Venice is a tourist hot-spot in Italy as it is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world. The city stretches across 118 small islands and almost the same as it was six hundred years ago. The romantic city has plenty of character. Venice is like a labyrinth with its backstreets and hidden paths.
Venice is jam-packed with artistic and architectural wonders, some are famous sights and others are out of sight and harder to find. It is known for its sights such as Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Bell tower of St. Mark. Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city, it is easy to walk around, although water taxis and gondolas are available.
Venice is a city in eastern Italy which it made up of 118 small islands. Venice is on a lagoon so the water plays a key role in transportation. The most popular way to visit Venice is by boat or train. Trains from the mainland run through Mestre to the Venezia Santa Lucia train station on the west side of Venice. Venezia Mestre is the last stop on the mainland.
For travellers arriving by train, there are regular overnight trains from major European cities such as Paris, Zurich, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Munich
Top 10 things to do in Venice
1. Saint Mark’s basilica
Saint Mark's Basilica is on the Piazza San Marco it is the most famous sight to see in Venice. The admission is free although there are three smaller museums within the basilica which you’ll have to pay an entry to see
2. St. Mark’s Square
Saint Marks Square is a real marble salon, the city center for centuries. The square is next to both the Basilica and the Doge's Palace, all the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been held there and now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city's main symbol and tourist attraction. St. Mark’s Square overlooks the water, the Procurator's residence, the bell tower and the Doge's Palace. To get an enhanced experience of the square visit it at night, it will be empty and light up.
3. Grand Canal Tour
The Grand canal is the main canal in Venice, it runs for 2 miles from the train station to San Marco. Passing down the canal gives a great introduction to Venice. Ride a Vaporetto water bus down the Grand Canal The Vaporettos route shows you the sights and incredible architecture. Vaporetto tickets can be purchased at most stops, On board, you can only buy single tickets.
4. Doge’s Palace
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), is a Gothic Palace at San Marco square. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice and is well-known for its prisons. There are guided tours available that will let you discover Casanova's jail and the breathtaking five hundred-year old roof structure.
5. Burano Island
Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon that is known for its small, brightly-painted houses and is popular with artists. If someone wishes to paint their home, they must send a request to the government, who will respond with exactly what colours are permitted for that lot.
6. Rialto Market and Bridge
Don't miss the Rialto market and the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). The Rialto market is for shoppers and food lovers, it consists of small shops, restaurants and a farmers market. Shopping in the market is less expensive than the Piazza San Marco which is a hotspot for tourists. The bridge has become one of Venice's most recognizable icons and has a history that spans over 800 years.
7. Gondola for two
There’s nothing more romantic than sailing down the canals slowly at night past beautiful Renaissance buildings. Pick up a gondola at any of the main bridges, the Rialto or Accademia. Look out for the driver’s boater hat and striped shirt.
The Campanile is the city's tallest building, at almost 99m (325ft) it has served both as a watchtower and a bell tower.
9. Island Hopping
Take a motorboat a few miles across the Venetian lagoon to the untouched islands nearby. Get lost in their streets, Get a bite to eat or shop for signature coloured glass ornaments and lace on Murano
10. The Arsenale
The Arsenale is a large dockyard which is now largely disused. It has been a dockyard since the 8th century.
Venice Carnival package with 3* hotel and entrance to afternoon period dance
Venice Carnival is the most special time to visit this beautiful city with so much going-on with the elaborate costumes and masks on display from locals and tourists alike. During this city break package you'll get entrance to a special hot chocolate dance in a small square with a classical trio and Dance Master. You'll also spend 3 nights in a 3* hotel, providing you with plenty of time to explore this unique location. Prices start from €519per personPDF Download: Teatro la Fenice seating map
- Experience the world-famous Venice Carnival!
- Travel back in time to the Renaissance period in Italy with an afternoon ball, complete with costumes, masks, arias of love, dance lessons and hot chocolate!
- Soak up the culture of Venice at its most spectacular time of year!
- Accommodation in 3* Hotel Belle Arti or similar in Venice city centre - checking-in on 24th February 2017
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance ticket to chocolate dance at Hotel Splendid
- Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified
- Airport transfers
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything else not mentioned above
Hotel Splendid Venice
25th February 2017
You will be allocated a double room in a 3* hotel such as Belle Arti or Belle Apoque in Venice city centre. Chocolate dance at Hotel Splendid Venice The sweetest event of the Venice Carnival is held in the campiello (small square) covered by a glass rooftop at the Hotel Splendid Venice. Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and Venetian biscuits in a festive atmosphere. A classical trio will accompany the Dance Master and his partner during their dance lesson. Guests will learn the basic steps of period dances and will be able to easily replicate them. Dress code: Period costume. Period costume can be rented at Atelier Tiepolo from 10am-8pm daily. Costumes start from €330EUR but those with an entrance ticket to the chocolate dance can benefit from 10% discount on costume rental. Costumes must be left back by 11am the following day.
Extra nights are available from €125pp. Hotel upgrades to 4* Hotel La Fenice et Des Artistes or similar are also available from €94pp.
3* Hotel Belle Arti or similar
Your hotel will be located in Venice city centre. It will be a 3* hotel such as Hotel Belle Arti or similar.
This is an example of a 3* Hotel in Venice in the city centre. You will stay in a double room inclusive of continental buffet breakfast.
All images are an example of the hotel you will be staying in.
Nearest Airport: Aeroporto Marco Polo di Venezia (approx. 40mins)
Other airports: Treviso Airport (approx. 1hr)
Follow Viale Galileo Galilei to Via Triestina/SS14. Follow SS14 and Strada Regionale 11 Padana Superiore to Direzione Porto Marittimo. Continue on Direzione Porto Marittimo. Then turn right onto Corfu, GR – Venezia, IT/Venezia, IT – Corfu, GR where you will take this ferry to Venice.
By Public Transport
Take the 35 bus to Venezia P. Roma. From here, the hotel is around 1.5km away.
By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.
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