One of the first things you see is the piazza, Piazza San Marco. It is the beating heart of Venice. There you can see the wonderful Basilica di San Marco with its golden mosaics and of course the Doge Palace:. Reach for the two columns (San Marco and San Todaro) to see the San Marco Basin and take a picture of the gondolas in row with the Island of San Giorgio on the background.
Another highlight nearby. you will spot the Bridges of Sighs. You can’t miss it, simply because you’ll see lots of people taking pictures.
There are several places “competing” for the best panorama of the city:
Bovolo staircase a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco. You can see the rooftops, the San Marco Basilica and its bell tower, and the Salute Church.
At the San Marco Campanile you can admire the whole city below at your feet.
The San Giorgio Maggiore Campanile. Is reached to the island by vaporetto, the water bus of Venice. The Grand Canal Or, as its called, Canal Grande can be best admired by vaporetto.
Other than the Rialto bridge, you will appreciate the Rialto market (fruits, vegetables and fish, not the “souvenirs” shops) with all its colours… and smells,
A Cheap gondola ride and Gondolas4all
Along the Grand Canal there are a few gondola points, called Traghetti (you will spot a green sign). There you can jump on (helped by a gondolier, of course) and simply go to the other side of the Grand Canal.
Fabulous Food of Venice are the chicchetti, small snacks, such as:
sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines)
baccalà mantecato (creamed dried cod)
polpette (meat balls)
mozzarella in carrozza (meaning mozzarella in carriage, it is some sort of fried sandwich filled with melting mozzarella).
Among the sweets, the most remarkable are the Carnival frittelle and galani and of course the most famous of all, the creamy Tiramisù.