Sipping macchiatos for breakfast, stopping for cicchetti come lunch and drinking cocktails created by George Clooney at the Hollywood A-list’s favourite waterfront hotel; it’s easy to fit into the Venetian way of life – relaxed, car-free and somewhat otherworldy. Come summer, Venice heaves with tourists around Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, but slink off to tiny fairytale alleyways and you’ll discover hidden treasures like one of the last few shops in the city where oars are still handcrafted for gondoliers and the almost secret church of San Vidal where world-class chamber concerts are held near-on nightly.
Venice holidays are as much about huge marble palaces as they are about getting lost in a maze of storybook canals and pretty bridges, stopping for great food, music and gelato along the way. After all, the city is nicknamed La Serenissma (serene) for a reason.
We’ve seen the Titian masterpieces inside Galleria del Accademia, admired the opulent Gothic architecture of Doge’s Palace, watched opera beneath the jaw-dropping ceiling of La Firenze and taken midnight walks along San Marco pier when the city silences all but the sound of gondolas bobbing up and down.
If you want to escape the stuccoes, frescoes and high ceilings, we can recommend the modern art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, an iconic Bellini in Harry’s Bar or a Vaporetto ride to Burano Island where you’ll find those Instagram-worthy candy coloured houses and mouthwatering swordfish pasta. Chat to one of Personal Travel Experts to find out more and craft your ideal Venice holiday.