5 stages not to be missed in Venice

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Pau Monfort

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From St. Mark's Square to the Bridge of Sighs, a five-stage itinerary so you don't miss anything in a day's trip to Venice.

Venice is a city that is envied all over the world. Together with Rome and Florence it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy. History, art, nature: everything is contained in a big city. It is not necessary to stay long to visit it. If you have a few days, the important thing is not to skip these 5 fundamental steps.

1. St. Mark's Square, constitutes the true center of the city. Full of monuments and shops, literary cafes and museums, this square is famous for its magnificence. Here you can find places of interest such as the Duomo, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile of San Marco from which you can admire the whole lagoon, the Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro. A fundamental stop to breathe the magnificence of what was once the famous Republic of Venice.

2. Bridge of Sighs, is one of the most famous bridges in Venice. It was built in the XNUMXth century and connects the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons. It is therefore the bridge that the prisoners crossed to go from the offices of the State Inquisitors, where they were judged, to the Prison. What they saw from the bridge was the last sight the prisoners would ever admire and hence the name. It is said, in fact, that once condemned by the Republic of the Doges “there was no going back”.

3. St. Mark's Basilica, is the main church of Venice. Its construction began in 1063 to be completed in 1617 and took on the title of cathedral starting from 1807. What is striking about this church, whose style is Romanesque-Byzantine and Gothic, are the gold decorations present not only inside , but also outside the structure. Thanks to these details, the sunset light colors the Basilica with unique colors. A show not to be missed.

4. Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, is a church located in the area of ​​Punta della Dogana, from where you can admire the panorama of the San Marco Basin. It is a completely different church from the Basilica of San Marco. It is, in fact, a circular church, full of large windows and light.

5. The Rialto bridge, it is one of the oldest and most famous bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The original bridge dates back to 1181 and, to date, full of shops and restaurants, with the nearby Rialto market, is one of the symbols of the city and a must for every tourist.

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