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Venice is positioned in northeastern Italy on a group of over 100 small islands that are separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges. The seaport city is capital of Veneto Region. The city is unique environmentally, architecturally and even historically as it served as a capital of the Republic of Venice. One of the world’s oldest tourist and cultural centre derives its name from ancient Veneti people who occupied the region by the 10th century BC.
You can cover most of the important attractions in Venice within 2-3 nights. At Aliya Tour Packages, based on your preferences we can design a tailor made holiday to Venice.
INFORMATION ABOUT VENICE | VENICE TRAVELING TIPS
Venice and its mainland are mostly rich of museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural significance. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourism has been a key of the Venetian economy since the 18th century and the city is host to over 60,000 tourists each day.
In Venice all transport is by boat and Piazzale Roma is the endpoint for vehicles. Marco Polo International Airport is situated on the mainland that serves the city of Venice. The St. Lucia Station and The Mestre Station on the mainland are the two main train stations.
CLIMATE: The city has a humid subtropical climate offering cool winters and very warm summers, the preferred time for most visitors to experience Venice. January is the coldest Month of the year with an average temperature of 3 degree while July is the warmest Month of the year with an average temperature of 23 degree. Floods are frequent in Venice.
PEOPLE & LIFE STYLE: The majority of population of Venice including mainland comprises of Italians. The other large group consists of migrated Europeans as a result people are mostly Catholics. The area of Venetian Ghetto is home to Jewish community. People of Venice love architecture, art, music and festivals. Venice is a unique city in the world and Venetians prefer to move on foot and it seems like walking about a big house making it so different from the rest of the World.
GETTING TO VENICE: International tourist of most of the countries can fly directly to Marco Polo International Airport. There are several train stations though The St. Lucia Station and The Mestre Station are the two main train stations. Venice is well connected by Train to other regions within Italy like Florence, Milan, Turin, Rome and Naples. Additionally, it also has good connection with other cities of Europe like Zurich, Innsbruck, Munich, and Vienna, Paris, Dijon, Munich and Vienna. The main means of public transportation consists of motorized Vaporetti (waterbuses) that are operated by ACTV, a company responsible for public transportation in the region.
VISA: To visit Venice, one must have Schengen Visa. Schengen Visa is valid for all 26 countries in Schengen Area, including Italy. Visa depends upon the type of travel one is doing. Type of visa also depends upon your Nationality and length of Stay.
CURRENCY: Currency of Venice is Euro (currency code: EUR). Currency is available in various denominations that can be easily differentiated. Money exchange outlets and ATMs are widely available.
Travel insurance is must when visiting Venice
Wear comfortable shoes as you will have a lot to walk
Sim cards are widely available
Avoid tourist trap restaurants.
Carry a universal travel adapter.
Appropriate clothing required
Mosquito Repellent recommended
Beware of pickpockets and local scams
Don’t smoke in public areas
Emergency Numbers: Dial 112, 118 for first aid
Activities in Venice / Attractions in Venice
St. Mark’s Square: Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square in English) is considered one of the best squares in the World. This prime attraction of Venice is generally addressed as La Piazza and it is the only square with the title of “Piazza” while the rest are called “Campo”. Situated at the end of the Grand Canal, the square is close many attractions, the most popular being Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Apart from people and great variety of architecture, Piazza San Marco is also occupied with pigeons as feeding was a common practice. During Acqua Alta, the square is flooded for these reason wooden footbridges are places for locals and tourist to walk.
Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace): The Venetian Gothic Style Palace is situated at Piazza San Marco. This landmark of Venice was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the chief magistrate and leader of the Republic of Venice till 18th century. The palace is now a museum and its art works, iconic beauty, and fascinating history make it one of Venice's must see attractions for travelers. In contrast to most museums the paintings and stunning decorations were created specifically to decorate the palace instead of adding later. Visitor’s entrance is via the Porta del Frumento, on the waterfront side of the Doge’s Palace and the oldest part of the palace is the wing overlooking the lagoon, the corners of which are ornamented with 14th-century sculptures. To gain in-depth knowledge, Aliya Tour Packages recommends you to explore the palace with a professional guide.
St. Mark’s Basilica: The Roman Catholic Cathedral is an important religious landmark that is situated in St. Mark’s Square, Adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the best known model of Italo-Byzantine architecture and most valuable treasures of history, art and belief in the world. The eleventh century Basilica has gone through several renovation and modification. Highlights to witness includes over 4,000 square meters from the thirteenth century, covered in ethereal and luminous gold mosaics, the magnificent golden Byzantine retable known as the Pala d'Oro, the inlaid marble floors, and the gold reliquaries and icons in the Treasury. The entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica is free though charges are applicable for visiting some parts of Basilica. Queue at the entrance is usually long.
