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Ba­si­li­ca del Re­den­to­re

Ba­sed on a pro­ject by the fa­mous ar­chi­tect An­drea Pal­la­dio, the Ba­si­li­ca was built in 1577 on the island of Giu­dec­ca. It con­tains works by Tintoretto, Ve­ro­ne­se and other im­por­tant Ve­ne­tian ar­tists. It was built to ce­le­bra­te the de­li­ve­ran­ce from the Black Dea­th, whi­ch kil­led one third of the po­pu­la­tion. To com­me­mo­ra­te the end of the pla­gue, a so­lemn fe­sti­val is still held at the chur­ch on the third Sun­day of Ju­ly. www. cho­ru­sve­ne­ Cam­po Re­den­to­re (Giu­dec­ca). T: 041 2750462. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 41 and 2 (Re­den­to­re stop). Map E6

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, whi­le its fa­mous po­ly­chro­me faça­de, em­bel­li­shed wi­th mo­saics and bas-re­liefs, is a 13th cen­tu­ry ad­di­tion. The fa­mous win­ged lion, a sym­bol of the ci­ty and of the an­cient ‘Ve­ne­tian Re­pu­blic' is de­pic­ted on its pe­di­ment. In­si­de, a trium­phant ar­ray of do­mes and tran­sep­ts, mo­saics and gold, mar­ble and nu­me­rous other trea­su­res. You might ha­ve to queue for a ti­me to get in­si­de, but your wait will be well wor­th­whi­le. Al­thou­gh ad­mis­sion is free, you will ha­ve to pay to see se­ve­ral specific sights. In or­der not to miss your vi­sit, be su­re to in­form your­self about the ope­ning hours, as they are of­ten su­b­ject to chan­ge. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm; Sun (and Pu­blic Ho­li­days) 2pm-4pm.­si­li­ca­san­mar­ San Mar­co, 328. T: 041 2708311. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Canal Gran­de (Grand Canal)

Al­thou­gh it is kno­wn as ‘the mo­st beau­ti­ful street in the world', the Canal Gran­de is the main wa­ter­way of Venice and mu­ch mo­re. 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. For cen­tu­ries, the Canal has wit­nes­sed la­vi­sh par­ties and work­shop even­ts, re­li­gious pro­ces­sions, ca­pi­tal exe­cu­tions, hi­sto­ri­cal re­gat­tas and epi­de­mics. Tho­se vi­si­ting Venice should de­di­ca­te a few hours to a crui­se on the Canal, not on­ly for the plea­su­re of this ex­pe­rien­ce, but be­cau­se it of­fers se­ve­ral of the be­st pa­no­ra­mic views of Ve­ne­tian pa­la­ces. It is is al­mo­st im­pos­si­ble to li­st all of them, but for mo­re in­for­ma­tion you can vi­sit the www. ca­nal­gran­de­ve­ne­ web­si­te. For ex­cur­sions and boat crui­ses vi­sit­nal­gran­, or ask your con­cier­ge.

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, in­clu­ding an im­pres­si­ve num­ber of works by Tintoretto as well tho­se by Tie­po­lo and Gior­gio­ne. Ope­ning hours su­b­ject to chan­ge www. scuo­la­gran­de­san­roc­ San Po­lo, 3052 (Cam­po San Roc­co). T: 041 5234864. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San To­mà stop). Map D4

Ghet­to di Ve­ne­zia

Al­thou­gh do­cu­men­ta­tion chro­ni­cles the pre­sen­ce of a Jewi­sh com­mu­ni­ty in Venice from be­fo­re the year 1000, it was on­ly du­ring the 6th cen­tu­ry, due to po­li­ti­cal un­re­st in Eu­ro­pe and a si­gni­fi­cant in­crea­se in non-Ch­ri­stian im­mi­gran­ts that, for the fir­st ti­me, the Ve­ne­tian Se­na­te, is­sued a de­cree sta­ting that the Jewi­sh po­pu­la­tion should mo­ve to a specific part of the ci­ty, whe­re they could be bet­ter ‘con­trol­led'. Thus Jews we­re for­ced to mo­ve to this, then, re­mo­te nor­th­we­stern cor­ner of Venice, to an aban­do­ned site of a 14th-cen­tu­ry foun­dry (‘ghet­to' is old Ve­ne­tian dia­lect for "foun­dry," a word that would soon be used th­rou­ghout Eu­ro­pe and the world to de­pict an area whe­re iso­la­ted mi­no­ri­ty groups li­ved. The Ve­ne­tian Ghet­to ne­ver­the­less be­ca­me a th­ri­ving, vi­brant di­strict. In 1797, when Na­po­leon rol­led in­to town, the ghet­to was di­sban­ded as an in­sti­tu­tion, and Jews we­re free to mo­ve el­sewhe­re. To­day it is still the cen­ter of Venice's ever-di­mi­ni­shing com­mu­ni­ty of Jewi­sh fa­mi­lies. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 (Pon­te Gu­glie stop). Map D2

