Venice and Venetian Riviera
Venice is arguably one of Italy's most recognisable cities, with its network of canals and interlinking lagoons making it a truly remarkable place. A city break in Venice is the ultimate romantic getaway for couples, but there are so many cultural and historical attractions here that it suits a wide variety of travellers.
Its proximity to the coast also means there are several beaches where you can soak up the sun if you are visiting here during the summer. Venice has the distinction of being the world's only fully pedestrian city - you won't find any motorised vehicles here. The preferred mode of transport is, of course, boats along its canals.
Attractions to look out for in Venice
Every street in Venice is lined by historical buildings, although there are certainly some landmarks that stand out from the crowd. The following are a few of the city's must-visit attractions.
• San Marco Square - This is actually several top Venetian monuments in one location. The most impressive of these is San Marco Church, with its ornate facade featuring marble and mosaics - not to mention its five domes - making it really stand out. Its bell tower, meanwhile, has the distinction of being the tallest structure in the city. Don't leave without observing the clock tower, which is home to a now-restored astronomical timepiece.
• Doge's Palace - The Doge's Palace is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture and the building was once at the heart of Venice's political power. As well as admiring its exterior, make sure you venture inside to see some of its restored rooms and impressive statues.
• Accademia Bridge - As you may expect, there are dozens of bridges in Venice, with the Accademia Bridge one of the most famous. This spans the Grand Canal and is near our next top attraction.
• Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia - If you're only planning to visit one of Venice's art galleries, make it this one. There are dozens of pieces by Italian masters like Carpaccio, Tiziano and Bellini hung on the walls, while other highlights include drawings and sculptures by Leonardo da Vinci.
Out and about in Venice
An absolute must while you're on holiday in Venice is to take a ride in a private gondola along some of its canals. While the public water taxis are more than adequate for getting from A to B, there's nothing quite like drifting along at a slower pace and admiring some of the city's sights from the water.
Another wonderful way to spend a day or two of your city break in Venice is to explore its islands. Lido, which protects Venice's lagoon from the open sea, is where the locals flock to soak up the sun during the summer. Murano, meanwhile, is famous for its glass blowing and is a fascinating place to spend a few hours. As well as seeing skilled craftsmen in action, you can visit the Glass Museum to learn more about this old art.
Burano is also a popular day trip from the Venetian mainland, with this isle renowned for its lace working art. The streets here are a real delight to explore on foot, as all the buildings are painted in wonderfully bright colours.
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