Finally, the third structure that glorifies the piazza is St. Mark's Campanile - the famous tower where Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope in 1609, there is a plaque commemorating the event in the viewing area of the tower. I think it is this site that made all the nerds in my life a little jealous!
Ponte Di Rialto & The Canal Grande
After we had spent sufficient time in the Piazza we moved on to find the Grand Canal and the Ponte Di Rialto bridge. This is where travelling with someone who is well able to navigate in foreign lands is useful as they have very few street signs... my biggest tip to you - follow the occasional signs that say "Rialto".
Ponte Di Rialto is considered the heart of Venice, with its stone archways. It is one of two ways across the Grand Canal and was built in only three years (talk about major muscle power)! The bridge is primarily made of steps so if you have mobility issues, this may not be the best site for you. The view of the canal from the cornerstone is magnificent, especially on clear sunny days. The blue water decorated with colourful buildings on the sides.
The Canal Grande is the largest canal in Venice and forms the major waterway for gondola traffic. It is 3.8 Km wide with an average depth of 5m. While the Canal Grande is responsible for many of the beautiful photographs we see on TV & in magazines depicting Venice, can I just say it smells like sewage. Not just the Canal Grande, ALL of the waterways smell awful. The heat plus disgusting smell did not make for a happy 5th sense.
Santa Maria Della Salute
This site was farther than the other sites and require us to re- ascend the hop-on-hop-off boat. The bad thing about the boat is that you are forced to go to all the stops (like a bus) even though you many not actually want to go there. To get here took almost an hour because we went to two other islands first - one was more of a beach island and the other island is known for glass blowing. I didn't get off the boat at either stop, maybe when I go back for a longer visit to Venice.