1. Grand Canal- Start your adventure with a visit to the iconic Grand Canal, one of Venice’s most beautiful waterways. The almost 4-km long canal is lined with grand old buildings dating from the 13th to 18th centuries.
2. Piazza San Marco- Piazza San Marco is one of those perfect hangout places. The 11th-century square is a gorgeous testament to architectural styles such as Baroque, Gothic and Classical. Take time to admire the buildings including St Mark’s Basilica.
3. Rialto Bridge- When exploring the Grand Canal, look out for the 16th century Rialto Bridge, which is the oldest bridge that spans it. It’s built on over 10,000 pilings that still stand today.
4. Doge's Palace- Doge’s Palace boasts jaw-dropping beauty with its Venetian Gothic architecture, sculptures, reliefs and numerous paintings. Go on a tour of this iconic landmark and see the Doge’s Apartments, Armory and Prisons.
5. Bridge of Sighs- The Bridge of Sighs connects Doge’s Palace with the New Prisons on the other side of the canal. It arches gracefully and features windows with ornate stone bars. One theory for the bridge’s name is the prisoners’ sighs as they would be led to prison.
6. Peggy Guggenheim Collection- Witness the best of modern art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection located in the Grand Canal. It features a permanent collection of works done in the style of Surrealism and Cubism among several others.
7. Basilica di San Marco- Basilica di San Marco or St Mark’s Basilica is an unforgettable work of art. It was also once the chapel of the Doge. The bright gold ground mosaics on the upper walls and the ceilings, three golden domes and numerous sculptures exude opulence.
8. Teatro La Fenice- Teatro La Fenice is one of the best places to visit in Venice. The theatre has hosted numerous operas including those of Bellini and Verdi. Today, it has a 98-member orchestra and stages over 100 performances a year.
9. Ca’ Rezzonico Museum- What was Venice like in the 18th century? Find out at Ca’ Rezzonico Museum that showcases work by artists like Bonifazio Veronese, 18th-century furnishings and even a pharmacy.
10.Scuola Grande di San Rocco- Once a lay confraternity comprised of wealthy Venetians, Scuola Grande di San Rocco is known for the numerous paintings of Tintoretto. It also houses works by other artists like Titian and Tiepolo. Today, the confraternity is still active and continues to perform charitable duties.
11.Santa Maria Della Salute- Santa Maria Della Salute was built as a votive offering to set the city free from the plague that ravaged it in the 17th century. When the plague ended, the church was constructed in the Baroque style with Marian symbolism.
12.Murano Island- The Venetian Lagoon is home to Murano, a series of islands that’s known for exquisite glassworks. At one time, Murano’s glassmakers were the only ones in Europe who knew the craft of mirror-making. Explore shops, galleries and museums to see the full scale of glassworks.
13.St Mark’s Square
14.Climb the tower in St Mark’s Campanile to see red tiled splendour- Head to the top of St Mark’s Campanile and see Venice below. The buildings, architectural icons, ferries, gondolas and tourists create a scene that’s full of life and energy.
15.Accademia Bridge- Number 15 on our list of places to visit in Venice is Ponte dell'Accademia, one of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. Both sides offer terrific views of the waterway. The handrails contain love locks, no doubt placed there by couples.
16.The bridge of sighs
17.Teatro la Fenice
18.The tiny island of Burano- The Venetian Lagoon is home to Burano, an island lit up with colourful houses. It’s also home to Burano lace that’s famous for its beauty and fineness. It’s made by elderly women who craft it with incredible ease and confidence.
19.Shop from St Mark Square’s luxury shops- Piazza San Marco or St Mark’s Square has a selection of luxury shops to satiate the shopper in you. Designer goods, antiques, collectables, lace, Murano glassworks – you can find them all here.
20.Carnival of Venice- Gorgeous and mysterious Venetian masks, plumes of colourful feathers and elaborate costumes steal the show at the Carnival of Venice. It’s held each year and ends with Lent. This year, it began on January 27th and culminated on February 13th.
21. Hotel Aman Canal Grande- This 5-star luxury hotel is possibly one of the best places to stay at in Venice. Rooms overlook the Grand Canal and beautiful private gardens. They also feature protected frescoes and reliefs. Dine on sumptuous Italian cuisine and relax at the 3-suite Venice Spa.
22. Take a water taxi to San Marco to Porto Roma- Travel to San Marco and Porto Roma by water taxi. It’s a great way to see the canal up close and appreciate the architecture around you. It’s also a fast and convenient way to travel!
23. Casino de Venezia- This is no modern casino. It’s a 17th-century establishment that still retains its former elegance. It offers electronic and table games, two restaurants and special events to keep things exciting.
24. Celebrate love in the most romantic hotel of Venice - Hotel Danieli is a lavish luxury hotel just meters from the Bridge of Sighs. The rooftop restaurant boasts stunning views of the Grand Canal, creating a very romantic ambience. Choose from a range of suites and rooms and the ultimate sensory delights at the hotel’s three bars.
25. Lido Resort Island for beach relaxation- Soak in the Venetian sun at Lido Resort Island where hotels like the Grand Hotel Excelsior make their home. There are a public beach and private hotel beaches that offer nightclubs and restaurants.