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Travel to Venice, Italy

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Off Season Means Fewer Crowds

Excluding Christmastime and Carnival (both of which have obviously passed), Venice is in its low season from November through April. Though the weather is colder, Venice is still undeniably beautiful during these months. Museums, galleries, and restaurants are much less crowded, allowing more time for visitors to explore the city instead of waiting in line. Just note that many hotels do shut down in the winter -- and be sure to prepare for possible flooding due to high tides, referred to as acqua alta.

A Rich, Remarkable History

Millions of tourists flock to Venice each year for its rich and unique history. It was settled around the fourth century, barely survived the plague, and then was conquered by Napoleon, which put an end to its 11 centuries of independence. The extensive history means tons of ancient sites, such as the famous Piazza San Marco, a square surrounded by centuries-old buildings that include the stunning St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. The Rialto Bridge and San Giorgio Maggiore church are just a couple more of the must-see locations in the city.

It's a Pedestrian-Friendly City

Venice is made of 117 islands formed by 177 canals that are connected by 409 bridges. The canals act as roadways and gondolas or water taxis take the place of cars. Cars are in fact banned in the city, making it Europe's largest urban car-free area. Expect to walk a lot and prepare to possibly get lost, as navigating the streets and bridges can be confusing. But even if you lose your bearings, you'll be surrounded by gorgeous waterways and colorful buildings. Venice is also one of Europe's safest cities, though tourists should still be cautious of pickpocketing.

Delicious Italian Cuisine and Extensive Wine Lists

Like in most of Italy, you can expect delicious and authentic cuisine in Venice that's particular to the region. Some of the Veneto region's most popular dishes include sarde in saor (fried sardines in caramelized onions), bisàto (marinated eel), and baccalà mantecato (whipped salt cod). For dessert, try the ever popular frittelle, which are fritters filled with a cream or made of raisins and pine nuts, available during Carnival. Or there's always Tiramisu, the delectable combination of ladyfingers, coffee, and mascarpone cheese. Don't forget to squeeze in a cappuccino and glass of wine to full embrace the foodie culture.

A Range of Accommodations for Couples AND Families

The intersecting canals and breathtaking architecture definitely give the city a romantic vibe, but Venice is a suitable vacation for couples, families, and budget travelers alike. Luxurious properties like Ca'Sagredo Hotel and Boscolo Venezia have elegant interiors that will appeal to visitors wanting an amorous escape and don't mind shelling out for it. On the opposite end, Albergo Marin and Ca'Riccio are value hotels with free breakfasts and more simple furnishings. Families may find that the Anthony Hotel or Luna Hotel Baglioni best suit their needs.

 

Success stories

Sawako Ono

Nov 07 at 04:09 am
It was raining and no paddling. Also I went there alone so I was a bit lonely and cold lol 普通の写真がアップできず、夜景の写真をアップw

Lee Bachelor

Jun 03 at 01:03 am
Went with my daughter Ashlee in 2007, it was magnificent.

Jessie Mon

Mar 22 at 21:55 pm
It was amazing

Blandine Tual

Dec 15 at 02:02 am
one of my best memory is to wake up on Venice on my Birthday day

Louise Jönsson

Jul 11 at 21:29 pm
Nice trip!

Sandra v. d. Linde

Jun 12 at 04:25 am
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Kiki Ho ho

Mar 29 at 10:59 am
Venice

Sabine Fröwis

Mar 28 at 11:48 am
Visited Venice - it was legendary.. such a beautiful Place!

Vyoma Sharma

Mar 15 at 14:55 pm
July 2009

Hazel todd

Mar 12 at 23:40 pm
Lovely

Gyorgy Kovacs

Mar 05 at 21:33 pm
Done

Ануш

Mar 02 at 16:20 pm
childhood

Morgane Bonnardot

Mar 01 at 23:49 pm
Raining

Yasmin Llevada

Feb 26 at 06:30 am
Sweet 16 Bday Gift

Hannah Cummins

Feb 13 at 05:06 am
School trip - found it too commercial though.

Milena Petkova

Feb 11 at 00:41 am
it was a wonderful experience!

Stephanie molenaar

Feb 10 at 23:38 pm
such a beautiful city

Bianka Jámbor

Feb 07 at 19:34 pm
One day Venice

Martine Lundemoen

Jan 28 at 18:16 pm
Before and after the cruise in 2013

Sara Concini

Jan 25 at 00:00 am
Con mamma, Sara, Lorenza, scuola e Luciana

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Jan 24 at 20:45 pm
italiëreis 6e jaar

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Jan 22 at 20:47 pm
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Emilija Ilić

Jan 19 at 23:58 pm
amazing

Ollie Martin

Jan 14 at 09:34 am
I went to the real Venice. Not the one in the picture which I'm pretty sure is Las Vegas

Joyce Giebens

Jan 13 at 21:27 pm
Visited

Carly Radford

Jan 13 at 00:43 am
beautiful, magical and interessting

Joulia De Blieck

Jan 11 at 15:37 pm
toen ik 10 was

Dimitris Manolis

Jan 10 at 23:29 pm
wow

Saar Van Acker

Jan 10 at 21:47 pm
leaving my class to just see Venice by myself, best thing i have ever done!

Lotte Mabesoone

Jan 09 at 14:29 pm
by bike

Julie McKeen

Jan 05 at 07:22 am
loved it. drank a lot of gross water by accident and stayed in a shed

3/ 4

Jan 02 at 21:08 pm
It was a really long time ago, that I went for the first time. Since then I've been 2 more times!

anna cinneri

Jan 02 at 14:01 pm
mes parents se sont mariés la bas

Xristina Vliora

Dec 30 at 16:58 pm
Wonderful

Jennifer Cruz

Dec 24 at 19:06 pm
work

AAA BBB

Dec 16 at 17:25 pm
I've been probably 7 times in Venice, it's a beautiful city.

Lillian Westerbarkey

Nov 16 at 20:38 pm
Venice is beautiful!

Jelena J

Nov 16 at 09:37 am
Beautiful city

Femke Brouwers

Jun 17 at 18:57 pm
Het lijkt me romantisch om het met mijn lief te doen

Kim Bezemer

Jun 12 at 18:48 pm
Within 5 years

Vesa Koivunen

Jun 07 at 19:22 pm
Yes

Nori Nana

Jun 02 at 16:15 pm
Travel goals