Things to do for History Buffs in Venice and the Northeast 

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    Piazza San Marco

    165 reviews

    Magic. YOu must spend 1/2 day here. See San Marcos Bascilica, The Campanelle, The San Marcos Clock, Sit in one of many cafes bordering the Square and listen to the battle of the bands while sipping a fine Italian Wine and eating some homemade pasta.

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    Grand Canal

    81 reviews

    It is believed that the Grand Canal follows the course of an ancient river. One of the first settlements in the area grew along the canal around the area of the current Rialto Bridge. The Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, traveling about 3,800 meters (2.36 miles) long and ranges from 30 to ...

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    Rialto Bridge

    95 reviews

    The Rialto Bridge was built in the late 16th century, and is rather unique in that it was designed to allow Venetian warships to sail underneath the bridge. If you want a great view of the Grand Canal, this is the place to go.

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  • 4

    Palazzo Ducale

    36 reviews

    not to be missed....breathtaking, and massive. right in San Marcos Square, home of the Doge, and next to San Marcos Bascillica.

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  • 5

    Basilica di San Marco

    94 reviews

    One of the most beautiful Bascillica ever. Do not miss the incredible jeweled screen behind the altar!

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  • 6

    Canals of Venice

    35 reviews

    The Canals of Venice are called Rios and there are over one hundred and fifty of them in Venice. In order to enjoy these canals, you need to rent out a gondola, and look and listen to the beauty that transpires.

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    Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    29 reviews

    At first I didn't want to "waste" my vacation time in Venice by going to this museum. I figured, why the heck should I pay to see some great American artworks after I flew all this way to Italy? Well, if you are a fan of abstract expressionism (in particular Calder or Jackson Pollock), then this museum is a MUST ...

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  • 8

    Gondola Service

    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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    Bridge of Sighs

    69 reviews

    Ponte dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs ... the final walk of prisoners across the water to what was most likely their end. Gayle saw from the outside and walked it from the inside.

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  • 10

    Golden Altar Piece at San Marco Basilica

    12 reviews

    When I visited Venice, I was living in Istanbul at the time so it was with a mixture of fascination and anger that I entered the treasury of San Marco. You see most of the loot in the treasury was carted off from Constantinople after the 4th Crusade, which did not so much liberate the Holy Land as plunder the ...

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  • 11

    Arena di Verona

    21 reviews

    The Arena is two attractions in one. First, it's an ancient Roman amphitheater that was built in AD 30. Built outside the city walls, it could hold more than 30,000 spectators. Now it's a great venue for big events and performances. There's a ballet and opera season, and in 2010 the Giro d'italia staged award ceremonies there. I was on ...

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  • 12

    Galleria dell'Accademia

    7 reviews

    The Accademia is one of the finest collections of Italian painting in the world. Visiting the Accademia introduced me to Tintoretto, who is one of my favorite painters to this day. Spending a morning in the Accademia is an essential part of visiting Venice.

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  • 13

    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    11 reviews

    This church contains some great works of art, most notably the Assumption of the Virgin by Titian, which is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful paintings in the world. Finding the church is not the easiest but well worth the effort to look at the Titian, Bellini and other paintings.

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  • 14


    15 reviews

    This historic shipyard and armory is great for a quick stop, although I personally didn't spend much time here. As with the other buildings from this time period, the structure is both imposing and beautiful. Great pictures here!

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  • 15

    Ponte dell'Accademia

    23 reviews

    Although all the bridges in Venice were unique and charming in their own way, the three bridges crossing the Grand Canal were the most impressive. This bridge is somewhat less crowded, and offers great souvenir shopping nearby.

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    Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore

    4 reviews

    This votive Church was built in the late sixteenth century, and by votive I mean this Church was dedicated in fullfillment of a vow. In 1575 Venice was decimated by the plague, losing almost 40% of it's population. The Venice governmnent decided to build a Church for those that perished. It was built by the great Palladio!

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  • 17

    Scuola Grande Arciconfraternita di San Rocco

    12 reviews

    One of the Venetian schools with a gorgeous facade. Quote lovely to behold!

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  • 18

    Rialto Markets

    27 reviews

    This incredible market is a highlight of Venice. Everything is remarkably fresh and the market seems to go on forever!

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    The Lion of St. Mark

    3 reviews

    The Lion of St. Mark is the symbol of the Patron-Saint of Venice, St. Mark, and is pictured in the form of a winged lion. You'll find this symbol on flags and buildings throughout Venice.

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  • 20

    Torro dell' Orologio

    7 reviews

    Simply a stunning clock, surrounded by iconic architecture.

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