Destinations / City Breaks / Venice
The city of Venice is simply stunning and completely unique. Founded more than 1,500 years ago on 117 different islands. It is a city of immense beauty.
The maze of tiny side streets and pedestrianised laneways make for a shopping and foodie heaven and once you’re staying in the city, you get a real feel for the place in the evening, once all the “day tourists” have gone home. It is best experienced on foot and offers a wealth of historic monuments, magical piazzas and some incredible museums.
You can see how Venice has inspired artists, writers and poets the world over. It is a city preserved in time where all buildings are supported on slender oak and pine piles (posts) which are driven deep into the ground to create a solid foundation.
Venice is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful and popular cities in the world, and is always admired by the many tourists that visit throughout the year.
Did you know...?
Venice has 117 islands, 177 canals, 417 bridges & 350 gondolas.
The first public casino in the world was opened in Venice in 1638.
It’s home to one of the narrowest streets in the world at just 53cm wide.
Top Reasons to Visit Venice
- Venice’s Bridges & Canals
- Venice’s Architecture
- Venice’s History
Venice’s Bridges & Canals
Grand Canal: With no proper streets in Venice, canals are the main infrastructure. Take a private water taxi and cruise along the Grand Canal, enjoying the different point of view of the city, stop for photos and enjoy the different style of transportation.
Ponte de Chido: Located in a rather untouristy part of Venice, the Ponte de Chiodo is one of the few bridges that have no parapet. This makes it a perfect photo spot. The area of Cannaregio has coloured buildings with some good restaurants around.
Venice Lido: Lido is a separated island that shines with a long stretch of a beautiful beach. As a barrier between Venice and the Adriatic Sea, it is a less touristy part with a laid back feeling, some nice cafes and restaurants.
Bridge of Sighs: A rather tiny bridge with a though important history. Legend says that criminals were taken trough the bridge, catching one last glimpse of Venice and sigh. You can also go inside the bridge and have a look out.
St. Mark’s Basilica: This Basilica is the most famous building in Venice since 1092 and one of the most important religious ones in Northern Italy. It’s built to an impeccable design, with details so carefully done that will make you stare for longer.
St. Mark’s Square: The square in front of the St. Mark’s Basilica, surrounded by ornate buildings with arched walkways, is the perfect location to start your discovery of Venice. While there, head in the St. Mark’s Campanile, the Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio.
St. Giorgio Maggiore Monastery: Situated on St. Giorgio Island, the Monastery is worth a visit. As there is no connection to the main canals of Venice, take a private water taxi for transportation. Hike the campanile to get great views of the main city of Venice.
Wander and get lost: Venice is easy to walk through and there are too many great buildings to see, so just wander around, get lost in the little streets, find your way to beautiful architecture and stop in museums on the way. You won’t be disappointed.
The Correr – history and traditions: With a collection designed to illuminate the history and traditions of the city, the Correr is a must-see. Wander through the Napoleonic-era ballroom and have a look into the suite that Franz Joseph and Sissi occupied in the 19th century.
The Merchant of Venice: Located in a beautiful 17th-century pharmacy in a Neo-Gothic style, the store of The Merchant of Venice is a must-see not only for the perfumes but definitely for the original features of the pharmacy. It’s an upmarket perfume brand.
Venice Airport Transfers & Weather
Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport
You can get a waterbus from the airport to the main Venetian islands. It departs approx. every 30mins. It takes approx. 1hr 15mins and costs €15 per journey.
You can one of two buses, both of which stop at Piazzale Roma (bus terminal). The ACTV Bus departs approx. every 10mins and the ATVO Bus departs approx. every 30mins. Both take 25mins and cost approx €8 per journey.
You can also get your own private transfer which takes approx. 45mins and costs approx. €135pp return based on 2 people sharing.
* Prices and times for transport from the airport are subject to change