Venice sights to see
Venice today is one of the most popular and most visited tourist cities in the world, which is proudly called one of the most beautiful, mysterious and incredibly romantic cities in the world.Just as the Vatican in Italy is called the state in the state, the sights of Venice can be called a multitude of amazing architectural and historical monuments located inside one large landmark – the unique and one of a kind ancient city on the water.
Most of the neighborhoods, architectural complexes and palaces are so picturesque and unusual that each of them could become a real tourist gem for any city in Europe, but they are all located here. Therefore, it is possible to see more than one hundred and ten unique natural and man-made monuments during one single journey through Venice – a large, but incredibly interesting.
Description of the attractions of Venice, given their number and uniqueness, may be infinitely long, but we chose five of the most beautiful, popular and just very interesting ones. Therefore, if you are planning to go on holiday to Venice in the near future, our small sightseeing guide may be useful in planning your tourist route through this ancient city of love.
1. Piazza San Marco
St. Mark’s Square in Venice (St. Mark’s Square) is one of the most famous landmarks of the city on the water. Today, St. Mark’s Square consists of two zones: Piazza and Piazzetta.
Created at the beginning of the ninth century, it underwent changes several times, expanded, and by the end of the twelfth century it acquired almost the same shapes and sizes that we can see here now.
For many centuries, residences of the leadership of the Republic of Venice and senior church officials were housed here, many celebrations and festivals, including the famous Venice Carnival, were held on the famous square.
2. Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
The miniature palace of Contarini del Bovolo built in 1499 is one of the most beautiful pearls of Venice. The architectural complex is located in a secluded part of the city near another popular attraction – the Rialto Bridge.
The main feature of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a unique spiral staircase with an open colonnade open around the high tower of the palace. The refined combination of light and dark shades of cream walls with white arches and railings gives the palazzo a special lightness and elegance, so it can be safely called the most beautiful palace in Venice.
3. Academy Gallery
In the list of attractions in Venice, we also included a museum complex, which houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by Venetian masters – the Academy Gallery.
The Gallery of the Academy of Venice, a unique art museum, began its history in the mid-18th century, when the Venetian Academy of Fine Arts was founded by the Senate on the initiative of Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.
Fans of painting will surely appreciate the magnificent expositions of paintings by Titian, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini and many other great artists. The museum exhibits are arranged in chronological order, but from time to time thematic painting exhibitions are held here.
4. Rialto Bridge
If you look at photos of Venice and see a bridge on them, it is very likely that this is the Rialto Bridge – one of the most beautiful and famous bridges of the city on the water.
Until 1854, the Ponte di Rialto was the only bridge in Venice (apart from the wooden Arsenale bridge) connecting the shores of the Grand Canal. Initially, the Rialto Bridge was also built of wood, but because of several fires that completely destroyed this landmark, which was so useful for the inhabitants of medieval Venice, the building was erected of stone, and it has reached us in this form to this day.
5. Ca ‘d’Oro, or the Palace of Santa Sofia
The Palazzo Santa Sofia, or, as it is also called, Ca ‘d’Oro, is one of the most ancient and beautiful palaces in Venice. At one time, this residence was built on the order of the Contarini family, and since its construction (XV century), the architectural ensemble has undergone a number of forced changes and rearrangements due to partial destruction from fires.
Many centuries ago, this palace, designed in the style of Venetian Gothic, bore the name “Golden House” – its facade was decorated with gold leaf, painted with cinnabar and ultramarine, but to this day this rich decoration, unfortunately, has not survived.
In fact, it’s not even all the main attractions of Venice – you can talk about them for a long time and very extensively. Doge and Loggett Palace, San Giacometo Church and Cafe Florian, St. Mark’s Clock Tower and the Palace with Fondaco dei Turchi galleries are only a tiny part of Venice’s magnificent historical and architectural heritage, so the best way to get to know them is to visit Venice personally !