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Basilica di San Marco

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Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. In the Middle Ages...

San Marco
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Campanile

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At almost 99m (325ft), the Campanile is the city's tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912. Its present appearance, with the stone spire and...

San Marco

Convento di San Francesco del Deserto

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From behind the church of San Martino, on Burano, there is a view across the lagoon to the idyllic monastery island of San Franceso del Deserto. The island,...

I Frari

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A gloomy Gothic barn, the brick house of God known officially as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the city's most significant artistic storehouses....

San Polo
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Madonna dell'Orto

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The 'Tintoretto church' was originally dedicated to St Christopher (a magnificent statue of whom stands over the main door), the patron saint of the...

Cannaregio

Monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni

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Bartolomeo Colleoni was a famous condottiere (mercenary soldier) who left a legacy to the Republic on the condition that a statue be erected to him in front...

Castello
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Palazzo Ducale

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An unobtrusive side door halfway down the right wall of the nave in San Marco leads straight into the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)....

San Marco 1
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Palazzo Grimani

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Inaugurated in December 2008 after a restoration process lasting 27 years, this magnificent palazzo is the most significant new museum to open in Venice for...

Castello 4858

San Giacomo dell'Orio

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The main entrance of San Giacomo dell'Orio faces the canal rather than the campo. The interior is a fascinating mix of architectural and decorative styles....

Santa Croce

San Giorgio Maggiore

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This unique spot cried out for a masterpiece. Palladio provided it. This was his first complete solo church; it demonstrates how confident he was in his...

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San Pietro Martire

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Behind its unspectacular façade, the church of San Pietro Martire conceals an important work by Giovanni Bellini, backed by a marvellous landscape: The...

Fondamenta dei Vetrai

San Salvador

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If you can't make it to Florence on this trip, come to San Salvador instead. Begun by Giorgio Spavento in 1506, it was continued by Tullio Lombardo and...

San Marco

San Sebastiano

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This contains perhaps the most brilliantly colourful church interior in Venice, and it's all the work of one man: Paolo Veronese. His first commission was...

Dorsoduro

Santa Maria Assunta

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Dating from 638, the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is the oldest building on the lagoon. The interior has an elaborate 11th-century mosaic floor, but the...

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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Arguably one of the most exquisite churches in the world, Santa Maria dei Miracoli was built in the 1480s to house a miraculous image of the Madonna,...

Cannaregio
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