Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour, Venice

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour, Venice
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Venice Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Venice Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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San Marco is one of the six sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice, set in the very heart of the city. It is known primarily as the home of the eponymous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and other notable locations, such as Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Harry's Bar, the Palazzo Dandolo, San Moisè, the La Fenice theatre, the Palazzo Grassi and several churches. Once the seat of the Venetian government, the district is densely packed with many hotels, banks and expensive shops prompted, as of lately, by the influx of tourists. In large part, San Marco makes Venice what it is and, as such, demands exploration!

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: naomi
Piazza San Marco

1) Piazza San Marco (must see)

Piazza San Marco, is the principal square of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a piazza in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and MarkusMark
Sight description based on wikipedia
Doge's Palace

2) Doge's Palace (must see)

The Doge's Palace was the symbol and the heart of political life and administration throughout the history of the Republic of Venice. Since 1923 the Palace has been open as a museum to the public. After receiving the patent, Titian became an overseer of official work and was engaged to finish the work of Giovanni Bellini, in the Doge's Palace. Also he was hired by the dukes to paint their portraits and he finished 20 of them. You can admire the amazing work done by Titian throughout...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Nino Barbieri
Sight description based on wikipedia
Venice's Waterfront

3) Venice's Waterfront

Venice's Waterfront is a long, wonderful journey. Along the way, you'll see the Zaccaria and the Pieta waterbus platforms. It is a nice place to take a quiet walk and take in the open air. Zaccaria is an important stop for lots of boat lines. If you're lucky, you may see a boat like Croisi Europe's...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Ryan Raffa
Giardinetti Reali

4) Giardinetti Reali

Giardinetti Reali, located near the Piazza San Marco, numbers among the few green oases in Venice. The garden was established by an order of Napoleon in the early 19th century. This public garden has a variety of trees and flowers with narrow pathways and seats were you can spend a leisurely afternoon or...   view more
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Calle Vallaresso

5) Calle Vallaresso

Calle Vallaresso is a street next to the Piazza San Marco where for centuries were situated gambling houses. Casanova was famous for his passion for money. He loved to spend money, and gambling was an easy way to get some. Gambling was for him a way of socializing, flirting and making new connections. Also, here, you will find the Ridotto theater that used to be a major gambling house during Casanova's...   view more
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Parrocchia Di San Moise

6) Parrocchia Di San Moise

This church is dedicated to Moses, as the Venetians have a tradition of preferring the prophets of the Old Testament. No one knows exactly when it was built, but it is known that in the 9th century the edifice was reconstructed. The facade is astonishing, and the main mural painting inside - Mount Sinai with Moses receiving the Tablets - is a masterpiece made by Heinrich...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
La Fenice

7) La Fenice (must see)

Teatro La Fenice ("The Phoenix") is an opera house in Venice. It is one of the most famous theaters in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theaters. Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has twice burned and been rebuilt. La Fenice was rebuilt in 19th-century style on the basis of a design by architect Aldo Rossi and using still photographs...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Bellavite

8) Palazzo Bellavite

Palazzo Bellavite is a 16th century palace located in Campo San Maurizio. Once it was a prestigious residence. Now it is a study center and an office complex. The place was home to the Venetian poet Giorgio Baffo. He was a good friend of the young Casanova and also a lover of Casanova's mother, Giovanna...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Campo Santo Stefano

9) Campo Santo Stefano

Campo Santo Stefano was and is the favorite meeting-point of the Venetians. Many love affairs were born through walking up and down this square and many Venetians found themselves duped into courting stupendous ladies only to discover, when it was too late, that beneath the mask was just a common woman. This square once hosted bullfights, but nowadays it hosts outdoor fairs during Christmas and Carnevale...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

10) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is a palace in Venice, not far from the Ponte dell'Accademia and next to the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal of Venice. It was erected in 1565. In the nineteenth century it was internally modernised and externally enriched in Venetian Gothic style, with rich window framing, by a series of grand owners. The first neo-Gothic improvements were made after 1840, when the young Archduke Frederick Ferdinand of Austria (1821-1847) reassembled the property, the Palazzo...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Malipiero

11) Palazzo Malipiero

Giacomo Casanova was born, in 1725, in a building adjacent to Palazzo Malipiero. From 1740 onwards, he lived in the Palazzo and became a confidant of Senator Alvise II Gasparo Malipiero. Here he started his first love affairs and had the opportunity to establish relations with Italy's most important people. After being caught, in flagrante delicto, with a mistress of Alvise II, he was expelled from...   view more
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Campo San Samuele

12) Campo San Samuele

Campo San Samuele is a square located on the bank of Grand Canal. The square is home to some amazing palaces of great historical, architectural and cultural importance for Venice, such as the Palazzo Malipiero and the Palazzo Grassi, to name just two. Both palaces were homes of the greatest Venetian lover of all times, Giacomo Casanova. In the center of the square is located the Chiesa di San Samuele, this is the church where Casanova was...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Grassi

13) Palazzo Grassi (must see)

Palazzo Grassi (also known as the Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is an edifice in the Venetian Classical style located on the Grand Canal of Venice. It was designed by Giorgio Massari, and the building was completed between 1748 and 1772. The latecomer among the palaces on the Grand Canal of Venice, Palazzo Grassi has an academic classical style that is in contrast to the surrounding Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palazzi. It has a formal palace façade, constructed in white marble, and...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S.Stefano Protomartire

14) Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S.Stefano Protomartire

This is one of the largest churches in Venice and is situated in the northern part of the city. The edifice was built in the 13th century, rebuilt in the 14th and redecorated partially in the 15th. Many years of construction, reconstruction and redecoration show us today a magnificent, wonderful architectural gem with painting and design to match. The church is the resting place for a few famous persons, such as: Francesco Morosini, Doge Andrea Contarini and...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Teamo Wine Bar

15) Teamo Wine Bar

Only the name of this wine bar would make you love it at first sight. Te Amo in translation means I Love You. It is a very cozy, warm and not very crowded place. The wine here is sold by the bottle too, of course. It is possible to have your wine sent directly to the hotel, so no unfortunate cases could ruin your...   view more
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Palazzo Grimani di San Luca

16) Palazzo Grimani di San Luca (must see)

The Palazzo Grimani di San Luca is a Renaissance building in Venice. It is located on the Rio di San Luca channel of the city, at the point in which it flows into the Canal Grande. The palace was built in the mid-16th century for procurator Gerolamo Grimani by architect Michele Sanmicheli, and completed after his death by Gian Giacomo de' Grigi, known as "il Bergamasco". The façade has three sectors with Corinthian columns, also inspired to the Roman architecture, in particular...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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