Must-see attractions in The Veneto

  • Saint Mark's basilica (Basilica di San Marco) in Venice, Italy

    Basilica di San Marco


    With a profusion of domes and more than 8000 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's cathedral is unforgettable. It was founded in the 9th century to…

  • Awesome sunrise over Doges palace, Venice

    Palazzo Ducale


    Holding pride of place on the waterfront, this pretty Gothic confection may be an unlikely setting for the political and administrative seat of a great…

  • Jesus Before Caiaphas by Italian Artist Giotto di Bondone, fresco

    Cappella degli Scrovegni


    Padua's version of the Sistine Chapel, the Cappella degli Scrovegni houses one of Italy's great Renaissance masterpieces – a striking cycle of Giotto…

  • Roman Arena


    Built of pink-tinged marble in the 1st century AD, Verona's Roman amphitheatre survived a 12th-century earthquake to become the city’s legendary open-air…

  • Feast in House of Levi by Paolo Caliari known as Veronese (1528-1588), 555x1280 cm, 1563

    Gallerie dell'Accademia


    Venice's historic gallery traces the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 19th centuries, with works by all of the city's artistic superstars. The…

  • The Jewish Ghetto in the Cannaregio district of Venice was instituted in 1516. Jews were permitted to leave the ghetto during the day to work, but they had to return at night. The gates were then locked and guarded by Christian watchmen whose salaries the Jews were required to pay. The Venetian ghetto was the first ghetto in the world and where the term 'ghetto' originated.

    The Ghetto


    In medieval times this part of Cannaregio housed a getto (foundry), but it was as the designated Jewish quarter from the 16th to 19th centuries that the…

  • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute at Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

    Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute


    Baldassare Longhena's magnificent basilica is prominently positioned near the entrance to the Grand Canal, its white stones, exuberant statuary and high…

  • The white marble facade of Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal in Venice. Italy

    Ca' Rezzonico


    Baroque dreams come true at this Baldassare Longhena–designed Grand Canal palazzo (mansion), where a marble staircase leads to a vast gilded ballroom and…

  • VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 17, 2014: High dynamic range (HDR) The Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice Italy
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    Peggy Guggenheim Collection


    After losing her father on the Titanic, heiress Peggy Guggenheim became one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Her palatial canalside home,…

  • The National Archaeological Museum is a museum in Venice. The building that encloses the far end of the Piazza San Marco

    Museo Correr


    Napoleon pulled down an ancient church to build his royal digs over Piazza San Marco, and then filled them with the riches of the doges while taking some…

  • Venice, Italy - February 15th, 2014 : People walking in the square San Rocco in front of a renaissance palace called Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Italy.
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    Scuola Grande di San Rocco

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Everyone wanted the commission to paint this building dedicated to St Roch, patron saint of the plague-stricken, so Tintoretto cheated: instead of…

  • Aerial view of Santa Maria di Assunta cathedral on Torcello island in Venice lagoon, Italy

    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Life choices are presented in no uncertain terms in the dazzling mosaics of the Assumption Basilica. Look ahead to a golden afterlife amid saints and a…

  • Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, square of Venice



    Commenced in 1333 but not finished until the 1430s, this vast church is similar in style and scope to the Franciscan Frari in San Polo, which was being…

  • Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy

    La Fenice


    Once its dominion over the high seas ended, Venice discovered the power of the high Cs, opening La Fenice in 1792. Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini staged…

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli primo santuario Civico Saint Maria of Miracles catholic church Renaissance-style building, Brescia city historical centre, Italian churches, Lombardy, Northern Italy

    Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli


    This magnificent church was built between 1481 and 1489 to house Nicolò di Pietro's Madonna icon after the painting began to miraculously weep in its…

  • Staircase of reason in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Ragione leading to the Galleria d'Arte Moderna Achille Forti in Verona, Italy.

    Galleria d'Arte Moderna Achille Forti


    In the shadow of the Torre dei Lamberti, the Romanesque Palazzo della Ragione is home to Verona's jewel-box Gallery of Modern Art. Reached via the Gothic…

  • Venice, Italy - November 2022: Madonna with child and saints; Frari triptych painting by Giovanni Bellini from 1488 in the Sacristy altar - Pesaro's Chapel inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Glorious St. Mary of Frari
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    I Frari

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    A soaring Gothic church, the Friary's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child…

  • Giardino Giusti, Verona, Veneto, Italy

    Giardino Giusti


    Across the river from the historic centre, these sculpted gardens are considered a masterpiece of Renaissance landscaping, and are named after the noble…

  • Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa

    The Veneto

    No battle defines Italy’s struggle in the Great War better than the 1917–18 battle of Monte Grappa. Despite being severely weakened after the battles of…

  • Musme


    Padua’s Museum of Medical History is a fascinating mash-up of historical artefacts and high-tech exhibits that detail the city’s outsized contribution to…

  • Venice, Italy - 5 April 2016:  Fishmongers set up their stalls with a variety of fresh fish, including giant swordfish, at the Rialto fish market, Venice, Italy
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    Rialto Market

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Venice’s main market has been whetting appetites for seven centuries, with fruit and vegetable stands abutting the rather more pungent Pescaria. To see it…

  • Church of Saints Mary and Donato, Murano, Italy

    Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Fire-breathing is the unifying theme of Murano’s medieval church, with its astounding 12th-century gilded-glass apse mosaic of the Madonna made in Murano…

  • Interior of the Olympic theatre (teatro olimpico).

    Teatro Olimpico


    Behind a walled garden lies a Renaissance marvel: the Teatro Olimpico, which Palladio began in 1580 with inspiration from Roman amphitheatres. Vincenzo…

  • Villa Capra named La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio architect in1591 at Vicenza in Italy.

    La Rotonda


    No matter how you look at it, this villa is a showstopper: the namesake dome caps a square base, with identical colonnaded facades on all four sides. This…

  • Palazzo Bo


    This Renaissance palazzo (mansion) is the seat of Padua’s history-making university. Founded by renegade scholars from Bologna seeking greater…

  • Richly decorated Hercules Loggia in the inside courtyard of the Leoni Montanari Palace.

    Palazzo Leoni Montanari


    An extraordinary collection of treasures awaits inside Palazzo Leoni Montanari,including ancient pottery from Magna Graecia and grand salons filled with…

  • Arsenale.



    Founded in 1104, the Arsenale soon became the greatest medieval shipyard in Europe, home to 300 shipping companies employing up to 16,000 people. Capable…

  • Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore.

    Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore

    Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

    Begun in 1565 and completed in 1610, this dazzling Benedictine abbey church owes more to ancient Roman temples than the bombastic baroque of Palladio's…

  • Villa della Torre

    Villa della Torre

    The Veneto

    The jewel in the Allegrini crown, this historic villa dates to the mid-16th century and was built by intellectual and humanist Giulio della Torre…

  • Stages of the artisanal processing of Murano glass
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    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Murano has been the home of Venetian glass-making since the 13th century. Today, artisans continue to ply their trade at workshops dotted around the…

  • Montagnana

    The Veneto

    The huge 14th-century battlements surrounding Montagnana represent one of the most complete medieval fortified complexes in Europe. The 2km-circuit,…

  • Santuario dei Santi Vittore e Corona


    This 12th- to 15th-century Byzantine-Romanesque church, perched on Monte Miesna, is one of the most beautiful monuments in the Dolomites. Its interior is…

  • Museo Collezione Salce


    When Treviso-born Nando Salce donated his collection of Italian advertising posters to the Italian state in 1962, he established a unique Italian graphic…

  • Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto


    This elegantly spare 1365 brick Gothic church remains one of Venice's best-kept secrets. It was the parish church of Venetian Renaissance painter…

  • Palazzo Sturm

    The Veneto

    Pretty Palazzo Sturm sits overlooking the Brenta river. It was built in the mid-18th century by wealthy industrialist and silk merchant Vincenzo Ferrari,…

  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna Carlo Rizzarda


    Feltre-born Carlo Rizzarda was a world-class blacksmith, who trained at Milan’s Fine Art Academy and under the guidance of legendary craftsman Alessandro…

  • Museo Luigi Bailo


    The contemporary white marmorino entrance to Treviso’s modern-art museum is a sign of good things to come. Namely, a stunningly good 20th-century art…

  • View of St Mark's square or piazza di San Marco, Venice, Italy, sundown on cloudy day. Bell tower or Campanile, St Mark's Basilica main facade and entrance and Procurate Vecchie building, beautiful sky and clouds, UNESCO World heritage city.
View of St Mark's square or piazza di San Marco, Venice, Italy in sundown on cloudy day. Campanile, St Mark's Basilica, Procurate Vecchie building



    Basilica di San Marco's 99m-tall bell tower has been rebuilt twice since its initial construction in AD 888. Galileo Galilei tested his telescope here in…

  • Saint Mary of Health basilica in Venice and Punta della Dogana, aerial view at sunset in Italy

    Punta della Dogana


    Fortuna, the weathervane atop Punta della Dogana, swung Venice’s way in 2005, when bureaucratic hassles in Paris convinced art collector François Pinault…