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 to go & what to do at night in Venice

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Venice

      This guide to the best things to do after dinner in Venice shows you just why it’s a destination on most people’s bucket lists. The romantic charm of a city on water, where you travel around by water taxis, is magnified at night when the city is peaceful. The day trips and cruise ships disappear and you’re left to explore...

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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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