Venice is best known for its canals and the gondolas that populate them. City breaks to Venice are popular for all kinds of travellers but they are especially popular with couples because of Venice’s romantic scenery and atmosphere.
Venice is a very historical city. A lot of travellers take city breaks here to take in all of the breathtaking architecture and history. There is no shortage of amazing sights to see in Venice, so many that you may struggle to fit them all into a weekend break!
No mini break to Venice is complete without a ride on a traditional gondola through the canal district. There are two main types of trips you can take on a gondola, the first is a standard relaxing ride through the canals, this is very popular with couples.
The second is a gondola tour of the city with a certified guide. Gondola guides are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the city. This is great for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the city whilst experiencing the culture first hand.
The Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, is the main public square in Venice that contains many of the most important social, political and religious buildings in the city. This includes the Basilica di San Marco, a religious building brought to Venice in 829A.D., the Palazzo Ducale, a former palace beautiful clock tower Torre dell'Orologio. The Piazza San Marco features some of the amazing architecture of Venice and is a must see on short breaks.
Venice played a large part in the development of classical music. The famous composers Antonio Vivaldi and Antonio Salieri, who had a friendly rivalry with Mozart, were born in Venice and composed some of their more famous pieces in the city.
Why not honour this tradition by going to see a classical concert on your mini break in Venice? A popular group is the Interpreti Veneziani, who specialise in Baroque string arrangements. They play most nights of the week in the beautiful deconsecrated church of St. Vitale.
You may want to plan your weekend breaks to Venice in advance and try and align them with the Carnival of Venice, which takes place on Shrove Tuesday. The carnival dates back to 1162 and is famous for the elaborate masks that attendants make themselves and wear.
The original idea of the carnival was a party that everyone could attend in anonymity. This is a truly one of a kind festival that people from all over the world flock to Venice to take part in.
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Venice:
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