Venice is the ultimate short break destination, a place everyone wants to visit. Despite its glamour, it can be done economically, even when staying in the centre of town. It’s just a matter of choosing your dates carefully.
When at Venice, the setting, the surroundings of the architecture and the opportunity to experience its unique artworks make it the ideal destination for romantics. We all know someone who won the good graces of their partner through a visit to Venice. It can be unforgettable experience.
There are other less obvious reasons for visiting Venice. You can learn more about Venice’s position as a world trading power, how the practice of banking was founded here, its role during the Renaissance and how Venice acted as a staging post during the crusades.
The city rests on a lagoon of 117 islets at the estuary of the River Po and the Piave. It has been a major tourist destination since the 18th century when it was part of the Grand Tour. Today, more than 50,000 tourists see Venice each day, so choose a quiet period if you don’t like crowds.
Getting to Venice
Venice has two airports, Marco Polo and Treviso. Marco Polo is the closest and the one used by most of the major scheduled carriers. Treviso is the low cost airline destination and 47 kms away. You can see the whole list of carriers on our cheap flights to Italy Page.
Reaching Venice by train is a way of making your visit that much more special, you can go via Paris to take the overnight train, allowing you to literally walk off the train and down the steps at the Grand Canal itself (think about that!).
Arriving in Venice
On arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport, you can take the ATVO bus to the end of Ponte della Costituzione, and then walking the rest of the way, but your best bet is to take the train which can take you to Venice-Santa Lucia or Mestre-Venice depending on where your hotel is. From Venice Treviso Airport you can take an ATVO Bus or a Water Bus.
Where to Stay
***** Hotel Cipriani
Owned by Orient Express Hotels, the five star deluxe Cipriani is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It is beautifully situated at the tip of Giudecca Island and offers magnificent views of both the lagoon and St Marks basin.
***** Hotel Danieli
The Hotel Danieli is a masterfully restored palace synonymous with the splendor and romance of Venice. Just steps away from the Piazza San Marco and its Basilica as well as legendary sites such as the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
**** Hotel Russo Palace
Offering a breathtaking view of Venice, Hotel Russo Palace is just 10 minutes away from St. Mark’s Square and 5 minutes from the lido beach.