Venice is a city in nothern Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks.
So here are my recommendations for the Top 10 Things to Do in Venice. I’ve listed them in descending order from the one I think is most critical, so if you’re on a really tight schedule you can check them off from the top down and get as far as you can. And if you think I’ve missed something important here, or that I’ve got them in the wrong order, I welcome your input. It’s still a list of my recommendations, but I do welcome your input nonetheless!
Top 10 Things to Do in Venice
1. Grand Canal
Venice’s main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
2. Palazzo Ducale
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior – with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo – comprises vast council chambers, delicately – decorated residential apartments and austere prison cells. Along the facades of the Palace run loggias that overlook St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon. The combined entrance ticket to The Museums of St Mark’s Square grants access to the Doge’s Palace, together with the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Marciana.
3. St Mary of the Friars (Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari)
Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini’s triptych “Madonna and Child with Saints,” and the “Pesaro Madonna” by Titian, who is buried in the church.
Rival to Castello for bragging rights as the largest of Venice’s six sestieri (boroughs).
5. Ca’ Macana
Buy your mask for the next Venetian festival at this shop, which specializes in the traditional Commedia dell’arte, as well as Venetian styles.
6. San Rocco (Scuola of St. Rocco)
Here you will find some of the beautiful works from the painter Tintoretto.
7. Campanile di san Marco
Originally built as a lighthouse to assist navigation in the lagoon, visitors can be whisked by elevator to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile or bell tower to savor incredible views of Venice, the lagoon and the Alps in the distance.
8. Saint Mark’s Basilica
Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice’s magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
9. Musica A Palazzo
Accessible Opera, as though it was in your sitting room, but its a palace in Venice. Stunningly personal. Fun fun fun with 3 light and easy Operas to choose, 7 nights a week. It will make so many people’s trip to Venice even more memorable.
10. Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Art Galleries; Architectural Buildings