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Brimming with breathtaking sights, mouth-watering meals, and unique places to explore, Venice city breaks transport holidaymakers to a different world. Expect plenty of hideaway restaurants boasting stunning views of the canals, unique boutiques selling colourful Murano glass jewellery and plenty of ice-cream parlours to enjoy Italian treats at their best and quite a few remarkable cultural and historical sites.

Possibly the most romantic city in the world, this gem of Italy is perfect for city breaks for couples, but with its rich history, culture and scenic sights, this city charms all manner of holidaymakers. The relentless picturesque quality of Venice will keep visitors captivated throughout their stay, from the snaking canals and pretty bridges, to the grand squares and splendid churches – Venice is a truly special part of the world. Spanning over 100 tiny islands and surrounded by a sparkling blue lagoon that filters its way through to a labyrinth of city canals, there are plenty of places to explore while visiting the city.

City breaks to Venice are a popular choice regardless of the seasons - while many flock here during the summer months for its pleasantly warm weather, others are enchanted by the misty ambience that settles over city during the winter. Enjoy the atmosphere in St. Mark’s Square before wandering through the narrow winding streets to cosy bed and breakfasts in the heart of the city, or elegant 5-star hotels with views over canals amid some of the most romantic and iconic architecture Europe has to offer. With a booming café and restaurant culture, Venice city breaks are perfect for those who want to experience a lot but get away from it all and relax at the same time.

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Top Hotels in Venice

Hotel Palladio
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Hotel Palladio
Hotel Palladio

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £202pp
Tintoretto Hotel
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Tintoretto Hotel
Tintoretto Hotel

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £221pp
Borgo Ca’ Dei Sospiri
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Borgo Ca’ Dei Sospiri
Borgo Ca’ Dei Sospiri

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £261pp
Lagare Hotel Venezia Mgallery by Sofitel
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Lagare Hotel Venezia Mgallery by Sofitel
Lagare Hotel Venezia Mgallery by Sofitel

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £344pp
Hotel Venezia
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Hotel Venezia
Hotel Venezia

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £229pp
Do Pozzi Hotel
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Do Pozzi Hotel
Do Pozzi Hotel

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £257pp
Canal
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Canal
Canal

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £230pp
Tre Archi
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Tre Archi
Tre Archi

Venice, Venetian Riviera

from £223pp

At a Glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Italian
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 15m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Venice, which is essentially 118 islands joined together by over 400 bridges, is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. There are many things to do in Venice and so many sights to see, all enclosed in a relatively small area but concentrated on the centre of Venice, dominated by St. Mark’s Square, or the piazza as it is known locally. On the square you can find St. Mark’s Basilica, dating originally from the 9th century, and it is the perfect spot to start simply walking around Venice, admiring the amazing architecture. The views across the lagoon to the mainland and the magnificent bridges is an activity in itself. The most well regarded bridges are the Rialto and The Bridge of Sighs, both of which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as two of the top Venice attractions.

Venice is overflowing with history and has many museums, galleries and monuments of interest. The Correr Museum has an exhibition of Roman artefacts and a picture gallery, while the Peggy Gugenheim Museum houses an amazing collection of modern art including works by Picasso and Pollock. For two of the more unique Venice attractions, check out the Jewish Museum which details the rich history of the Jewish people in Venice, and the Glass Museum on the island of Murano, which has a fine collection of typical glasswork from the area. Aside from museums, the beautiful St. Mark’s cathedral and Venetian icon is the most popular and most visited attraction in Venice. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta on the island of Torcello is also worth a trip, as apart from its amazing architecture, it is also known for its unique collection of mosaics.

City breaks to Venice also benefit from a convenient location, with plenty of gorgeous Italian cities located nearby. Verona - only 113 kilometres by train from Venice – is the perfect addition to a romantic multi-city break, while the charming nearby town of Mestre will also give you a great daytrip option.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Venice houses many top-quality restaurants and other eateries, many serving up everything from traditional southern Italian pizza to plenty of dishes local to Venice. A local favourite is fresh cuttlefish and is used in numerous dishes, the ink often being used as part of the exquisite sauce. Don’t miss out on risotto dishes with fresh fish – as Venice is surrounded by water - or the cod and polenta meal. Take an afternoon espresso for a pick-me-up or satiate your sweet tooth with a bite or four of tiramisu to end the perfect culinary day.

