This is one of the world's most iconic cities. It's beautiful and packed with stunning buildings and art. You have to visit at least once....
After your arrival at either Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) or Treviso Sant Angelo Airport (TSF), you'll find that Venice city breaks offer a rich and varied experience. Though it is relatively small and compact, the UNESCO-protected city is made up of 118 islands and 177 canals and has over 400 bridges. Its size means the city is easily explored on foot and all the main attractions are reasonably close to each other.
Don't miss a chance to take a gondola along the Grand Canal, the main thoroughfare of the city. Lined with palaces, historic buildings, romantic bridges and plenty of quirky Italian shops, the Grand Canal can also be seen by guided water bus, or vaporetto. The commentary of the guide will help you to understand its rich history.
Another popular place for those on city breaks in Venice is St Mark's Square. Here you will find three great attractions - St Mark's Cathedral, the Palazzo Ducale - also known as Doges Palace - and the amazing clock tower, Torre dell'Orologio. The Cathedral and Palace are full of stunning mosaics, stained glass and works of art and are best explored with a guide so you can learn about their historical context.
A visit to the Rialto Bridge is definitely a must. Designed by Antonio da Ponte back in 1591, the bridge wasn't expected to last but has now become one of the city's main attractions. There are various shops lining its iconic arches that sell local goods and souvenirs, such as Murano glass.
If you're happy to venture further out, take a vaporetto to the San Giorgio Maggiore church and look back on St Mark's Square from the bell tower. You could also spend a day at the beach at the local Lido de Jesolo. As well as the sea and sand there are plenty of places, including an aquarium and a water park, to keep the kids occupied.
You can reach Venice from the airport either by sea or over land. Regular buses run from outside the arrivals terminal taking between 20 and 35 minutes.
If you prefer, the water buses (alilaguna motoscafi) offer a more direct route into the centre of town and can be boarded just outside the airport. However, this is more expensive than taking the land bus. Alternatively, take a taxi from the arrivals terminal to the outskirts of the city where you can then hop on to one of the water buses.
Getting around on city breaks in Venice is easy. Use public transport. The water bus - vaporetto - service runs the full length of the Grand Canal and also connects to the nearby islands. You can purchase single tickets at the stops or, if you plan touring, buy the more economical weekend or day pass. Or get around on foot. Pedestrians always have right of way in the traffic-free core of Venice, which makes walking tours an absolute breeze.