Venice City Breaks 2016

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Venice Weekend Breaks

Brimming with breath-taking sights, mouth-watering meals, and unique exploratory means - Venice city breaks transport holidaymakers to a different world. Expect plenty of hideaway restaurants boasting stunning views of the canals, unique boutiques selling colourful Murano glass jewellery and plenty of ice-cream parlours to enjoy Italian treats at their best – oh, and quite a few remarkable cultural and historical sites.

Possibly the most romantic city in the world, this gem of Italy is perfect for city breaks for couples, but with its rich history, culture and scenic sights, this city charms all manner of holidaymakers. The relentless picturesque quality of Venice will keep visitors captivated throughout their stay, from the snaking canals and pretty bridges, to the grand squares and splendid churches – Venice is a truly special part of the world.

Cobblestones and Gondolas

Spanning over 100 tiny islands and surrounded by a sparkling blue lagoon that filters its way through to a labyrinth of city canals, there are plenty of places to explore while visiting the city. City breaks to Venice are a popular choice regardless of the seasons - while many flock here during the summer months for its pleasantly warm weather, others are enchanted by the misty ambience that settles over city during the winter.

Enjoy the atmosphere in St. Mark’s Square before wandering through the narrow winding streets to cosy bed and breakfasts in the heart of the city, or elegant 5-star hotels with views over canals amid some of the most romantic and iconic architecture Europe has to offer. With a booming café and restaurant culture, Venice city breaks are perfect for those who want to experience a lot but get away from it all and relax at the same time. With all the winding streets, plentiful cafés and shops, you will be amazed by the countless things to do in Venice.

Treasures in Venice

Venice is filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered. Sightseeing during city breaks in Venice is an infinite affair, but at the top of the list has to be a visit to St. Mark’s Square. Traditionally a meeting place for Venetians, this famous square is always bustling with activity from flower stalls to cafés. One of the top attractions in Venice is the square’s Duomo, a magnificent church marked with beautiful floor-to-ceiling mosaics. While you are there make sure you absorb the views from the top of the bell tower. Afterwards, sit in one of the many cafés that line the square or tuck into one of the country’s delicious gelatos.

Another popular sight is the Rialto Bridge. Stand back in awe of the amazing structure or buy a souvenir in one of the shops that line the bridge itself. You can even take to the waters on a romantic gondola ride for a totally different view of the city. City breaks to Venice also benefit from a convenient location, with plenty of gorgeous Italian cities located nearby. Verona - only 113 kilometres by train from Venice – is the perfect addition to a romantic multi-city break, while the charming nearby town of Mestre will also give you a great daytrip option.

Top Venice Hotels

Hilton Molino Stucky

Situated on Giudecca Island, this hotel enjoys an amazing view of Venice City and is close to all the main attractions, with the centre just a short shuttle-boat ride away from the hotel. The hotel has a spa including a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre, gym and wellness centre where guests can make use of Turkish baths, sauna and choose from a range of beauty treatments. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's three restaurants and three bars including a poolside restaurant and rooftop bar. All rooms are full-equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV and private bathroom. This hotel is a perfect choice for couples seeking a relaxing city break.

Residenza Delfino

The Residenza Delfino is made up of 126 rooms spread across eight floors. It is situated just a short ten minutes away from Venice's historical centre which is ideal for those looking to explore this romantic and beautiful city. Every room within the hotel is fully-equipped with an en suite, air-conditioning and internet access. There is also a cafe, lobby bar and a la carte restaurant on-site providing the ideal place in which to relax after a long day sightseeing. The Residenza Delfino is perfectly suited to couples and families looking for comfortable accommodation in the heart of Venice.

Hotel Centrale

This hotel is situated in the area of Mestre close to Venice's main sights and attractions. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, restaurant serving delicious Italian cuisine and bar within the hotel for guests to make use of during their stay. All 100 rooms are fully-equipped with air-conditioning, TV, open plan lounge, kitchenette, bathroom and a balcony. Hotel Centrale is an ideal choice for couples, families and small groups who want to discover all that Venice has to offer.

Hotel Basilea

The Hotel Basilea is a great choice for those looking to get away on a cultural trip to Venice with many of the top attractions found close by. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast in the hotel's breakfast room and relax in the bar during the evenings. There are no more than 13 rooms that make up the hotel, all of which are luxurious and fully-equipped with air-conditioning, TV, telephone and spacious en suite bathroom. The Hotel Basilea is a great choice for families and couples looking to explore this beautiful city.

Venice City Breaks

Attractions

Venice is one the world’s most beautiful cities. Built entirely on water the city in itself is an attraction and just exploring the city is incredible whether on foot or by boat. The must-see attraction is the Piazza San Marco which is home to three of Venice’s most beautiful and famous buildings the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and the Torre dell’Orologio.

Italian Cuisine

The city of Venice is the home of some of Italy’s finest cuisine and there are plenty of restaurants all over the city where you can sample some of the City of the Doge’s famous dishes. Why not pop into a family run restaurant and try some risotto made with love from an ancient family recipe or sample some of the freshly caught clams in a traditional spaghetti vongole.

Shopping

If shopping is your thing there is plenty to keep you occupied in Venice! The city is home to a huge array of shops of all kinds from small independent boutiques to large designer brands as well as the well-known high street names. There are also lots of shops selling blown glass which the region is so well-known for.

Bars and Clubs

The city is well-known for its excellent nightlife. Whether you would like to sip a cocktail as the sun goes down or enjoy a glass of Prosecco in a traditional style bar surrounded by locals, there is something to suit all tastes in the city. There are also a number of clubs that are open into the early hours for those of you who fancy dancing the night away.

Venice City Couples Breaks

Honeymoons

Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cities that has always been popular with honeymooners. The city itself is astonishingly beautiful and the atmosphere just sings romance. The city, although small is packed full of beautiful architecture and fascinating culture.

Things to do

A romantic trip to Venice wouldn’t really be complete without a gondola ride. The gondola used to be the method of transport for lots of inhabitants of the city but now it is used mainly for tourists and special occassions. The gondola rides usually take pre-ordained routes for a set fee, the more you pay the plusher your gondola, though a singing gondolier is optional.

Nightlife

The city has plenty of bars and a number of clubs that are open into the early hours of the morning. Prosecco is the regional drink in Venice and it is available almost everywhere to help make an evening even more special. Why not try out a traditional Bellini cocktail made with Prosecco and peach puree that was created in Venice in the 20th century.

Venice City Culture

History

This historic city is home to a vast number of culturally and historically significant buildings and monuments. The Grand Canal that runs through the centre of the city is home to some truly marvellous buildings. There are also plenty of museums to walk around that celebrate the history and culture of the floating city.

Attractions

The Palazzo Ducale, or the Doge’s Palace as it is also known, was built in the twelfth century by the rulers of the Republic of Venice and it is one of the city’s major landmarks. The building has been destroyed and rebuilt many times since it was first erect and what stands nowadays is the Gothic façade which was constructed in the fourteenth century.

Cuisine

Venetian cuisine is a very large part of the culture of the city. The city’s signature dishes are squid ink risotto and fresh seafood. The fish caught out in the lagoon is taken by boat straight to the markets where it is sold to the restaurants, meaning a fish caught in the morning can be on a plate by dinner time!

Architecture

The city is famed around the world for its fantastic architecture. Almost everywhere you go in the city you will be accosted by some form of magnificent building - usually in a Gothic style. As well as Gothic there are some Renaissance style buildings and some beautiful examples of Baroque architecture to admire.

Useful information

Language
Italian
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour
Airport
Venice Marco Polo
Flight time
2 hours 10 minutes