Venice is a classic Italian city break destination. Situated on the Italian Adriatic Sea, the city encompasses 118 islands and boat travel is the norm rather than bus or train. Venice is linked to the mainland by a 5km long causeway where you will find the larger neighbouring town of Mestre. Venice is a major tourist destination and should not be missed. The best time to visit is the spring or autumn when the temperatures are lower, the canals don't stink and there are less tourists!
Air: The main airport servicing Venice is Marco Polo Airport (LIPZ) on the mainland near to Mestre. An alternative which is popular with Ryanair and Transavia is Treviso Airport (LIPH), which is 25km from Venice. Easy bus connections from both airports connect you to Venice or to a Water Bus terminal.
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Rail: Trains run to Mestre or through to Santa Lucia train station on the western edge of Venice. From this point take a water bus or water taxi to the islands.
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What to See and Do
The main attractions in Venice include the following:
Saint Mark's Basilica: As with most Italian cities, one of the main attractions is the main church. Situated in the Piazza San Marco, the Basilica is a highlight of any trip to Venice. Appropriate dress is required for entrance so leave the mini skirt at home. Entrance is free but queues can be horrendous. Reserve in advance at www.alata.it.
Canal trip: You will be hard pressed to void a trip on the water! Numerous options exist. If you are feeling romantic take a trip on a gondola. Just imagine youself in that Cornetto advert. If you are on a tight budget or not feeling very romantic you can use a Vaporetto, or water bus.
Doge's Palace: The Doge's Palace is classic Venetian architecture and the main facade was built between 1309-1424. The building was designed by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Buon. The Doge was the elected ruler of Venice and this palace was the site of the city administration.
Bridge of Sighs: This is one of many bridges in Venice and is probably the most famous. Built in the 16th Century, the bridge connects the prisons with the interogation rooms in the Doge's Palace
Vaporetti: The water buses are the best way (and the cheapest way) to get around. Venice Cards are available which include public transport.
Water Taxis: These are more expensive than the Vaporetti but will take you where you want to go.
Walk!: A great way to get around the city is to walk. The overall city area is small and can be crossed in a couple of hours.