The perfect destination for couples, Venice is packed with examples of classical architecture, impressive restaurants and, of course, that famous network of canals. What you might not know is that the Italian city has so much more to it than just waterways, food and old buildings.
The fact that Venice won the Trip Advisor travellers Choice award vindicates what many visitors believe to be true about the city. Here are some of the best places to visit when there:
Piazza San Marco
Arguably Venice’s most iconic open square, you can dine, take photos or just put your feet up after a long day of sightseeing. However, during peak times, especially in the summer, it can get crowded, and it’s hard not to see why. The winding staircase in the Campanile di San Marco offers unrivalled views of the square and the wider city.
Would a trip to Venice be complete without a journey down one of its famous canals? Not really. Canal Grande is arguably the most famous and, given its name, the largest. A seat on a vaporetto will enable you to see all the boats and gondolas go by as well as some of the city’s iconic sights. Tour operator Inghams offer a multi-centre option to their Lakes and Mountains holidays, allowing a relaxing lake break paired with a bustling city experience. They offer accommodation situated right above the Grand Canal for that perfect Venice location. The Carlton and Grande Canal Hotel is just few minutes from the Rialto Bridge and about 25 minutes from St. Mark’s Square.
This 18th Century palazzo is home to a museum documenting everyday Venetian life and the city’s history during the end of the Venetian Republic era, and was restored to its former glory back in 2001. The exhibitions at Ca’Rezzonico will surely amaze you.
As a monument to the city’s rich history, Doge’s Palace is arguably Venice’s most important landmark. The former residence of Venice’s dukes, it was destroyed in medieval times before being restored in 1424. A trip here will take in the courtyard and Il Paradiso, the 74-foot high painting by Tintoretto.
Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Based in an 18th Century palace, this museum pays homage to Venice’s status as a city with a rich artistic heritage. It also features works by some of the world’s most famous modern artists including Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso, and has a tranquil sculpture garden to its name as well.