Venice, the homeland of the famous composer Antonio Vivaldi, is one of the most popular places in the world today with its magnificent bridges connecting its canals, buildings each an art monument and never-ending art events. If you want to make your trip unforgettable in this fairy tale city where you will want to get lost in the streets, listen to our recommendations for places to visit in Venice.
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1. Ca ‘Rezzonico Palace and Museum
How about stepping into the magnificent Ca ‘Rezzonico Palace and Museum near Campo San Barnaba by paying a small entrance fee and discover the rare works of 18th century Venetian art? Halls decorated with magnificent works of Venetian artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Longhi await you. It will be very enjoyable to rest in the garden of this small but very cute palace away from the noise of tourist groups.
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2. Palazzo Ducale
Palazzo Ducale, which means Palace of the Dukes, is one of the must-see places in Venice. Located in St. Mark’s Square, the most visited place in Venice, right next to St. Mark’s Basilica, the palace is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was built in the middle of the 14th century in the Gothic architectural style.
The building, which was converted into a museum in 1923, not only has a very large art collection, but also hosts many exhibitions. You can explore the palace from top to bottom by walking up the giant stairs in the courtyard and visiting the duke’s apartment. In Sospiri, which is called the Last Look or Bridge of Sighs on the road to the old prison, you can follow the steps of ex-prisoners, imagine the city of Venice and its inhabitants in ancient times and turn your tour into a unique memory.
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3. Frari Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa
Frari Santa Maria Gloriosa Basilica, located near Scuola Grande di San Rocco, is a wonderful example of the magnificent Gothic architecture you will come across in Venice and one of the must-see places in Venice. Do not think that its beauty is limited to its exterior, when you step inside, you will see that many artworks by Titian, Bellini and Donatello are waiting for you.
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4. Rialto Bridge
One of the places to visit in Venice is the Rialto bridge, which divides the city by curving in an S shape and is located on the Grand Canal, one of the largest water passages. In ancient times, when Venice was famous for its maritime trade, various products from all over the world were sold in the markets of Rialto.
Now you can shop from the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Rialto, Venice’s most famous bridge, has been the only bridge providing pedestrian access over the Grand Canal for many years. So how else do you think the channel was passed? Of course with gondolas! You will think you are in a fairy tale while traveling by gondola on Venice’s canals.
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5. Ca ‘d’Oro
This magnificent palace on the Grand Canal, also known as the Golden House, is one of the unique examples of gothic architecture with its floral ornaments on its façade. Ca ‘d’Oro, which is used as an art museum where Renaissance sculptures and paintings of Titian and Guardi are exhibited, is also famous for the unique view offered by its balcony. After going to the palace and seeing the masterpieces, you can go up to the balcony and enjoy the wonderful view of the Grand Canal.
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6. Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute
The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, located near Accademia, which should also be seen in Venice, was built after the deadly plague epidemic hit the city in 1630, and was dedicated to health. Also known as Salute by the Venetians, the building has become one of the most famous symbols of the city. If you are looking for some peace of mind on your Venice trip, we recommend you to go inside and see it. In the Basilica, you will admire the magnificent works of famous Italian artists Titian and Tintoretto, as well as the fascinating interior architecture.
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7. Ai Mercanti Restaurant
Located in the Campo San Luca and Campo Manin regions, Ai Mercanti is worth a visit even if it is a little out of the usual routes of Venice excursions. When you see the impressive wide wine collection and the flavors on the fusion menu, you can be sure to be thankful for being there. Trying the sea bass tartar and rabbit stew is highly recommended!
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8. Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church
This hidden gem in Cannaregio district was built in memory of the Virgin Mary, famous for her miracles, with donations from the Venetians. Do not forget to visit this church, which is 5 minutes away from Rialto Bridge, if you happen to be in your way.
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9. Rosticceria Gislon Restaurant
Of course you are hungry after you finish the sightseeing in Venice! One of the places frequented by Venetians is Rosticceria Gislon. Located two steps from the Rialto Bridge, the restaurant is famous for its snacks, fresh sandwiches and good Spritz (a typical Venetian drink made with Prosecco and Aperol or Campari). Lasagna, grilled fish, risotto and much more are waiting for you. Of course, you can taste it at very affordable prices according to Venice standards.
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10. Suso Gelatoteca
It’s no secret that the best ice cream in Venice is in Suso. All ice cream varieties are produced using completely natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners. It is highly recommended to try Quella, a kind of chocolate praline covered with Nutella, the most famous taste of Suso, which has distinctive varieties as well as common flavors!