This elegant town, this jewel in the Italian tourist landscape, also tells a lively story to its visitors. Venice has marked its history, and still does, a history which is told in a very lively way.

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It feels like a study in walking through this city, moving around the narrow streets, strolling around a city built on 118 small islands, supported only by pillars in the water. This place does not have its equal anywhere!

The heart of this fascinating city is filled with canals that run under many characteristic bridges, where one gondola after another sails with tourists and couples in love. 

Here you will see great monuments, palaces, large squares, narrow streets where history and art meet the beautiful Adriatic Sea. All of which has helped make the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Venice is located in Veneto


Holiday in Venice

Sights in Venice

This elegant town, this jewel in the Italian tourist landscape, also tells a lively story to its visitors. Venice has marked its history, and still does, a history which is told in a very lively way.

Piazza San Marco

Here we are in the heart of the opulent Piazza San Marco, one of the most elegant squares in Europe, and with beautiful works of art on either side of it. It is a true hall marble that you enter, overlooking the sea and with the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. All of these are among the greatest symbols of Venice.

Napoleon once called Piazza San Marco the greatest drawing room in Europe.

The Basilica di San Marco is without comparison the mightiest monument in Venice, showcasing its grandeur to the city in every way, and it is also a symbol of Italy itself. 


San Marco in Venice

The church was built during the course of several centuries, but the working people who were responsible for it cannot be blamed for the slow progress. At 76 meters long, and more than 60 meters wide, the church is truly a giant by any measurement. 

The architecture here is a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian. The huge marble facade and the distinctive dome is truly a sight to behold. It will be hard to keep your arms due to the excitement!

The facade is also a masterpiece in its own right, as it is composed in the Gothic style with a mixture of columns, arches, spires and reliefs. The structure is huge, with five large arches supporting the five large domes. All this, however, dissolves into the golden glow of the mosaic, which is perhaps the most extraordinary sight of them all.

Campanile di San Marco is the famous bell tower of the square. One of the many striking buildings on San Marco is the Campanile, a faithful replica of its predecessor which collapsed in 1902. 

Reaching a height of almost 100 meters, we are high enough up to see a statue of the Archangel Gabriel, which is 3 meters high. From the top you can also enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the lagoon. You can reach the top by either elevator or stairs.

Another and lesser known tower at San Marco is the Torre dell’Orologio. 

Piazzetta San Marco is the connection between the square and the waterfront. Heading out to the lagoon, you can visit the Libreria Sansoviniana, which at the top contains an archaeological museum and the national library. 

At the end of the piazzetta there are two large columns, one in marble and one in granite, and at the top you can gaze at San Marco and San Todaro. The former is the evangelist Mark, the latter is the city’s original patron saint.

Palazzo Ducale, or in English, the Doge’s Palace. This huge and magnificent building is a strong example of Venetian Gothic architecture in Venice. Imagine entering Venice from the sea, and the first thing that meets you is this giant. Together with the Basilica di San Marco, these form the two most famous buildings in the city. It was here that some of the most important decisions in Italy, but also in Europe, were taken for centuries on end. 

It is of course possible for tourists to visit and enter this glorious building. Here you can experience the museum containing various masterpieces of art, and there are also events of many kinds to entertain and enthrall you. Feel free to take a look at their website, which also has an English translation if you are not that skilled in the Italian language. See the website here.

You simply can not visit Italy on holiday, and not enjoy an authentic Italian cup of coffee. That simply will not do! At St. Mark’s Square you will find Caffé Florian, the oldest coffee bar in Italy, and after Café Procope in Paris, the oldest in the entire world. The café has been serving coffee here since 1720, and a sip of coffee here will be an experience in every way possible. This is an incredibly stylish café with plenty of history to go along with the roasted beans. Check out their website here.

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Hotels in Venice

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Visit Venice by train

We have a partnership with Trenitalia that makes it simple and easy for you to buy your train ticket online.

All you have to do is buy the ticket, get on the train and present the ticket with the QR code to the train conductor.


