No cars or roadways, just canals and boats .... Venice truly is a city like no other. This glorious city is built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands, traversed by 200 canals, spanned by 400 bridges, rises serenely above the waters of a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. The stunning architecture of Venice glows in warm hues of red gold, amber and copper, reflected in shimmering waters: nothing quite prepares you for your first glimpse of Venetian splendour.
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The mention of Venice immediately conjures up images of St Mark's Basilica and Square, the Bridge of Sighs, The Rialto and of course the city's famous Gondoliers in their stripey jerseys, but the reality far surpasses the imagery. Venice is a gloriously impressive destination, filled with unique character and charm. Take a water-taxi or gondola along the Grand Canal to be astounded by amazing views at every turn; join a guided tour to find out more about the city's fascinating and turbulent history; saunter in its museums and galleries; ship in its chic boutiques or simply watch the world go buy as you lazily sip a Capuccino in St Mark's Square. Life doesn't get much better than this.
There's no such thing as a bad time to visit Venice, but expect it to be frantically busy if you opt for a Summer stay. Spring and Autumn are less hectic and cooler days and evenings are particularly pleasant for sight-seeing. Although winter is cooler (and damper!), the city has a mystical beauty at this time of year and Christmas in Venice is increasingly popular with savvy trippers.
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