One of the most magical cities in the world - from St Mark's Basilica to the elegant Rialto Bridge, Venice is a Canaletto canvas come to life.
Stay in the city centre to truly appreciate the unique atmosphere of this ancient city, with all the museums and galleries on your doorstep. As the day trippers catch their coaches home you can wander the canals of Venice in the warm summer breeze while taking your holiday snaps without the crowds stepping into shot.
Venice's maze of tiny side streets is a shopaholic’s haven. From tiny botteghe where you can buy traditional Carnevale masks to workshops specialising in Venetian glassware, you’ll find plenty to bring home to remind you of your stay.
Very much a marvel of the modern world, the 118 islands that make up Venice remain a tribute to the Renaissance. Apart from by foot, the only other way to travel in this romantic city is on the water. Take a gondola ride if you’re keen to experience the city like a traditional Venetian, or hitch a ride in a water taxi for a speedier journey through the canals. And a visit to the Doge’s Palace is a must. As well as all the majesty and decadence of its golden staircase and frescoes, you can walk across the Bridge of Sighs, offering a last glimpse of Venice to prisoners just committed to prison.