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Book trips to Venice with Travelbag for 2018, the Floating City in Italy’s northeast. Water taxi around the city on the iconic gondolas, feast on a diet of seafood, pasta and fine wine and admire buildings from the inside and outside; outside for their colourful walls lapped by the water roads; inside for their elegant interior décor. A weekend in Venice is perfect for a honeymoon, art sightseeing and eating good food.

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Holidays in Venice

Venice breaks are a class apart from a visit to any other European city or indeed the world. Its Gothic architecture, Byzantium artworks and Romanesque mosaics lend it the grandeur of major European capitals, which it indeed once was. There’s the likes of the San Marco Campanile Bell Tower, Basilica of Saint Mark and the Biblioteca Marciana in San Marco, famous opera houses (Teatro la Fenice) and grand palaces from the time that Venice was the predominant power in the eastern Mediterranean. The waterways that connect all this undoubtedly once lent Venice the feel of a peaceful water top village – at least in parts. Not so nowadays. Mass tourism means it’s busy, busier even than when it functioned as a major trading port. Book accommodation early and consider hotels that have communal space, an orchard or courtyard, so you can escape the crowds. Otherwise drop off the main roads and keep an eye out for delicate bridges fixed over flat bottomed gondolas that are framed like photographs by arches and doorways.

Things to do in Venice

Venetian Opulence

Venice hotels are everything that Italian elegance should be; luxurious, opulent and reflected in the renowned girandole mirrors. Entrances are often hidden away down non-descript alleyways, the Venetian waters quietly sloshing at front doors. For the most part, they’re indistinguishable from residences from the outside like the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. But behind closed doors are 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, its best rooms looking out over the Grand Canal and the Casanova Gardens.  Elsewhere you’ll find courtyards and orchards filled with citrus trees, havens if visiting during the busy summer months and private landing jetties fit for movie star style entrances, like those of Aman Canal Grande. It was behind these Gothic building facades that the Clooney’s spent their wedding night.

 

Legacy of Performing Art

The Queen of the Adriatic has been such a productive source of art/inspiration that she has become a masterpiece in herself; a city of performing heritage. Book well in advance and get inside the red velvet and gilded interior of the Teatro la Fenice for an evening at the opera or step inside one of Venice’s oldest churches, the San Giacomo di Rialto, to listen to one of the regular performances of the Ensemble Antonio Vivaldi. If you’re on a last minute Venice holiday, keep your ears pricked for Venice violins trilling from open church windows – there’s no dearth of free shows and stumbled upon rehearsals are often as good as the real thing. Saint Mary of the Friars (I Frari) regularly hosts free organ recitals and post-lunch concerts.

 

Real Beauty on the Inside

Islamic style inflected arches of Doge’s Palace, shapely Byzantium-style domes of the Basilica of Saint Mark: Venice is a work of art that’s inspired the words of Shakespeare and Casanova and the symphonies and concertos of Vivaldi. Take your time taking the beauty of it all in – just make sure you save time for the interiors. Weekend breaks to Venice are well spent admiring the fine brush strokes of Renaissance paintings that adorn palace ceilings and walls between stretched out meals and coffees in waterside cafes. The Gallerie dell’Accademia charters the evolution of Venetian art from the 14th through to the 18th century with big names like Bellini, Titian and Veronsese splashed over the walls. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco houses Tintoretto’s most renowned works; biblical scenes from old and new testaments.

 

Best time to visit Venice

In the summertime you can dine al fresco, enjoy open air concerts and try to lose the crowds in secret gardens. But even short breaks to Venice during the summertime can be marred by the crowded waterways and the fully booked concert shows and restaurants. If you want the good weather and the Floating City, you’ll have to be prepared to endure the crowds. Cheap holidays to Venice are easy to come by during the winter months; the concert calendar is just as full, the canals are blessedly empty plus there’s the February/March winter festival when the Venetian masks are pulled out of old drawers and parties ensue.

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Take a look at our Venice city breaks and see how much you could save. Our range of Venice accommodation options are some of the best available at reasonable prices.

Travelbag has been arranging package holidays since 1979, our European specialists know where to stay in Venice and where the cheap hotels in Venice are.

Call our customer services team on 0203 139 7074 or visit us at one of our branches to book your Venice holidays 2018 today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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