Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
This romantic city is well-known for its palaces, basilicas, grand squares, and gondolas which glide around its delightful waterways. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
Venice has a renowned history that is simply beyond comparison having been the venue for several historical feats including the renaissance era. Romantics should travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. With its iconic canal networks, stunning architecture and alluring atmosphere, Venice holidays are truly second to none.
Typical Local Food and Wine
There are numerous food specialties produced in Venice, especially vegetables, thanks to its large areas of land, morphological varieties ranging from plains to the Alps and the presence of numerous rivers. In Venetia, wine tradition is ancient and deeply rooted. It produces both white and red wines, from grapes grown in flat areas, full of rivers, and in hilly areas, with fertile soil and a mild climate. In some production areas such as Soave, Gambellara and Lessini Durello, vines particularly benefit from volcanic soil, resulting in fine wines such as Soave Classico and the Recioto di Gambellara.
Typical dishes: Radicchio di Treviso, Risotto al radicchio, I bigoli, Manai, Ampezzani, Baccalà, Fegato alla Veneziana, Pandoro di Verona, Bussola.
Local Wine: Il Veneto, L’Amarone, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Soave, Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Cartizze.
Tours and Activities
Venice Walking Tour
Our tour begins with an introduction to the origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. In the Santa Maria Formosa we get to learn about the history and anecdotes related to this pleasant and characteristic square.
At Campo St. Giovanni e Paolo, the “Pantheon” of Venice, the great School of Charity, the Captains of Fortune we get to explore the sights. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre we learn about the anecdotes, the past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice.
Then we return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the exclusive city shopping. Its best to visit the most important places in Venice as this is an essential way to understand Venice.
The Doge’s Palace Tour
Our tour guide will show you the halls of power of the Palazzo Ducale which was the seat of the Venetian political power. The Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history Republic from his beautiful rooms which was plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting. Plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages. The gorgeous details of the gold staircase, of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, will surprise you. The anguish nature of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons will also be discovered. It’s certainly a tour you can’t afford to miss.
The Curia of Venice has prepared a tour guide to assist your visit to this city. With this guide around you, it’s certain that you will have the pleasure to admire the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors. Our guide will also show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala D’oro, excellent example of the Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected over the centuries.
Ghost and Legends Tour
You will have an awesome day with the legend tour which offers you an evening walk to discover great itineraries accompanied by tales of the rich tradition of legends and anecdotes of a city with ancient culture. You’ll get to hear typical tales and stories of the Castello and Cannaregio areas.
The route is diverted.
This diversion is primarily made to avoid great concentration of tourists and be absorbed in an intimate and quiet atmosphere.
Accademia Gallery & Dorsoduro district
The tour will begin at the Accademia Gallery a museum gallery of pre-19th-century art in Venice, northern Italy. It is housed in the Scuola della Carità on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro in Venice. It is one of the most prominent Venetian museums, located in the heart of the Dorsoduro, at the foot of the Accademia Bridge. During the tour of the Accademia Gallery in Venice, the guide will regale you with stories, secret and primary function of the house will be explained by the guide. After the tour to the Accademia Gallery, the tour continues with a guided walk through the Dorsoduro district, during which you will get to explore deeper into some new areas of the city on water. There will also be a walk-through in Campo San Barnaba, the Ponte deiPugni, and the St. Sebastian area. Our journey in Dorsoduro will end at San Trovaso, where there is one of the last active square in Venice, the small shipyard where gondolas, the symbol of Venice, were and are built. You’ll have a great time enjoying the romance of Venice on a 35-minute private gondola ride accompanied by local musicians floating along the fascinating Gran Canal! The elegant gondola boat seats between two and four people, meaning it’s a perfect intimate experience for just you and your special someone, or a small family group. As your gondolier sing Italian songs and dribbles you around the canals, observe the Venice’s elegant palaces, buildings and boats.
Murano and Burano
After sailing past the beautiful island of San Giorgio Maggiore, our boat arrives at Murano, a popular spot known throughout the world for its precious glass manufacturing industry.
Here you have 40 minutes for a visit one of the factories, and discover the magic involved in the creation of the glass pieces. The second stop will be at the picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace, but also for the fisherman’s houses painted in bright colors usually seen on tour guides. Our stop will last about 30 minutes. After a short sail, you will reach Torcello, one of the earliest centres of civilization in the lagoon.
The only remains as the testimony of its former glory is the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca. This stop lasts about 30 minutes. We end the tour with the boat making its way back to St. Mark’s Square.
Why did Venetians go around wearing masks for over six months a year until about two centuries ago? What is the origin of Harlequin? What kind of mask was worn by Venetian ladies in their games of seduction? And what kind by doctors during bouts of plague? Masks in Venice once had enormous significance in social relations, to such an extent that in some cases they were made compulsory by law, and over the centuries masks makers had considerably refined their art. But, with the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century, the use and tradition of masks gradually began to decline, until they disappeared altogether. At that time, hardly anything of this tradition remained in the culture and collective conscience of the Venetian people, and only slight traces could be found in obscure volumes buried in the libraries. It was a real adventure to create the first models, to revive an ancient craft and transform a bit of fun into a proper job, a job which for us today is the best job in the world! Just as fascinating was rediscovering the meaning and history of the antique masks. So many things to find out, and so amazing too! Decoration courses are divided in a theoretical part and in practical one. During the theoretical part we explain the ancient procedure of creation of a Venetian Mask, through the clay modeling, the creation of the negative mould in chalk, and the application of papier-mache. Then, Venetian Mask History is briefly introduced, with its social importance and its use in everyday life and during Carnival. Finally we explicate different mask decoration techniques. The practical part begins with the choice of the mask to decorate. There are several models of masks at your disposal: theatre masks, traditional, fantasy, for children, for a party, or for furnishing. All masks are absolutely handcrafted in the traditional way.
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5 Star – Venice
The Ca’ Sagredo Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Rialto Bridge and Ca’ d’Oro, opposite the Rialto Market.
Its elegant rooms with traditional Venetian furnishings feature free Wi-Fi, desks and seating areas, as well as marble bathrooms.
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5 Star – Venice
Set right on Venice Lido beach overlooking the Adriatic Sea is a 5-minute walk from Lido Casino ferry terminal and 8 km from the Circolo Golf Venezia. The Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort features courtyard, sea or Venice views, the Moorish-style rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Suites add sitting areas, and some have terraces.t.
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5 Star – Venice
Just two minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square, and 100 metres from the Grand Canal, The Baglioni Hotel Luna is located in a stately stone building.
The elegant rooms feature marble bathrooms and gold-framed headboards, and come with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.