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City Breaks Venice

Located in the northeast of Italy, Venice is a romantic and enchanting city of turquoise canals, ancient palaces and serenading gondoliers. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the city’s contributions to art, architecture and music are evident round every corner. Whether you’re falling in love on a moonlit gondola ride or soothing your soul at an orchestral symphony, Venice promises to dazzle you with its artistic flair. 

 

40 °C

Best time to visit: During the spring for warm and comfortable temperatures.

2 - 2.5 hours

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is located 12km from the city.

Even if you chose to do nothing else but wander the streets your entire stay, this city would still dazzle you with its history, culture and romance. From museum-hopping in the Dorsoduro District, to soaking up the historic sights and orchestral sounds at Piazza San Marco, there are plenty of fascinating things to see in Venice. 

Marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture on a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Top of the list of things to do in Venice, these 40-minute trips offer breathtaking views of the city landscape. Pay a little extra and watch the sun set on an early evening ride. 

From the elaborate Renaissance paintings that decorate palace ceilings, to the world-class museums in the Dorsoduro District, there is a piece of art on every corner of the city. The Gallerie dell’ Accademia is one of the best places to visit in Venice for an extensive collection of Venetian paintings. 

Rumoured to have been coined ‘the drawing room of Europe’ by Napoleon, the Piazza San Marco is the city’s main square, and a great place to start if you’re wondering where to go in Venice. Visit early in the morning to watch the sun rise over St Mark’s Basilica. 

Whether or not you’re a fan of classical music, attending an orchestral performance at one of the grand concert halls promises to be a highlight of your city break in Venice. The Teatro la Fenice is one of the most prestigious concert venues where you can watch world-famous musicians play. Check online for tickets.

Often described as ‘open-air museum’, Venice is a breathtaking spectacle of gothic, baroque and Renaissance architecture. The churches and palaces alone are popular attractions in Venice thanks to their hidden treasures. Be sure to check out the Renaissance paintings that decorate the ceilings of the Palazzo Ducale, and the dazzling gold mosaics inside St Mark’s Basilica. 

VENICE IS BEST FOR...

Honeymooners: Fall in love all over again on a moonlit gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

Festival Goers: Take your pick from a rich programme of art and cultural festivals throughout the year. A highlight is the Venice Carnival, which is famous for its elaborate masks. 

Art Enthusiasts: From ancient churches displaying gold-plated mosaics to grand palaces decked in Renaissance art, there is a piece of culture on every corner of this fascinating city.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Venice is Italian 

Currency: The currency used in Venice is the Euro (€)

Local time: Venice is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is located 12km from the city 

Flight time from UK: 2 - 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Venice tourist information can be found at http://en.turismovenezia.it/ 

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Venice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 40 (°C) in summer and 5 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: During the spring for warm and comfortable temperatures.

Venice experiences a humid, subtropical climate with hot summers, cool winters and an even amount of rainfall throughout the year. Venice can be enjoyed year-round, but the best time to visit is from March to May for mild temperatures, with average highs of 22°C. 


GETTING AROUND

By foot: The best way to truly experience the heart and soul of Venice is to take on its narrow alleys and numerous bridges on foot. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. 

By waterbus: Navigate the city’s vast network of canals by vaparetto (waterbus). A timed pass will give you unlimited access to all vaparetto lines for a set number of time. 

By watertaxi: Local water taxis are a pricier but more luxurious way to travel from one side of the city to the other. 

By gondola: For an unforgettable tour of the city, book a moonlit gondola ride.


EVENTS

Party in the streets: The Venice Carnival sees thousands of masked locals take to the city streets for music, fireworks and theatrical performances. Join the party in February. 

Contemporary art exhibition: Experience the very best in Italian contemporary art at La Biennale di Venezia in May. This world-famous art exhibition is held every odd-numbered year, in various venues throughout the city.

Film Extravaganza: Be in the presence of filmmakers, world-famous directors and movie stars at the Venice International Film Festival in August. Held at the Palazzo del Cinema, this prestigious event has a limited number of tickets available the day before screenings.


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