St. Mark’s Campanile: Standing over 300 feet tall, the St Mark's Campanile was a watch tower / lighthouse originally to assist navigation in the lagoon. Today it is the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica positioned in Piazza San Marco that offers incredible views of Venice to its visitors. St Mark's Campanile design has inspired various tower not only in the former Republic of Venice but worldwide. Five bells were originally placed each had a special purpose. It is one of the most recognizable symbols and first sight of Venice.
Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge): Rialto Bridge is among the four oldest bridges of Venice spanning the Grand Canal. The bridge was constructed in thirteenth century replacing the original Ponte della Moneta, the first dry crossing of the Grand Canal. The bridge served as the only fixed structure crossing the Canal until mid of nineteenth century. The present bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte who competed alongside reputed designers as Michelangelo and Palladio for the contract. The structure has two inclined ramps with stairs that lead to central portico.
Bridge of Sighs: The Bridge of Sighs is recognised as one of the supreme examples of bridge architecture in the world. One of the most distinguished bridges of Venice city that connects the inquisitor's room of the Doge's Palace to the Prigioni Nuove (new prison). Built in seventeenth century, the white limestone was designed by Antonio Contino. It is not easily accessible on foot being a part of a government prison, however; boats constantly flows under the bridge.
Canale Grande (Grand Canal): If viewed from top, Venice appearance is similar to a fish. The Grand Canal is one of the key natural water-traffic corridors in Venice that intersect the city and leads into the Lagoon near Santa Lucia Train Station at one end and into the St. Marks Basin at the other end. The majority of the city's traffic cruises up and down the canal while there are four bridges crossing for pedestrians. The Grand Canal in Venice is also a host to few events.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Situated on Grand Canal, Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum and one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The museum is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the Peggy Guggenheim for around 30 years.
Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute: It is a minor church yet one of the most vital religious structures in Venice which is commonly referred as Salute. Dedicated to Our Lady of Health, Salute was built to celebrate the end of a dreadful outbreak of the plague. The octagonal building sits on a platform of 100,000 wooden piles and has two domes and a pair of bell-towers. The church is open year round and has no entry fee though charges apply for Museum.
Arsenal: Arsenal is a complex of former shipyards and armories that absorbs quite a large area in the city of Venice. Its construction began in twelfth century, during Venice's Republican era and soon it turned into the largest industrial complex in Europe before the First Industrial Revolution. By 1450, over 3,000 Venetian merchant ships were in operation allowing Venice to control trade in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and act both as supply ships for Venetian merchants and as warships and Venetian Navy.
Lido: Lido di Venezia is home to the Venice Film Festival held in the month of September each year. This small Island of Venice Lagoon is usually neglected by most of the tourist. Lido beaches are not the most glorious in Italy but they are preferred by people who seek for a quieter atmosphere.
Gondola Ride: It is one-of-a-kind experience to witness the canal from a traditional gondola, a flat bottomed rowing boat that was a major means of transportation in the city of Venice. It is highly recommended for couples who are in Venice for honeymoon or anniversary celebration. Each Gondola holds six people hence you can share the ride to save some Euros or hire exclusively for a delightful and romantic experience.
Venetian Lagoon Islands Tour: The tour to three islands in the Venetian Lagoon is suitable if you wish to see more than just the major attraction of Venice staying away from the tourist routes while enjoying a cruise. Immerse in the peaceful atmosphere and get a taste of the beauty, tradition and heritage. The boat trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello starts from the pier located at a distance of few steps from St. Mark’s Square. The tour to three islands in the Venetian Lagoon can be completed in half a day. The standard tour offers you over 30 minutes at each Island.
Murano is famous all over the world for its ancient tradition of glass making and is the first stop of the tour. Next up is Burano which is recognized for its colourful houses and the hand-crafted lace work. The last stop is at Torcello, an Island that brings together deep spirituality with various examples of great historical and artistic significance.
Venice Carnival: The Venice Carnival is held each year in Venice, Italy with celebrations ending with the Christian celebration of Lent. It's said that the Carnival of Venice started in twelfth century when the people of Venice Republic gathered on San Marco Square to celebrate a victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia. You will witness parades, concerts, markets and decorative Venetian masks during the two week long celebrations. At Aliya Tour Packages, we believe this is the best time to experience the beautiful city of Venice, Italy.