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Venice – The city of Masks

You cannot visit Italy and not visit the most beautiful city in the world!  Linked by over 400 bridges, a group of 118 islands form the area of Venice.  Most visitors prefer to sleep on the mainland (Mestre) and take the short train ride of 16 minutes into St Lucia station. 

Venice is divided into six neighbourhoods: 

  1. San Marco (Central)
  2. San Polo (Across from the Rialto Bridge, artisans’ area)
  3. Dorsoduro (Art museums and lively squares)
  4. Santa Croce,
  5. Castello and
  6. Cannaregio (Home of the original Ghetto) 

Outside of the city itself lie the beautiful islands of Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello. 

Water taxis (Vaporetti) transport passengers between the islands and are relatively inexpensive.  As the timetable for the stops can be quite confusing, remember to take pictures of the stops as you go along – this will make the return trip much easier 😉  There is no need to pre-book a Gondola ride…. hundreds of Gondoliers will hassle you on an hourly basis – *Side note: Trips are regulated at a price of about 80 Euros and can load 4 passengers.*

Due to the popularity of the historic center, it is unfortunately always busy and sometimes frustrating to even get a proper photo of the main sights.  Our advice:  pack a few water bottles, buy a sandwhich from the food carts (they are super yummy) and take your time walking and enjoying this beautiful city.

Not to be missed are the adjoining islands, Murano and Burano.  Murano is well-known for its glass blowing factory and lace products, while Burano features the hundreds of beautiful colourful houses that you see on the internet.   

Top 5 main sights in Venice:

  • St Mark’s Basilica
  • St Mark’s Square
  • Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and Bridge of Sighs
  • Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge and San Polo

Towns to visit around Venice:

  • Verona (1 hour by train) – Juliet’s balcony 
  • Treviso (26 minutes by train)
  • Vicenza (45 minutes by train)
  • Padua (1 hour by train)

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