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The best thing you can do in Venice is get lost. Throw away the map, follow your instinct and veer down beguiling backstreets where you will find the best restaurants overlooked by most tourists and stumble across vignettes of Venetian life in a city unlike any other.

What is just daily life to the locals is fascinating to fresh eyes as builders, flower sellers, bakers and fire fighters tackle their tasks by boat. Just occasionally in this city whose every turn looks like a film set, you must do the expected thing and take a trip by gondola for an unforgettable experience.





When the crowds get too much, hop on a boat to some of the 100 or so islands that dot the lagoon, including Murano, known for its glass making, and Burano, famous for its colourful houses. You can bask on the beaches of the Lido and amble around Giudecca, home to the five star Cipriani hotel.

It can seem overwhelming at times to have to share the city with so many fellow admirers, but there is a reason they are there. Venice is unlike anywhere else in the world


Venice has a Mediterranean climate and experiences very high humidity, with hot weather in July and August, the height of summer. Average temperatures in summer (June to August) usually range between 18°C and 28°C, (64°-82°F) dropping in winter (December to February) to between 0°C and 3°C (32°-37°F). 


Venice is the capital of Veneto, and it is situated on the North-Eastern coast of Italy, just off the Adriatic Sea (the name of the eastern side of the Mediterraneo). There are only a few places that carry the charm and historical significance like this lagoon town. In a relatively tiny area, Venice harbours a wealth of artistic and architectural wonders. Some of Venice’s unique and overwhelming sights are displayed in showcase churches and major galleries.

The first human settlements on the Venice Lagoon islands date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, when the inhabitants from the mainland came to this semi swamp area to escape the barbaric invasions that followed the fall of the Roman Empire. The populations coming from mainland Venice settled in the lagoon, fighting as hard as they could to survive: little by little this group of pieces of land surrounded by water took on the semblance of a real town, a town that was so unique and special that it would become the only one of its kind in the world.


Venice is one of the best walking cities in the world. As a sea power, the wealth of ideas it brought back from its excursions, especially to the east, resulted in a city whose art and arcitecture is unique, interesting, and diverse.

Venice, one of the most remarkable and extraordinary cities in Europe, and has been a first-class cultural centre from time immemorial. During the epoch of the Renaissance, Venice was among the most important art and cultural centres, with its own style of musical composition and a host of great painters and artists. Today, Venice is still a city of culture, which can be felt everywhere through its unique atmosphere of romance, art and architecture.

The charm of Venetian culture is best experienced during the marvelous festivals and carnivals that are the highlight of local cultural life. The most attractive event is undoubtedly the Carnival: the programme consists of a row of concerts, balls, theatre performances and emblematic processions with masked participants.

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Venetian architecture and urban planning are also a characteristic feature of local culture. Splendid imposing palaces, cathedrals and churches reveal the high level of development of Venice’s economy and society during different historical periods, particularly the Renaissance. These cultural monuments of extraordinary significance symbolise Venice worldwide, as the countless canals and waterways are widely recognised as one of the most miraculous facilities in urban planning ever. They give the ‘City of Water’ its unmatchable romantic and glamorous ambience.


Flights: Venice Marco Polo is the closest airport to central Venice, while Treviso, is used by most low cost airlines. The seven mile journey from Marco Polo to Venice can be made by road or water. The bus trip is quicker and cheaper, but the boat option is so much more Venetian.

Trains: the main station is Venezia Santa Lucia, right on the Grand Canal. On the mainland side is Mestre station, a busy hub with lines south to Bologna, Florence and Rome, west to Padua, Verona and Milan, and north and east to Treviso, Trieste and Slovenia.

Read more about property in Italy in our Italian View publication.