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Basilica di San Marco

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Attractions, Museums

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...

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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...

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Convento di San Francesco del Deserto

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Attractions

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,...

Palazzo Ducale

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Attractions, Museums

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)....

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Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

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Attractions

Used frequently during the day for conferences and in the evening for concerts, this scuola in 2009 began allowing visits at other times. Check the website...

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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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The Archbrotherhood of St Roch was the richest of the six scuole grandi in 15th-century Venice. Its members came from the top end of the mercantile and...

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Teatro La Fenice

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Attractions, Dance, Music

Venice's principal opera house - aptly named 'the phoenix' - has a long history of fiery destruction and rebirth. The theatre (1792) designed by...

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