Basilica di san Marco and Piazza san Marco
|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?
|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
|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!
|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.
|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.
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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