Losing yourself in Venezia's charm is the main reason to visit this unique city. But you should also tour at least some of the endless landmarks La Serenissima has to offer.
Piazza San Marco
Known as one of Europe's most famous drawing rooms, Piazza San Marco is renowned for its beauty and architectural integrity. Lining the square are historic cafés, shops, and some of Venice's most visited monuments - St Mark's Basilica, Bell & Watch Towers, Palazzo Ducale, the Correr Museum and the Marciana Library.
Former seat of the government and law courts, and residence of the Doge of Venice from the 9th century until the fall of the Serenissima Republic, Palazzo Ducale represents one of the greatest examples of Venetian Gothic architecture. Its richly decorated halls host important works of art, including paintings by Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese.
Santa Maria della Salute Church
A magnificent Venetian Baroque Church by Baldassare Longhena, built on more than 100,000 oak piles. The church captures the grandeur desired by the Serenissima Republic, and houses works by Titian and Tintoretto.
Palazzo Grassi presents temporary exhibitions, often based in whole or in part on the François Pinault Collection. The current exhibition, Mapping the Studio, brings together a selection of these works, rebuilding the course of each, from conception to the inner world of the artist, up to the integration with the private collection.
Rialto Bridge and Markets
Built between 1588 and 1591, the Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice's shopping area. Jewellery and souvenir shops line the sides of this famous landmark, while nearby lies the picturesque Rialto fish and vegetable markets, selling fresh and locally-grown produce.