The unique city of Venice, built about 1500 years ago on the islands of the lagoon treats the visitor to magical glimpses of a city seen as a true open-air museum, with the magnificence of its palaces along the banks of the Grand Canal, its never-ending churches and bridges, the most important and imposing being the Rialto Bridge.
Piazza San Marco is the heart of the city: here the symbols of its ancient Republic stand tall, including the Palazzo Ducale, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the Basilica of San Marco, built in the 9th century to preserve the mortal remains of Mark the Evangelist, symbolically represented by the winged lion that can be seen in many locations around the city.
However, the charm of Venice is not confined to the busier world tourist circuit, but instead is at its most intense in the city’s most discreet corners, which open up to those who wish to stroll through its alleyways without getting lost. The narrow, sometimes dark area of each calle leads inevitably to the open space of a square where the charm of an ancient church never fails to enthrall us.
No visit to Venice is complete without a visit to the most famous islands of its lagoon, including Murano, first and foremost, with its ancient glass workshops, the picturesque Burano, with its characteristic multi-coloured houses and Torcello, with its majestic cathedral.