This beautiful city has survived against all
odds. "La Serenissima", as she is known, has been subjected
invasions, wars, and tidal flooding for centuries. Most of her
sites can be visited comfortably on foot: the Piazza San
Marco, with the great Basilica and the Doge's
Palace; the galleries of the accademia; Ca' Rezzonico
and the Rialto Bridge.
The magnificent Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice.
Feed the pigeons in the Piazza while taking in the sights and
people watching. Galleries surround Piazza San Marco
and the Basilica and Doge's Palace are at
one end of this enormous square. Venice is home to a number
of important churches including Santa Maria Gloriosa
dei Frari in San Polo and Santa Maria della Salute
at the end of the Grand Canal in Dorsoduro. Don't worry about
getting lost while exploring Venice. Yellow signs with arrows
direct visitors back to main attractions.
Canal Grande. For four kilometres,
the Grand Canal winds down a fantastic architectural
canyon lined with rococo palaces and Moorish mansions,
past splendid baroque and Gothic churches adorned with
the frescos and paintings of the greatest artists of
the Renaissance, and here and there the everyday shops,
markets and banks of this still very vibrant maritime
Palazzo Ducale. The most impressive secular
building in Venice, this palace served as the senate
house, administrative center, hall of justice, public
archive and prison up until the fall of the Venetian
Republic in 1797.