The best historical landmarks in Venice
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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit – Venice. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site which means that nothing new can be built and nothing that’s there now can be knocked down so a trip here is a history lover’s dream. Here’s my pick of the best historical landmarks in Venice but if you want even more inspo then you can find out more about Venice’s historical places with eDreams.
St Mark’s Basilica
One of the most famous sites in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of Venice and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. There’s more than 85,000ft of mosaics inside which took eight centuries to complete and the result is breath-taking.
Admission to St Mark’s Basilica itself is free, but there are some exhibitions that you have to pay to enter.
Although we visited in March when the city wasn’t as busy as it can get during the summer months, there was still quite a big queue to get into the palace so if you are going to visit in peak season, or you’re short on time, you should buy queue jump tickets.
Right next to St Mark’s is the Doge’s Palace, a beautiful palace built in Venetian Gothic style which is the former residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former republic of Venice. You can do tours of this building too.
The Bridge of Sighs
This enclosed bridge passes over the Rio de Palazzo and connects court to prison. It gets its name from the complaints of the convicted prisoners and is the only enclosed bridge in Venice. Constructed in 1602 in a baroque style, it’s narrow windows gave prisoners their last glimpse of the outside world before they went to spend the rest of their days in prison.
The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal runs through the centre of the city and is its main transport hub as there are no cars in Venice.
If you decide to go on a gondola (and I recommend that you do!) ask them to take you on the Grand Canal. It’s pricy but it’s definitely worth it.
The Rialto Bridge
The city of Venice is made up of 118 small islands, linked with 400 bridges and one of the most well-known is the Rialto Bridge which crosses the Grand Canal at the halfway point. It is also the oldest bridge in the city and was designed by Antonio de Ponte in the late 16th century.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
One of the most important museums in Italy, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection showcases European and American art from the 20th century, including Peggy’s personal collection. It’s located on the banks of the Grand Canal at Peggy Guggenheim’s former home and it’s pretty impressive. A must-visit for art buffs.
Not only is Venice packed full of historical landmarks but it’s also one of the most instagrammable cities in the world – you literally can’t take a bad photo there. I really enjoyed my stay in the city and I hope this post has given you some inspiration about what to see whilst you’re in Venice.