Venice

This magical and romantic city is an absolute must to visit at least once in anyone?s lifetime. The islands, canals and bridges, the ancient architecture and Italian lifestyle are everything you will be immersed in during your stay and we know you will love your holiday to Italy.

Insider Tip

For a couple of weeks in February each year, the city comes alive with the sights and sounds of the Venice Carnival. St Mark's Square fills with glamorous and sinister figures in masks and costumes. Definitely not one to miss!

Venice offers a wide range of eating options from local snacks to elegant and world-famous restaurants where you can dine well and experience local cuisines. The terrace restaurant of the Danieli offers some of the best tables in the city, with incomparable views over the Venetian lagoon, and is perfect for a celebratory meal. Seafood features widely and there are numerous high-quality fish restaurants with a dazzling collection of the day's fresh catch. Wash it all down with the wonderful array of local wine on offer, produced in the Veneto region.

For those with a sweet tooth, the windows of the old Venetian bakers hold delights such as spiced pastries and almond-encrusted tarts. The Burano islands are home to the busolai, sweet S-shaped biscuits with a hint of aniseed, while the rich tiramisu is the most famous of Venetian desserts.

The streets just off St Mark's Square are a haven for those looking for designer fashion, with shops such as Lois Vuitton, Bulgari and Versace, whereas the Mercurie and the streets between the square and the Rialto Bridge offer more affordable shopping opportunities.

Alternatively, pick up some of the regional specialities such as the fabulous Murano glass products; head to the island of Murano itself to see the glass-blowers at work. Look out for locally crafted painted carnival masks and hand-painted fabrics.

Walking Tour of Venice & Doge's Palace

See the city's highlights from a historical and artistic view, including St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Includes entry to Doge's Palace.

Departs: daily 01 Apr - 31 Oct. Duration: half day.
Adult from £49.

Venetian Islands

A motorboat ride to Murano with its famous glass factory, the islands of Burano where beautiful lacework is still taught, and Torcello with its seventh-century Basilica.

Departs: daily. Duration: half day.
Adult from £19.

Caffe Quadri

Experience the unique ambience of St Mark's Square with a table reserved for you at the exclusive Caffe Quadri, a prime location from which to watch the world go by. Linger over a coffee with cake or a long drink with savoury snack or an ice cream, while live music plays.

Departs: daily except Mondays 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2012.
Adult from £23.

Gondola Serenade & Evening Serenade

A 45-minute gondola ride along the Grand Canal and entrancing waterways with musicians and singers. Collective gondola - up to 6 max per gondola. Gondola ride times are seasonal.

Departs: daily.
Adult (over 12 years) from £42.

A night in Venice

Take a romantic private 40-minute gondola ride along the Grand Canal and the Venetian inner canals. Finishing very near to the gondola stop and enjoy a three-course menu in a typical Venetian restaurant.

Departs: daily.
Adult from £106.