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Monuments in Venice

Palazzo Ducale - The Doge's Palace

Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale, St Mark's Square, Venice

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Discover this majestic palace, which for centuries has been the symbol of the Doge's government. When Venice ruled its huge empire across the oceans, it held great power and it was where important decisions were made. Today you can still admire its magnificent architecture and its unrivalled beauty.

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Clock Tower

The Clocktower

The Clocktower, St Mark's Square, Venice

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The Venetian Big Ben! The Clock Tower is one of the oldest and most important monuments. Explore this wonder of architecture, engineering and history, which has been keeping time in Venice for over a half century!

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Procuratie

Procuratie

Procuratie, St Mark's Square, Venice

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These three imposing buildings surround the world-renowned St Mark's Square. They are a perfect frame for one of the most famous and loved sights in the world, the majestic St Mark's Basilica.

 

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Teatro la Fenice

Gran Teatro La Fenice

Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice

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This 200 year old theater is today the main lyrical theater in Venice.

Remaining true to its name ("Fenice" means "Phoenix" in Italian), the building has burned down and been rebuilt several times, without ever losing its beauty and majesty. Important opera seasons and musical events are held in this charming setting.

 

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Ca' d'Oro

Ca' d'Oro

Ca d'Oro, Grand Canal, Venice

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The name of this magnificent gothic palace means "Golden House" in Venetian, as its facade was originally covered in gold. Although the gold has gone, the name still represents the majesty of this historic building rising from the Grand Canal.

Today the Ca' d'Oro hosts an exceptional gallery where many important Renaissance paintings can be admired. Keep reading to find out useful information about how to book your visit to the palace.


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Palazzo Labia

A great example of the wonderful Venetian Baroque style. The palace has been the setting of several elite parties and events throughout the centuries: the last one took place in 1951, when the whole of international high society wore eighteenth-century costumes and attended what was regarded as the party of the century. 

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Arsenale

The Arsenale is an unique, outstanding example of a pre-industrial factory: it was the heart of Venice's maritime supremacy, as it was where the city's ships were built. This structure anticipated the current industrial processes and hosted no less than 2,000 workers a day.

Today it is a historic building and some parts of it are currently used as boatyards, whilst others are exhibition rooms for the Venice Biennale.


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Palazzo Fondazione Querini Stampalia

This charming 500 year-old palace was the home of the glorious family of the same name. When its last descendant died, he left the whole property to the city of Venice. It is the only example of a noble family leaving their house, library, art collections and furniture to the city. 


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Ca' Rezzonico

This house lies on the Grand Canal and is a genuine example of baroque architecture. It once was a shop and the dwelling of the owner, filled with frescoes and artworks by the most important Venetian artists.

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Palazzo Grassi

Palazzo Grassi is another building which rises from the Grand Canal and its classical, sober style puts it into contrast with the other baroque palaces located nearby. Today, thanks to its current owner, the French entrepreneur François Pinault, the palace hosts important contemporary artworks.

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Fondaco dei Turchi (Fonteco dei Turchi)

Fondaco dei Turchi

Fondaco dei Turchi in Venice

 

As the name suggests, this building was used by the Turkish as a marketplace and thus represents the multicultural environment of Venice during the period of the Serenissima.

Today the palace hosts the beautiful Natural Science Museum.

 

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Palazzo Mocenigo

This sixth-century building is special, as despite being turned into a museum, it maintains the atmosphere of a real house of a noble family. There are many artworks housed in this palace, the majority dating back to the eighteenth century.

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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

The outstanding spiral staircase made Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo ("bovolo" means "snail" in Venetian, representing the spiral shape of the stairs) one of the most famous buildings in Venice. At the top of the staircase is a panoramic viewpoint which offers a breath-taking view of the city -  some astronomic discoveries were even made here.

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Ospedaletto

This architectural masterpiece is the product of two of the greatest minds in Venetian art: the main structure of the building was planned and constructed by Palladio in the sixteenth century, while the wonderful facade was created a century later by Baldassarre Longhena. 

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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Grande Scuola di San Rocco

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Despite its name, this building has nothing to do with education: although "scuola" means "school" in Italian, in the Venetian language this word indicates a non-religious fraternity, for the purposes of charity. The palace is an real reasure chest, as it's filled with artworks, all by the Venetian master Tintoretto and his apprentices.

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Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Scuola di San Giorgio

Venetian School of San Giorgio

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This building is the seat of the Confraternita degli Schiavoni, a charitable fraternity, still active to this day. Its importance is also due to its art collection, which is mainly by the Venetian artist Carpaccio.

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Scuola Grande dei Carmini

The seat of the fraternity of the same name, which is still active today, was built in the seventeenth century. Besides its architectural importance and beauty, the palace is also renowned for its art collection: its rooms, all of which are open to visitors, have been left as they were and house important art works by famous Venetian masters, such as Tiepolo.

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