Sail in the Gondolas

You have to try this at least once in your life! Get ready to experience Venice from the water, and be shown a completely different view of the amazing city. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments, but also places that could be hidden treasures, and where the tourists walking the streets do not necessarily venture. 

There are many different kinds of routes, guides and prices. They can vary a lot, but a gondola ride should not take less than 30 minutes. The shortest tour will probably start at around 20 euros.

Whatever time of day you and your loved one choose, a romantic ride around the city awaits you with pleasure. This magical experience will not be surpassed on another holiday, at another time, or in another place.

Get ready to take amazing pictures from inside the city center, as well as from the outside, of the picturesque views that greets you when you see the city from a distance by the sea.


The Grand Canal in Venice

The main thoroughfare, as it would be called in a normal city, is almost 4 kilometers long here in Venice, and shaped like an inverted S. Oh, and it is also made of water. The Grand Canal divides the historic center of the city in two, which runs from the Ponte della Liberta to the Bacino San Marco, the small bay that lies inside St Mark’s Square.

The Grand Canal is together with St Mark’s Square and its great sights, a true symbol of Venice and its splendor. The canal is further flanked by several magnificent buildings built in the 17th and 18th centuries, showcasing the prosperity and power of the city at the time.

Almost all of the houses are placed right down by the water, without a traditional pavement, and from the water you can see one grand palace after another in peace and quiet surroundings. The water reflects on the palaces and gives off some truly amazing colors. Experience this amazing tour on the water in one of the small ferries.

Canal Grande in Venice

The trip down the Grand Canal

This trip will feel like an endless story of grand and impressive palaces. We can not list them all here, though perhaps we should, but you will have to settle for some of the most famous.

In this case we start the tour from St Mark’s Square, and already at the beginning you will spot Harry’s Bar. This is a famous restaurant in Venice that is known for, among other things, Cocktail Bellini which is made with sparkling white wine, typically prosecco. Not to forget their famous carpaccio of course. You will find that Harry’s Bar is located on the right side of the canal.

A little further on your left you will be presented with the Punta della Dogana, and immediately after that, the impressive church Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. The church was built to mark the city’s liberation from the plague in 1630.

We head back over to the left bank of the canal, where we can gaze at Palazzo Dario, or Ca’Dario, which is said to be cursed. The building is only 10 meters wide and spiced with marble, giving off a special style for Venice.

Immediately after these buildings, we can marvel at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the same side of the canal. The palace features a fantastic terrace with a magnificent view over the Grand Canal. 

Rialto Bridge in Venice

Ponte di Rialto is the oldest and most famous bridge crossing the Grand Canal. There has always been a crossing here. First it was a simple bridge of boats, later on a wooden bridge was built that allowed the middle part to be moved so that boats could pass by. 

The present Rialto Bridge is built in stone and was designed by Antonio da Ponte, who began work in 1588 and completed it in 1591.

Rialto bridge in Venice

Sestieri districts in Venice

Sestieri is the name of the districts that divide the city of Venice. We have no doubt that the city hides countless architectural and artistic treasures that offer visitors a great experience. It is also an experience to walk on the narrow streets which for many tourists must seem like an elaborate maze.

The small squares and courtyards provide a charming experience too, and they are just a short distance away from St Mark’s Square.

San Marco is the most central district, and contains a wide range of sights, hotels, restaurants and shopping opportunities. North of the bell tower you will find the busy Merceria shopping street, where the locals run all sorts of stalls and shops.

After San Marco, Dorsoduro is the area with the most museums in Venice. Here you can explore the Gallerie dell’Accademia, as well as the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which houses the Guggenheim collection. It is also in this district that you will find the church of Santa Maria della Salute. 

Cannaregio in Venice

The Cannaregio district is the largest in the city after Castello. Cannaregio covers almost the entire city north of the Grand Canal, and the district’s canal is the only one (besides the Grand Canal) that is crossed by the popular water boats that are packed with tourists.

The ghetto area that is located in the center of Cannaregio was the only place where Jews were allowed to live once upon a time. It was the first place in Europe where Jews were forced to live together, and here they only had the option of this place. When the Republic fell and Napoleon came to power, discrimination against the Jews disappeared.

Cannaregio in Venice