This week we’re dedicating some of our precious Superbreak time to the lovely city of Venice. As a fascinatingly unique and beautiful Italian destination, we think it deserves some time in the spotlight as our Destination of the Week – Hurray!
As well as being graced with this marvellous honour, we’ve put together some top tips and some super-interesting facts as a guide to making the most of your amazing European break to Venice.
1. An impressive 15million visitor’s flock to Venice each year to enjoy its wonderful sights – 15million?! It’s got to be good!
2. Venice is made up of a staggering 118 islands – Italian island hopping ‘ere we come!
3. There’s more than 150 canals and a remarkable 409 bridges to explore – that’s 409 fantastic places to pose for your next Facebook profile pic.
4. More than 400 gondoliers work the Venetian canals – and yes, they really do wear stripy tops and boater hats…
5. Poor old Venice is sinking at a rate of 1-2mm every year – all the more reason to visit before it disappears!
Top sights to see
Where to begin? Venice is jammed packed with fascinating and exciting things to see and do. Starting with those famous bridges, the Rialto, Scalzi and Sighs are 3 of the most popular bridges in Venice, with Rialto sitting at the top of that sightseeing list. Not only the oldest and most famous bridge in the city, the stone arch is visually stunning and a 15th century historical feat.
Navigating your way through the quaint cobbled alleyways, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city at Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square). With spectacular views overlooking the Venetian waters and home to magnificent historic buildings such as the Basilica San Marco and Doge’s Palace, you can easily lose a couple of hours exploring this square.
To reach new heights, we recommend a hefty but ‘well-worth it’ climb to the top of the Campanile. At 323ft tall, the Basilica San Marco bell tower offers visitors amazing views across the Venetian lagoon for a truly unforgettable moment on your short break to Venice!
When to visit
April, May, June and September to mid-October are the most popular times to visit Venice with mild temperatures and fewer tourists to contend with. Peak season in Venice is generally July to August and comes with an exciting buzz plus plenty of fellow tourists. You’ll also experience temperatures of up to 27C making those canals look more and more appealing by the minute!
If you prefer uncrowded spots then winter might be the best time for you, but beware…flooding is quite common in the area. January to February sees the beginnings of the tourist season with a quiet and peaceful atmosphere to appreciate. You might even catch the famous Venetian Carnival held from February to March, perfect for a Valentine’s treat!
This always depends of the individual traveller and how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re looking to enjoy the full Venetian experience with a tour of the Grand Canal, gondola ride, water-side dining, Venetian shopping…then you can expect to have a pricey trip! That said, this doesn’t mean budget travellers can’t appreciate what Venice has to offer too.
If you’re eager to experience Venice from its famous waters, then the vaporetti (waterbuses) are an affordable and extremely fun way to do so – who needs romantic gondolas anyway? When it comes to lunch, it’s always nice to sit down and watch the world goes by as you tuck into a delicious Italian dish, but you could save those precious pennies by taking a trip to the Rialto Market. Bustling with atmosphere, this market offers savvy diners fresh, seasonal and local produce ideal for a sneaky picnic next to the canal.
Where to stay?
When it comes to finding accommodation, you’ve definitely come to the right place! We’ve got a fantastic choice of hotels in and around Venice, catering for every budget and every need. Here’s a select few popular Venice hotels that we recommend you take a look at…
3* Casa Martini (Venice) from £41.59pp
This elegant family-own Venetian town house is perfectly situated just a short distance from Venice’s train station and close to the many markets, shops and restaurants in the area. With its charming atmosphere and traditional interior, Casa Martini is the ideal place for an affordable trip to Venice.
4* Principe Hotel (Venice) from £98.50pp
With spectacular views over the Grand Canal, the 4* Principe Hotel offers its guests a lavish and romantic retreat in Venice. Inspired by traditional Venetian décor, the hotel boasts sumptuous and elegant furnishings, as well as romantic terrace perfect for enjoying a glass of local wine.
4* Ruzzini Palace Hotel (Venice) from £127pp
Located in the heart of Venice’s historic centre in campo Santa Maria Formosa, this stunning hotel is the ideal setting for a short break in Italy. Close to many of the city’s main attractions including the Rialto bridge, visitors can experience an authentic and luxurious Venetian getaway while staying at the 4* Ruzzini Palace Hotel.
*all prices are correct at the time of publishing
If these hotels aren’t for you, don’t worry! We’ve got tonnes of choice on our website and we’re always happy to help if you need any further guidance on your trip to Venice!
Have you ever visited this wonderful European destination? What are your top tips for making the most of a short break in Venice? Get in touch using the comments box below.