Top ten places to visit when in the romantic city of Venice, a city built on water surviving without cars and depending on a unique mode of transportation of water taxis.
1.Basilica San Marco – Venice’s fairy tale cathedral is pure Byzantine in essence, while its façade and interior have been embellished with resplendent mosaics and exquisite works of art through the ages.
2.Doge’s Palace – This was the powerhouse of the city’s rulers for nearly 900 years. Passing through a maze of rooms gives visitors an insight into the sumptuous lifestyle that so often accompanied state affairs
3. Grand Canal – The city’s majestic watercourse swarms with all manner of boats, while its embankments boast a dazzling succession of palaces dating back as early as the 13th century
5. Ascension Dome – The central dome has a spectacular array of early 13th-century mosaics, depicting the New Testament. Christ in Glory is shown above depictions of the Virtues.
6. Rialto Market – This Mediterranean fresh produce market has enlivened this quayside since medieval times and is arguably still the best market in the world.
8. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari – A Gothic interior with grandiose works of art lies in store behind this church’s brick façade.
9. Campo Santa Margherita – A wonderful square, bustling with life day and night thanks to its market stalls and outdoor cafés. An added bonus is its many architectural styles.
10. Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Italy’s leading museum for 20th century European and American art, the collection is housed in a one-floor palace on the Grand Canal
Author name Caroline Garcia, holiday Accommodation Venice