Welcome to Venice
Venice, or La Serennisima, is a city beloved by travelers and pigeons, artists and lovers. It seduces with its play of dazzling light and mysterious shadows, fervent religion and tangible sensuality, and the constant sound of water lapping against stone.
When you emerge from Santa Lucia Train Station, you’ll step into a Mediterranean palette of marble churches and colorful palazzos, red-tiled roofs and all shades of blue!
Explore major sights in the glow of early morning: the domes of St. Mark’s Basilica and its bell tower, the Gothic wonder of the Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and its centuries-old market. Then, as the piazzas fill, get lost in the small alleyways and streets away from the crowds.
The more you wander, the more Venice reveals itself.
Just one street over from the main thoroughfares you’ll have mask, paper and shoe shops all to yourself. Turn a corner and you’ll find a peaceful, ancient church with stunning art. Cross a bridge and enter a small piazza where Venetians are living life, children kicking soccer balls and chasing pigeons, adults pausing for a chat or sharing cicchetti at their local bàcari, or Venetian bar.
And while there is much to see within the fish-shaped boundary of main Venice, by black gondolas, vaporetto (or water bus), or via the city’s web of bridges, venture out into the lagoon to experience a whole other Venice. See the leaning bell tower of Burano and the glassmakers of Murano, the 7th century basilica of Torcello and the Armenian Monastery of San Lazzaro.
Venice is a city that captivates year round, from the heat of summer, to the l’acqua alta, or high waters, of winter. Book one of our Venetian photographers and lose yourself in this city of art and love.