By far the most epic church in Venice, this Roman Catholic cathedral is set in the heart of San Marco Square. Its architecture is impressive and the marble staircase is filled with incredible detail. Inside, the opulent Renaissance style, gold mosaics and stunning marble sculptures are trademarks of Venetian history. Notice te Horses of Saint Mark which crown the main entranceway; they were stolen by Napoleon but returned in 1815.
Venice isn’t just a historic marvel (though there’s plenty of history and a laundry list of museums here, for those looking), it’s also incredibly romantic. The dreamy canals, old churches and alleys that seem to go for miles, dotted with shops and restaurants, are just a few of the unique perks in Venice.
No cars are allowed on the island, so besides walking, everyone takes the public transport water boat (vaporetto). But the best things to do in Venice go beyond your typical gondola ride. If you’re visiting the city, here are some must-sees, from Peggy Guggenheim’s former mansion to the most beloved Venetian campanile.