Venice’s high­lights, whether you’re fresh off the gon­dola, or think you’ve seen it all

The two-mile route of va­poretto (pas­sen­ger ferry) No 1 is public trans­port at its most glam­orous.

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The Grand Canal starts con­tro­ver­sially, with the lu­mi­nous glass-and-steel Ponte di Cala­trava bridge. Ahead are cas­tle-like Fon­daco dei Turchi, the his­toric Turk­ish trading-house; Re­nais­sance Palazzo Ven­dramin, hous­ing the city’s casino; and dou­blearcaded Ca’ Pe­saro. Don’t miss Ca’ d’Oro, a 1430 fili­gree Gothic mar­vel. Points of Vene­tian pride in­clude the Pescaria fish mar­ket, built in 1907; the Rialto Mar­ket stalls, over­flow­ing with is­land-grown pro­duce; and the mar­ble splen­dour of the Ponte di Rialto. The next two canal bends could cause ar­chi­tec­tural whiplash, with San­micheli-de­signed Re­nais­sance Palazzo Gri­mani and Mauro Co­dussi’s Palazzo CornerSpinelli fol­lowed by Palazzo Grassi and Bal­das­sare Longhena’s Baroque jewel box, Ca’ Rez­zon­ico. Wooden Ponte dell’Ac­cademia was built in 1930 as a tem­po­rary bridge, but the beloved land­mark re­mains. Stone lions flank the Peggy Guggen­heim Col­lec­tion, where the Amer­i­can heiress col­lected ideas, lovers and art. You can’t miss the dra­matic dome of Longhena’s Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute or Punta della Do­gana, Venice’s cus­toms ware­house rein­vented as a con­tem­po­rary art show­case. The Grand Canal’s grand fi­nale is the pink Gothic Palazzo Du­cale and its ad­join­ing Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).

Palazzo Grassi French mag­nate François Pin­ault scan­dalised Paris when he re­lo­cated his con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tion here, to be dis­played in gal­leries de­signed by Gae Au­lenti and Tadao Ando. Punta della Do­gana Min­i­mal­ist ar­chi­tect Tadao Ando cre­atively...

Ca’ Rez­zon­ico See how Venice lived in Baroque splen­dour at this 18th-cen­tury art mu­seum with Tiepolo ceil­ings, silk-swagged boudoirs and even an in-house phar­macy.

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