• Lesser known highlights of Venice

    2013-04-26

    There's no denying that Venice is one of the cultural highlights of Europe travel. Aside from its iconic canals and beautiful architecture, the Italian enclave is a hotbed of artistic activity. While there are many well-known destinations to experience its cultural offerings, there are a few places in particular that can often get overlooked, according to Departures magazine.

    Palazzo Fortuny
    Located in the San Marco region of Venice, this intriguing museum was originally the workspace of the famed artist Mariano Fortuny. He spent much of his time in the building creating everything from paintings to sculptures to textiles. After he passed away, his widow donated the space to the city in 1956, and ever since it has served as a testament to his work. Not only that, but it also features work from other artists including Enrique Tábara, Antonio Saura and Manolo Millares, the publication notes.

    Rialto Fish Market
    Not every cultural aspect of Venice has to do with art, and the Rialto Fish Market is certainly testament to that. This culinary hub, located near the iconic Rialto Bridge, has been a staple of life for Venice residents for hundreds of years. Today, a walk through its aisles brings you face-to-face with everything from fresh octopus and crab to squid and line-caught fish. You don't have to purchase anything to get a sense for the important role this market plays in the lives of local residents.

    St. Mark's Basilica
    There are seemingly countless architectural highlights in Italy, but few can compete with St. Mark's Basilica. In addition to its sheer size, the stunning detail on the artwork located both inside and outside its walls is breathtaking. Perhaps most notably, the upper order of its interior is covered with beautiful mosaics that contain gold, bronze and many other stones. There are a few ways to check out these beautiful works of art, but the best way is to take the trip up Loggia dei Cavalli. Though it's a challenging walk up many stairs, the pay-off is well worth it. Not only do you get an up-close look at the mosaics, but the view from the top will certainly leave a lasting impression.

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