Anyone coming to the Venetian Riviera for a dose of jaw-dropping culture matched only by long sandy beaches will fall instantly and head over heels with Venice
The sheer concept of Venice – a city with canals instead of roads – is brilliant enough without the magic of the architecture, the music, the hotels and a carnival unlike any other. No wonder, then, that lovers of this magical place come back time and again.
|Flight Time:||2 hours 15|
|Holiday type:||Sightseeing, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 16.8°C
Rainfall: 829.6mm a year
|Airport Name||Code||Distance to City|
|Marco Polo||VCE||8 miles / 13 km|
Although the Doge’s Palace is top of many lists, ascending the Campanile (or bell tower) in the St Mark’s Square simply has to be done. On a clear day, the view from the top is simply eye-popping.
Must eat at:
The beautifully traditional Florian cafe, right in the middle of one of the arcades on St Mark’s Square, is a fabulous place for a pricey but stylish coffee and croissant. You can even put yourself in Gwynneth Paltrow’s shoes – a scene from The Talented Mr Ripley was filmed here.
Must be there for:
The annual Carneval, in the run-up to Lent, takes the whole city by storm as revelers from across the world come to dress up, romance and luxuriate in it all.
- For a perfectly-served Campari – and the perfect Venetian view – stop for a drink (or two) on the canal-level deck bar at the plush Gritti Palace hotel.
- Take the river bus to the Ca’Doro for a fascinating insider’s view of a beautiful palazzo.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.
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