From the moment you arrive in the magnificent floating city of Venice, the sheer excitement is palpable. It’s easy to lose yourself in the romance, charm and allure, which is why this City of Canals is a favored destination by luxury travelers. In addition to the tempting cafes, colorful markets and enjoyable gondola rides, there are always new delights waiting to be discovered.
To encapsulate the veiled magic of Venice, we compiled four of our favorite landmarks- all of which you can experience with Regent Seven Seas Cruises® FREE Unlimited Shore Excursion, Hidden Treasures of Venice.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Marvel at the significant Scuola Grande Di San Rocco. Construction on this building was completed in 1549, when it was originally set-up as a charitable institute for the sick. The façade is a fascinating mix of various architectural styles and includes an array of precious Mediterranean marble.
Chiesa Dei Frari
Visit the Chiesa Dei Frari, or simply the Frari, and admire the exterior of this massive Gothic church before taking in the simply amazing, detailed interior. Not only striking for its size, there is a remarkable collection of art work including masterpieces by Titian and Giovanni Bellini, a statue by Donatello and a number of imposing monuments dedicated to famous Venetians; doges, artists and condottieri.
Campo San Polo
Discover charming Campo San Polo, the largest campo in Venice and the second largest Venetian public square. Take a leisurely stroll through this plaza, once home to fairs, military parades and bull races, to truly witness the taste and smell of the real atmosphere that is Venice.
Ponte di Rialto
Cross over the famous Ponte di Rialto where you will almost always find large numbers of people crossing the bridge. Built between 1588 and 1591, the bridge had been the only means of crossing the Grand Canal on foot until the Accademia Bridge was constructed in 1854.
Explore even more hidden treasures this fall during an overnight stay in Venice on the 11-night Treasured Antiquities itinerary beginning October 12 aboard Seven Seas Voyager®.
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