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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.
The religious festivities for the Festa del Redentore on 16 July culminate in a magnificent firework display over the water from St Mark's Square, while on 4 September the Regata Storica is celebrated from 4pm with a costume procession of historic boats down the Grand Canal followed by a series of voga veneta races, Venice's particular variety of stand-up rowing.
Lido island is just a quick hop from central Venice and its sandy beaches, awarded the Blue Flag once again this summer for the quality of water as well as sustainable tourism strategies, are ideal for a relaxing and regenerating day off sightseeing.
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