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Venice is a city that has endured a historical litany of triumph and tragedy, rising from its marshy foundations to become a Romantic labyrinth of placid waterways and sweeping bridges. A marvel of engineering, its watery beginnings belie incredible feats of industry, with marble churches and grand palaces languishing on ancient wooden piles driven into its muddy banks. Moorish and Byzantine influences abound in its stunning architecture, whilst its past residents including Vivaldi and Casanova can still be felt in the narrow alleyways. Easily navigable on foot, Venice is heaven for lovers of Italian gastronomy, wine and zest for life. With artistic masterpieces on every corner, look past the crowds and gondoliers to see that Venice isn't all romance and seduction.

Art, literature and architecture are the three cornerstones of Venice's charm: the soaring views from Campanile di San Marco are unparalleled, while the charmingly unusual architecture of Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a haven for design buffs. We recommend taking a short ferry ride to the quiet fishing village of Burano. Its twisting streets are a riot of colour, resembling a box of vivid oil paints, with little fi shing boats bobbing along its narrow thoroughfare. Famous for its lace-making, Burano retains traditional workshops still practising the painstakingly precise textile craft made with needles. While on the island, try the local wine made from the rare Venetian grape, Dorona.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

City Breaks to Rome

Nights: 3 | from £675pp

Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. Bring Roman history to... Find out more

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Venice City Break

Nights: 3 | from £625pp

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Florence City Break

Nights: 3 | from £650pp

Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Florence. Find out more

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

Nights: 6 | from £3,950pp

Immerse your family in the exciting world of Italian history on a luxurious tour of Rome, Florence and Pisa that makes learning fun – and delicious, with... Find out more

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Amalfi Coast

Nights: 4 | from £1,850pp

Sip Limoncello overlooking the romantic Amalfi coast each night after your adventures exploring Capri and Pompeii during your 4 night holiday. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this iconic Belmond hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge's... Find out more

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Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel: a timeless wonder amid the Venetian art, the 14th century palace of Doge Dandolo is a masterpiece of hospitality.... Find out more

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Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

Labyrinthine streets, alleys and canals, the archetypal images of Venice, surround and contrast with the contemporary design of this boutique gem. A refreshing... Find out more

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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Located on Isola delle Rose in the Venetian lagoon, this secluded retreat is a private island resort just a quick boat ride from Piazza San Marco (by... Find out more

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Londra Palace

This elegant property, a member of Relais & Chateaux, dates back to 1860 and once played host to Tchaikovsky - in fact he composed the first three... Find out more

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Luna Hotel Baglioni

Location is everything. Metres from both Piazza San Marco as well as the fluvial toing and froing of the San Marco Basin and Grand Canal, Luna Hotel Baglioni... Find out more

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The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Occupying a sumptuous 15th century palazzo overlooking the most attractive stretch of the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace was once home to a Doge and occupies... Find out more

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Venice Simplon-Orient Express

A work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon Orient-Express offers a journey unlike any other. Step aboard and you enter... Find out more

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Barcelona to Monte Carlo Ft. Silversea Cruises

Nights: 14 | from £3,550pp

Contrast the glitz of Monte Carlo with the rustic prettiness of Elba on a voyage that brings out the best of the Mediterranean’s history, art, and culture. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

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Borgo Egnazia, Italy

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Book a 4 night stay at Borgo Egnazia and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel 2nd November - 29th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Castello del Nero, Italy

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Book a 4 night stay at Castello del Nero and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel until 7th January 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

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Coastal areas and the islands are great year round, although July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside these months. August is very much a shut down month as Italians take their annual break.

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