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A vacation in Italy is not complete without a visit to Venice, especially for those seeking a romantic getaway. The visually striking canals, bridges, and slim streets wind in and around unique buildings, dazzling designer shops, and renowned churches, museums, and galleries. You’re sure to find a treasure around every turn, such as one-of-a-kind Murano glass designs and delectable gelato.

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Clichés come to be reborn in Venice, where all the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of its gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's famous churches and museums but set aside time to get lost in The Canaled One. Deceptive, mysterious Venice has a soft spot for wanderers, and to them she will open her heart. There are many ways to explore the city, not the least of which is getting lost in its labyrinth of streets. (Don't be surprised to come to an intersection with signposts for your destination pointing in different directions—there's more than one way to get there.) Don't miss taking a gondola, the most enduring of numerous flat-bottomed craft that were developed to navigate the lagoon's shallow waters. These austerely beautiful and elegantly designed boats have evolved over centuries to meet Venice's unique needs.

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One thing Venice has in common with much of Italy: spring and fall are the best times to visit. Summers are hot and crowded. Winters are relatively mild and tourist-free, but there are frequent rainy spells, and at the beginning and end of the season there's the threat of acqua alta, when tides roll in and flood low-lying parts of the city, including Piazza San Marco.

What Mardi Gras is to New Orleans and Carnaval to Rio, Carnevale is to Venice. For the 12 days leading up to quaresima (Lent), the city is given over to feasting and celebration, with more than half a million people attending masquerade balls, historical processions, concerts, plays, street performances, fashion shows, and all other manner of revelry. If you plan to participate, book months in advance.

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Top Experiences

  • Basilica di San Marco : Whether its opulence seduces you or overwhelms you, it's a sight to be seen. And the over-the-top facade is just the beginning.

  • Gallerie dell'Accademia : It only makes sense that you find the world's best collection of Venetian paintings here.

  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari : Of Venice's many gorgeous churches, this one competes with San Marco for top billing.

  • Cruising the Grand Canal : Whether seen by gondola or by water bus, Venice's Main Street is something from another world.

  • Snacking at a Bacaro : The best way to sample genuine Venetian cuisine is to head for one of the city's classic wine bars.

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Transfers

Region: Italy
Transfer Company: Your Private Italy

Trains

From To Venice
Milan
2 hours 30 minutes
Rome
4 hours 30 minutes
Florence
2 hours 40 minutes

*Overnight Trains

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