetian empire this is the place to visit. The square is full of interesting and impressive sights, one of the being the campanile - bell tower - from where you can get a splendid view of Venice.
Longhena’s palazzo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole city. It was completed in 1756, over 100 years after the first day of construction and today it serves as a museum, Ca’ Rezzonico, with an interesting display of 18th century Venice.
Ca’ Pesaro is the city’s modern art museum, located in an old palazzo facing the Grand Canal. Very exciting art can be found in the Oriental art department: 30,000 objects from Japan, China and Indonesia.
This fish and vegetable market has been around since the year 1097, and there is a frantic activity here, especially early in the mornings. The fishmongers, the bustling scenes, the old façades and the canal combine for an experience by all senses. The city’s best butcher shops are also nearby.