A stunning city on the northeast coast of Italy, Venice is definitely a unique destination for a city break. Ride along the canal in a gondola, discover true Italian and Venetian cuisine and most importantly, soak up the sun (and the culture too). BeachesVenice is known for being the city that is surrounded by water, so if you just want to be by the sea then you’re in luck. As for beaches, over in Lido there is a spectacular stretch of sandy shore, spanning 11km in length. The Venice Lido is a fantastic pick for a beach day, with enough area to find yourself the perfect spot to enjoy a day of sun, sand and the Adriatic Sea. Plus, it has a selection of cafés and restaurants along the beachfront so you can enjoy the local food too!Food & DrinkA city break to Italy is always going to be filled with amazingly delicious pasta, pizza, risotto and everything in between. There’s no doubt that you’ll be delighted with the tastes wherever you are in the country, but each region has their own delicacies which are must-tries. When in Venice, you can expect fritto misto, your favourite seafood covered in batter and deep fried, as well as fegato alla veneziana which is a very typical Venetian dish of liver and onions cooked together perfectly. For a refreshing drink, go for the Spritz Veneziano, popular in northern Italy this refreshment is made with prosecco, soda and Aperol.CultureWandering through Venice you can spot the interesting Venetian Gothic architecture that meets the canal ‘streets’ – the backdrop that makes Venice famous. A city that has been around since 400 AD, there’s plenty to learn about the history of Venice, which you can find at the Natural History Museum in the heart of the city. If you prefer to see history through art, the Museo Correr has a variety collections and exhibitions that are both fascinating and educational. NightlifeNightlife in the centre of Venice is very much based around enjoying a delicious meal and a couple of glasses of wine at the local restaurants and bars. If you enjoy chilled-out evenings then the centre of Venice has the jazz and wine bars that are perfect for a cosy drink or two. Those who prefer their to spend their nights dancing until sunrise can head over to Lido where there’s a great selection of late-night bars and clubs to satisfy any party animal’s needs.Important InformationFlight Time: 2hr 20mTime Difference: +1 hourCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: Italian
For a warm city break to Venice, it’s best to travel between May and September when average temperatures range between 17°C and 23°C. April and October are a little cooler with averages between 12°C and 14°C and from November to March the temperatures drop, ranging from 3°C to 8°C.
Things To Do on Venice Holidays
Rialto Bridge food marketIf you’re a foodie, a visit to the Rialto Bridge food market will be enjoyable just by itself, with the unique local produce that you can use to create deliciously fresh Venetian dishes. If you want to truly experience the market and all it has to offer, there’s also the Rialto Food and Wine tour, which takes you around the stalls and allows you to sample the different food and wine that are on sale. Gondola rideThe obvious thing to do when in Venice, you can’t miss out on a ride on the famous gondolas along the city’s canal. Whether you just want to give your feet a rest or you’re looking for a romantic excursion, these boat rides are perfect for a relaxing break whilst seeing the sights of the city along the way.Visit CastelloThe centre of Venice is definitely a place to explore and see the sights, but if you want a break from the bustling city centre and the tourist-heavy areas then head to Castello. The residential area is just 15 minutes away from the main square and is filled with local independent businesses, making for a lovely day out if you want to see another side of Venice. CarnivalIf you’re looking to visit around February, the Venice Carnival is an amazing event hosted once a year and is one not to miss. You’ll find live music, a parade, events and plenty of people dressed in unique costumes and masks. A tradition since the 11th century, the Venice Carnival is definitely one you’ll remember.