There are many places to visit in Venice, one of the most beautiful and different cities in the world, although the best thing about the city is to leave the map at the hotel and get lost in its narrow streets, cross its bridges and visit some of its churches and palaces. Venice is surrounded by water and its main street is the Grand Canal, through which vaporettos, boats and gondolas circulate throughout the day.
We have made a list of what we think are the10 most essential places to see in Venice, taking our trip to Venice as a guide. We start!
1. Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace of the 9th century, located at one end of the San Marcos Square, is one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and one of the places to visit in Venice. It stands out for its impressive Gothic facades and its classic Verona marble interior. The visit inside the palace includes several places of great beauty made by the best artists of the time such as the Porta della Carta, the Scala d'Oro, the Duke's apartment, the armory, the school hall, the senate hall, the Great Council Hall and the Bridge of Sighs. This bridge is said to be named after the last breath of open air that the prisoners gave when crossing it and accessing the prisons. As a curiosity we will tell you that one of the dungeons escaped the most famous lover in the world, Casanova.
The Ducal Palace is one of the most visited places in Venice, next to the Basilica of San Marcos, and something to keep in mind is that large queues form at the entrance.
One of the alternatives to save time is to book a guided tour in Spanish or take this offer which also includes a city tour and a visit to the Basilica of San Marcos.
If you don't want to take a guided tour, you can book this priority ticket in advance to save yourself the long lines that form at the entrance to the palace.
Visiting hours: every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from April to October they close at 7:00 p.m.
More information in this post of the Doge's Palace in Venice - Tickets and prices.
2. Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge, built between 1588 and 1591, is the oldest of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal and one of the essential places to visit in Venice, where you can enjoy countless charming shops, located on its access ramps, in addition to the Rialto Market, located very close, a market full of colors for its stalls of vegetables and fruits.
Do not stay alone with the shops or visits, since from the top of this famous stone bridge you can make some of the best photos of Venice and the Grand Canal.
Basilica of Santa Maria de la Salud
Map of the places to see in Venice essential
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