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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.
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.
Take in Venice’s magnificent architecture on a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Thousands of people arrive every year to share this magical outing with that someone special, and you can’t leave Venice until you’ve experienced it for yourself. A Gondola ride makes for an excellent tour of the city with the gondoliers pointing out different points of interest. They’re also keen to show you their singing voice! For 40 minutes you’ll float through the canals and under beautiful bridges for an intimate experience with breathtaking views. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can watch the sun set on an early evening ride for an even more romantic journey.
Not only is the city itself a work of art, there’s a vast collection of works from some of the most celebrated artists in history. From the elaborate Renaissance paintings that decorate palace ceilings, to the world-class museums in the Dorsoduro District, there’s 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. Vast and intricate paintings cover every wall and even sprawl across the ceiling for an experience that totally surrounds you with artistry.
Also known as St. Mark’s Square, the Piazza San Marco is the largest square in the city. A rare vast space in a city of narrow passageways and canals, the square is all the more impressive. Rumoured to have been coined ‘the drawing room of Europe’ by Napoleon, the Piazza San Marco is the city’s centrepiece and a great place to start if you’re wondering where to go in Venice. For the best view over the city, the bell tower rises high above the rooftops, offering the best views of the stunning architecture and the intricate canal network below. Visit the square early in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning sunrise over St Mark’s Basilica.
Venice is a city of culture; home to some of the most exceptional works of art in all forms. So 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. Concert halls and venues with a rich heritage play host to the biggest names in classical music. The Teatro la Fenice is one of the most prestigious concert venues where you can watch world-famous musicians play. Check online for tickets to performances before you arrive to avoid missing out.
Often described as an ‘open-air museum’, Venice is a breathtaking spectacle of gothic, baroque and Renaissance architecture. Teeming with history dating back over 1,500 years, there’s a strong and rich heritage in this city. The churches and palaces alone are popular attractions in Venice thanks to their hidden treasures. The Doge’s Palace is particularly fascinating, home to the leaders of Venice for over a millennium. It’s a fascinating place to explore, with the journey of the city forged within its walls. At the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco lies St Mark’s Basilica. Nicknamed the “church of gold”, thanks to the vast golden mosaics, it was designed as a symbol of the wealth of the Venetian people.
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.
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
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 3 - 23°C.
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.
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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