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17 Iconic Buildings to explore in Veneto


The area was a part of the Roman Empire until the 5th century AD. Although being a heavily industrialised region, tourism is one of its main economic resources; one-fifth of Italy's foreign tourism gravitates towards Veneto, which is the first region in Italy in terms of tourist presence, attracting over 60 million visitors every year, second after Emilia-Romagna in terms of hotel industry structures.

ARSENALE DI VENEZIAARSENALE DI VENEZIA, 30122 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

The Arsenal of Venice is an ancient complex of shipyards and workshops that forms a very large part of the island city of Venice, at its eastern end. It was the heart of the Venetian naval industry starting from the 12th century and is linked to the most flourishing period of the life of the Serenissima: thanks to the imposing ships built here, the Venetian Republic was able to fight the Ottomans in the Aegean Sea and conquer the routes of northern Europe.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Biblioteca Nazionale San Marco, 7, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Marciana National Library is one of the largest Italian libraries and the most important in Venice. It contains one of the finest collections of Greek, Latin, and Oriental manuscripts in the world. Also known as Biblioteca Marciana, Biblioteca di San Marco, Libreria Marciana, Libreria Sansoviniana, Libreria Vecchia, or Libreria di San Marco, it is located on the lower part of Piazza San Marco, between the bell tower of San Marco and the Mint.

Ca' Rezzonico
Ca' RezzonicoDorsoduro, 3136, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

Ca' Rezzonico is a palazzo on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is a particularly notable example of the 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, and displays paintings by the leading Venetian painters of the period, including Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo. It is a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Venice and one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Castel San Pietro
Castel San Pietro37129 Verona, VR, Italy

The Piazzale Castel San Pietro is an ancient fortress built atop the ruins of a viscount’s castle. It was built by Giangaleazzo Visconti in 1398 and was originally joined to the continuous wall around the Socorro. It sits on top of a hill that provides an excellent panoramic view of the city, especially when the sun is going down. Some of the buildings you will see from the San Pietro include the Santa Sofia, San Leonardo, and the San Mattia Castles.

Castelvecchio Museum
Castelvecchio MuseumCorso Castelvecchio, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Castelvecchio, originally called the castle of San Martino in Aquaro, is a medieval fort located in the historic center of Verona currently used as the seat of the homonymous civic museum; it is the most important military monument of the Scala family. In January 1944 there was a trial against the six members of the Grand Council of Fascism who, in the session of 25 July 1943, had discouraged Benito Mussolini from the office of Prime Minister.

Grassi Palace
Grassi PalaceCampo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Palazzo Grassi is a Venetian civil building, located in the San Marco district and overlooking the Grand Canal. It is one of the most famous lagoon buildings, as well as home to art exhibitions worthy of particular interest: it is famous because it is defined as the last patrician palace overlooking the Grand Canal before the collapse of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.

Juliet's House
Juliet's HouseVia Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Juliet’s house is one of the main attractions of Verona with the most famous balcony in the world. The house that is said to be Juliet's belonged to the dell Capello family, so became the natural backdrop for literature buffs wanting a living glimpse of the story. Couples of all ages swear eternal fidelity here in memory of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
Palazzo Contarini del BovoloSan Marco Campo Manin, 4303, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a building late Gothic of Venice , located in the district of San Marco , near Campo Manin , and overlooking the Rio di San Luca. It has a simple, linear and elegant appearance. The palazzo was designed and built in its current form in the 15th century by the architect Giovanni Candi as one of the city residences of the Contarini family. It is now one of the tourist attractions in this area.

Palladian Basilica
Palladian BasilicaPiazza dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy

The Palladian Basilica is a public building overlooking Piazza Dei Signori in Vicenza. His name is inextricably linked to ' architect Renaissance Andrea Palladio, who redesigned the Palazzo Della Ragione adding to the existing building gothic the famous lodges in white marble in serliane. Once the seat of the public magistrates of Vicenza, today the Palladian Basilica, equipped with three independent exhibition spaces, is the scene of architecture and art exhibitions.

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Scuola Grande di San RoccoSan Polo, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a building in Venice, northern Italy. It is a unique site, where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting in a building that has hardly undergone any alteration since its construction. Almost all the work is by Tintoretto, his assistant and his son Domenico, some of his main works include Sala terrena, sala superiore, sala dell’albergo. The building is especially famous because it is where Tintoretto worked for more than 20 years.

St Mark's Campanile
St Mark's San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

It is one of the famous bell towers of San Marco. It is 97 meters high and on top is a golden statue of the Archangel Gabriel. The statue is 3 metres high and has big wings that, when pushed by the wind, make it rotate. For the Venetians, when the angel is facing the Basilica, it is a sign that there will be high water. it is the tallest and the most recognizable structures in the city.

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFSRialto Bridge, Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS First constructed in 1228, and located at the foot of the Rialto Bridge across from the fish market. It was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini.

Torre dell'Orologio
Torre dell' San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Clock Tower is a building of medieval origin that overlooks Piazza Dei Signori in Padua. It stands between the Palazzo del Capitanio and the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. The tower was built in the first half of the fourteenth century as the eastern gate of the Carrarese Palace. In 1428 it was raised and adorned in Gothic style and equipped with the famous astronomical clock. In 1531 the great triumphal arch was added to the base, based on a project by Giovanni Maria Falconetto.

Verona Arena
Verona ArenaPiazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheater located in the historic center of Verona, an icon of the Venetian city together with the figures of Romeo and Juliet. It is one of the great buildings that have characterized Roman architecture and one of the ancient amphitheaters that has come to us with the best degree of conservation, thanks to the systematic restorations carried out since the sixteenth century; precisely for this reason, despite the numerous transformations it has undergone.

Villa Foscari
Villa FoscariVia dei Turisti, 9, 30034 Mira VE, Italy

A majestic villa which was Situated along the banks of the Brenta River near the town of Malcontenta. It is a fine example of a unified work of architecture, in which all the parts are harmoniously organized and related to each other, and yet they vary in ways that intensify the building's connection to the larger landscape. More than a villa used for farming purposes, this was a suburban residence that could easily be reached by boat from the center of Venice.

Villa la Rotonda
Villa la RotondaVia della Rotonda, 45, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy

Villa la Rotonda is a Venetian villa in the central plant located near the city of Vicenza, set back from the Riviera Berica road. Built by Paolo Almerico, who commissioned it to Andrea Palladio in 1566-1567, it was completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1605 for the two Capra brothers, who had acquired the building in 1591. The Rotonda, as it became known later, is one of the most famous and imitated buildings in the history of modern architecture

Villa Pisani National Museum
Villa Pisani National MuseumVia Doge Pisani, 7, 30039 Stra VE, Italy

Villa Pisani National Museum, a group of late Baroque villas. Commissioned by the patrician Pisani family of Venice, the main villa was built in the early 18th century primarily as a demonstration of the family's power. Today you can visit 30 rooms of the noble floor, in which are preserved some original furniture, frescoes, and paintings. The most prominent room is the Ballroom with frescoes by Tiepolo depicting The Glory of the Pisani Family. It counts over 150,000 visitors per year

Map of Iconic Buildings to explore in Veneto