WHERE DO YOU GET THE BEST VIEW IN VENICE? SOME SUGGESTIONS
You can see Venice in many ways: from a gondola, standing on a bridge, through the mist…
And what about looking at it from above?
WHICH ARE MY TOP 3 VIEWS IN VENICE?
VIEW FROM THE TERRACE OF ST. MARK’S BASILICA
Third place goes to the: view from the terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica. If you want to get an amazing view of the most beautiful square of Venice you just have to go to St. Mark’s square and enter the Basilica. The entrance is free of charge but in summertime there might be a long line to get in, you can skip it by booking a guided tour with us (First time in Venice, Historical Interiors)
Once you are inside the church you’ll see a small door on the left, leading to a staircase. Climb it and at the top of it you’ll find the entrance to the gallery that will allow you to access the terrace. Step outside and enjoy the view!
Try to be there just before the hour, go to the northern section of the terrace and wait for the statues on top of the Clock Tower to strike the bronze bell: they have been doing it for the last five hundred years!
VIEW FROM FONDACO DEI TEDESCHI’S TERRACE
Second best view in Venice: Fondaco dei Tedeschi’s terrace.
The Fondaco is a fancy high-end department store that lies close to the Rialto bridge, in the very heart of the city of Venice.
As you walk inside the department store you’ll notice a flaming red escalator, take it and reach the top floor to access a rooftop terrace that you are going to remember for quite some time! Look around you to see the whole city of Venice laying under your eyes, the famous Rialto bridge just a few feet away from you.
I’d recommend going there after having already explored Venice: it will be fun to look for the places you have visited!
You can access the terrace for free but make sure you book your free entrance before.
TORCELLO’S BELL TOWER!
And the winner is: Torcello’s bell tower!
Although it might be a little complicated to get there, I can assure you it’s well worth your time.
Let’s start from the beginning: Torcello is an island in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon.
Once you are on the island you can’t get lost: follow the only street you see, it will lead you to Santa Maria Assunta’s church and its bell tower. Get inside and buy a ticket for both the church and the bell tower. In the church you’ll have the chance to see a stunning mosaic of the Last Judgment, make sure you take some time to discover how the Seven Deadly Sins were depicted. Intriguing, right?
Once you have seen the church you can climb the bell tower. You’ll be glad to know that there are no steps but little ramps instead, which makes it very easy to reach the top. Once there, you’ll have the most spectacular view on the Venetian lagoon! Make sure you take a look from every side of the tower: you’ll see Torcello from above, the colorful Burano Island not far away from you and, in the distance, Venice skyline.