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Venice is an experience like no other. The city is surreal, surrounded by the waters of the Venetian Lagoon and with none of the trappings of a modern day city. St Mark’s Square is the hub and the Grand Canal, that cuts the city in half,is undoubtedly the most stunning high street in the world. But take time to wander the backstreets, or take a gondola tour, and you will discover a different, silent world.
Take a water bus ride to the nearby island of Murano, where you can visit the world famous glass works, or to the pretty island of Burano.
Combine Venice with a stay in the Lake Garda area or with a Tuscany multi-centre holiday (March to October). Or how about a fabulous 3 city tour? See Venice, Florence and Rome and travel between them by comfortable high speed train.Show me all the hotels in Venice
Places To See In Venice
Visit the lovely islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello on this half day guided tour.
See the backstreets and hear stories from the darker side of Venetian history.
Sail the Grand Canal in style in a private motorboat.
Food & Drink
In Venice, life halts several times a day for a ‘spritz’ - a refreshing aperitif with white wine and soda. The Veneto region is known for its white wines and in particular sparkling Prosecco.
Of course, fish is often on the menu with all sorts of shellfish very popular; try spaghetti alle vongole, with clams, or allo scoglio, with mixed seafood and sardine in saor, sweet and sour sardines.
With no traffic to worry about, Venice is the best place to enjoy a meal seated outside on the terrace watching the world go by.
Festivals & Events
The renowned Venice Carnival (11-28 Feb 2017) turns the whole city into an astonishing array of colour with people in ornate, baroque costumes and the strange masks for which Venice is famous. If you would like to take part rather than just watch, we can organise costumes for you, as long as you book early.
There are many festivals throughout the year with, for example, over 120 rowing regattas which represent the very nature of this city. The Historical Regatta (usually on the 1st Sunday of September) is a spectacular flotilla of colourful boats on the Grand Canal.
The Festa del Redentore with fabulous fireworks is in July whereas in mid-May you can enjoy the Festa della Sensa when the city ‘marries’ the sea. November 21st is the feast of the Madonna della Salute and this festival evokes great religious sentiment in the locals.