As well as the canals, Venice's attractions relate to its architecture, art and rich history. Venice tours should include a visit to the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica and the Correr Museum. Apart from the best-known attractions, there are innumerable other museums and churches for you to visit.
Venice has a mixed reputation for eating out, but also has some fantastic restaurants. Choose carefully, and you'll have as good a meal as you'll find anywhere in Italy. If you're sampling the Venetian nightlife, then be sure to have a Bellini - this luscious cocktail was invented here.
If you cannot visit Italy without passing up the opportunity to acquire some designer gear, then go shopping at designer boutiques in between seeing the amazing Venetian sights. Venice is enduringly popular with all sorts of holidaymakers. It truly is one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once.
Venice is dotted with a number of public squares. St. Mark's Square (the Piazza San Marco) is Venice's largest and most crowded. St. Mark's Square is a popular meeting place for tour groups - and pigeons. Visitors can often be seen feeding the city's most famous residents. Among the buildings lining the perimeter of the square are St. Mark's Basilica, Venice's most famous church; the Doge's Palace; St. Mark's Clocktower; St. Mark's Campanile (bell tower), which provides stunning views of Venice from its top; and a number of outdoor cafes.
Venice is home to several churches and small chapels. Next to St. Mark's Basilica, the city's second most famous church is the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. The Salute, as it is known, is one of Italy's most photographed churches, and it is easy to see why. It seems to float on the canal, its intricate dome dominating the horizon.
Venice is known for its artisan traditions, particularly that of glass-blowing and lace-making. The center of Venice's glass-making trade is the nearby island of Murano. Murano has been making glass since the 13 th century and is home to the Glass Museum (Museo Vetrario). Visitors can find exquisite glass vases, wine goblets, and jewelry at any number of local shops. The island of Burano is home to Venice's lace-making trade. The Museum of Burano showcases the different lace-making techniques that have been used since the 16 th century, including examples of intricately-woven tablecloths, fans, and gloves.
There is no car traffic in Venice. The city is best navigated on foot or by water buses (vaporetti) or water taxis. The most popular way for visitors to travel within Venice is by gondola. Nothing epitomizes the Venetian experience more than riding a gondola along the Grand Canal.
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