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A watery world of Gothic palaces, carnival masks and Byzantine churches, Venice does not fail to impress. Venice really is the jewel in Italy’s crown and is one of the most recognisable and unique places in the world.
A floating city of bridges, canals and winding back streets, this place is a Mecca for romantic couples, culture vultures and those wanting to step into a fairytale world. After you’ve visited the bustling St Mark’s Square, looked inside its world famous cathedral basilica and, of course, fed the pigeons, lose yourself in the maze-like Cannaregio, Castello and Dorsoduro districts where you’ll find the real Venice, you know, like the one you see in the movies.
Here you’ll come across local markets, museums galore and thankfully fewer tourists. And if you’ve still got the energy after all that sightseeing and fancy a tipple or two then hit the trendy pubs and bars around Campo di Santa Margherita in Dorsoduro.
Two and a half weeks of extravagant costumes, masked balls and open-air events make Venice's famous carnival what it is. The show opens with a colourful water parade on 23-24 January and ends on Shrove Tuesday (9 February) with a special celebration in St Mark's Square.
Where better to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary than at a live production in English of Shakespeare's Othello or The Merchant of Venice in the evocative setting of a historic Venetian palazzo. The audience even gets a drink before the show or afterwards with the cast. www.shakespeareinveneto.it
This retrospective exhibition featuring the striking futuristic designs of Zaha Hadid, gives an insight into the talented architect's career and her creative processes. (until 27 November, Palazzo Franchetti, 2847 Campo Santo Stefano, www.fondazioneberengo.org)
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