Destination Guide: Venice
Romance and history in the city of canals
Explore the romantic city by gondola, peruse medieval palaces and linger over cappuccino in the shadow of gilded cathedrals.
Dine in elegance or at piazza cafés. Taste fresh shellfish in sophisticated restaurants in Riva degli Schiavoni. Nibble on cicchetti like calamari, olives and polenta in Piazza San Marco wine bars. Every neighbourhood boasts a local trattoria baking tangy thin-crusted pizza in wood-fired ovens.
Enjoy canal cruises and medieval edifices. View the Grand Canal from a vaporetti river-bus, or cruise silent waterways on romantic gondola trips. Explore the gilded interior of Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Ducal Palace before ferrying to the glassmaking island Murano.
Shop at elegant merchants or speciality boutiques. Splash out on gold jewellery and leatherware at shops along Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Local crafts like delicate Burano lace and flowing Murano glassware fill windows around Piazza San Marco. Take home an ornate Carnevale mask from the shady shops of Mercerie.
End the day with classical music or evening drinks. Join the rich tradition of Venetian performing arts at Chiesa di Vivaldi, known for its Vivaldi concerts. Or dress up for the Teatro La Fenice, where Rossini and Stravinsky once premiered works. Cafés surrounding Piazza San Marco lure late-night visitors with sparkling prosecco and an ever-changing cast of Venetian characters.