Venice City Breaks

A guide to Venice

Undeniably touristy, the traditional charm of Venice is still very much intact and its main historic centre has changed very little in over 500 years. The combination of misty, age-old canals fringed by glorious palaces is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend away, and is one of the few places that really lives up to all the hype. A trip along the majestic Grand Canal is the quintessential Venetian activity and offers the perfect view of its fascinating architecture. A private gondola cruise is the most iconic way of getting around, but unsurprisingly expensive. If you do not mind sharing the experience with others, a public vaporetto boat ride allows you to admire the very same sights and attractions.

Spectacular hidden architecture to explore

Back on terra firma, the city is very compact and easy to explore on foot, but be prepared to get lost a few times. This is all part of its charm – hidden courtyards and winding cobbled lanes will reveal less visited medieval churches and monuments. Art lovers can easily spend days browsing some of Italy’s finest museums, with unforgettable collections found at the world class Galleria dell'Accademia, the Correr Museum and for modern art fans, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. In addition, there is fabulous artistic merit to be found in the delightful architecture of the less visited Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio districts.

Iconic sightseeing experiences

Despite the hectic tourist throng, the major world class attractions that make this city so special are still an essential part of any short break here. No first time visit would complete without fighting your way through the crowds and pigeons in Piazza San Marco, and an endearing view of its iconic basilica or a tour of the imposing and mysterious Doges Palace, complete with a lingering walk over the Bridge of Sighs, and a visit to Casanova’s jail cell. The famous Rialto markets offer another essential experience, as much for the pure street theatre that takes place every day, as the delightful local produce on offer.

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