Amongst the canals & gondolas
An iconice view across the Grand Canal, Venice
With its seeming never ending web of waterways, weaving in and around Venice’s 118 islands, then being crisscrossed by its 400 bridges.
When you first arrive in Venice, it’s so easy to get lost, because all you want to do is go and discover what is hidden around the next corner or alleyway, but surely that is all part of the fun.
Narrowing down our list was quite tricky as there is so much to see & do in this historical city, we could have easily spent a few more days uncovering further what was hidden below the surface.
In 1987 Venice and its Lagoon was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List and it’s easy to see why. So why not don your comfy shoes and go and explore.
I’m sure you’ll have your own shortlist of favourites, but these were ours.
A helpful guide
If you're lured by beautiful architecture and meandering waterways I urge you to visit Venice. I found this DK Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into a voyage of discovery.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our wanderings around Venice, now you can grab the revised copy.
Campanile di San Marco
You feel like you have been transported onto a movie set, it one of those moments when you say to yourself “am I really here”.
The view from the Rialto Bridge along the Grand Canal
As Venice is not accessible by car, the canal is used by locals to go about their day to day business; it’s a great place to watch the world go by. The elegant buildings & villas that line the canal are stunning, also search out the Pescaria (fish market) just along from the Rialto Bridge.
Although admiring it from the banks of the canal is probably the best way to appreciate it, you should definitely have a wander up to the central portico and discover the little shops & boutiques that line the arches.
Santa Maria della Salute at dusk
It’s easy to see why this iconic view inspired artists like Canaletto.
You can discover so much by getting lost
If you have the time you really must visit the wonderful islands of Murano & Burano, honestly you won’t be disappointed, in fact, add an extra day to your break.
The connecting islands of Murano are famous for its glass making, like me you may be able to sneak back a pair of earrings.
Campo Santo Stefano
Venice wouldn’t be the same without its plentiful Piazza’s, some of them stylish and grand & others just hidden away around a quiet corner.
This is a very interesting area of Venice and not quite as busy as some other spots around the city. It was designated the Jewish quarter from the 16th to 19th centuries and is still the centre of the Venetian Jewish community today.
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I know this really goes without saying, but the mixture of the imposing elegance and the rustic nature of some of the buildings is wonderful.
You can catch the waterbus to it on your way to Murano.
The stylish wooden taxi cruised across the lagoon and through the canals, Gary’s face was a picture, he felt like James Bond.
Our accommodation while we were in Venice, was at the wonderful Al Ponte Antico Hotel. It was our bit of luxury for the break, we had a room that overlooked the Grand Canal & it even had its own pontoon.
What made the hotel extra special was the balcony that overlooked the Rialto Bridge, from here you could enjoy your breakfast in the morning and an ice-cold glass of Prosecco in the evening.
Looking across the Grand Canal from the bar
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