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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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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 .
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a significant building, erected in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetian citizens. The building takes its name from the nearby church of San Rocco. Completed only in 1560, the building was adorned with the paintings by the painter Tintoretto, created from 1564 to 1587. Read more
Teatro La Fenice is an opera house. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres (to fire and legal problems respectively). Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has burned and been rebuilt twice more. Read more
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is one of the greatest churches in the city, and one of top must-visit attractions in Venice. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. The church is best known for being home of numerous masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, who is buried in the church. Read more
The Grand Canal, lined with great Renaissance palaces, forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola. At one end, the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin; in between, it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. Read more
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.