Rising from the waters of Venice Lagoon is the Italian city of Venice, a city like no other. Begin your visit in the central district of San Marco, and walk upon one of the world’s great squares, St Mark’s Square. The square is surrounded by some of the city’s finest jewels such as St Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s Campanile and Doge’s Palace. Just outside stand the Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro. From here, journey along one of the world’s great aquatic thoroughfares, The Grand Canal. Glide past elegant palazzos; once the homes of wealthy merchants, today many of these palaces house important museums and galleries.
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The oldest of the Grand Canal’s four crossings is the Rialto Bridge, which today still serves as the gateway to the Rialto Markets. The most famous of all is the Bridge of Sighs, which connects Doge’s Palace to the historic prison. You will stand awestruck by the beauty the bridge holds.
Venice is a city to get lost in, so put away your map and let her surprise you. Discover waterfront promenades of The Zattere and the sleepy canals and spacious piazzas of Castello. On the tiny island of Murano, glassmakers have been creating works of incredible delicacy and color for over 700 years. Further across the lagoon, the island of Burano is famed for its brightly colored houses and exquisite lace.
Here, under the Winged of Lion of Venice, begin your journey along one of the world’s great aquatic thoroughfares, the Grand Canal. For almost two and a half miles, the canal winds through Venice. It is her main artery, her lifeblood. Ride the Vaporetto dell’Arte and explore the canal’s treasures at your leisure. You can also ride it in true Venetian style, by gondola, which Mark Twain once called, the gentlest form of locomotion ever devised.
Near the canal’s southern mouth, rises the graceful dome of Santa Maria Della Salute. Beset by plague in the 17th century, Venice turned to the spirit of the Mother Mary for deliverance. The plague lifted, and grateful Venetians raised this new church in her honor. This is an artistic structure which leaves us in awe.