Situated in the North East of Italy across canals, the beautiful city of Venice is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. With stunning architecture, great attractions and roads replaced by canals, Venice is a truly unique holiday destination. Whether you are looking for a couple’s holiday or a city break, there has never been a better time to visit the romantic city of Venice.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel, you will find some of Italy’s finest hotels in Venice. Some of the most sumptuous hotels in Venice are situated in Sestiere di San Marco, often overlooking to Grand Canal. Famous hotels here include Bauer Hotel and the Gritti Palace which, as its name suggests, is situated in a former palace.
While Venice accommodation is amongst the most expensive in the country, there are some great deals to be found during the low season, even in top locations. You can often save money by choosing one of the small hotels or bed and breakfasts along minor roads or near to the station. There are also a couple of hostels in Venice if you are looking for the ultimate budget option and are willing to compromise on facilities.
Carnevale di Venezia
The Venice Carnival is perhaps the biggest event on Venice’s calendar and occurs annually throughout the two weeks leading up to Lent. During the fortnight long celebration there are balls, wine fountains and, of course, plenty of stunning masquerade costumes.
No trip to Venice is complete without a Gondola ride across the Grand Canal. Gondola rides are available at regular intervals throughout the afternoon and evening. While they are especially popular with couples, a gondola can fit up to 6 individuals, making this activity great for families and groups too. As well as a relaxing boat trip, a gondola ride across the Grand Canal is a great way to see many of Venice’s major sights.
Basilica San Marco
One of the most famous sights in Venice is Basilica San Marco, a beautiful church that took almost 800 years to complete. After admiring the edifice’s awesome exterior, there are plenty of treasures to be view inside such as Pala d’Oro, a stunning Byzantine alter retable made of gold and encrusted with 2,000 gems. There is also a museum in the Basilica San Marco which has a number of interesting exhibitions and relics.
Galleries and Museums
As an important cultural center, there is an abundance of galleries and museums to explore while on holiday in Venice. Two of the most highly rated galleries are the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The Palazzo Ducale or Doge’s Palace is one of the most popular museums in Venice. The former seat of government is extravagantly furnished and has a number of treasures on show such as the doge’s throne.