*Saint Mark’s Basilica (map). It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has been the city’s cathedral only since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice. The visit within the basilica lasts ten minutes. Waiting for entry into the basilica can last up to five or so hours and it may be wise to use a ticket service to reserve your visit
Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale, map) is one of the main landmarks of the city. It was built in 1340. It became a museum in 1923 and is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. > (Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Clock Tower, Ca’ Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo Museum, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Ca’ Pesaro, Palazzo Fortuny, Glass Museum, Lace Museum, Natural History Museum)
Bell tower of St. Mark (map). The current tower dates from 1912; an exact replica of the previous tower which collapsed in 1902. The top of the tower offers great views of Venice and the lagoon.
Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio, map). The fascinating tour of the clock mechanism (and rooftop bell) can only be visited on a guided tour.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco (map) masterpiece of Tintoretto, this guild house is an exquisite example of Mannerist art at its best. In order to allow a comfortable admiration of the detailed ceiling, mirrors are offered to the visitors. Cycles of allegories, life and passion of Christ, scenes from the Old and New Testament.
*Ponte di Rialto (map). The bridge has become one of Venice’s most recognizable icons and has a history that spans over 800 years.
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (map) A fine, huge Dominican church with the tombs of many Doges. It shares its piazza with the fine Renaissance façade of the Scuola San Marco and an equestrian statue of the mercenary (condottiere) captain Bartolomeo Colleoni.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (map) The big friary church, fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture, with fine monuments and paintings of Titian, Belliniand Donatello, among which the famous ‘Assunta’ by Titian.