Recommendation by Lemi
Basilica di San Marco is the perfect illustration of Venice’s ties to the East. It features a checkered facade reminiscent of properties in Constantinople (ancient Turkey), as well as five classic Greek-style domes topped with Moors-inspired ribbed lanterns. Enter the church to revel at the exquisite gold interiors, adorned with elaborate mosaics depicting biblical scenes—a quintessential Byzantine decoration. Remember to dress appropriately, since you’re visiting a place of worship. Drop by between 11:30AM to 12:45PM on weekdays, or during liturgical celebrations on Sundays and holidays when the insides of the cathedral are illuminated. Go to the nearby Campanile di San Marco for magnificent views of the city and the lagoon. The 99-meter tower is the exact brick-by-brick replica of the basilica’s original belfry, which collapsed in 1902.