Holidays to Venice

Holidays to Venice are an absolute must at least once in your lifetime, and even if you do not go in the fashionable Masked Ball season, there are plenty of things to explore here, and in fact simply strolling around the maze of alleyways is an experience in itself. However, all Venice holidays are definitely incomplete without a trip down the canals, serenaded by one of the famous gondoliers and licking a Walls Cornetto ice cream if you are so inclined.

The Piazza San Marco is at the iconic heart of this fabulous and historic city, and this is where past generations of Venetians have gathered and where tourists flock to now. Religious and municipal buildings have accumulated here, such as the Clock Tower and Basilica, but there are also numerous restaurants, shops and bars, and you can spend a whole day here like the Venetians themselves, eating, drinking and chatting whilst watching the bustling crowds pass by. The Cafe Florian dates back to the early 18th century and Casanova himself probably enjoyed a drink here whilst planning his next sexual conquest before he was arrested by order of the Doge for immoral conduct and subversion.

St Mark’s Basilica in the Piazza San Marco is a popular location on any holiday in Venice and is one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to 1063. It is filled with statues and mosaics and its High Altar contains the mortal remains of St Mark, protecting the city down through the ages and ensuring its enduring prosperity.

The three-storied Doge’s Palace in St Mark’s Square is a treasure trove of artworks by everyone from Bellini and Veronese to Titian and Tintoretto, and is connected to the prison where Casanova was held by the famous Bridge of Sighs. Other attractions in the Palace include the magnificent Golden Staircase and Tintoretto’s ‘Paradise’, the biggest painting on the planet, hung in the Great Council Hall.

Take a gondola ride down the canals and see the famous bridges up close. The Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge are the best known and date from the 16th century, with the Rialto the first to cross the Grand Canal. The Bridge of Sighs is Venice’s answer to London’s Traitor’s Gate in the Tower, the last stroll in the sun for prisoners destined for execution or imprisonment.

If you begin to find the city too overwhelming, take a trip to the Lido on your holidays in Venice. This area has a wonderful atmosphere, with hotels and its own sandy beach, and there are numerous shops and restaurants. You can even go topless here if you feel like it.


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