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Introduction

Venice, on the Adriatic Sea in Italy's northeast, is a floating treasure-trove containing more works of artistic and historical significance per square metre than any other city in the world.

Venice has continuously enchanted travellers, painters, musicians and poets with its maze of narrow calli (alleyways), profusion of luxury hotels, exquisite fresh seafood, finely-wrought architecture... and most of all, its incomparable sense of romance. When you visit Venice, prepare to lose yourself in the warren of cobbled alleys and narrow canals that connect the neighbourhoods, or sestrieri – it's all part of the experience.

Venice comprises 118 small islands, making the best way to explore the ‘city of water' a water taxi or water bus (vaporetto). Gondola rides down the famous Grand Canal, which weaves through the heart of Venice, are an iconic way to travel – though locals tend to stick to public transportation.

Venice has an abundance of attractions, but the must-sees include the magnificent Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), the spectacularly carved Rialto Bridge with its vibrant markets, the bustling Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) and the Basilica San Marco, which is said to contain the bones of St Mark, the founder of Venice. There is an abundance of five-star hotels in Venice, including the opulent 12th century Luna Hotel Baglioni, former home of the Knights of Templar, and the Hotel Daniele, a 14th century restored palace on the waterfront.

For a day trip, take a ferry from the Lido to the artisan islands of Burano, a pretty island in the northern part of the lagoon famous for the production of delicate lace, and Murano, the centre of Venice's glass blowing trade.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Travel to Venice in style aboard the world's most elegant and legendary train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, for a romantic journey across Europe to some of Italy's most beautiful destinations. Leave London and cross the channel before boarding this luxurious train, which will take you to the medieval city of Verona, near Lake Garda in northern Italy, famous for its ancient opera house the Verona Arena, and then on to Venice.

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Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Historic hotel from £585 pp incl. flights

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Stay 4 nights, pay 3: save up to £185 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2017

This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.

Orient Express, Olympia & Greece

15-day rail, stay & cruise from £8,560 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made rail, stay and cruise holiday
Book by: 31 January 2018

Travel on Europe's finest train – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – to a luxury stay in Venice before embarking on luxury Mediterranean cruise. You'll be pampered with fine dining, drinks and expert-led tours throughout as you stop off in everywhere from Santorini and Corfu to Split and Umbria.

Italy and Greece Sojourn

13-day stay & cruise from £3,460 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Book by: 31 October 2017

After opulent, pre-cruise stays in Venice and Lake Garda, sail in full-board luxury from the medieval severity of Dubrovnik and Kotor down to the Greek Islands. Here, you’ll hop between the likes of Rhodes’ ancient intrigue and the postcard-perfect whitewash of Santorini.

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Top itineraries in Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,610 pp incl. flights

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Luxury Venice City-Break

4-day tailor-made city-break from £1,275 pp incl. flights

Explore Venice and its island surrounds in style while staying in Grand Canal luxury. Along with flights, private transfers and a choice of hotels, we've included a host of experiences, from gondola rides and lagoon cruises to an expert-led city tour.

The Italian Job

6-day tailor-made journey from £1,440 pp incl. flights

Rome, Florence and Venice are among the three most romantic cities in the world, not just Italy. Each one has its own unique atmosphere, style and history with iconic sights, fabulous architecture, gourmet restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries filled with timeless masterpieces.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice-Prague-London

7-day luxury rail journey from £3,800 pp incl. flights

Experience luxury rail travel at its finest on the world-renowned Venice Simplon Orient-Express as you travel through the heart of continental Europe from Venice to Prague and on to London.

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Top places to stay in Venice

Hotel Danieli, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel

Spread over three palaces – 14th, 17th and 19th century iterations – art and antiques ensure a historically luxurious stay worthy of the Venetian aristocracy.

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Historic hotel from £585 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3: save up to £185 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2017

This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Luxury train

Hark back to the golden age of travel with opulent private berths, fine dining experiences and stunning scenery.

Hotel L’Orologio, Venice

Historic hotel

Rest your eyes from Venice’s Baroque grandeur with L’Orologio’s impeccably minimalist style, host to innovative art works, an elegant theme and Grand Canal views.

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When to go to Venice

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Most visitors to Venice will encounter rain at some point, though the famous acqua alta (high water) floods tend to occur in the months of November and December. The summer months see a sharp spike in temperature, as well as tourist crowds, so we recommend that for many the best time to visit Venice will be in the spring or autumn. Winter travellers may encounter snow, but it rarely lingers on the ground for longer than a few hours.

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Venice articles

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    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

  • Floating in Venice

    Fergal Keane learns to take the slow lane in Venice. We arrived by night and crossed the lagoon towards the lights of the city. The boatman was sullen. He had kept us waiting and we upbraided him. Now he refused to speak at all. It recalled a scene from Thomas Mann’s...

  • Arts Festivals Around the World

    We highlight the best food festivals, concerts, and exhibitions from around the world this summer for you to enjoy.

  • The top 3 destinations in Europe

    Lonely Planet has just released their Best in Europe list, and nothing makes us happier than seeing some of our favourite places make the cut. Here are some of our favourite spots from the list - and how you can get there with Wexas.

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