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For Families

For Families

Italy is a favourite with families as Italians love children and will treat you kindly everywhere you go.

One of the top attractions in Venice is the square’s Duomo, a magnificent church marked with beautiful floor-to-ceiling mosaics. Even children will be interested and amazed by this and will enjoy climbing the bell tower and looking out over the city. Afterwards, sit in one of the many cafés that line the square or tuck into one of the country’s delicious gelatos.

Another popular thing activity for families is to take a ride in a Gondola; gondoliers put on a good show for children and it will be an experience they will never forget, watching the city float past.

Eating in Venice is a highlight for families, with pizzas, spaghetti and gelatos everywhere you look, as well as family friendly restaurants and cafés, you will find that eating takes up a lot of your time here especially as Italians like to stretch out their meals.

Venice is filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered. Sightseeing during city breaks in Venice is an infinite affair, but at the top of the list has to be a visit to St. Mark’s Square. Traditionally a meeting place for Venetians, this famous square is always bustling with activity from flower stalls to cafés.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Venice is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an action and adventure break, nevertheless, there are a few things to do in Venice for those wishing to keep the blood pumping around their veins. Row Venice offers a 90 minute session that allows you to learn to row like a Venetian gondolier; you’ll get the inside tips on how to get around Venice the traditional way and get to see the city from a gondolier’s point of view. October sees the Venice Marathon take to the streets of the city. The race actually starts around 30km to the west of the city but finishes in the heart of Venice, and you get to run over many of the famous bridges before you reach the finish line!

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Although Venice is known for canals, if you head out of the main island you will find plenty of beaches to satisfy your craving. The beach at Alberoni is an excellent beach to head to in order to avoid the main crowds and stuffiness of the city streets. The beach is in a nature reserve and is popular with water sports enthusiasts or families wanting to enjoy the sun and sea. Bibione is recommended for its cleanliness which makes it great for swimming or renting a sun bed and umbrella for the day. The beach is surrounded by pine trees to create a perfect balance of sun and shade. To get to Bibione beach you can take the train to Portogruaro and then a bus or it is an easy drive from Venice. If you want to stay for a night or two outside of Venice, a trip to Albarella is definitely worth it. You can only access the beach if you are a guest at the resort but you will be rewarded with beaches set in nature reserve and surrounded by trees.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

An evening meal and easily turn into a few drinks before heading out into the night of Venice or alternatively, a quiet apperitif with snacks could turn into a night out to remember. There is much less distinction between going out at night and going for a meal or a few drinks in Italy and Venice is no exception. There are plenty of all kind of bars in Venice from lively student type places to up-market winebars and establishments will be open until the early hours. Venice is an excellent place to see live jazz, head to Venice Jazz Club which has live performances, the cover charge is €20 and you get a free first drink and a table, the concerts start at 9 and you can order dinner before then.

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For Couples

For Couples

Venice is a perfect destination for a romantic city break, with so many beautiful sights and many wonderful places to eat and drink in an exceptional setting. There are many things to do in Venice for couples, from taking a gondola or water taxi to explore the sights from the water, to strolling around the narrow connecting streets and discovering hidden parts of this amazing place. Other things to do in Venice include taking a sunset boat trip out to one of the surrounding islands, try a cycling excursion to some of the sights just outside of Venice, or take a stroll in the enchanting gardens of Villa Pisani.

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Culture

Culture

The Venice Carnevale runs for the 10 days leading up to Shrove Tuesday, and is the world’s most famous masked ball, though there are numerous events and parties throughout the carnival period. La Biennale di Venezia runs on alternate years and features amazing Art and Architecture exhibitions, though the scope of these are quite wide and also include the acclaimed Venice International Film Festival. The Veneto Jazz Festival takes place at various times throughout the year and attracts some big names from this genre. Mare Maggio is a relatively new festival that allows a three day glimpse into the walls of the Arsenale, including historical re-enactments as part of the programme. The festival of St. Mark’s, or Festa di San Marco, is the celebration of the saint, with a gondoliers’ regatta and other festivities throughout St. Mark’s Square.

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