Pa­laz­zo Ca’ Ven­dra­min Ca­ler­gi (Ca­si­nò di Ve­ne­zia)

Over­loo­king the Grand Canal, this buil­ding hou­ses the ol­de­st ca­si­no in the world. An age-old de­sti­na­tion, for ari­sto­cra­tic tra­ve­lers from bo­th Ea­st and We­st, Venice was the fir­st ci­ty in the world to open a ga­ming hou­se way back in 1683. To­day its old-world am­bien­ce con­ti­nues to play ho­st to se­ve­ral of the world's mo­st clas­si­cal ga­mes. The ca­si­no is open to eve­ryo­ne aged 18 and over and pro­per at­ti­re is re­qui­red.­si­no­ve­ne­ Can­na­re­gio, 2040 (Cal­le Co­lom­bi­na). Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (San Mar­cuo­la stop). Map E3

Piaz­za San Mar­co (St. Mark’s Squa­re)

Kno­wn th­rou­ghout the world, this squa­re is the heart of Venice and its mo­st sym­bo­lic land­mark. It con­sists of a cen­tral, tra­pe­zoid-sha­ped unit in­te­gra­ted wi­th other areas. Mea­su­ring 170 me­tres in leng­th, it fa­ces di­rec­tly on­to the wa­ter and is sur­roun­ded by se­ve­ral ma­gni­fi­cent sta­te­ly buil­dings. Its in­cal­cu­la­ble sce­nic beau­ty ma­kes it one of the mo­st wi­de­ly­pho­to­gra­phed pla­ces in the world. The be­st thing to do he­re is to look around and exult, but don't for­get that the squa­re has a num­ber of specific land­mark si­tes, who­se in­te­riors can al­so be vi­si­ted: the Ba­si­li­ca of San Mar­co (see li­sting), the Bell To­wer (see li­sting), Pa­laz­zo Du­ca­le (see Museums li­stings), the Clock To­wer (see li­sting) and so­me 18th cen­tu­ry ca­fés, the Flo­rian and the Qua­dri, to men­tion the be­st-kno­wn... Va­po­ret­to li­nes, 1, 2 (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Pon­te dei So­spi­ri (Brid­ge of Si­ghs)

The Brid­ge of Si­ghs is a Ba­ro­que brid­ge that, by cros­sing the Rio di Pa­laz­zo, on­ce con­nec­ted the Pa­laz­zo Du­ca­le to the pri­sons, and to­day it is one of Venice's mo­st ro­man­tic sights. The ‘si­ghs' from whi­ch its name de­ri­ves are not tho­se of lo­vers, but tho­se of con­dem­ned pri­so­ners, emit­ted as they we­re led do­wn to the cells. It can be ac­ces­sed on a vi­sit to the Pa­laz­zo Du­ca­le. Open dai­ly 8.30am- 7pm. www. pa­laz­zo­du­ca­­sit­mu­ San Mar­co, 31024 (piaz­za San Mar­co). T:041 2715911. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1,2, (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Pon­te di Rial­to (Rial­to Brid­ge)

This is the ol­de­st and mo­st beau­ti­ful of the four brid­ges cros­sing the Grand Canal. Wit­ness to cen­tu­ries of hi­sto­ry, it is ex­ci­ting to cross it (shut­ter­bugs per­mit­ting), but even mo­re spec­ta­cu­lar when seen from the wa­ter, pe­rhaps aboard a gon­do­la. 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. Un­for­tu­na­te­ly, it is not ac­ces­si­ble to eve­ryo­ne; bet­ween up­ward and do­w­n­ward slo­pes, it in­clu­des as ma­ny as 120 steps. San Po­lo, 30125 (ac­cess from Ru­ga dei Ore­si or from Sa­li­za­da Pio X). Va­po­ret­to li­nea 1,2 (Rial­to stop). Map F4

San­ta Ma­ria del­la Sa­lu­te

Ge­ne­ral­ly re­fer­red to as “La Sa­lu­te,” this cro­wn jewel of 17th-cen­tu­ry ba­ro­que ar­chi­tec­tu­re proud­ly stands at a com­mer­cial­ly and ae­sthe­ti­cal­ly im­por­tant point, al­mo­st di­rec­tly op­po­si­te the Piaz­za San Mar­co, whe­re the Grand Canal emp­ties in­to the la­goon. De­si­gned by Lon­ghe­na, who­se work was in­fluen­ced by Pal­la­dio, it was con­struc­ted to ho­nor the Vir­gin Ma­ry for de­li­ve­ring Venice from the pla­gue of 1630. On 21 No­vem­ber ea­ch year, a po­pu­lar re­li­gious ce­le­bra­tion, mar­king the of­fi­cial end of the Black

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