VeniceVenice is one of those cities that feature on many people’s bucket lists of cities. And when you do get to visit this famous Italian city, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a city that is beautiful and unique, thanks to its location on a network of canals.
As such a tourist magnet, Venice is a city that is often too crowded with visitors, but there are certain times that you can visit and have a bit more room around you. A great time to go is from the end of September until early December. There are a lot fewer visitors at this time of year but the weather is still great on the whole. Of course, you are more likely to get rain than in the summer months but it’s not too much of a risk.
The great advantage of avoiding the peak months is that you can visit museums like the Guggenheim and the Doges’ Palace without feeling pushed on by the crowds behind you. Also seeing St Mark’s Square and the Basilica in relative peace adds much to the experience. Don’t forget to climb the Campanile – the bell tower – for one of the best views of the city.
The best way to see Venice is to walk everywhere, and enjoy the experience of losing yourself in the maze like streets. However, you won’t be lost for long as you’ll always come out to the Canal Grande at some point so you can get your bearings again. And whenever you are in need of a rest, just hop on a waterbus for a while and enjoy the view from there as it does a lap around the city. Although expensive, taking a gondola ride is one of the most popular ways to experience Venice. These are generally priced per gondola rather than per person so if you are able to share your ride with a few others this can reduce the cost.
Holidays in Venice are easy to organise. You can either book the flight and accommodation separately, or if you find it easier, many holiday companies now provide package tours to Venice, taking care of all the organisation for you.