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  • 1 Island of San Giorgio Maggiore Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isola S. - Giorgio Maggiore I - 30124 Venezia

    Despite its church by Palladio, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is not on the main tourist circuit and this is part of its charm. Here, a little distance from the hubbub of Piazza San Marco, visitors can contemplate the waterfront or, from the top..

  • 2 Church of Saint Zachary Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Castello 4693 I - 30122 Venezia

    A Lombard facade, a masterpiece of the Renaissance, built by Codussi between 1480 and 1500 according to the plan for the Church of Saint Michael. A spacious interior with a Renaissance nave and Gothic choir, and walls that are literally covered with ..

  • 3 Equestrian Monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Campo di S.S. - Giovanni e Paolo I - 30122 Venezia

    Andra Verrochio created this equestrian statue depicting a proud mounted warrior, his fierce demeanour and spirited steed making for a magnificent spectacle, further enhanced by the bulky plinth on which it stands. After the artist's death, Alessandr..

  • 4 Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo I - 30122 Venezia

    Built by the Dominicans from 1240 to 1430, this is the largest Gothic church in Venice. Its solemn character is derived from its historical role as doges' pantheon. The impressively spacious and light interior layout comprises a nave and two aisles p..

  • 5 Island of Murano Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isola di Murano I - 30141 Venezia

    In the late 13C, the Great Council, fearing a major fire, decided to relocate the glassmaking industry to Murano, ever since when this has been the island of glass. The ovens and insistent requests from vendors to visit shops and workshops should not..

  • 6 Basilica of Holy Mary and Saint Donato (Murano) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Campo San-Donato I - 30141 Venezia

    Facing the canal, the chevet of this very old basilica offers a remarkable view. The central circular apse is a masterpiece of Venetian Byzantine art of the 12C. Inside, a superb floor made of mosaic that is especially rich in terms of embellishments..

  • 7 S. Zanipolo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo I - 30010 Venezia

    In the Venetian dialect, Zanipòlo is a contraction of St John and St Paul. The Gothic church dedicated to them is the burial place for the doges and opens onto the square after which it is named. In its centre stands an equestrian statue of Bartolmeo..

  • 8 Laguna veneta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 30100 Venezia

    Formerly bordered by Ravenna and L'Aquila, Chioggia to the west and Trieste to the east now mark the limits of the lagoon. Tides play a major role in the day-to-day life of Venice, threatening it with floods and the prospect of ultimately engulfing t..

  • 9 Campanile Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza San Marco I - 30124 Venezia

    At 96m high, this is one of Venice's most distinctive landmarks; visible from the mainland, it is an exact replica of a 16C tower which collapsed in 1902. From the top, the view stretches from the Giudecca Canal and the Grand Canal, over terraces and..

  • 10 Island of Burano Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isola Burano I - 30013 Venezia

    A small island 45 minutes from Venice where, in spite of the canals, everything is quite different: not a single palace, but simple fishermen's homes with brightly colored facades along tiny streets and along the quays of the village, an upbeat atmos..

  • 11 Island of Torcello and its monumental complex Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isola di Torcello I - 30012 Venezia

    In the middle of the lagoon, this island was once an important city and seat of a bishopric but was progressively abandoned from the 10C onwards due to it silting up and malaria. While Venice bloomed into full glory, Torcello returned to a wild state..

  • 12 Church of Saint Francis of the Vine Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Francesco della Vigna I - 30122 Venezia

    His name comes from the vines that were here in the 13th C. at the time when the Franciscans built the first church here. The church here now, whose facade evokes a Classical temple, was built by Sansovino and has a bell tower that should remind you ..

  • 13 Church of San Giovanni in Bragora Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo Bandiera e Moro I - 30122 Venezia

    This church is notable for its artworks by Palma the Younger, Paris Bordone and Cima de Conegliano.

  • 14 Church of Our Lady of the Garden Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo Madonna dell'Orto I - 30121 Venezia

    An intimate "campo", a harmonious facade made of bricks and decorated with statues: this church has a miraculous statue of the Virgin found in a garden, and is known as the church of Tintoretto: the painter lived nearby and is buried here, ..

  • 15 Church of Sant'Alvise Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo S. - Alvise I - 30141 Venezia

    Visitors should enter this church devoted to Saint Louis of Anjou (Alvise is the Venetian version of Louis) on account of its fine 15C tempera paintings attributed to Lazzaro Bastiani (active between 1449 and 1512). The right wall of the axial chapel..

  • 16 Palazzo Labia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo S. - Geremia I - 30121 Venezia

    Built of Istrian stone, the palace was built in the late 17C for a rich family of Spanish merchants who gave it its name. The interior is worth seeing for the Tiepolo frescoes in the Salone delle Feste. Other rooms laid out around the main reception ..

  • 17 Palazzo Vendramin Calergi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campiello Vendramin Calergi I - 30121 Venezia

    Richard Wagner lived and died in this Renaissance palace, built on the Grand Canal by architect Mauro Codussi, who created a beautiful example of a reinterpretation of Byzantine and Gothic architecture. Given to the city in 1946, it is today home to ..

  • 18 Ca' Pesaro Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    fondamenta S. - Croce Mocenigo 2076 I - 30135 Venezia

    Begun by Baldassare Longhena and finished by Antonio Gaspari, this elegant palace with its ground-floor level ornamented with bossages and its large windows in the form of an arch, separated by a series of columns that lead out to a balcony, houses t..

  • 19 Palazzo Grassi Interesting

    Museums and art

    Campo San Samuele 3231 I - 30124 Venezia

    Built in the 18C by Giorgi Massari, this is the last of the great Venetian palaces to be built before the fall of the Venetian Republic. It was purchased in 2005 by French tycoon François Pinault, who commissioned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to rem..

  • 20 Cavalli-Franchetti Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo S. - Vidal I - 30124 Venezia

    A noble facade delicately decorated with openwork, windows with five bays each, intertwined arches and quatrefoils. Cavalli-Franchetti Palace, on the left bank of the Grand Canal, was built during the second half of the 15th C., and transformed at th..

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