Venice is a small and compact city of Italy that attracts millions of tourists from around the World. This romantic, historic, and gorgeous destination endowed with the canals, the gondolas, the architecture, the picturesque towns makes it a travel-worthy destination.
There are over 100 small islands that constitute Venice with no roads just canals. Henceforth, you have to ride on the boats to explore this beautiful city that has Renaissance and Gothic palaces all lined up.
As you float across the canal you can see the following main tourist attractions:
St. Mark’s Square
Venice’s St. Mark’s Square is the finest square in the world which is certainly Venice’s prime attraction. The stately arcades of public buildings surround the three sides and the Basilica di San Marco’s riot of domes and arches lies on the fourth side.
Bridge of Sigh
The Bridge of Sighs is a connecting bridge between the Doges’ Palace and Prigioni. This enclosed footbridge is a beautifully designed with the graceful arch of white limestone and delicate stone tracery which was built in 1614.
The condemned prisoners of the state walked across the bridge before shifting them in confinement of the Prigioni. Hence, after a brief final glance at Venice, they sighed. During the 19th century, the English poet Lord Byron named it as the Bridge of Sighs.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is a marvel of Italo-Byzantine architecture with multi-levelled domes, intricate facades and stunning mosaics. This opulent monument is a jewel in Venice’s crown. It is one such famous tourist spot in Venice that anyone can ever afford to miss.
The Grand Canal:
The Grand Canal is the main waterway in Venice which connects many small canals.
One end of the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into the basin at San Marco.
Doge’s Palace is a majestic beautiful building with a magnificent marble exterior. The Gothic architecture with intrinsic artworks of the building and the rich history makes it a popular tourist spot of Venice. The palace was the home of the Doge (ruler of Venice) and the seat of power for the Venetian Republic, which lasted more than 1,000 years. This palace is now a must-see museum with several artworks, statues and paintings.
The Doge’s Palace also contained the prisons of the Republic, some of which were accessed via one of Venice’s most famous bridges: the Bridge of Sighs.
The Rialto Bridge spans across the Grand Canal which connects the sestieri (districts) of San Marco and San Polo. Though Piazza San Marco is more famous but is the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is the true heart of Venice. It is the oldest and most ravishing bridge in Venice which makes it a significant tourist attraction. This structure was built between 1588 and 1591 which is now a replacement of a boat bridge and three wooden bridges since the 12th century.