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The city of Venice needs little introduction. Few cities offer such a wealth of beauty, charm and history. The romantic city of Venice is located in the Veneto region of Italy — with easy access to Croatia. This ancient and historically important city was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Instead or roads, Venice relies on a series of waterways and canals.
Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical,spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is areal miracle of creative genius: a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape. Must-see places to visit include the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
We would recommend a trip that commences in Venice, before traveling onto Croatia for a small-ship cruise.
Venice At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Venice 2hours 15mins
Population of Venice 262,000
What to See in Venice Canal Grande, Doge’s Palace, Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Ponte di Rialto, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Centro Storico di Venezia, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa
Towns or Islands to Visit near Venice Murano Island, Burano Island, Milan, Florence, Trieste, Ljubljana, Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija
Things to do in Venice
Visit the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is Venice’s main boulevard. Enjoy a waterbus, taxi-boat or an iconic gondola and float past the wonderful historic buildings lining the canal banks. Lined with sumptuous Venetian palaces and gondolas, water taxis, and vaporetti (public ferries), this thoroughfare is a feast for the senses.
The Grand Canal winds its way through the central neighborhoods of Venice from the Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), passing under the iconic Rialto Bridge along the way, and functions as the scenic main artery for transporting both people and goods
Explore Doge's Palace
The magnificent Doge’s Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece in Gothic architecture. The wow-factor of the majestic marble exterior is exceeded by the treasures held within – history buffs and aficionados of classical art will never want to leave. The palace opened as a museum in 1923, is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic.
The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark’s Square.
Explore Lido di Venezia
Take a breather from the touristic bustle and visit the charming Lido di Venezia with small canals and beautiful old villas. A short boat ride from the centre, it’s where some of Venice’s best (and cheapest!) restaurants are hidden. It is just a 10 minute boat ride from St.Mark’s Square which separates the lagoon from the sea. The Lido di Venezia has been the Venetian’s favourite summer residence for generations as the air is significantly fresher and the island is less touristic.