NUMBER 7: Doge’s Palace
Also located on the St Mark square, stands another important Venice landmark, the center of centuries-long power and influence of Venice – the Doge’s Palace. It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the leader of the Venetian Republic. Doges ruled Venice, between early 8th and late 18th century and the construction of the Doge’s Palace as we know it today began in the 14th century. The palace consists of the Doge’s apartment, institutional, and judicial offices. You can visit the Doge’s Palace, which is now a museum, and experience a rich history of this former superpower. Don’t miss the Bridge of Sighs, connecting Doge’s palace interrogation rooms to the New Prison. The bridge supposedly got its name because the prisoners would sigh at the beautiful Venice one last time before being taken to their prison cells.
NUMBER 6: Crypt at San Zaccaria church
San Zaccaria Church, located close to the St Mark square houses a very special attraction. In the basement, you will find a crypt where many of the Doges of Venice were buried. But because of the water from surrounding canals, the crypt floor is always flooded, which is a common phenomenon in the buildings of Venice. You can enter the crypt at certain times of the day when the church is open, and the ticket will only cost you 1.5 EUR. Of course, Venice is home to many other amazing churches like the Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute with an amazing view of Venice, or San Francesco Della Vigna with an adjacent monastery built on a former vineyard, another great hidden gem to discover in Venice.
NUMBER 5: Venetian Arsenal
Venice was a naval superpower and in order to build ships throughout history, Venice created what is believed to be one of the largest industrial enterprises in the world before the industrial revolution. The Arsenale Di Venezia was a vast complex of shipyards, armories, and other buildings, many of which still exist today. The production of galleys in Arsenale was unlike any other production process of its time while the major part of the Venetian Arsenal is closed for public, if you attend private events, or the famous Biennale of Venice, you will be able to see most of Arsenale since the Biennale takes place also in the abandoned Arsenale pavilions. You can still visit the impressive exterior wall and walk along the canal that connects Arsenale with the lagoon.