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  • 1

    Piazza San Marco

    Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
    4.5
    163 reviews

    Piazza San Marco is very big - the magical city of Venice. There's time on your own to join the optional activities on offer or to explore the labyrinth of streets and canals.

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  • 2

    Basilica di San Marco

    San Marco 328, Venice 30124 Italy
    4.5
    94 reviews

    Throughout Europe, I've seen many cathedrals, but this is still one of the most impressive. The golden ceiling is stunning. Entrance is free, but to see the treasury or altar, you'll have to pay a few euros

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  • 3

    Rialto Bridge

    Ponte di Rialto, Venice 30124 Italy
    4.5
    94 reviews

    One interesting aspect of the iconic Rialto Bridge is the padlocks. Apparently inspired by "I Want You", the 2006 novel by Federico Moccia, this practice involves couples writing their names on their padlock, swearing eternal love and throwing the keys into the Grand Canal below. There were a lot of locks of love, when Gayle and I were there and ...

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  • 4

    Grand Canal

    4.5
    80 reviews

    The canal is beautiful. I recommend taking a public-transit ferry so you can see the whole canal from the water, and it only costs a few euros per ticket.

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  • 5

    Gondola Service

    1 San Marco, Venice, VE 30124, Italy
    4.5
    55 reviews

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Gondola ride through the winding Venetian canals. The elderly gentleman that took us around had a very sweet, soft, but talented voice. We look forward to the next excursion through the Venice labyrinth.

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  • 6

    Bridge of Sighs

    Sestiere San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
    4
    68 reviews

    This is along the way, so keep an eye out for it. It's cool if only for legend (as according to Wikipedia here): The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would ...

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  • 7

    Burano

    4.5
    43 reviews

    Local legend says the houses are so colourful so the men could find their way home when they were drunk. I don't know if that's true, but it sure makes this island a lovely sight :-)

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  • 8

    Palazzo Ducale

    Sestiere San Marco 1, Venice 30124 Italy
    4.5
    36 reviews

    It's a really famous exterior, part of the piazza if you're in the area. Beautiful, shows up in artwork.

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  • 9

    Canals of Venice

    Venice, Italy
    4.5
    34 reviews

    If you love Venice, you have to love the canals. The variety and beauty of the different canals seems endless.

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  • 10

    Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    Sestiere Dorsoduro 701, Venice 30123 Italy
    4.5
    29 reviews

    The museum is great if you're really into art. If you're only kind of into it (as I was), your time and money is probably better spent elsewhere in Venice. It was nice though to see some Dalis, Pollocks, and Warhols.

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  • 11

    Rialto Markets

    4
    26 reviews

    I'm a sucker for markets and the Rialto Market does not disappoint. Granted, at the time that we were there, there were more people taking pictures of the food than there were people shopping for fish (guilty as charged). Food looked delicious too. Only wish I had space and facilities to try some of what they offered.

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  • 12

    Al Vaporetto

    Calle Della Mandola, 3726, 30124 Venice, Italy
    4.5
    27 reviews

    If you want to ride on the Grand Canal but not have to spring for a more expensive gondola ride, this is the way to do it. This is the equivalent of a city bus line that operates on the Grand Canal and can get you around the city of Venice a lot quicker than walking.

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  • 13

    Venezia

    Venice, Italy
    4.5
    19 reviews

    What could I say about Venice? I think that everyone should visit this wonderful city almost once during his life. Canals and gondolas are something typical that you cannot find anywhere!

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  • 14

    Arsenale

    Campo Arsenale 2407 Venice, Italy
    4.5
    15 reviews

    I nice place to rest and look at the sculptures guarding the old arsenale. I didn't go in (not sure if you can), but it was still a good destination to set at one corner of the island.

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  • 15

    Campo Santa Margherita

    Dorsoduro 3689, 30173 Venice, Italy
    4.5
    15 reviews

    Campo Santa Margherita is a nice, open square with nice spots to eat or stop for a drink. Don't forget to check out the gargoyles that guard Santa Maria Formosa, the great church that borders the campo!

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  • 16

    Scuola Grande Arciconfraternita di San Rocco

    San Polo 3052, Venice 30125, Italy
    4.5
    12 reviews

    Tintoretto designed the majority of this beautiful scuola, even sneaking in one night to paint an entire mural in order to win a competition. Filled with dark wood, red velvet, and gold trim, the dark interior is a classic example of the Venetian chiaroscuro technique.

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  • 17

    Ponte dell'Accademia

    3.5
    23 reviews

    This is a giant wooden bridge in Venice (notable because of the great views on top of the tall bridge and the many padlocks attached to it). Really beautiful.

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  • 18

    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    San Polo, Venice, Province of Venice, Italy
    4.5
    11 reviews

    The Frari's central point is Titian's "Assumption," which is a beautiful piece of artwork. While the exterior of the church is not much to look at, the interior is gorgeous, especially the choir stalls. It costs around 3 euros to tour the place, which goes towards maintenance of the basilica.

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  • 19

    Golden Altar Piece at San Marco Basilica

    Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
    5
    12 reviews

    The golden altar of San Marco is a must see for anyone visiting Venice. It's simply stunning. Be aware - they say no photography in the basilica... so keep your camera hidden and be stealthy.

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  • 20

    Lido Island

    4.5
    14 reviews

    LIdo is famous for its beaches and the Venice Film Festival. Sadly we visited Lido in the rain, so no beach time.

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