San Marco

Extending from the Piazza San Marco to the Rialto bridge, the Sestiere San Marco comprises the historical and commercial heart of Venice. Aside from the Piazza—San Marco is the only square in Venice given full stature as a piazza and accordingly is often known simply as "the Piazza"—San Marco is graced with some of Venice’s finest and most ornate churches and best-endowed museums. San Marco is also the shopping district of Venice, and its mazes of streets are lined with Venetian glass, fine clothing, and elegantly wrought jewelry. Most of the famous Venetian glass producers have boutiques in San Marco, as do most Italian designers.

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Museo Correr

This museum of Venetian art and history contains an important sculpture collection by Antonio Canova and important paintings by Giovanni…

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Palazzo Ducale

Rising grandly above the Piazzetta San Marco, this Gothic fantasia of pink-and-white marble is a majestic expression of Venetian prosperity…

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Ponte di Rialto

The competition to design a stone bridge across the Grand Canal attracted the best architects of the late 16th century,…

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