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ImageFor a comprehensive yet quick look at the vast treasure of Venice’s historical sites, begin walking from Piazza San Marco Square, the main square of Venice which Napoleon remarked was the “Drawing room of Europe”. Feed the pigeons and move on to the Basilica di San Marco which is a monument that is extremely unique because of its wealth of history and the magnificence of its building and interior. From here, go past the Bridge of Sighs and go through the Dodges Palace, which is also equally grand, and then visit the prisons for more insights into the city’s rich history.
On the Grand Canal are Teatro la Fenice, the most beautiful theatre in Venice and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which is the important museum in the country for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is housed in Peggy Guggenheim's old house called the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal. After soaking in so much information and beautiful sights, give yourself a break and grab a quick bite at Trattoria Alla Rivetta. After lunch, head for Arsenale, which is a museum displaying Italy’s vast naval history. A thorough look at this museum will take at least 2 to 3 hours. 
From here take a water taxi and head to the island of Murano. On the way you will pass the island of San Michele or The Island of the Dead, is the cemetery island of Venice. It is beautiful and worth a look as the architecture here is breathtaking. Once you reach Murano your first stop will be Vetreria Artistica Gritti Srl is a beautifully constructed glass factory. You can visit this factory or head to Fratelli Toso the largest glass factory in Murano. This will be a very fascinating and enjoyable visit for you as you see glass being blown and liquid being given different shapes and eventually ending up in glass form. From here go to the serene church of Chiesa Di S. Maria E S. Donato, was constructed in 1141, and its Byzantine interior will remind you of the Basilica di San Marco. It has a dome of gold glass mosaic and an elaborately inlaid floor. After this head to the shopping area where there are vendors selling beautiful glass ware and many other things from local crafts to eatables. After shopping if you have worked up an appetite, go to Trattoria Busa Alla Torre for a great Italian dinner. 

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