Venice

why you should visit venice

  • Beat the queues and reach Piazza San Marco and the Basilica early morning, an amazing sight with its 4000 square metres of golden mosaics.
  • Take a behind the scenes tour of Venice’s superb Gothic palace, Palazzo Ducale.
  • Time your visit with Venice Carnival, famous for its magnificent costumes
  • Explore Venice’s canals by water taxis or private gondola to get a true sense of the city

our specialists 'must do'

Highly recommended is to go for Bellini’s at Harry’s Bar. Avoid the main square restaurants and get lost in the back streets and alleyways to discover more authentic and reasonably priced Venetian cuisine. Take a boat to Burano, an island in the lagoon with beautifully coloured houses, where life is calm and peaceful and elderly ladies embroider original Burano lace.

a little more about venice

Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces seemingly rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, maze-like alleys and small squares. Although there are days when tourists outnumber locals by two to one, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer brings the largest crowds, but there's a reason why they come: to see this spectacular city miraculously built on water. It's important to remember that, even at peak visitor times, you are never more than a bridge and an alley away from a more secluded city, full of secret campi (squares), handsome Gothic palazzi and lively neighbourhood wine bars. In any season, Venice's churches and museums offer antique glories aplenty, but there is also a vibrant contemporary art scene, even away from the Art Biennale. As summer draws on, the place gets quieter: maybe the thought of clouds or mosquitoes and odorous canals deter visitors in August. It shouldn't: Venice shimmering in its summer haze like the most 'impressionist' work by Tintoretto is a sight to behold...the heat, humidity and some slightly pungent backwaters are a small price to pay.

when to go to venice

Venice is a unique, magical place but much of the time you'll be sharing that magic with thousands of other visitors. Numbers peak in summer. Spring and autumn are much more pleasant months. Late autumn (mid-October to mid-November) can be wonderful if you're lucky with the weather. Winter a great time of year to visit too. There are few tourists, rooms are cheap and the city is reclaimed by Venetians.

Getting there

Fly with BA, Ryanair or easyJet to Venice

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