A list of the most interesting places in Venice: historic buildings, monuments, old palaces, bridges and streets. Every place has historical comments and curiosities, artistic details, useful information and pictures to help you to find it on the city map.

It is the main opera theater in Venice, one of the most elegant in Italy. It was built during 1790-92 by the Noble Society of the Neoclassical architect Gianantonio Selva. Even if the lead times were actually reduced, there were many groups opposite to the realization of the new theatre, who drove their disapprovals to the position and to the increase of expenses compared to the 400.00 ducats expected. The inauguration was on May 16th, 1792 – during the Ascension day – with the play “I Giochi di Agrigento” by Giovanni Paisiello upon libretto of the count Alessandro Pepoli.

During the long history of Venice, many tales regarding the city and its most particular places are born. Some come from real facts, some are the result of Venetians’ fantasy. 

Who didn’t stop just once at San Rocco’s Square to listen to the many street performances just beside the church? And maybe sat on the church’s stairs just to give one’s legs some rest after a full day walking around the city, getting lost through little narrow streets and squares, because that’s the beauty of Venice?  

The word ghetto, unhappily known worldwide, has Venetian origin. Sure enough, in the 16th century here   was born the first isolation place for Jewish, whose toponym has origin from the presence in this area of old public foundries where they throw (“gettavano” in Italian) the bombards. The Venetian word gèto, probably influenced by the German accent, give birth to the word ghetto.

Salt has always been an essential product, both for nutrition and food preservation. In prehistory too salt mines were used, in Hallstatt or in Hallein near Salzburg, but from ancient times on, to make salt saltworks were used above all, special structure realized in cost marine areas.

The Grand Canal is the main sea route crossing and splitting Venice in two. On the Grand Canal, called the “Canalazzo” by Venetians and defined by Philippe de Commynes (Venice ambassador in the 15th century) "the most beautiful and better built street in the world”, overlook the most beautiful palaces, churches and buildings of the city.