The Torre dell’Orologio in Piazza San Marco, dating back to the 15th century, one of the first “digital” clocks in the world.
This is an up close view of the incredible mosaic work on the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marc. The entire inside of the church looks just like this gold mosaic work shown here, and it is breathtaking.
The ominous and beautiful face of the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marc.
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marc, again, as it was impossible to stop taking pictures of it.
Flooding, up to 4 feet sometimes, is a very common issue in Venice. These benches can be seen throughout Venice and transform into walkways for tourists and inhabitants.
The world famous Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
Gondolas line the Riva (canal waterline) with the San Giorgio Maggiore church in the distance.
The view from the San Giorggio Maggiore of the Grand Canal
Cookie Monster would have LOVED this store (and he’s not the only one).
The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, was the official home of the ruler of Venice. Built in the 1400s, it demonstrates classic Venetian gothic style.
Despite the rain, the gondolas filled the Grand Canal with music and happy tourists. (Fun fact: gondolas cost about $80/hour, $120/hour after 7pm!)
Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners who were sentenced at the Doge’s Palace on the left walked over to their new home in the prisons, on the right. The story is that they would sigh as they looked over the water for the last time, thus the Bridge of Sighs.
The lions and statue at the top of Campanile, the tallest building in Venice. I thought the lions were pretty cute but the battle cry statue is great too.