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Historic center of Venice

Venice is a city full of art, history and culture. Throughout the whole year, its offers exhibitions, concerts, and international events such as the Venice Art and Film Biennale.

St.Mark's Square lies in the heart of the city with its glorious Basilica and the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), which used to be the Doge's residence and seat of the city's government.

Tourists enjoy the beauty of the city while admiring its “campi”, canals, rivers, bridges, “salizzade”, “calli”, and “rughe”.

Steamboats are available for longer journeys, such as the tour around the islands.

Venice is divided into six areas or “sestrieri”: Cannareggio, San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro.

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St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica, the New Procuratie, the Napoleonic Wing, and the Old Procuratie all overlook perhaps the most beautiful square in the world, St. Mark's square.

The upper floors of the Procuratie housed the apartments and the offices of the Procurators of St. Mark, whereas the ground floors were, and still are,  occupied by shops and cafés. Worthy of mention are Caffè Florian and CafféQuadri, downright masterpieces where tourists may sit out in the open and listen to music.

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal (Canal Grande) is the main city artery and is crossed by countless boats every day. It is overlooked by the most beautiful Venetian palaces, and the view as a whole is a panorama of incomparable beauty. A tour of the Grand Canal on a steamboat, from the station to St. Mark, immediately highlights why Venice is universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is for sure the oldest and the most spectacular bridge in Venice. World-famous, it spans the Grand Canal, and has always been a point of reference for trade in the city.

Originally it was a pontoon bridge built in 1175, then it was replaced by a wooden bridge. The present one was designed by Antonio Da Ponte in 1588, and finally completed in stone in 1591. The characteristic of the bridge is that on both sides of the portico, the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The view from the bridge is absolutely breathtaking.