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Venice looks as it did centuries ago – it's an engineering marvel with a high concentration of masterpieces and verve. There may be more pigeons squabbling on the cobblestone squares, and there are certainly more tourists, but getting lost among the 118 islands in the central district called 'Sestieri', is likely and thankfully enjoyable. Your transportation options include foot, vaporetti (water buses), gondolas and water taxis.
Highly-visited sites (with good reason) include:
- Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) on San Marco Square – the seat of power for the Venetian Republic for almost 1000 years, grab a guided tour called Secret Itinerary to see Casanova's jail
- Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) – adjacent to the Doge's Palace, this is a stunning example of Byzantine architecture and was formerly the chapel of the Doge
- Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) – one of the main bridges over the Grand Canal, more than 800 years old
- Venetian Lagoon islands of Murano and Burano – Burano sports pretty pastel coloured houses and a lace museum; Murano is known for its beautiful glass
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