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Venice Attractions

The city of Venice is divided into six districts. Try to make sure that your trip is timed so that you are able to visit each district and enjoy the various Venice attractions. Part of the charm of Venice is that the entire city itself is built on water and is therefore an attraction on its own. Explore the city and you’ll discover a lot of history and culture on virtually every street corner.

Free Venice Attractions
The city is full of famous outdoor sights that can be enjoyed easily by simply walking around the city. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes with you and a guidebook complete with a good map!

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square)
This legendary square is one of the focal points of the city. One of the most famous Venice attractions, this spot is usually crowded with sightseers from all different walks of life. (To see it while it’s empty, visit during the early morning hours where you can enjoy the tranquility and watch the city wake up). The square is surrounded by some of the most beautiful structures including the Basillica di San Marco and the piazza houses that make up the Campanile, a 99 meters high tower where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the entire city.

You’ll find many sidewalk cafes where you can soak up other Venice attractions at the same time such as local musicians playing live music. The plaza is known for its romantic allure in the evening hours. Tip: Be aware of the pigeons! They’re absolutely harmless but some claim that they outnumber the visitors.

Canal Grande (The Grand Canal)
Hop in a gondola and slowly make your way down one of the most fascinating waterways in the world and one of the ultimate Venice attractions. You will pass what will seem like an endless row of museums, galleries, and palaces mostly all open to the public if you wish to get out and explore. The canal is the main waterway passage in the city. Along the canal, visitors will enjoy architecture from the Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Modern eras. The canal is 3800 meters long, 20-90 meters wide and has an average depth of five meters.

Museums – Top Venice Attractions

Peggy Guggenheim Museum
This treasure offers art enthusiasts a veritable smorgasbord of European and American contemporary art and is considered to be one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. Located directly on the Grand Canal, the Palazzo Venier die Leoni (the stylish 18th century building that houses the museum), it served as the home to collector Peggy Guggenheim until her death in 1949. Don’t miss one of the most plentiful Venice attractions.

Murano’s Glass Museum
One of the main Venice attractions that go beyond mere buildings is Murano’s Glass Museum, which features exquisitely designed glassblowing art. This unique and spectacular art form can be seen showcased in other museums as well as in a variety of galleries and shops. Murano’s Glass Museum covers all periods of Venetian glassblowing from the 15th century up until today. A distinctive element to this museum that you must see is the special exhibit bridging art with archaeology.
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