of 22Possibly the world's most famous square, the Piazza di San Marco is surrounded by magnificent historic buildings that are a testament to the power and wealth of the Venetian Empire.
of 22The Grand Canal is Venice's major water-traffic corridor, sweeping through the city. Lined with majestic buildings, it was once described as 'the most beautiful street in the world'.
of 22This legendary covered bridge connects the palace of the Doges with the prison cells across the Rio di Palazzo. The bridge is one of the most famous sights in Venice.
of 22The Basilica di San Marco is the most famous of all churches in Venice. Its opulent architecture is a testimony to the wealth and power of the Venetian republic.
of 22This Palace in Venetian Gothic style was the center of power in Venice. From here the Doge and the government of Venice ruled over the Venetian Republic.
of 22Venice's famous Rialto Bridge was long the only bridge crossing the Grand Canal between the San Marco and San Polo districts. The bridge was built in the 16th century and is covered with shops.
of 22Once an essential means of transportation, the gondolas today are one of Venice's biggest attractions, with many tourists taking a tour along the Canal Grande or one of the smaller canals.
of 22The Campanile di San Marco - Venice's tallest bell tower - is one of the city's most recognizable buildings. The 16th century tower collapsed in 1902 but was rebuilt 10 years later.
of 22One of Venice's most iconic structures was built in the 17th century in honor of the Virgin Mary after a wave of the plague had killed one third of the city's inhabitants.
of 22Venice's Grand Canal is lined with magnificent buildings. The 15th century Palazzo Santa Sofia or Ca' d'Oro (House of Gold) is one of the most beautiful among them.
of 22During its heyday, Venice’s Arsenal was the largest shipyard in the world. It played a crucial role in the city's role as a naval power. An ornate 15th century gate leads to the complex.
of 22Venice’s most vibrant waterfront promenade is often swarmed with tourists. The promenade, which leads from the Doge's Palace to the Arsenal, is lined with historic buildings.
of 22Zattere is a long waterfront promenade in Dorsoduro, one of Venice's districts. Spacious and less hectic than San Polo and San Marco, it is the perfect place for a quiet stroll or a meal along the water.
of 22La Fenice (The Phoenix) is of the best-known opera houses in Europe. The theater building was destroyed by arson but rebuilt to its original 18th century glory in 2003.
of 22One of the world's most beautiful renaissance churches was built in the 15th century. The church houses several important paintings, including Bellini’s last Madonna with child and saints.
of 22Lido, a long, narrow island in the Venetian Lagoon was one of the world's first exclusive resorts. Today Lido's long beach draws both locals and tourists to the island during the warm summer months.
of 22The Scuola was built in the 13th century as one of six confraternities in Venice. In the early 19th century it was converted into a hospital. The magnificent façade dates from the 15th century.
of 22Gondolas are not the only way to get around in Venice; the city's most popular transportation system is the Vaporetto or water bus which offers an affordable and convenient way to travel around the city.
of 22The country's prime naval museum showcases Venice’s rich maritime history with numerous maritime related objects including artillery, gondolas, vessels and model boats.
of 22Venice boasts many beautiful churches; one of them is this brick church, located in Cannaregio. It was erected in the mid 14th century by the Humiliati, a local religious order.
of 22This small boatyard, established in the 17th century, is the oldest of just a handful sites where workers still make and repair Venice's famous gondolas.
of 22The Church of Saints John and Paul is one of Venice's largest churches. It is often referred to as the Pantheon of Venice for the many notables entombed inside.