Piazza San Marco
Also known as St Mark’s Square, this is one of the top attractions in the city. There are a number of remarkable buildings here including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile, Doges Palace, and the Clock Tower. Best to get here early as the crowds start rolling in fast.
Bridge of Sighs
The sight of Venice from this romantic white enclosed bridge would be the last prisoners had as they walked between the interrogation room in Doges Palace to the New Prison. Take a tour of the palace to walk across, or view it from the street. As we were traversing town we found an alternate view from the back, exposing the crowds of people admiring the bridge! Legend has it that lovers, kissing under the bridge, as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile toll, on a gondola, at sunset, will be granted eternal love!
One of four bridges spanning across the Grand Canal, the oldest and most well known. It is beautiful to look at, but quite busy to cross. There are shops lining the sides of on the bridge itself, and many stores on the adjacent streets.
Believed to follow the course of an ancient river, the canal snakes through the city in the shape of an S. If you are taking public transportation or a gondola ride, it is likely that you’ll be riding through sections of the canal. Make a point to ride a vaporetto the full course, 2.36 miles, preferably at night…and if you’re lucky – with a full moon.