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If you're planning a citytrip to Venice, here's the place to start
Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. Busy statisticians have counted more than 400 bridges which help to cross around 150 canals and connect over 100 islands. Some are unnamed, others inconspicuous. Some are specially important in terms of traffic or cultural history, others are famous as meeting places or photographic motifs.
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Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco is the principal public square of Venice. Generally known just as "the Piazza", St. Mark's square is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. The Piazza is dominated at its eastern end by the great church of St Mark and the Doge's Palace. One of the most beautiful places in the world is a mixture of spaces and different style notable buildings including the Procurator's residence and the bell tower known as St Mark's Campanile.
St Mark's Basilica
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. One of the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture, Saint Mark's cathedral lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally the chapel of the Doge, Basilica di San Marco has only been the city's cathedral since 1807.Â Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD to house the remains of St. Mark. The most notable features of the cathedral are great the mosaics illustrating St. Marco's tales.
The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a masterpiece palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city. Founded in 14th and 15th century, the castle, one of the most famous Vienna's cultural symbol, was the residence of the Doge, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, Palazzo Ducale is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.Â At the back of Doge's royal building showing the greatness of Venice stands St. Mark's Basilica .
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. Passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connecting the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace, this viaduct was designed by Antoni Contino and built in 1602 in the Baroque style. The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The 11 m wide bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge Of Sighs.Â
Situated in an ancient Venetian palace the Gardena hotel, lies in a characteristic area of Venice, just a short walk from the Scuola di San Rocco and the Chiesa dei Frari, famous for the works of Tintoretto and Titian. Facing the Canale dei Tolentini and the Papadopoli gardens, the property is a lovingly appointed and charming hotel. A lovely bar area and a nice garden with terrace are also at guests' disposal.Â
Locanda ai Santi Apostoli
Hotel Ai Santi Apostoli occupies the third floor of the prestigious 14th century Michiel Del BrusÃ building in the heart of Venice, facing the Grand Canal and just steps from major attractions, including the Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Square and Ca'd'Oro. Guests will enjoy an elegant Venetian-style atmosphere and warm hospitality provided directly by the owners. On-site amenities include dry-cleaning and ironing services, a cosy lounge and reading corner overlooking the Grand Canal and a private landing providing direct access to taxis and gondolas.
Universo And Nord Hotel
Conveniently located in the heart of Venice, in the vibrant Cannaregio area, a few steps from Santa Lucia train station, the Universo & Nord hotel will ensures guests a wonderful stay in one of the most lively district of the city centre, with countless shops, restaurants and bars. This charming hotel, housed in a 19th century building, features a wonderful atmosphere, with charming interiors, well-appointed guest rooms and a welcoming staff. The convenient location, combined with all the comforts one may need, will make for an unforgettable stay in Venice. The Universo & Nord hotel is furthermore an ideal starting point to discover this romantic outstanding city, suspended between East and West, between water and sky, pervaded by the fascinating air of lost time and easily reach in no time the most famous monuments and museums.