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What to do and see in Venice
What to do and see in Venice

Throughout Venice, or Venezia as it is known to the locals, there is no escaping an essence of history, intrigue and grand romance at every turn. Complete with its winding canals, open piazzas and iconic gondolas, La Dolce Vita can be found in next to no time – providing you know exactly where to look, that is.

Historic Venice

After offering the inhabitants of Italy's mainland a safe haven from savage Barbarians during the fall of the Roman Empire, legend tells that it wasn't until noon on March 25th 421 A.D. that Venice came into existence.

Since that moment, the Venetians have never looked back and, as a result, succeeded in building one of the Europe's most beautiful cities. From the Grand Canal to the Doge's Palace, there is a historical landmark to suit every taste – be sure to pack your camera when heading to this magical location.

While many of Venice's magnificent landmarks provide the perfect opportunity to learn about the city's history, there is no denying the fact that this wondrous place is the perfect location for couples looking to spend some quality, romantic time together. Whether you are strolling hand-in-hand through the city or enjoying an afternoon in a gondola, Venice can certainly stand alone as Italy's most romantic spot.

Venetian Cuisine

Given its geographical location, Venice is a great place to try an array of seafood dishes. From sweet and sour sardines through to long thin noodles served in squid ink, the city has long made great use of the Adriatic Sea that lies in the east.

Aside from seafood, Venice also caters to travellers looking to sample the delights of Italy's mainland too. Meaning if you are looking to try a sumptuous pizza or delicious risotto, you won't be disappointed when visiting the City of Bridges.

In terms of drink, Venice is a great place to sample some of Italy's finest wines, including Chianti, Montepulciano and Valpolicella. As well as this, Italy boasts some of the world's greatest coffee blends – meaning you can unwind in the amazing surroundings of San Marco’s with one of the finest espressos resting in your hands.


Given that tourists have been known to outnumber locals at a ratio of two to one during peak times, you would be right in thinking that there is a wealth of architecture, culture and history to explore throughout Venice.

Grand Canal

Whether you are visiting in winter, spring or summer, the Grand Canal never fails to take your breath away. Boasting gondolas, water taxis and over 170 buildings lining its shores, this charming waterway tops many travellers' wish lists when visiting Venice – and once you have seen it, you will know exactly why.

Basilica di San Marco

Offering some of the finest examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture along with an array of religious iconography and mosaics, the Basilica di San Marco is one of Venice's most famous landmarks. Guided tours are offered throughout the day – and are highly recommended if you are looking to explore this fascinating Basilica in all its glory.

Doge's Palace

Formerly the residence of the Doge of Venice, today the Doge's Palace offers not just a fine example of gothic architecture, but a great opportunity to unearth some of the city's rich and vibrant history. Looking out towards the Grand Canal, the Palace couldn't be set in a more beautiful location, and is well worth exploring when in Venice.

Visiting Venice

Being one of the busiest tourist destinations in Europe, it's hardly surprising that Venice boasts excellent transport links. Whether you are arriving via train or by plane, there are plenty of options open to travellers.

If arriving by train, make sure you book a ticket to Venezia-Stazione Santa Lucia, and not Venezia-Mestre – as the latter is an industrial suburb outside of the city.

When travelling by plane, aim for Venice's Marco Polo Airport before hopping aboard one of the city's many taxis or public buses. Although you will only be able to get as far as Piazzale Roma, the Alilaguna Traghetto ferry will be able to get you to the heart of Venice for as little as €15.

Staying in Venice can be a truly memorable experience. So if you are thinking of sampling the delights of this quaint city from your own palatial resort, San Clemente Palace Hotel Kempinski will provide you with all the peace, tranquillity and serenity you will need.

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