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Venice

Venice

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.






SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN VENICE



Doges Palace DOGE'S PALACE

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. 

San Marco Piazza SAN MARCO PIAZZA
 

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. 

Rialto Food Market RIALTO FOOD MARKET
 

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. 

Academia Galleries ACCADEMIA GALLERIES
 

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.

Gondola Ride GONDOLA RIDE
 

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.

Cicchetti and Wine in the Jewish Ghetto CICCHETTI AND WINE IN THE JEWISH GHETTO

Wander through the charming streets of the Jewish Ghetto passing by Synagogues and mask-making workshops. Stop at bàcari to savour cicchetti, traditional Venetian appetizers, which you can wash down with a glass or two of local wine. 
Murano, Burano and Torcello MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO
 

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

Day trip to Verona DAY TRIP TO VERONA
 

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.




VENICE ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotel and apartment-hotel options in Venice.
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Hotel Da Bruno
HOTEL DA BRUNO
★★★
The Satore family have been welcoming guests here for three generations and the welcome you’ll get is warm to say the least. It’s in a great spot between the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square so you could easily head over the Rialto Bridge to the centuries-old fish and produce markets.
Hotel Bisanzio
HOTEL BISANZIO
★★★★
If being close to all the action is for you, yet you still like to retreat to a quieter spot to put your head down, consider this. You’ll be 7 minutes walk to St Mark’s Square and 2 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal. You can spend all day out and about returning to relax in the ‘homey’ hotel bar.
Locanda Vivaldi Hotel
LOCANDA VIVALDI HOTEL
★★★★
A small boutique hotel, set in a fantastic location overlooking the Venice Lagoon and only minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Doges Palace. Stacked with charm, rooms are classic in their décor with antique-style furniture and glass chandeliers. Some rooms have window balconies and there is a seasonal outdoor terrace restaurant.
Hotel Ca Dei Conti
HOTEL CA-DEI CONTI
★★★★
Delightfully positioned on a quiet, picturesque canal, this charming hotel is inside a former Patrician palace, close to St Mark's Square. Rooms are tastefully and elegantly decorated in Venetian style with antique furnishings and lots of natural light. Take time to relax on the small outdoor terrace overlooking a wee side canal.





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