Venice is a treasure-trove of astonishing architecture and art, which sprawls enticingly across a dense network of islands, connected by sun-spangled canals and ornate bridges. Surrounded by water and inaccessible by car, its historic centre offers an immersive trip back in time to the middle ages, with well preserved architectural icons like St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace having lost none of their original lustre.

    This bucket-list destination draws visitor crowds throughout the year, but you can escape the hustle and bustle with a romantic gondola ride or a quick water-taxi trip to the Lido, an effortlessly elegant beach resort that plays host to the glamorous Venice Film Festival each September.

    What to see & do in Venice

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    Venice attracts tens of millions of visitors each year with its unique set of charms – not least its spectacular sightseeing options. The Venetian Lagoon has several islands enclosed by the waters of the Adriatic, each offering its own characteristics. At Venice’s heart is the picturesque Grand Canal, with the main islands home to the beautiful Piazza San Marco, from where you can explore some of Venice’s greatest basilicas, monuments, and... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Venice

    • 10 Places Local Love to Eat in Venice

      The best local restaurants in Venice serve fantastic dishes at much lower prices than the fine dining spots along the Grand Canal. Forget the touristy restaurants found in Venice's main squares and head to where the locals eat! Venetian cuisine owes a lot to the sea and traditionally its dishes are based on the wealth of fish from the Adriatic...

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    Venice is unlike any other city in Italy, or the world, in that it requires a bit of prior planning and some basic geographical knowledge. Venice’s attractions are mostly navigable by foot, and thanks to its network of regular vaporetti (waterbuses) servicing the Grand Canal, you can get from one point in the lagoon to another relatively easily. It’s good to have some understanding of where the main attractions are... Read more

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