Last minute holidays to Venice
Take a trip to the floating city
Once in Venice it’s almost difficult to imagine life on the land. The city is built along picturesque canals and waterways, streets are connected by ridiculously romantic bridges, and very quickly you become enchanted and forget that such things as roads and cars even exist. The lack of road traffic gives the city an enchanted, timeless feel. Travel by river bus from the city’s airport or train station, or, if you’d like to avoid the famous Italian noise and bustle, book a private water taxi. There are very few modern buildings in the centre of Venice, and our luxurious hotels are a charming window into a romantic era. Of course, for pure romance, it's difficult to beat the classic Venetian gondola ride!
Explore the heart of the city
The architecture in Venice is beautiful, and the traffic-free nature of the city makes it ideal to explore on foot. The city centre is compact, with the iconic St Mark’s Square at its heart. Enjoy an espresso or gelato – Italy is famous for both coffee and ice cream – while sitting in the sophisticated and elegant piazza, enjoying a spot of people (and pigeon) watching before going on to explore St Mark’s Basilica, with its famous bell tower. Italy is of course home to the most famous artists of the classical style, and as such you would expect the city to have a fitting art gallery. In this instance, you certainly won‘t be disappointed – there are several! The renaissance heritage is displayed to perfection in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, and the Guggenheim, situated on the Grand Canal, is a wonderful temple to modern art.
Sample Venice's specialities
While pizza and pasta are readily available, in Venice pasta is largely considered as merely a starter before you enjoy the traditional regional specialities. Stick with the spirit of spontaneity and explore the characterful bistros that can be found in the alleyways. Whatever delicious cuisine you choose, enjoy it with one of the light and fresh wines for which the Veneto region is famous and finish with the sweets traditionally enjoyed during the renowned Carnival of Venice.
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