This unique historic sinking city has been voted the most romantic city in the world and it is clear to see why. There is so much to see and do so after a busy day sightseeing why not relax in one of the cafes on the square or grab a bite to eat in one of the many beautiful restaurants.
There is so much to see and do from people watching as you take a break at one of the cafes or a visit to St Marks Square which has many covered galleries and expensive shops. One of the best ways to see the sights is of course the famous Gondola which can be quite expensive but certainly worth it.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Venice Reviews
The Venice Lido is where you will find the beaches. Not only are there some good beaches but there are also plenty of shops, restaurants and a couple of nightclubs. There are loungers, umbrellas and beach huts for hire or you can simply throw your towel down in the sand.
Things to Do
One of the best ways to see Venice is to simply wander about yourself without guides and preferably in the opposite direction of the major crowds. There are lots of little streets and squares that lots of people don't get the chance to see as they spend a lot of time looking at the main attractions so if you do have a spare few hours, have a wander and see what delights you come across.
A more relaxing way to see of of the sights would be to take a trip on a gondola. You won't get up close to the major attractions and it can be quite expensive but it really is a must while in Venice.
St Marks Square is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and is considered to be the city's main tourist attraction. The main feature of the square is St Marks Basilica with its separate bell tower, the Campanile which is the city's tallest building at almost 99m high. If you take the lift to the top, you can get some amazing views of the city, the Lido, the lagoon and if you are lucky enough, the Dolomites. There are lots of bars and restaurants around the square too so it is perfect for watching everybody wandering about.
The beautiful Doge's Palace is also on St Marks Square and as the city's second most important attraction, it is well worth a visit. It is quite expensive to tour the palace but some say it is well worth it and it is the only way you will be able to walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs.
There are many other churches, museums and galleries in Venice, some of which are free to enter so do your research before you go so you can get to see everything you want without spending a fortune.
Out and About
There are many restaurants to visit and many traditional dishes to try out too such as oca in onto which is goose in it's own fat, freshwater lagoon fish and raw seafood. Seafood is very popular here and it is your chance to try sea snails, spider crab or mantis shrimp if you fancy. As you can imagine, gelato is very popular here too, you can stick to original flavours or if you are feeling a little more adventurous you could try something a bit different such as artichoke or asparagus.
There is not much in the way of nightlife in Venice but plenty of the bars are open late which is fine for most as it can be tiring sightseeing all day and not many people want to party all night. For those who do want to party, there are a few clubs down at the Lido.
There are so many shops here in Venice and you will find a wide variety of goods. There are the usual tacky tourist shops but you will also find shops selling genuine Venetian goods.
There are many festivals and events held throughout the year. The Venice Film Festival is held in August each year and many stars and starlets can be seen, so keep you eyes peeled, you never know who you many see. Lots of people also come and visit in December to see the Christmas markets where you can buy all sorts of gifts and trinkets. The beginning of January celebrates Epiphany (officially the 12th day of Christmas) and Befana which is the arrival of a good witch. It is celebrated by a regatta where men dress up like witch racing boats. With so much going on, it is worth checking out what is on during your visit.
Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello which are the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The islands are easily reached by vaporetto and the trip makes for a great day out. Murano has been home to glass blowers for centuries, Torcello is home to one of the oldest churches in Venice and is where the original Venetian settlers made their homes and Burano is famous for lace making so there is plenty to see and learn on a day out visiting the islands.
The beautiful city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is only an hour and a half train ride from Venice. There is lots to see here such as a well preserved Roman arena in the centre of the city, some lovely churches and last but not least, Juliet's balcony.
With so many vineyards in the region it would be silly not to visit one of them so enjoy a wine tasting tour and sample some wines that you may not normally get to try.
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