If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Venice for an introduction to this series of posts. Here’s how I’ve structured these posts.
- Local charm
- Main tourist attractions
- Local shops
- Getting around
- Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello
- The Dolomites
Main tourist attractions
There are ample write ups on the main tourist attractions of Venice, so I won’t dwell too long on this section. Rather than this being an exhaustive list, here are some of my favourite sights on the island of Venice.
The Grand Canal and its bridges – I didn’t want to do a gondola or boat ride, but loved gazing at the canal from the main crossover points of Rialto Bridge and Ponte dell’Accademia.
The Ghetto – The Jewish suburb of Venice and the original ghetto from which all other ghettos are named.
St. Mark’s Square – Best viewed from the top of one of the buildings surrounding the square. There are too many pigeons on the ground!
Guidecca region – beautiful during sunset. Be sure to walk by the coast towards Punta della Dogana.
There are of course, also the various smaller islands around Venice which are big attractions, but I’ll be writing about those in a separate section.
Food-aside, most of the shop fronts in Venice seem to be filled with either carnival outfits, masks or glassware. If you’re looking for glassware, you’d be better off buying from the source, on the island of Murano.
Read the next post in the series – An Extensive Guide To Venice, Italy: Islands & Beyond