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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:
Nights: 6 | from £2,995pp
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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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
Nights: 9 | from £5,199pp
Discover pearls of the Adriatic and their wild beauty, gaining access to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Find out more
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My travel consultant, Sarah Brunger, was very polite to talk to over the phone and I felt as though she asked all the right questions. She was very kind and presented me with a number of options to choose from and even after I had made a choice, was very accommodating with the specific changes I was requesting.
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Best time to be there
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.
Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Verona (British Airways), Naples and Venice (British Airways or bmi)
2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes
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