Short Breaks to Venice
Short breaks to Venice are perfect if you are planning a romantic getaway, or if you just want a few days exploring the city’s rich artistic heritage. For those who have not visited before, Venice it is a dazzling new experience, and for those that are returning there is always something new to see. You can walk everywhere, and take in all the major sights in a just a few days, although you may find yourself planning a longer return trip as it’s simply spectacular and magical.
Venice is unique. It is unmistakably Italian, but it has its own character as well. The Grand Canal snakes its way through the city, with smaller canals linked by a maze of tiny streets. All that water casts a particular light upon the remarkable architecture, creating an effect that is unlike anywhere else in the world. Many visitors are happy simply to spend their time wandering the streets, drinking in tiny bars, and soaking up the atmosphere.
Art lovers will admire the churches, palaces, and bridges, and, in particular, the many buildings designed by Andrea Palladio. As if that were not enough, the churches are packed with art treasures, and there are museums and art galleries too. You might also want to take some Venetian craftwork home with you: the shops are full of local products such as glass, lace, and the masks that appear during the famous Venice Carnival.
You can only really appreciate the romance of Venice by taking to the water. Take the vaporetto along the Grand Canal or to the islands of the lagoon. Then, of course, you will want to experience a gondola ride, perhaps a romantic end to an evening in this fabled city.
Things to Do and See
Gondola Boat Ride
It’s almost impossible to visit Venice and not ride a gondola at some point. While couples on a romantic break will likely opt for a private boat, travellers in a larger group can ride together on one of the bigger gondolas. Gondola rides are also available during the evening.
Punta della Dogana
The protruding triangular building of the Punta della Dogana is home to Venice’s center of contemporary art which exhibits a range of both permanent and temporary collections. To find out more details including opening hours, ticket prices and upcoming special exhibitions, please visit their website.
St. Marc’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is Venice’s most famous church and a significant Venetian landmark, with its origins dating back a thousand years. Its eye catching design encompasses both the interior and exterior of the building with strong Byzantine and Gothic architectural influences.
Venetian Art and History
As you would expect with a city as romanticised as Venice, it has been the subject and home of many artists throughout the centuries, with this and other works exhibited throughout a collection of Venetian galleries and museums, with the Gallerie dell’Accademia home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Venice at Night
With the moonlight reflecting off the surface of the water, Venice is transformed at night and the perfect time for taking a romantic gondola ride through the more tranquil canals. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the city during these hours also provides the optimum ambience for sitting down outside after dinner, before heading back to the hotel.
Where to Go
- Visit Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Square in english, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy (generally known just as la Piazza).
- Saint Mark’s Basilica, also known as the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
- Doge’s Palace is one of the main landmarks of Venice in northern Italy.
- The Rialto Bridge. Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the 4 bridges spanning across the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
- Teatro La Fenice is a stunning Opera house located in Venice, Italy. It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the history of Italian theatre.
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