Venice Travel Tips
Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, city of canals and palaces… or tawdry sewer alive with crowds and charlatans?
For a thousand years Venice was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on the face of the earth. Today the brilliance and influence have long since faded, leaving a town of tarnished glories, out of time and out of place, so achingly beautiful it's hard not to look for the back of the set.
Water is a fundamental element of Venice. While in any other city you might take a bus or the subway to get where you’re going, in Venice it’s the boat that reigns supreme. No doubt the most ...
The ancient city of Venice, named after the goddess Venus, is a treasure trove of sites to see and visit. Built over 117 islands in the middle of a lagoon, you might think that the city could only ...
Any town with a couple of canals can claim to be the Venice of the North, the Venice of the East or the Venice of Minnesota. But there will only ever be one Venice. The incomparable architecture ...
Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of canals and lanes is one of Venice's principal pleasures. The cluster of sights around the Piazza San Marco are heart-clutchingly beautiful, but ...
Sure it can seem a bit kitsch, but you’re in Venice, the sun is shining or it’s a romantically balmy evening, so what do you do? Take a ride in a gondola! Venice is meant to be viewed from the water, ...
It’s easy to get off the beaten path in Venice – just ignore the yellow signs pointing to the Rialto or San Marco or the train station and, hey presto, you’ll be lost and away from the madding crowd ...
In stark contrast to Carnival festivities in Rio, New Orleans and elsewhere, the Carnival of Venice, like the city that hosts it, is straight out of a historical drama. Resurrected by the Italian ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2011
There are many ways to arrive in Venice and your first view of this magical city will remain in your mind for a long time. The least romantic or memorable but easiest, is by train (to Venice Santa ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
Famous for inventing the delicious drink, the Bellini (Prosecco and fresh peach juice), Harry’s Bar is a Venice institution. Located at the end of small Calle Vallaresso not far from San Marco ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, November 2011
Venice boasts some of the most spectacular sights in Italy. Here are my top 5 best places to get a good view of Venice.
1. Campanile: It’s the city’s tallest building at 325 ft (99m) and is slap ...
Written by Jessica, USA, September 2012
There are several boat races in the Venetian lagoon from May through
September, and the last one of the season is the Burano Regatta – the
Regata di Burano in Italian. It is, as the name suggests, ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
Life and theater, all in a mask. This is the theme of the 2012 Venice Carnival and what better stage setting could you find for acting out your daily life than Venice. Carnival marks the beginning ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012
The mainland region surrounding Venice is called the Veneto. This is where the nobility of Venice would escape to when the canals became too stinky to bear in the hottest months. Most of us think ...
Written by Jessica, USA, December 2012
It’s no myth – Venice
is notoriously expensive to visit. You’ll get more out of your stay if
you can spend at least one night on the islands, but that may mean
watching your euros more closely ...
Written by Jessica, USA, March 2013
Venice is simultaneously popular and polarizing. You’ll hear most first-time visitors to Italy say they have to include Venice on their itinerary, but you’ll hardly hear anyone who’s been there have ...
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