The Grand Canal is a canal, which forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is given by water buses and private water taxis.It is possible to explore the canal by gondola, a lovely touristic experience to try once in your life. A legend says that the Grand Canal follows the course of an ancient river.
The impressive structure of the St Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice - and its great height – gives the profile of Venice an unmistakable symbol of greatness: the St Mark’s Campanile in Venice overlooks the entire city and the surrounding lagoon, allowing those who climb it, particularly on bright days, to enjoy far-reaching views that extend almost as far as the Alps. Built with the purpose of serving as a beacon for sailors of the lagoon, the original Piazza San Marco Bell Tower was built on Roman foundations - probably a watch tower - and completed in 1173. In the history of science, the Campanile in St Mark’s Square in Venice reached its moment of glory in 1609 when Galileo proved right here the effectiveness of his telescope.
The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (also called the Palazzo Contarini Minelli dal Bovolo) is a small palazzo in Venice, Italy, best known for its external multi-arch spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, "of the snail"). The palazzo is located in a small, less-travelled calle (street) near Campo Manin, about half-way between Campo San Bartolo, at the foot of the Rialto, and Campo Santo Stefano. The staircase leads to an arcade, providing an impressive view of the city roof-tops.
Burano ( not to be confused with Murano ) is one of the islands of the Venetian archipelago: famous for its typical Lace and colored houses; it has been home to many artists like Baldassare Galuppi, Remigio Barbaro and Pino Donaggio, as well as inspiration for the "Arte Buranella" Burano's art.
Beautiful arched bridge named for sighs of prisoners crossing it en route from the Palazzo Ducale to prison. It is built of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, and connects the New Prison to the inquiry rooms in the Doge's Palace.
Piazza San Marco, or St Mark's Square, is the principal public square of Venice, where it is known just as la Piazza ("the Square") because all other urban spaces in the city (except the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma) are called campi ("fields"). The Piazzetta ("little Piazza/Square") is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south-east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political center of Venice and are commonly considered together.
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal; in this area, which historically housed the food market, there has always been some bridge, at first, a simple bridge of boats, and later a real wooden bridge, made of two inclined ramps with a mobile section in the middle, to allow the passage of ships. The current Rialto Bridge is a stone arch, constructed under the supervision of Antonio da Ponte, between 1588 and 1591. The construction was made challenging by the conditions of instability and by the height of the sea bottom. The structure, very similar in style to the previous wooden bridge, is formed by two inclined ramps, with stores on each side, covered by a portico.