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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Venice

Venice, capital of the Veneto region and the province of Venezia, lies at the very head of the Adriatic, 4km / 2 1/2 miles from the mainland (rail and roadcauseway) in the Laguna Veneta, a salt-water lagoon 55km / 34 miles long and up to 12km / 7 1/2 miles wide which is separated from the Adriatic by a series of narrow splits of land (lidi). There are more than 30 larger and smaller islands in the lagoon.

St Marks Square

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St Marks Square is undoubtedly the liveliest square in Venice, bordered by numerous prominent buildings, quaint cafes and restaurants. Piazza San Marco ranks as one of the finest squares in the world.

Grand Canal

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Palaces line the Grand Canal, with fantastic architecture dating from the 12th to 18th C. Always busy with boats and gondolas, this wide canal is the main waterway of Venice.

Rialto Bridge

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The famous Rialto Bridge is a 16th C stone bridge that replaced other bridges which have stood in this same spot since the 12th C. It is a major tourist attraction in Venice.

San Polo

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Dorsoduro

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Castello

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Cannaregio

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Merceria

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