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Glass making in Murano | Gondola trips along the canals | St. Marks Square | Palazzo Ducale |
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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.
Hire a costume or at least don a mask and get into the carnival spirit. Venice's famous carnival is February 11-28 this year. Highlights include the dramatic flight of the angel in St Mark's square (19 February) but there's always something going on. www.carnevale.venezia.it
The 'Murano Oggi. Emozioni di Vetro' exhibition at the glass museum focuses on the island's present-day glass artists with a selection of their most striking works. The museum also provides a fascinating insight into the history of the tradition. (8 Fondamenta Giustinina, Murano; until 25 April).
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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