The Top Five Most Instagrammable Sights in Venice
“When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Venice is a harmony of treasures, gracefully floating to their own rhythm. Like a last first date, you never forget a gondola ride and the first time you sink your sight into the “Floating City.”
And float it does. Arguably, one of the country’s most picturesque cities, Venice is made up of 118 islands, home to 177 canals, 350 gondolas, and 400 gondolieri. Rich in history and splendor, you can’t take a bad photo in Venice, but if time is limited, here are the top five picture-perfect sites you do not want to miss.
The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs, known as the Ponte dei Sospiri, was designed by Antonio Contino. It connects Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni. Its name is based on a legend that prisoners crossing the bridge, forced towards their chambers, sighed at the last view of their families and the outside world. Today, the Bridge of Sighs is a renowned landmark photographed by travelers from around the world.
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco is the principal square and the heart of Venice. Here you will find a melting pot of travelers relishing each corner of the piazza with adoration in their eyes and a camera in-hand. It is a Venetian symbol surrounded by spectacular monuments, and the most popular gathering place for sightseeing, al fresco dining and capturing those Insta-worthy shots.
Gondolas are known as the European symbol of love, gracefully rowing couples through the charming canals one paddle at a time. The experience feels like a real life slow-motion love story, complete with a musical soundtrack often provided by the singing gondolieri. Gondolas are hand-made (you read that right) from 280 linking parts that come together like a prized puzzle. In a city where yellow cabs are foreign vessels, gondola rides are one of the most memorable and magical experiences to delight in.
Room with a Venice View
When visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world, booking a room with a signature view is always a preference. You’ll never regret waking up to a colorful sunrise painting the morning sky, or ending the day with a nightcap overlooking the neighborhood. The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is a splendid Venetian hotel located on the shores of Giudecca Island. Its central and scenic location provides travelers with more than just breathtaking views and a wealth of photo opportunities; it offers exceptional service and amenities. From the award-winning skyline rooftop bar (and seven other dining options) to the only panoramic swimming pool in the city, the hotel is a perfect home base. With many elegant rooms and suites to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a #RoomWithaView, especially when that view is of the “Floating City.”
The Grand Canal
Last but certainly never least, the Grand Canal is Venice’s main waterway and the primary boulevard. Lined with 200 of the most striking Venetian palaces built by the city’s noble families, the Grand Canal stretches over 3.8 kilometers through the heart of Venice. There are four bridges crossing this canal including the famous Rialto Bridge where you can spend an afternoon sightseeing, shopping, dining and exploring. Insider’s Tip: For the best bird’s eye view of the Grand Canal, visit the DFS shopping mall rooftop terrace for a picture-perfect 360 degree view of the city. You’ll be glad you did!
Know Before You Go
- Feeding the pigeons in Piazza San Marco was banned in 2008.
- Florence is most famously recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is full of history and beauty.
- One of the most famous viewpoints in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs.