In this post, we’ll show you 10 best things to do in Venice. The suggestions are based on our exciting trip to this unique historic city.
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Here are our top 10 picks:
NUMBER 10: Venetian Ghetto
Venetian Ghetto is a Jewish part of Venice dating back to the year 1516, which makes it the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. In fact, according to one theory, the word ghetto derives from the Venetian Ghetto. Visit the impressive square full of history, including Banco Rosso, believed to be the first pawn shop in the world, and were supposedly the term “to be in the red numbers” derives from. You can also visit the Jewish Museum with guided synagogue tours.
NUMBER 9: Grand Canal
Grand Canal or Canal Grande is a 2.4-mile-long water avenue or in other words, the main water road in Venice, featuring numerous palaces, luxury hotels, and four bridges, including the famous Rialto Bridge which actually feels more like a street because of all the shops located on the bridge. Most of the beautiful palazzos on Canal Grande were built between the 13th and 18th century by the wealthy Venetian families to demonstrate their affluence. Palazzo Dario, Ca’ d’Oro, and Barbaro are just some of such amazing buildings. Grand Canal is also home to museums, churches, a fish market, as well as the renowned Casino of Venice.
NUMBER 8: St. Mark’s Square
Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square in English is the main square and the actual center of Venice, built between the 9th and 12th century AD in front of the impressive Basilica Di San Marco, nicknamed the Church of gold, a status symbol of Venetian power and influence in the world. Fixed to a corner of the façade of Basilica Di San Marco, you can find a famous sculpture called The Portrait of Four Tetrarchs from around 300 AD, which was stolen by the Venetians from Constantinople in the 13th century. The square is also home to the famous Campanile, a bell tower of Basilica Di San Marco. The tower features the highest observation deck in Venice, where you can see the city from above as Galileo Galilei did in 1609 when he used the Campanile as an observatory and demonstrated his telescope to the Doge of Venice. Just a few steps across the square you will find the clock tower, of course, featuring a big clock as well as the lion of St Mark, a symbol of the Venetian Republic. St Mark Square is also one of the main locations of the famous Carnival of Venice. You can discover many other impressive and unique squares in Venice such as Campo San Stin, Campo San Boldo, Campo San Trovaso, and others. So even if you get lost in Venice, you won’t feel bad because there is a new amazing street or square just around the corner.