The word unique has been applied to cities all over the world, but for Venice it really is true. Nowhere on earth compares with this wonderful city of canals and slowly crumbling antiquity, but the phrase “see it now before it disappears” is partly true. Rising water levels threaten the old city, situated on an island and separated from the mainland by a bridge. The only “roads” in the old city are canals, from the broad thoroughfare of the Grand Canal to the many byways to discover. The excitement starts as you are transferred by water-bus or water-taxi from the airport or railway station, and that excitement never leaves you.
The hub of all this activity is St Mark’s Square, with the Basilica and Doge’s Palace, but one of the most memorable sights is Rialto Bridge, a ten-minute walk away, where you cross the Grand Canal. Venice lives and breathes history and character at every turn, and almost every house is a palace. Shop with the locals or in elegant
boutiques; discover the many museums and churches; ride on a water-bus; splash out on a meal on St Mark’s Square or find a better value restaurant in a secluded square. Whatever else you do, you must experience a gondola ride – with or without a serenade! Go off-season when the crowds are sparse, even in winter Venice is atmospheric. In summer enjoy the sun at the Lido or nearby resorts, and at any time of year take a cruise to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano, famed for their glassware and handicrafts.