When it comes to city breaks with a difference, look no further than Venice. With its rich history and stunning architecture and the fun and romance of the waterways, this city really does have it all.
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.
Venice is a year-round destination, with warm summers and cool winters. Of course, if you prefer the sunshine then plan your trip between May and October. However, many travellers to Venice say spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
Venice plays host to a number of events throughout the year, with none more exciting than the Carnival. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it is still the world's largest masked ball and features many elaborate costumes. Celebrations take place in various locations.
The Venice Biennale Art Festival is held every two years and celebrates all of the arts, from sculpture and dance to music and film. One of the main events is the renowned Venice International Film Festival, so if you are visiting in August you might just spot a few movie stars.
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