Piazza San Marco
One of the finest piazzas in the world San Marco square is surrounded by the Procuratie Nuove, Procuratie Vecchie and Ala Napoleonica that are located on three sides. On the fourth side takes place the outstanding Basilica di San Marco and few steps away the 15th century Clock tower (Torre dell’orologio) that rises above the Mercerie.
The square is one of the lowest areas in Venice and especially from October to March its access might be prevented by the high tide (acqua alta) that for tourists will probably be a remarkable experience.
Basilica di San Marco
This stunning church is one of the major attractions in Venice. It was erected on a Greek cross plan and has five big domes adorned with kilometers of fine mosaics. The cathedral houses many treasures such as the Pala d’oro, made of gold, statues, amazing glasses and carving and was constructed during the 9th century as St. Mark’s shrine. We suggest visitors to use the elevator and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the lagoon. It will the best sight in Venice and it’s heartily recommended.
Built in the 15th century this splendid gothic palace is rich of many fine sculptures and ornaments. The façade was once covered by gold and for this reason the name of this building is Golden House, Ca’ D’Oro.
The palace now houses a fine collection of Byzantine art with paintings, sculptures and bronzes. Don’t forget to take a look from the many balconies and admire the well built in 1427 and the beautiful mosaics on the ground floor.
Located right on the Canal Grande Ca’ Rezzonico is a huge 17th century building in baroque style now house of the Museo del Settecento Veneziano. The palace was erected in 1660 by Baldassarre Longhena and completed in 1750 by Giorgio Massari. During the centuries Ca’Rezzonico has been the home of very outstanding figures such as the English poet Robert Browing.
Ponte di Rialto
The Rialto bridge was built in late 16th century as result of a competition held in Venice to replace the older version on the Canal Grande.
Many illustrious architects such as Palladio, Sansovino and Vignola, tried to win the competition but was Antonio da Ponte to be chosen.
The bridge now houses several jewellery and Murano glass shops reflecting the commercial atmosphere that you can breath in this area.