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Venice and Venetian Riviera: Introduction
Venice's design is truly unique, with the city constructed on a series of islands and the main mode of transport being by boat along its famous canals. This makes the city a wonderful place to visit, while its outstanding architecture is yet another draw.
Flights to Venice usually take around two hours from London, with Monarch offering services from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports. This makes it a great place for a weekend getaway, while Venice has enough attractions to keep you busy for a week or more if you have longer to spend in the city.
Although Venice has a reputation for being the city of love, it's a fantastic place to visit as a family or with friends. The array of art galleries makes it an outstanding choice for culture vultures, while its varied heritage will keep history lovers more than happy.
Why travel to Venice?
Venice is a cultural hub in Italy that's well worth exploring on a city break or a longer holiday. The main sights are located around or close to San Marco Square, so this is an excellent place to begin your tour. On the plaza itself are the Doge's Palace, St Mark's cathedral and its famous bell tower, and the impressive clock tower.
To see an altogether different side to Venice head to its Jewish ghetto, with the oldest buildings in this corner of Venice dating from the early 16th century. There are five synagogues in this area, as well as the Museum of Jewish Art. Another notable sight here is Banco Rosso - an old pawn shop that was even mentioned in Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.
Of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without cruising on the canals - you can hop in one of the water taxis if you don't fancy paying for a private gondola ride. Touring the city's waterways presents an excellent chance to admire its many bridges, including the Rialto, Accademia and Scalzi bridges.
Top museums and galleries in Venice
In addition to its architecture and inherent beauty, one of the main attractions in Venice is its museums and galleries. These are numerous and can be found all over the city - the following are just a few of the establishments worth visiting once you've disembarked from your flight to Venice.
• Galleria dell'Accademia - This is Venice's premier art gallery, boasting works by the likes of Tiziano, Tintoretto, Carpaccio and Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to the paintings, there is also a collection of sculptures here.
• Palazzo Ducale Museum - Located within the Doge's Palace is the Palazzo Ducale Museum where you can see more artistic masterpieces by painters such as Veronese and Tiziano. A tour of the palace also involves visiting the armoury and prisons.
• Marciano Museum - Situated in San Marco Square is the Marciano Museum, where you can view a collection of religious pieces, mosaics and manuscripts. Among the highlights are the bronze horse sculptures that used to stand outside in the square but that are now part of the museum.
• Peggy Guggenheim Museum - This is another of Venice's top art galleries, this time showcasing works by European and international artists from the 20th century. Among the artists represented in its galleries are Picasso, Brancusi, Mondrian, Pollock, Dali and Gorky.
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