Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Scattered across the Venetian lagoon, 118 islands, connected by 400 bridges, come together to form one of the most unique cities on the globe: Venice. Funded by its trade routes – mainly dealing salt, refined sugar, and cereals - the city grew to be one of the wealthier places in the region. Gaining affluence and power, Venice’s progress was halted in the 1630s when the black death spread across northern Italy. After the plague, having lost close to a third of its population, Venice’s regional influence was never fully regained. Now, with its population back to full health, the city is at war with another unusual enemy, the very lagoon it is built on. Some say the city is sinking, others say the water is rising. In reality, both are true. And regardless, if you want to see the infamous Venice, go now!
With its historical depth and singular urban layout, Venice is a must-see on any travellers list. Present day Venice is a living gallery. On the main collection of islands, visitors can explore on foot, crossing storied bridges, to take in the main sights, such as the Bridge of Sighs and Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Square.
Venice offers its visitors something special in every season, though in late February the fabled city disguises itself in an alluring way. For the two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, the city transforms itself into a giant masquerade ball. Welcome to Carnevale, a masked celebration based around the consumption of meats, sugar, fats, and alcohol - the classic items given up for lent. Whether you bring your own a mask or buy a traditional Venetian mask once you’ve arrived, be ready to enter a fantastical world of indulgence.
Due to the limited space, during high season, the narrow corridors and gorgeous piazzas do get quite crowded. However, with the right guidance, it is possible to find hidden respites from the bustle. In order to escape these crowds, hop on a gondola to explore the city via canals, or a ferry to travel along the grand canal and over to the nearby islands of Murano, known for its glass blowing, and Burano, famous for its colourful houses. Though, if you really want to get away off the beaten path while maintaining the aesthetics of the canals and picturesque architecture, visit Chioggia, also known as ‘little Venice’, situated just south on the Venetian lagoon.
Take a romantic gondola ride
Dress up for Carnevale
Explore the islands outside of central Venice
Photograph the intricate bridges and narrow canals
Visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia
Venice trip ideas
Here are some trip ideas to Venice. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777