Cheap Holidays to Venice (Italy)
Venice (Italy) Overview
Venice is a city without cars, built on a lagoon; with boats being the usual mode of transport. This and the city’s long history, make the Italian city a unique place to visit. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn when the temperatures are still warm but the city is less humid.
The Piazza San Marco is one of Venice’s most famous landmarks. During the day it is full of people taking in the sights, having a drink in a café and listening to classical music. This is where the Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower) can be found, featuring a newly restored astronomical clock. Guided tours allow views of the actual clock mechanism and rooftop bell. The Museo Correr is also located here with its collection of globes dating back to the 16th century.
The Basilica di San Marco is a spectacular Byzantine cathedral not far from the Piazza San Marco. It is free to visit and the mosaic interior is just as impressive as the outdoor architecture.
The Rialto Bridge is one of Venice’s most recognisable landmarks. Built in the late 1500’s it was for hundreds of years, the only way to cross the Grand Canal by foot. Other impressive bridges are the Bridge of Sighs and the Accademia Bridge. Whilst in the area, you might as well take a stroll around the Rialto markets and sample some of the fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
Other impressive landmarks include the Dogana di Mare (Sea Customs Post), the Campanile di San Marco and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum (a personal collection of modern art, including work by Picasso, Dali, Pollock, Kandinsky and Duchamp).
Shop until you drop!
If you’re not shopped out after a trip around the Rialto Markets, San Marco is where you can find your high fashion boutiques and big designer labels. Bargain hunters should head to the Mercerie close to the Rialto and if it’s souvenirs you’re after, check out the Strada Nova.
Visit the islands…
Venice is made up of around 100 different islands that are all accessible via waterbus. The island of Murano features a glassmaking museum where you can watch an authentic glassmaker at work. A similar lace museum can be found on the island of Burano which is also famous for having brightly coloured houses. San Michele used to be a prison island now used as Venice’s cemetery, full of manicured gardens, trees, monuments and yes, more than a few graves.
Row, row, row, (well punt actually) your boat…
Vaporettos (water buses) are cheap and easy ways to get around the city and a great way to view it. Gondola rides (where a personal Gondolier punts you around the sights of the city) are expensive but can be made cheaper by booking in advance and for a group. Traghetto gondola ferries (gondolas stripped of the luxury trimmings) are another cheaper alternative.
Important Information to consider when visiting Venice…
Due to the location of hotels in and around Venice, any transfer shuttle bus service may not be able to drop you at your hotel but will take you as close to your hotel as possible, with further instructions given as how to reach your accommodation. There is also a city tax to take into consideration, charged per person, per night and can vary depending upon the star rating of the hotel and the time of year in which you travel.