Traveling is a truly enriching activity; and one of the destinations common on every traveller’s list of dream tours is perhaps Venice, Italy.
The city has so many beautiful attractions to offer that tourists need to know about them beforehand to make their tight schedule more fruitful.
Here are some of the cant-miss attractions in Venice, Italy …
Built in honor of the evangelist St. Mark, whose remains were stolen and hidden in a pork barrel so as not to let him rest in Venice, is a must visit while traveling in Italy. The church is on a spacious piazza called St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). It was created by blending different forms of architecture.
At every corner, the place is filled with great pieces of art, sculpture or architecture that is highly symbolic, full of history and stills attracts our eyes in its massive opulence. The church is mainly decorated by Byzantine art that was part of the looted goods brought after the fall of Constantinople, though it has treasures from other periods too.
The golden altarpiece called Pala d’Oro is indeed a sight to behold. The square adjacent to the church is considered by many to be the heart of Venice.
The Doge’s Palace or Palazzo Ducale has been the residence of the doge or leader and therefore the seat of government in Venice. It has seen significant changes in history. From the Venetian Lagoon the view of this palace almost seems to suggest that the building is floating on water.
A number of secret passageways, hidden pathways, doors add a hint of mystery and history to the lavish grandeur of the palace that you just cannot tear your eyes from. It has works by great Venetian artists like Tintoretto. The Bridge of Sighs, a private tour consisting of a walk across it is a great attraction too.
The Grand Canal, possibly the most unique part of Venice is a giant canal sweeping through Venice in a giant reverse-S curve. This boulevard connects St. Marks’s Square, Rialto Bridge and other important rail stations and bridges on the mainland.
Palaces of all the leading families in Venice used to open n this canal, due to which there is a number of Gothic and early Renaissance architecture facing the canal. A trip along the canal by vaporetto is an experience of a lifetime indeed!
A heaven for any art lover, this fine arts museum on the Grand Canal is home to a massive collection of 15th-18th century Venetian paintings. It hosts works of Renaissance artists like Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Bellini, Carpaccio, Conegliano, Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and many more.
Teatro la Fenice
This opera house, a survivor of two big fires, one of Venice’s most famous, is definitely a must-visit. Interestingly, its survival reflects the meaning of its name, Theatre of the Phoenix. Its interiors are decorated with gold. Plush velvet seats and lavish carpets echo a feeling of the old world classic Italian opera. It hosts many ballet, dance, music performances throughout the year.
Plan your trip to Venice today!