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Few cities in the world can be compared in terms of beauty to Venice, a city built on water where its palaces seem to float on its canals, where the gondolas sail softly on them, where sunny squares make visitors of this beautiful city who are staying in apartments in Venice feel like they are in a very special place. Venice is unique in the world, a place that all travellers should visit and where they’ll end up falling in love with the City of the Canals.
What to see and do in Venice
The most emblematic part of Venice are its canals, especially the Grand Canal, which is the first thing you see when you arrive in the city. Venetian squares are of great beauty, none more than St Mark’s Square, with its namesake basilica and the Doge’s Palace, observed from the top by the Campanile tower. Of all the bridges that cross the city, none is more famous than the Rialto Bridge, which links the districts of San Marco and San Polo, and the views from the top of it are truly wonderful. San Marco is filled with small canals that you can enjoy on board a gondola, a boat ride that can be as romantic as unforgettable. The church of Santa Maria della Salute is of great architectonic beauty and is on the tip of the district of Dorsoduro, with amazing views of the sea. When it comes to cultural activities, you cannot miss a play at La Fenice Theatre or a visit to one of the city’s many museums, such as the Peggy Guggenheim or the Doge’s Palace. Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy Venetian cuisine in the bacaris around the city.
The Venetian districts
Each district in Venice has its own charm. The two most central districts are San Marco and San PoloDorsoduro is an ideal spot to rent cheap apartments in Venice since not only is it more quiet but also has a great traditional atmosphere to it, especially in the sunny squares and in the trattorias under the leaves from the trees. The northernmost districts are Canareggio and Castello, which is where most Venetians live and where you can enjoy the most authentic side of Venice. Finally, south of the city is the island of Lido, where you can enjoy the city’s beaches in the summer.
When to come to Venice
You can visit Venice all year long since its climate is excellent, although in the summer months there are more tourists and the temperatures are very high. During spring, Venice flourishes and is at its most beautiful.
Getting around Venice
You can fly to Venice and land at the city’s airport or at Treviso Airport (1h away) or by train. In the city, it’s best if you walk everywhere although you cannot miss a trip on a gondola. Also, take the vaporetto around the Grand Canal or to the islands of Murano and Lido during your holidays in Venice.
The VenetianCarnival is famous around the world with its costumes and masks, taking place in February. In Venice’s waters there are two major events: the Regatta Storica in September and the Voga Longa in May. Its film festival is also famous worldwide.