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Marble palaces, exquisite canal passages, and picture-perfect piazzas; welcome to the ever-enchanting floating city of Venice. An extensive labyrinth of islands strung together by stone alleys, bridges and the odd town square, Venice gives travellers a chance to get truly lost, and enjoy it. Venice harks back to eras gone by with no roads limiting travellers to foot and boat and grandiose 16th-17th palaces, basilicas and gallerias keeping all things classical at its core. A city built on water, Venice uses its unique location to its advantage, it’s garden islands and aquaculture the base for a thriving foodie scene where fresh produce and ancient Venetian spices rule. Travellers the world over agree - there’s nowhere quite like Venice…

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Things to do in Venice

  • Our tips for Venice

    Our tips for Venice
    • Dig in. Cicheti, Venice’s version of tapas, is the perfect way to dabble in the inventive Venetian cuisine. Tasting the city’s fresh lagoon seafood is also a must.
    • Get lost. This medieval city’s streets were thrown together with no clear rhyme or reason. Embrace the shambles and don’t fret if you get led astray, experiencing the dead ends and bridges to nowhere are all part of the fun in this city.
    • Wear comfortable shoes. The best way to see this city is on foot, so dress your feet for style and comfort. A good pair of flat shoes will be your best friend when hopping on and off boats, too.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit This Italian gem is always in popular demand. Avoid the most hectic tourist times by visiting in November. This autumn season of fog and acqua alta (tidal flooding) may require wellies, but the marvellous misty mystique of the lagoon city at this time of year makes up for it.
    Getting Around The art of getting lost is practically a rite of passage in this floating city. Here’s our breakdown of the best ways to navigate Venice, if you can manage it...
    • This maze of waterways and cobblestone streets is best explored on foot.
    • A famous gondola ride around the canals is a must, but for day to day travel, opt for a ferry. The city’s ferry systems are extensive, run regularly, and remain a cheap way of getting from a to b.
    • A water taxi may be your best bet for getting around in good time, but they can be expensive, so use sparingly.
    Stay Safe Venice is known as a safe city, however it’s a good idea to take extra care when travelling to new destinations. Keep these precautions in tow so your trip to ensure your tips goes off without a hitch…
    • Most crimes that take place in Venice are theft-related. Look out for pickpockets and be sure to keep your valuables close, especially in areas with a lot of tourist traffic.
    • Acqua alta (tidal flooding) occurs a few times each year. Local authority’s quick response times and the raising of temporary walkways means visitors safety is rarely compromised. Special sirens sound for if flooding waters become dangerous so keep an ear out, otherwise wellies should suffice.
    • For assistance in an emergency, call 112.