Tourist Attractions

Carnival in Venice

A very special time to visit Venice is during Carnival. Carnival is the festival that is held just before the start of lent which lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Traditionally Carnival was a festival where artists and acrobats presented their art. The Patriarch of Aquileia brought an ox that was slaughtered and there were […]

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Biennale

Every two years since 1895, Venice is the location of one of the most important international art exhibitions, the Biennale. Nowadays, there are several different parts to it: the Art Biennale happens every two years in odd years, while the Architecture Biennale happens in even years, each from June to November. The Film Festival of […]

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Libreria Vecchia (Old library)

Across from the Doge palace at St. Mark’s square is located the Libreria Vecchia or Old Library. It is one of the most important buildings of the architect Sansovino. The building was completed around 1540. The combination of new renaissance elements like the roofed walkways with arcs and columns with the traditional round arcs is […]

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St Mark’s Basilica

During the 9th century, Venetian merchants stole the most important relic of the evangelist St. Mark, what was believed to be his earthly remains, from Alexandria and brought it to Venice. A first St. Mark’s church was founded to house the relic. St. Mark became the patron of Venice and his sign, the winged lion, […]

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Doge’s palace

Since the 9th century, the head of the government of the Venetian Republic was called Doge which is derived from the Latin word dux and means military leader. Since this time the Doge’s Palace was not only the home of the Doge, but also the seat of the government and the administration of the republic. […]

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St. Mark’s Square

When Venetians say “Piazza” (square) they are talking about the only square in Venice that deserves this name: St. Mark’s Square, together with the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, one of the few squares in Venice which’s pavement goes back to before 1500. This center of tourist activity is a central piece in each trip […]

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Rialto bridge

The most well-known bridge in Venice is the Rialto bridge that leads across the Canal Grande into the historic old city. Until the mid of the 19th century the Rialto bridge was the only connection across the Canal Grande. Only in 1854 and 1856, two more bridges across the Canal Grande were built: the Ponte […]

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Attractions – Churches

Throughout its history, Venice has always been roman-catholic. Even today there are more than 50 churches in the city, and most of them are historic and worth a visit. St. Mark’s Basilica that according to catholic belief contains the remains of St. Mark, the Evangelist, is the most renowned church of Venice. Built in byzantine […]

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