Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

With a profusion of domes and over 8000 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's cathedral is unforgettable. It was founded in the 9th century to house the corpse of St Mark after wily Venetian merchants smuggled it …
Top Choice Museum in San Marco

Palazzo Ducale

Holding pride of place on the waterfront, this pretty Gothic confection is an unlikely setting for the political and administrative seat of a great republic, but an exquisitely Venetian one. Beyond its dainty colonn…
Top Choice Museum in 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 of Venice's finest heirlooms to France as trophies. When Austr…
Top Choice Theatre in San Marco

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 operas here, Verdi premiered Rigoletto and La Traviata, and in…
Church in San Marco

Chiesa di Santo Stefano

The free-standing bell tower, visible from the square behind, leans disconcertingly, but this brick Gothic church has stood tall since the 13th century. Credit for shipshape splendour goes to Bartolomeo Bon for the …
Museum in San Marco

Museo Fortuny

Find design inspiration at the palatial home studio of art nouveau designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949), whose shockingly uncorseted Delphi goddess frocks set the standard for bohemian chic. First-floor sa…
Piazza in San Marco

Piazza San Marco

This grand showpiece square beautifully encapsulates the splendour of Venice's past and its tourist-fuelled present. Flanked by the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuove, and two of the city's top sights –…
Gallery in San Marco

Palazzo Grassi

Grand Canal gondola riders gasp at first glimpse of massive sculptures by contemporary artists docked in front of Giorgio Masari’s neoclassical palace (built 1748–72). French billionaire François Pinault's provocati…
Landmark in San Marco

Torre dell’Orologio

The two hardest-working men in Venice stand duty on a rooftop around the clock, and wear no pants. No need to file workers' complaints: the 'Do Mori' (Two Moors) exposed to the elements atop the Torre dell'Orologio …
Museum in San Marco

Museo di San Marco

Accessed by a narrow staircase leading up from the basilica's atrium, this museum transports visitors to the level of the church's rear mosaics and out onto the Loggia dei Cavalli, the terrace above the main facade.…