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Effortlessly beautiful and timelessly romantic, Venice is the ultimate city break for those seeking to escape every day humdrum for something magical!

Almost too picturesque to be believed real, Venice is comprised of 118 tiny islands divided by waterways and canals, and joined together again by almost 400 bridges!

Step back in time to Italy in the middle-ages in Venice’s winding streets, which are totally car free, and take in the stunning baroque architecture which is all around you from the comfort of a gondola (personal crooner optional extra!)

Whether you’re looking to simply kick back with a glass of vino in one of the many beautiful piazzas and watching the world go by, or explore everything the city has to offer, the enchantment of Venice is not to be missed out on.

Once described by Napolean as: “The drawing room of Europe”, the Piazza San Marco is a must-see when in Venice. Home to not one, but three of the biggest landmarks in the city; St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the famous clock tower Torre dell’Orologio. All dating back to the 1500’s, these three buildings are immersed in fascinating history and pull in thousands of curious tourists every year.

 

Although perfectly accessible on foot, the best way to take in some of the sights of Venice is from the water. The iconic Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal and the legendary Bridge of Sighs can be thoroughly enjoyed from a watery vantage point.

 

Water taxis and water buses run regularly through the city but for something extra special, a punted gondola ride cannot be beaten, although they can be quite costly so be careful!

 

A veritable playground for art lovers, some of the grand masters of Italian fine art have left their marks on Venice, with works by Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto to be found in locations around the city. One of the largest collections of ancient treasures can be found at the Gallerie dell’Accademia but in more recent years, Venice has become home to a number of contemporary art museums, including the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim collection (both well worth a visit!)

Forget your pizza and spaghetti, in Venice, it’s all about seafood and fine wine!

 

The ‘Lagoon City’ is home to an array of fascinating (and delicious) creatures from the deep. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not sample local delicacies like sea snail or spider crab?

 

Some of Italy’s finest vineyards are located within the province of Venice, producing full-bodied reds, fruity whites and of course, refreshingly fizzy Prosecco.

 

Satisfying a sweet tooth in Venice is easy too, with outstanding ice cream parlours scattered along the canals, you can cool off from the Italian sun in style.

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Location of Venice

Key Facts

  • Language: Venetian and Italian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 1
  • Flight time: London: 2 hours
  • When to go: February - July

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