Venice is made up of a series of canals (around 150 waterways) that twist and turn throughout the city, flanked by beautiful historic buildings that are supported by large posts drilled deep into the water. Venice is also well known for the manufacture of glass. If this is your thing, Murano Island is worth a visit.
We visited Venice during Carnival in 2010 and it was truly magnificent. Venice comes to life during carnival time. The costumes, parades & drama are spectacular. The festival starts on the last day before Lent for two weeks each year in February. Itâ€™s most recognisable for the distinctive masks and dress, one famous costume seen every year is the black robe and white mask.
During Carnival, be prepared for the crowds and if you want to see the sights youâ€™ll need several days.
Accommodation: Think carefully about hotels around this time of year. If you stay on the island it will be a little more expensive and could be noisier depending where you are located. Being based on the island will allow you more time to take in the atmosphere and sights. Staying outside of Venice on the mainland is relatively easy and less expensive but you will need to plan your journey to the Island. We stayed at Hotel La Meridiana, which was around 5-10minutes walk to the local train station, trains ran quite frequently (roughly 30minutes to Venice) and itâ€™s easy to obtain tickets etc. Click on the following link for info on our hotel, La Meridiana.
Gondolas (small boats) are the most famous and romantic means of transport around the city. The Gondola is a symbol of Venice and worth hiring one to experience the city. But be warned, its certainly not a cheap way to view the city and those on a budget should opt for ferries.
If visiting Venice for 2 days or more weâ€™d highly recommend a Venice Card. Available in two colours, Blue & Orange. The Blue Venice card can be purchased for 12 or 24 hours and offers free public transportation, access to toilet services and other discounts. Orange is available for 48 hours and offers further discounts to galleries etc. The cost of ferries quickly adds up so if you think you will be taking advantage of the canals to get around this card is a must. For more information and where to buy click on the following link, Blue Venice card.
Points to highlight: As always look to book in advance, check out Last minute and Expedia for flight and hotel packages then compare flights with the likes of Ryan Air/Easy Jet. Weâ€™d recommend the Hotel La Meridiana, they offer nice rooms with breakfast included and travel in and out of Venice via the train is fairly easy. Marco Polo Airport would be the closest and best connected to the city, some budget European airlines fly to Treviso Airport but this is further out and Taxiâ€™s etc will cost more.
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