Iconic Venice ©Solange Hando
Here's the heart of Venice, looking across the water to St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the free-standing bell tower.
Venice Rialto Bridge ©Solange Hando
Rebuilt in the late 16th century, Rialto is the oldest bridge over the Grand Canal with rows of covered shops leading up to the central portico. The original bridge was made of wood.
The Grand Canal in Venice ©Solange Hando
It's 3.8 km long and up to 90m wide, lined with 170 buildings ranging from the 13th to the 18th century. Tightly-packed colourful façades dip their toes in the water.
St Mark's Square ©Solange Hando
Made up of two connecting piazza, this is the best known square in town, leading down to the canal past some of the finest buildings, the basilica, campanile and the irresistible café-terrace basking in the sun.
Gondolas at rest ©Solange Hando
However busy the city may be, there is no shortage of gondolas to explore the lagoon, from humble to luxurious crafts with plush cushions, Persian rugs and singing gondolier.
View from the Top of the Bell Tower ©Solange Hando
You can't beat the top of the bell tower for the most romantic view of Venice, red roofs, domes, canals and just a few of over 100 islands which make up the archipelago.
Venice Historical Regatta ©Solange Hando
Spring brings a joyful carnival and alluring masks, autumn brings the colourful Historical Regatta with its dazzling pageant followed by the traditional race on the Grand Canal.