Brimming with breathtaking sights, mouth-watering meals, and unique places to explore, Venice holidays and 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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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 and so many sights to see during a Venice weekend break, all enclosed in a relatively small area but concentrated on the centre of the city.
Although Venice is known for canals, if you head out of the main island you will find plenty of beaches to satisfy your craving.
An evening meal can 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 all kinds of bars in Venice from lively student type places to up-market winebars and establishments which will be open until the early hours.
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
Weather-wise, the best time to head out on a Venice weekend break is during the summer. Temperatures soar, but so do the touristic crowds. If you’d rather avoid the huge amounts of people visiting the city, visit Venice during September to November. During this time the temperatures are lower too, so make sure you pack some rain boots to prepare for any rainfall.
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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. One things for sure, you won't finish your Venice holiday dissatisfied.
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Italy is a favourite with families as Italians love children and will treat you kindly everywhere you go. So why not enjoy a Venice holiday with your loved ones?
Venice holidays have so much in store when it comes to culture. From amazing cultural events and festivals to an abundance of museums which allow you to learn even more about this fascinating city.