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 Impossibly romantic and gloriously theatrical, Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and one that everyone should visit!

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The destination

To visit Italy and not visit Venice would be like our Juliet leaving her Romeo on the train platform. Not only is it inconceivable but it would serve in ruining the world’s best loved love story. For Venice is just like a love story.

Canals, Carnivals and Cuisine are the three C’s that should spring to mind when thinking of Venice. This myriad city in Northern Italy is set upon a network of canals that links the 118 islands together creating a chain of endless opportunities from which to explore this Venetian Lagoon. Spend your days drifting along the waterways in the age old gondola’s or lose yourself in the web of bridges that connect these islands. Be it on foot or on a boat, or even from a bird’s eye view atop of St Mark’s Basilica, the Venice you will discover is the same Venice that existed over 600 years ago. Though the population may have changed, the romantic and magical character of Venice remains gloriously in tact.

Finding a time when you will have this enchanting city all to yourself is tricky but not impossible, it just depends with whom you are willing to share it. During the months of spring and early autumn, tourists flock from far and wide to sip their cappuccinos in an air swirling with the melodies of violin quartets throughout St Mark’s Square, the ‘drawing room of Europe’. In the summer word has got round that there is a price to pay in that of the slightly pungent backwaters as the temperatures rise. A small price we feel though when summer’s haze descends upon the city, lighting up the terracotta, pink and aquamarine buildings, transcending the city into something of an artists’ impressionist painting. And then there’s winter. The early morning mist and dew rising from the water linger long into the morning creating an eerie yet incredibly magical atmosphere. Just don’t tell the locals we told you – they are fiercely protective of their winter; these are their months when they reclaim their city!

Location

Top tips

  • Make like Ernest Hemingway and lunch under the veranda at Locanda Cipriani, on the island of Torcello.
  • Visit the other islands. Our favourite is Burano.
  • Be prepared for the Alta Aqua in winter. Attire for the morning: wellies.
  • Do Carnevale in February. But book early and be prepared to share the city with others.
  • Have a bellini. Either at Harry’s Bar: for the sake of posterity. Or at the Skyline Rooftop Bar in the Hilton Molino Stucky.

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