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To visit Venice is to step into a dream. It seems unreal to be in a city where the streets are canals, and snatches of Italian opera sung by gondoliers waft down narrow lanes. Newcomers are usually openmouthed as they are swept along the Grand Canal for the first time, past crumbling palaces, bobbing gondolas and domed churches.
After you’ve seen the main sights, lose yourself along the paths that cling to the canal-sides or take a water taxi to one of the many islands. For a truly authentic Venetian meal, opt for a superb seafood risotto in one of the tiny bacari (or pubs) frequented by the locals.
This was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries and is one of the city’s most famous buildings. If you book a guided tour you can follow in the footsteps of the leaders of Venice who wouldn’t use the public doors and stairways but would slip through passageways and secret entrances. Skip the Line is a must for this sight.
Take a walking tour through this square, surrounded by stunning architecture. Make sure you visit at night too, when it’s beautifully lit up. Splash out on a glass of wine, listen to the orchestras and absorb the incredible atmosphere.
Locals have depended on these markets for fresh fruit, veges and fish since 1097! They’re open at dawn so the best photo opportunities are early in the morning when it is really bustling.
For a complete overview of Venetian art history from the 14th–18th century. On a Tuesday you can also visit the warehouses on the top floor of the monastery designed by Palladio.
A magical way to admire the romantic waterways of Venice is from a gondola, cruising the secluded waterways and passing under tiny bridges, look up at old palaces and see their reflections.
Three very different islands all worth a look. Torcello is uninhabited and has an extraordinary mosaic of the Last Judgement in its cathedral. Murano is the island for gorgeous coloured glass, Burano is renowned for its lace and brightly painted houses
The setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you’ll see Juliet’s Balcony and many other beautiful archaeological sites like the impressive amphitheatre, the Roman Arena in the centre of town and the white marbled roads winding through high end shops.
This is just a taste of the information and advice we have available through our House of Travel consultants.
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