It would be pitiful for visitors to come to the Venetian and merely acknowledge that they are at a hotel that looks like Venice. Take some time to know what landmarks of Venice have been replicated and why they are famous, and you will appreciate the Venetian much more.
It is said that the hotel planners photographed and scaled the actual landmarks in a painstaking effort to replicate them with accuracy. I checked it out and it is true, with exception of St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, which could not be replicated exactly due to its large area. It is also said that the planners replicated all the major landmarks except St. Mark’s Church for a good reason—well, just imagine a casino inside a church, although, having a 24/7 cathedral in the middle of the Strip might not have been a bad idea for those who need to make immediate confessions after gambling and sinful pleasures.
Among many, I have listed some of the most famous landmarks as a brief preview:
Doge’s Palace: A palace built for the Doge, the civic leader of Venice. Destroyed by fire four times and rebuilt. Later, it became the seat of the government and residences of many other government officials. Now a museum with incredible works of art and decoration, which should not be missed if you ever visit Venice, Italy. The façade replicated in the Venetian was completed in 1424 in Italian Gothic style. In the Venetian, it serves as a façade for entrance into the casino and shopping center.
Campanile Tower: The Bell-tower of St. Marks Church. The current form designed in 1496, built and rebuilt numerous times. The tallest structure in Venice collapsed in 1902 and was rebuilt in 1912. In the Venetian, it stands 315 feet tall (as does the one in Venice) at the entrance of the hotel.
The Grand Canal: Original settlers of Venice built the city on tiny islands and lagoon to fend off invading Huns led by Attila in the 5th and 6th Centuries. The canal divides the city into two major halves. In the Venetian, there are canals inside and outside not connected to each other. You can take a gondola ride in either one.
The Rialto Bridge: Just remember one thing about this bridge. Legend says if you kiss your lover on the bridge, your love will last forever--a good excuse for guys to kiss their girlfriends. In the Venetian, it connects the hotel and Campanile Tower over the hotel driveway.
St. Mark’s Square: A large plaza near St. Mark’s Church and Doge’s Palace. In the Venetian, it is located within the covered shopping center, but you can look up and still see a sky.
To get a detailed explanation of these landmarks and many more, check with the concierge if a self-guided tour is available. If you think going to Italy is out of your reach, visiting the Venetian may just be the next best thing.