If you have a special birthday, anniversary or are just lucky enough to have someone offer to look after the kids for the weekend, why not jump on a short flight to the romantic city of Venice
Venice is only 2 hours flight from London & from the moment you step outside Marco Polo airport you know you have come to somewhere special……a water taxi or water bus await you, ready to transport you to the city (be aware, water taxis are expensive but only take about 20 minutes – the water buses are a cheap option at only 13 Euros but take over an hour for the same journey)
Once in the city, Venice is small enough to be toured on foot & you can easily get to St.Mark’s Square through the narrow alleys called calle. This way you really get to see the heart and soul of the city
You’ll discover small squares, shops & cafes that give so much life to this unique city
Venice is basically numerous islands which are connected by many bridges, all sitting on the lagoon & riddled with canals, so wear comfortable shoes & be ready to walk up and down many small bridges!
Go to the Rialto Bridge, the largest and most popular bridge in Venice, lined with shops on each side & also allowing for some great snapshots of the Grand Canal (but note that most of the shops on and around the Rialto tend to have overpriced and lower quality merchandise) – head to the famous Bridge of Sighs, this historic bridge connects the Doge’s Palace with its prisons & was named for the condemned prisoners who crossed it to meet their executioners
Of course a visit to Venice is not complete without a trip on a gondola. These traditional vessels, which were designed especially for getting around the lagoon, are still the most elegant forms of transport in the city. Let the Gondolier guide you through the labyrinth of canals, perfect to mark a special occasion and of course an utterly romantic experience
It’s easy to get lost in Venice, but that is part of the whole experience! Make sure you take note of a famous landmark close to your hotel & use this as your guide home!
Where to stay:
Hotel La Calcina is located in the Zattere area, one of the most picturesque in Venice. It offers views of the Giudecca canal, elegant rooms and a restaurant open to the public – this is a good value hotel for a central position
If budget is less of a concern, a stay at the Hotel Danieli, with its famous opulent decor, is a must. With sweeping views of the sparkling Venice lagoon, the Hotel Danieli enjoys a particularly majestic location—just steps from the legendary Palazzo Ducale, dramatic St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, & the famed Bridge of Sighs
Or blow the budget totally with a sumptuous suite at the elegant Hotel Cipriani, beautifully situated at the tip of Giudecca Island with some of the city’s most magnificent views over the lagoon and St Marks basin. The journey from Piazza San Marco to the Cipriani is spectacular in itself
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