5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice

23 April of 2012 by

Venice is a city of joy and in this beautiful city there are lots of beautiful places attracting its many visitors each year. But to differentiate between these places is really harder than you can imagine. Some of the most interesting places in Venice are the Basilica di Santi Marco , the Plazo Ducale, the Museum of Modern Arts and Oriental Arts and also the romantic La Zatteri.  When anybody thinks of Venice though, the eye catching canals are what spring to mind. The list iof attractions though seems endless and if you are planning holidays in Venice then you have to select places according to your own interests. This article now focuses on five of the top tourist attractions in Venice:

Basilica di san Marco and Piazza san Marco

5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice - The Piazza san Marco with the Basilica di san Marco clearly seen at the rear of photo.
 The Piazza san Marco with the Basilica di san Marco clearly seen at the rear of photo

The first place to visit in Venice is Piazza san Marco and Basilica san Marco. IN the Piazza you will find the Cathedral of Saint Mark. It can be considered one of the best churches in Rome and it represents a fine example of byzantine architecture. The exterior design of basilica is divided into three parts, lower, upper and the domes. Why not visit this attraction and see all the fabulous architecture first hand?

Rialto Bridge

5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice - Venice in the spring with the Rialto bridge in the background
Venice in the spring with the Rialto bridge in the background

Rialto Bridge is known as the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal in Venice. The two districts San Marco and San Polo are divided by the bridge. This bridge has two ramps and they meet in the center with a movable section allowing the bridge to be raised to enable large ships can pass through. Visitors walking across the bridge will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the city.

The Grand Canal

5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice - A typical view of the Grand Canal in Venice
A typical view of the Grand Canal in Venice

The Grand Canal is an incredible gift of nature to Venice. It is about 3,800 m long and 16 ft deep. One end starts from the Santa Lucia railway station and the other ends at the Saint Mark Basin. The Grand Canal reveals many of Venice’s attractions along it’s length (including the Rialto Bridge) and is well worth a visit. Much of Venice’s water based traffic uses this canal. The ferry ride is heartily recommended, this costs 5 to 6 Euros but is well worth the fee!

Ca’ d’Oro

5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice - A view of Ca’ d’Oro, the Golden Palace, Venice
 A view of Ca’ d’Oro, the Golden Palace, Venice

This is correctly known as Palazzo Santa Sofia and one of the attractions along the Grand Canal. Ca’ d’Oro was built in the early 15th century. This gothic golden Palace has an array of eye catching decorations. Ca’ d’Oro has been decorated and restored as a museum now. The exterior of this Palace was decorated during these restorations with gold, it’s period glorious stonework remains.

Gondola ride

5 Top Tourist Attractions In Venice - A Gondola ride along the Grand Canal, Venice.
A Gondola ride along the Grand Canal, Venice

Visitors to Venice must opt for a gondola trip, this will cost around 50 to 60 Euros per person but a trip to the city isn’t complete without a gondola ride. This romantic ride of a lifetime will last for between 30 to 40 minutes. This ride will reveal different aspects of Venice and visitors will be amazed at just how this city has survived so long against the menace of water.

Conclusion

Venice has so many amazing attractions for visitors, the places named above are just few of them, but these are particularly fine examples of what Venice has to offer. One final warning though, if you go to Venice once, you are bound to like it so much that you will want to go back again and again!

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