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Italy’s Floating City is the pinnacle of weekend breaks. Weave through Venice’s canals in an iconic gondola. Feast on a diet of seafood, pasta and fine wine. And admire the city’s famous bridges, piazzas and bridges.

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Holidays in Venice

Weekends in Venice are a class apart from any other city break in Europe, or indeed the world. Its Gothic architecture, Byzantium artworks and Romanesque mosaics lend Venice the grandeur of a major European capital – which it once was. Venice is more popular than ever, so it’s best to book early – and, once you arrive, you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. Discover the postcard sights of San Marco Campanile Bell Tower, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Biblioteca Marciana. And tick off the grand palaces and the famous opera house, Teatro la Fenice. But Venice isn’t all about the big attractions – a lot of the city’s charm actually lies away from the tourist hotspots. Explore the winding waterways and narrow streets, keeping your eyes peeled for tucked-away archways, delicate bridges and ornate doorways.

Things to do in Venice

Venetian Opulence

Hotels in Venice are everything that Italian elegance should be – luxurious, opulent and romantic. Entrances are often hidden down non-descript alleyways, the Venetian waters quietly sloshing at front doors. For the most part, they’re indistinguishable from the houses, like the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. But behind closed doors, you can expect spacious lobbies adorned with Renaissance art and sleek Italian furniture, lit by Murano glass chandeliers. LaGare Hotel Venezia is set within a former kiln on Murano Island, with its best rooms looking out over the Grand Canal and the Casanova Gardens. Elsewhere, in hotels like the Aman Canal Grande, you’ll find courtyards and orchards filled with citrus trees – havens if you’re visiting during the summer months – and private landing jetties fit for celebrity-style entrances.

 

Legacy of Performing Art

Venice has been such a great source of art and inspiration that it’s become a masterpiece itself. It’s a city of performing heritage – and there’s plenty to see. Step inside the red velvet and gilded interior of the Teatro la Fenice for an evening at the opera – you’ll need to book in advance. Or step inside one of the city’s oldest churches, the San Giacomo di Rialto, to see the Ensemble Antonio Vivaldi. If you’re on a last-minute holiday to Venice, keep your ears pricked for violins trilling from open church windows. There’s no shortage of free shows, and stumbled-upon rehearsals are often as good as the real thing. Saint Mary of the Friars – also known as the Friari – regularly hosts free organ recitals and post-lunch concerts.

 

Venice's Inner Beauty

Venice is a place that’s inspired the words of Shakespeare and Casanova, and the symphonies and concertos of Vivaldi. Take your time seeing the architecture from the outside – but make sure you save time for the interiors. A city break to Venice wouldn’t be complete without admiring the grand ceilings of St Mark’s Basilica, or the fine brush strokes of the Renaissance paintings that adorn palace walls. The Gallerie dell’Accademia is worth a visit, too. It charters the evolution of Venetian art from the 14th through to the 18th century, with big names like Bellini, Titian and Veronese splashed over the walls. And the Scuola Grande di San Rocco houses Tintoretto’s most renowned works, featuring biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

 

Best time to visit Venice

In the summertime, you can dine al fresco, enjoy open-air concerts and soak up the sunshine on a gondola. But even short breaks to Venice in summer can be somewhat marred by the crowded waterways and fully-booked restaurants. If you want good weather in the Floating City, you’ll have to be prepared to endure the crowds. Or, quite simply, go in winter. Cheap holidays to Venice are easy to come by during the cold months – the concert calendar is just as full, and the canals are blessedly empty. Plus, February and March are Venice carnival season, when Venetian masks are taken out of drawers and dusted off for the parties, festivals and masquerade balls.

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