Venice is a city woven with history and charm.  Furthermore, it boasts iconic landmarks that stand as testaments to its artistic and architectural heritage.  From the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica to the grand Doge’s Palace.  Join us as we explore Venice landmarks, where history resonates through every stone and canal.

St Mark’s Square

Venice Landmarks - St Mark's Square, basilica and clock tower

When you visit Venice, St. Mark’s Square is a must-see, attracting tourists from around the world to its bustling atmosphere.  This iconic square is home to several Venice landmarks.  Including the Clock Tower, Basilica, Campanile, and Doge’s Palace, with the Bridge of Sighs and Grand Canal just nearby.  Dining here can be pricey, so be prepared for potentially the most expensive meal of your trip!  If you visit during a high tide, you might catch the square flooded.  As a result, creating perfect conditions for stunning reflection photography.  Lastly, for a rare, crowd-free photo, aim for a sunrise visit.

Doge’s Palace

Venice Landmarks - Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square, Venice

Doge’s Palace is a palace of architectural style Gothic Venetian.  I photographed the palace from the plaza but it it’s better photographed from the Grand Canal.  Italy used to be several countries and the Venice area was known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice.  During this time Doge’s Palace was the home to the Duke of Venice (Duke = Doge).  It’s the Venice equivalent to the Royal Palace of Turin (Duchy of Savoy).

Rialto Bridge – Venice Landmarks

Venice Landmarks - Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most famous bridges of Venice.  It crosses the Grand Canal and dates back to the 16th century.  Similarly to the Ponte Veccio in Florence, it has designer shops located on it.  The bridge is one of the top tourist attractions of Venice so it’s likely to be packed when you visit.  It’s also considered to be a romantic location so it could be a good place to take a gondola ride under with your loved one.  In addition, I recommend you take this ride at sunset for stunning Instagram pics with a colorful sky.

Bridge of Sighs

Venice Landmarks - Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs connects the prison to Doge’s Palace.  This is how it got the name, Bridge of Sighs.  Prisoners would sigh as they got their last glimpse of beautiful Venice landmarks before being taken to prison.  In fact, you could take a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs but I think the Rialto Bridge is a more romantic location.  In addition to their being more light, it’s not located next to a prison!

Grand Canal

Venice Landmarks - a boat on the Grand Canal

If you take the water buses or taxis in Venice, you’ll navigate the Grand Canal, the city’s main waterway.  A gondola ride often starts on this bustling canal before drifting into quieter, secluded back canals.  Traveling by public transport along the Grand Canal offers a front-row view of Venice’s diverse architectural styles.  From Venetian Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical.  On a water bus journey from the main bus station to Burano, I saw a vast stretch of the canal.  Observed locals engaged in their daily routines and watched as mail was delivered by Italy Post and DHL boats.  For this reason, Venice truly feels like another world!

Church of San Giorgio Maggiore – Venice Landmarks

Venice Landmarks - Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, grand canal

One of the famous postcard pictures of Venice is the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.  You can view this from Doge’s Palace.  It’s unlikely you’ll visit the church as it’s located on the opposite side of the Grand Canal.  Still, you can make beautiful photos of it.  Lastly, if you decide to make the trip across the canal to see it, you can ascend the bell tower.  From here you have wonderful views over the Grand Canal and Venice.

Canals of Venice

Venice Landmarks - the reflections of the canals of Venice

Whilst walking around Venice you’ll pass many quiet canals.  These would be the backstreets of any normal city.  These quiet canals offer beautiful reflection photography and peace away from the tourists.  It’s worth exploring these quieter parts of Venice as you’ll be rewarded.  I found a restaurant selling freshly made pasta for €5 per dish.  You may think, what’s special about this?  You should look at the price of a pasta dish on St Mark’s Square and you’ll see why!  If I was to take a romantic gondola ride in Venice I would choose one of these quiet canals to take it on.

Venetian Lagoon

Venice Landmarks - Venetian Lagoon - view of the alps

When you make the trip from Venice to Burano or Murano you’ll pass through the Venetian Lagoon.  This is perhaps one of the least known Venice landmarks.  Whilst passing through the lagoon you will have a view of the Italian Alps (above).  Venice is not famous for this view but make sure you check it out!  In addition to the view of the alps, you’ll pass by Venice Cemetery.  In fact this is a stop on the Venice water bus system and you can explore the cemeteries.

Venice Cemetery

Venice Landmarks - Venice cemetery, San Michele Island

Venice Cemetery is known as San Michele Cemetery Island.  Because Venice is an Island with limited space it was deemed unsanitary to bury the dead there.  San Michele Cemetery Island was the solution to this sanitary problem.  The cemetery contains several mass graves of the dead from World War I.  Additionally, several famous Venetians have been buried here.  Today, the cemetery is still in use.  In your country it’s likely the dead are brought to the cemetery in a hearse whereas in Venice the dead are brought by gondola.

Murano and Burano

No trip to Venice is complete without a boat trip through Venice lagoon to Burano and Murano.  What’s more, Burano is famous for its colorful houses and canals.  Photographers love Burano as you can photograph colorful reflections in the calm canal water.  In addition to the colorful houses is the church of San Martino.  Similarly to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the bell tower of Burano church also leans.  It’s not nearly as beautiful as the Pisa bell tower but with the colorful houses surrounding it, you can create a beautiful picture.

Venice Landmarks - Victoria Hotel Letterario Trieste, Murano handmade glass chandelier

Equally as important as a stop in Burano, is a stop in Murano.  Murano is famous for its handmade glass.  Moreover, whilst staying at the Victoria Hotel Letterario in nearby Trieste, they had brought a beautiful chandelier from Murano.  Murano offers factory visits to where these glass products are created.  In addition to the more extravagant items, you may buy small souvenirs and jewelry made in these factories.

How to get from Venice to Ljubljana

bus from Venice to Ljubljana, Slovenia, Flixbus

I took a Flixbus from Venice to Ljubljana.  You can take the Flixbus from either Venice main bus station or Venice Mestre, outside the train station.  As always with Flixbus, you travel on a modern bus with plenty of legroom.  Additionally there is complimentary WiFi and device chargers.  On the service from Venice to Ljubljana you’ll come across lots of Slovenians who are traveling from airport in Venice to Ljubljana.  AS a result of it being much cheaper to fly from Venice airport than Ljubljana airport.

Things to do in Ljubljana and Trieste Italy.