Places to visit in Venice
As soon as you begin to explore Venice, though, everyday will bring its surprises, for this is an urban landscape so full of things to do that you can't walk for a minute without coming across something that's worth to stop.
The St. Mark's Square: The St. Mark's Square is one of the world's great squares. It's also honeypot for swarms of daytripers and other tourists. St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is loved as Venice's living room the place everybody gathers, strolls, drinks coffee, stops to chat, meet friends and tour guides or just passes through on the way to work or play.
The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the worlds, a real marble salon, the city centre for centuries. Next to both the Basilica and the Doge's palace, all the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been there and now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city's main symbol and tourist attraction.
Canale Grande (Grand Canal): Sweeping through the heart of the Venice in a giant reverse S-curve, the grand canal is the principal boulevard through the city connecting the Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge and the arrival points of the rail station and bridge from the main land. The canal is about 4km or 2.5 miles long, with a width that varies from 30 to 70 meters.
The best way to see the magnificent buildings along the Grand Canal, of course, is to travel by vaporetto (Water bus) from one end to the other. Many tourists also take advantage of a romantic gondola ride along the waterway, which is an especially memorable way to experience the Canal Grande. Another option is to take one of the many water taxis.
Rialto Bridge: The Piazza San Marco may be more famous, but the Rialto Bridge is the true heart of Venice. Once the only bridge across the grand canal, Rialto Bridge marks the spot of the island's first settlement. Along with the serving as a busy crossing point midway along the canal, it is a favorite vantage point for tourists taking or giving pose for photos and for watching the assortment of boats always passing under it.
The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and the other items for tourist trade. Over the centuries, the Rialto Bridge has earned both praise and scorn from critics.