...picturesque views and monumental palaces... This city will remain an unrepeatable experience in the traveller’s memory. The hidden routes along the secretive streets conduct the visitor to St. Mark’s Square, the pulsating heart of the city, dominated by St. Mark’s Basilica, decorated with oriental marble and topped by five byzantine cupolas. Next to the square is the Palazzo Ducale, the sumptuous residence of the Doge, which overlooks St. Mark’s Dock, bustling with boats. The Bridge of Sighs is not far from here and can be admired up close during a romantic trip in a gondola. The Grand Canal is the main waterway of the city and along its banks there is the baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute and many elegant palaces. Why not admire the splendid view of the Ponte di Rialto near the antique markets, which were once the commercial centre of the city? Or Punta della Dogana? The historical treasures of Venetian art between the 14th and 18th centuries are on display in the halls of the Gallerie dell’Accademia and San Rocco’s School, where Tintoretto’s extraordinary canvas works are preserved. Venice is also modern and contemporary art, like the works that are found in the Cà Pesaro Museum Biennial Art exhibition, in addition to numerous other art galleries. Not to be missed in the lagoon are the islands of Torcello, with its ancient paleo-Christian cathedral with wonderful mosaics, Murano, famous for the production of glass objects and Burano, with its coloured fishermen’s houses and precious hand-made lace.
Duration of a guided tour in Venice: 2 hours