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    View from the Terrace on top of the Fontego dei Tedeschi in Venice, Italy

    Fontego dei Tedeschi

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    Venice, Italy, Panoramic View: The Fontego dei Tedeschi’s terrace offers a great view on Venice and the Grand Canal

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    Torcello’s bell tower

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    Due to the continuous arrivals of people from Altino, fleeing the barbarian invasions, the Eastern Roman Empire ordered the construction of a cathedral in 639. This cathedral, which still exists in its original form since almost 1400 years, is one of the most ancient religious edifices in the Veneto and an example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture. Inside of the church, it is also possible to admire the most antique mosaics of all the venetian area.

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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    Very well hidden and known only to few, this one-of-a-kind stairway known as “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”, or Contarini’s snail-shell stairway, leads to an arcade which provides an impressive 270° view of Venice’s rooftops, Saint Mark’s Basilica and bell tower and of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

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    Saint Mark’s Bell Tower

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    First built in the 9th century, it was used as a watch tower and lighthouse for the dock which was in the position where now is the Piazzetta.

    Since the sixteenth century, the bell tower measures 98,6m in height, making it the tallest building in Venice.

    In over a thousand years of existence, the campanile was struck by lightning several times because of its height, and it was severely damaged on 10 occasions, the last of which in 1762. Since 1772 the bell tower has a lightning conductor.

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    San Giorgio’s Bell Tower

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    If you dream of seeing Venice from a privileged position, ther’s no need to get on a cruise ship! Instead get a water bus at San Zaccaria and get off at San Giorgo. You’ll have the chance to see yet another masterpiece of Venetian architecture and to go on top of the bell tower (ticket cost is 6€) to admire Venice and especially the Saint Mark’s area from a unique perspective.

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    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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    Measuring 102m in lenght, 48m in width and 28m in height, this church is one of the two biggest in Venice, and the most important and known church of the San Polo district.

    Started being built in 1250, but was not completed until 1396. Today it hosts 17 monumental altars and multiple masterpieces, including works by Bellini, Donatello and 2 pieces by Tiziano, of which one is the greatest altarpiece in Venice.

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    Campo San Giovanni e Paolo

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    One of the largest squares of Venice, the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, is also one of the most important ones.

    San Giovanni e Paolo hosts three unique landmarks: the “Scuola Grande di San Marco”, the “San Giovanni e Paolo” Basilica, and the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni.

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    Any bridge in Venice [Ponte del Cristo]

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    Close to the Scuola Grande di San Marco and the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, you can find the ponte del Cristo. What is special about this place, you might wonder? Well, the answer would have to be ‘nothing’. It is not a landmark, it has nothing peculiar (for Venice). It is just one of the thousands of amazing spots we love and, we think, represent well what Venice stands for.

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    Niccolò Tommaseo in Campo Santo Stefano

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    The Scoletta was created in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetians, next to the church of San Rocco, to house their lay confraternity. In 1517 the board of directors of the School decided to hire the architect Pietro Bon to create a large building for the new headquarters of their rapidly growing association.

    After the works were concluded in 1560, this wealthy school decided to have their ceilings decorated by the best venetian painters. The 22nd of May 1564, the Scuola Grande announced a competition for sketching “Saint Roch in Glory” and gave one month of time for the submission.

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    Scuola Grande San Rocco

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    The Scoletta was created in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetians, next to the church of San Rocco, to house their lay confraternity. In 1517 the board of directors of the School decided to hire the architect Pietro Bon to create a large building for the new headquarters of their rapidly growing association.

    After the works were concluded in 1560, this wealthy school decided to have their ceilings decorated by the best venetian painters. The 22nd of May 1564, the Scuola Grande announced a competition for sketching “Saint Roch in Glory” and gave one month of time for the submission.

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