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Venice tourist attractions
The Lagoon and the city of Venice were added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987 boosting tourism. Each year the city can see up to 30 million tourists flock to Venice keen to visit world renowned sites and enjoy walking around the romantic city itself.
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One of the most popular attractions in Venice is going down the Grand Canal in a Gondola. The canal gives you a chance to see up close the beautiful front doors of homes, experience the busyness of daily life on the canal and see the city light up in the evening. To really appreciate the experience, read up on the history of the gondola and the canal so you can fully enjoy the iconic experience.
St. Mark’s Square is Venice’s main public square is a location where there is always something going on. It is the perfect place to people watch, but if you want to watch from one of the restaurants nearby, it will cost you. One of the best times to go is in the evening when the crowds and selfie sticks have disappeared and the lights have been switched on and live music fills the air.
On the corner of the square resides Doge’s Palace. This Venetian Gothic style palace was opened as a museum in 1923 and is now one of the most popular tourist sights in the city. Make sure to give yourself at least a few hours to walk around, learn about the history of the palace and time to enjoy the little details.
The eastern end of the square is where you will find the infamous St. Mark’s Basilica. Whether you are on a guided tour or just enjoying it at your own pace, this cathedral will not disappoint. Before going in, leave your backpack and large bags in the room as you won’t be allowed to enter the cathedral with them in tow. There are also certain times when the lights are turned off to protect the interior and save power, so try and time your visit to when the power is on for full effect.