Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea !!
Venice also known as the ‘City of Canals’ or ‘Floating City’, is arguably one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. Venice is famous for its beautiful bridges, gondola rides, atmospheric streets, and amazing carnival celebration. This Italian city makes its way into every traveler’s must-see list for its beautiful architecture and tiny back streets.
So now let’s look at some fun facts about Venice
The word “Ciao” originated in Venice.
Venice is made up of 118 islands separated by 150 canals.
There are no cars in Venice!! Once you reach the city center, you won’t find any cars. Boats essentially take the place of cars in central Venice, and canals take the place of roads.
Marco Polo was a Venetian !!
The famous Horses of St. Mark’s Basilica aren’t Venetian!! It was actually taken from then-Constantinople in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade.
Now let’s look at some amazing places to visit during your time in the beautiful city of canals.
St.Mark’s Basilica – Certainly Venice’s best-known for its churches, and one of the most easily recognized ones in the world would be St. Mark’s Basilica. The Basilica of St. Mark is the most important religious temple in the city of Venice. It is located in the St. Mark square next to the Doge’s Palace, and it has always been the center of attraction for many tourists. The Basilica is one of the most beautiful cathedrals around the world. This basilica is a mix of different styles, however, over the years of restructuring, it still preserves original aspects that can leave visitors astounded. Originally this cathedral was supposed to be an extension of the Doge’s Palace, but the construction of the Basilica of St. Mark, which began in AD 828 and ended in 832, was made to house the body of St. Mark the Apostle, who they named the protector of the city. This place has a lot of history in it, so this is one of the places that you have to visit during your time in Venice.
2. Piazza San Marco– Piazza San Marco also known as St. Mark’s square, is a vast paved and arcaded square where many famous buildings lie. This square is home to many tourist attractions like St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Napoleon called the piazza the finest drawing room in Europe. St. Mark’s Square (in Italian, Piazza San Marco) is both incredibly beautiful and incredibly interesting, and undoubtedly a must-see spot when visiting Venice.
3. Palazzo Ducale ( Doge’s palace)- Doge’s Palace, also known as the Palazzo Ducale, is one of the most famous buildings in Venice. The Doge’s Palace is a palace built-in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. Situated on the grand Piazza San Marco, the palace was the home of the “Doge”who are the ruler of Venice and the seat of power for the Venetian Republic, which lasted more than 1,000 years? This beautiful structure is built around a courtyard and is richly decorated. This Palace was the meeting place of the first governing councils and ministries of the republic.
4. Canal Grande– Canal Grande also known as the grand canal is a channel in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic areas in the city. One end of the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other one leads into the basin of San Marco. The Grand Canal was the address for anyone who claimed any influence in Venice. Palaces of all the leading families open onto the canal, facing the water, by which visitors arrived. A trip along the canal is the best way to see them, And of course, a ride along the Grand Canal in a gondola is one of the most romantic things to do when you’re visiting Venice.
5. Gallerie dell’Accademia- Called “Accademia” for short, this art museum on the Grand canal has the most impressive collection of 15th-century Venetian paintings. The Gallerie dell’Accademia contains masterpieces of Venetian painting up to the 18th century, generally arranged chronologically though some thematic displays are evident. The gallery collection includes Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the Vitruvian man, which is displayed only rarely because it is done on paper, and is fragile and sensitive to light.
There are many more amazing places to visit in Venice but these are some of the most important and fascinating places to visit when you are in Venice.