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En­joy the ci­ty, star­ting from its main land­mark at­trac­tions.

BA­SI­LI­CA DI SAN MAR­CO

This is the mo­st im­por­tant Ca­tho­lic chur­ch in the ci­ty, and one of the mo­st im­por­tant mo­nu­men­ts in Ita­ly. The ori­gi­nal chur­ch dates back to be­fo­re the year 1000; in­si­de, a trium­phant ar­ray of do­mes and tran­sep­ts, mo­saics and gold, mar­ble and nu­me­rous other trea­su­res. Map F4

PON­TE DI RIAL­TO

This is the ol­de­st and mo­st beau­ti­ful of the four brid­ges cros­sing the Grand Ca­nal. Ori­gi­nal­ly built du­ring me­die­val ti­mes as a pon­toon brid­ge at the ca­nal’s nar­ro­we­st point to fa­ci­li­ta­te ac­cess to the po­pu­lar Rial­to mar­ket, it is still a hub of com­mer­ce and is li­ned on bo­th si­des by shops. It in­clu­des as ma­ny as 120 steps. Map E4

CA­NAL GRAN­DE

Al­thou­gh it is kno­wn as ‘the mo­st beau­ti­ful street in the world’, the Ca­nal Gran­de is the main wa­ter­way of Venice. Li­ned on bo­th si­des by an unin­ter­rup­ted se­ries of pa­la­ces, chur­ches, ho­tels and other pu­blic buil­dings, it of­fers a jour­ney back in­to history, evo­king the pomp and splen­dor of the an­cient Se­re­nis­si­ma.

SCA­LA CON­TA­RI­NI DEL BOVOLO

The ex­ter­nal ‘bovolo’ (snail-shell) stair­well of Pa­laz­zo Con­ta­ri­ni - an ex­qui­si­te, la­te Go­thic buil­ding - is en­clo­sed in a cy­lin­der per­fo­ra­ted li­ke la­ce. The ar­chi­tec­tu­ral beau­ty of the stair­well, com­bi­ned wi­th the view that can be en­joyed on rea­ching the top, is well wor­th a vi­sit. Map E4

TEA­TRO LA FENICE

Twi­ce de­stroyed by fi­re and twi­ce re­sto­red to its for­mer splen­dour (the la­st ti­me was bet­ween 1996 and 2003), for cen­tu­ries La Fenice thea­tre has been Venice's prin­ci­pal sta­ge for world-class ope­ra, mu­sic, thea­ter, and bal­let. Map E5

CHIE­SA AND SCUO­LA GRAN­DE

DI SAN ROC­CO

A Re­nais­san­ce com­plex con­si­sting of a chur­ch

and ad­joi­ning pa­la­ce, it was built as a si­gn of de­vo­tion to San Roc­co who was cal­led upon to pro­tect the pla­gue-stric­ken po­pu­la­tion of Venice du­ring the 15th cen­tu­ry. The in­te­riors are fil­led wi­th nu­me­rous trea­su­res. Map D4

PA­LAZ­ZO DU­CA­LE

A ma­ster­pie­ce of Go­thic art and a re­po­si­to­ry of in­nu­me­ra­ble art trea­su­res, it fea­tu­res a num­ber of dif­fe­rent and in­tri­ca­te ar­chi­tec­tu­ral and or­na­men­tal de­tails, da­ting from the

9th cen­tu­ry. For­mer­ly the re­si­den­ce and go­vern­ment cen­tre of the Do­ges, it is su­per­bly de­co­ra­ted by ar­tists li­ke Ti­tian, Tie­po­lo and Tin­to­ret­to. Map F4

Pa­laz­zo Du­ca­le

Ca­nal Gran­de

Pon­te di Rial­to

Piaz­za San Mar­co wi­th the Ba­si­li­ca and the To­wer

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