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Unique and mysterious Venice

An itinerary among its jewels to discover anecdotes
and curiosities of the city rising from the water


Venice is a jewel case of masterpieces and seeing them all would take weeks.

With our itinerary we invite you to discover the must-see sites of the lagoon city and reveal unusual and curious stories, anecdotes and legends.


Venice is a city
of ghosts:

while you wander around the calli (roads), perhaps immersed in the mysterious fog that often blankets the city in winter months, you could come across one of them.
Like the Bell ringer of St. Mark’s, whose skeleton moves away from the museum it is housed in before midnight and goes to ring the bell twelve times of St. Mark’s Bell tower.


Itinerary in Venice with must-see stops

Our itinerary starts from the train station Santa Lucia.

Although it seems impossible, Venice is a city built on piles and is made up of 118 small islands connected by over 400 bridges. One of the most famous and used ones is surely the Scalzi, one of four bridges that cross the Grand Canal, which divides the historic center of Venice in half and is an uninterrupted succession of aristocratic palaces and marvelous churches.


The bow of the gondola is a stylized representation of Venice:

on top is the Doge’s hat, then the Rialto bridge,
the six sestieri in the front bars and Giudecca
in the back one.

scuola san rocco  

“Grand School”
of San Rocco

The Schools (“Scuole”), not learning institutions as the name implies, rather professional or charitable associations, were meeting places for Venetian citizens, both patricians and common people.  [..continue]

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari  

Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

It is one of the biggest religious complexes in Venice, equipped with a church and two cloisters, designed by Palladio and Sansovino. The church holds 17 monumental altars, with masterpieces  [..continue]

Campo San Polo  

Campo San Polo

Surrounded by beautiful buildings, at its center is one of the largest wellheads in the city, leading to its use for the hunting of the “molai” bulls. In fact, on the last Sunday of Carnival the tradition was to free the bulls in the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace  [..continue]


For a pleasant wine and food stop there are the bàcari…

…typical bars where you can taste “cicheti”, savory appetizers made of fish, meat and vegetables accompanied by a good glass of wine.

mercatini rialto  

The Rialto markets

Before reaching the famous bridge of the same name, dedicate some time to a pleasant stroll among the famous markets in Venice. Located in a neo-gothic building is the fish market, called Pescarìa , which has been offering Venetians, as well as just curious people,  [..continue]


Rialto Bridge

Until the mid-1800’s it was the only bridge to connect the two shores of the Grand Canal. Its construction was concluded in 1592 by Antonio da Ponte, an excellent Venetian engineer whose project was surprisingly preferred to the projects of much more  [..continue]

piazza san marco  

St. Mark’s Square

The illustrious square has been the center of Venetian political and religious life for centuries and today is still the stage for the most important events in Venice. Famous worldwide, it houses the most beautiful buildings in the city, one after another in an almost  [..continue]

Basilica san marco  

St. Mark’s Basilica

Born as the private chapel of the Doge, the church became the center of religious life in the city with the arrival of St. Mark’s relics in 828. Its complex and developed exterior shows the fascinating influence from the churches in Constantinople,  [..continue]


In Venice everything
has a different name:

roads are calli, canals are rii and squares are campi…
But don’t worry if you get lost:
all roads lead to St. Mark’s!


Clock Tower

Located between the Old Palace of the Procurators and the Basilica, this tower holds a marvelous clock, which apart from representing the 24 hours in a day also portrays the signs of the zodiac and the lunar phases in scintillating gold leaf. Madonna on the throne is above [..continue]

Piazzetta san marco  

St. Mark’s Piazzetta

To the right of the Basilica stands St. Mark’s Piazzetta, where the stately Doge’s Palace, one of the symbols of Venice, rises. In front of it is the beautiful Marciana Library by Sansovino, built in the 1500’s to hold precious Greek manuscripts.  [..continue]

Palazzo Ducale  

The Doge’s Palace

Perhaps the most emblematic place in the city, the Doge’s Palace, built by excellent architects of the period, was the private residence of the Doge and the seat of the highest Venetian courts. The Porta della Carta (once main entrance) gave access  [..continue]

Palazzo Ducale  

Mark’s Bell tower

Called “el paron de casa” (the owner of the house), originally it was a sighting tower, then the tolling of its famous bells became an announcement of the starting and finishing times of Venetian activities, death sentences and the possible attacks

from pirates and enemies. The bell tower, almost 100 meters in height, is supported by over 3,000 poles. A gilded statue of a 5-meter angel stands at its top, indicating the direction of the wind.

Suggestion: do not miss the most spectacular view of the city you can have by climbing the endless steps up to the bell tower loggia (for the less courageous there is a convenient elevator). Here Galileo Galilei presented his telescope, showing the Doge fishermen in Chioggia.


Venice does not have neighborhoods,

rather sestieri, that is the
six parts the city is divided into:
 Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro,
San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce.

Ponte dei sospiri  

Bridge of Sighs

The famous bridge connects the Doge’s Palace with the building of the New Prisons. According to tradition the prisoners crossing the bridge sighed when they saw, through the small windows, the outside world and in some way lived their last moments of freedom.

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