When you think of Venice, the capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy, floating through its picturesque canals via gondola is most likely the fist thing that comes to mind. Venice is comprised of more than 100 tiny islands in a lagoon on the Adriatic Sea, making it one of the most distinct and romantic destinations in all of Europe. Enjoy everything from soaking up art and culture, sipping on local prosecco, and dining on world-class cuisine.
Check into San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice a 190-room stunner on the private island of San Clemente — View a stunning selection of pre-19th century artworks at Gallerie dell’Accademia — Bacaris (standing room only wine bars) re ubiquitous in the city, grab a spot at Cantine del Vino già Schiavi — one of the best – Shop L’Isola for stunning glass works — dine on refined Venetian cuisine in a rustic ambiance at Al Covo
The Italians are stylish, but also embrace comfort, so keep that in mind when you’re planning out your wardrobe. If you’re going out to the opera or an upscale dinner, dress to impress. Also pack shoes that will keep you on your feet for days of sightseeing. If you’re planning to visit religious sights, keep in mind that you must dress modestly, which sees that shoulders and knees need to be covered. If you’re planning to visit during the summer, pack adequate sun protection.
From lounging at your hotel pool to strolling along the canals, there is no shortage of things to do in Venice. You may want to start with major sights like the Basilica di San Marco, Venice’s iconic cathedral that boasts stunning mosaics, Byzantine domes, and home to the corpse of St. Mark. At Gallerie dell’Accademia, you can view artistic works from the 14th-18th centuries; while Palazzo Ducale is a gothic masterpiece. Venice is also the birthplace of opera, which you can experience at Teatro La Fenice.
Avoid hawkers preying on tourists and scour the streets for authentic finds from local artisans. Venice is fist and foremost known for their carnival masks. There is also spectacular hand-blown glass, plenty of paper goods, lace and linens to bring back. Gondolier hats also make the perfect gift.
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