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  • What to do in Istria when it rains

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    What to do in Istria when it rains

    Even the sunniest countries sometimes get rain, but the good news is that if you’re on holiday in Croatia, there’s still plenty to do if the heavens open. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Istria when it rains. 1. Take a day trip to Venice Wondering what to do in Istria […]

  • 5 places near Venice to visit on a day trip

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    5 places near Venice to visit on a day trip

    If you’re planning more than just a Venice day trip and want to take a few days to enjoy a bigger tour of Italy, you might be interested in other places to visit near Venice that you could add to your itinerary. Today, we’re sharing some of our favourite places within easy reach of Venice. […]

  • Rialto Bridge: The Oldest Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal

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    Rialto Bridge: The Oldest Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal

    If you’re planning your Venice day trip, there are a few landmarks you definitely won’t want to miss. One of them is the majestic ‘Ponte di Rialto’ or Rialto Bridge, famously immortalised by artists such as Canaletto and even mentioned by Shakespeare, whose Shylock asks, “What news on the Rialto?” in The Merchant of Venice. […]

  • What to do in Santa Croce, Venice

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    What to do in Santa Croce, Venice

    As you’ll know if you read our recent post on the ‘Sestieri’, Santa Croce, Venice is one of the six districts that make up this unique city. If you arrive in Venice by bus, you’ll get off in the Santa Croce district at the city’s Piazzale Roma bus terminal. If you’re hoping to get a […]

  • Travel with dogs in Croatia: is Croatia Dog Friendly?

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    Travel with dogs in Croatia: is Croatia Dog Friendly?

    Nobody likes to leave their beloved pet at home while they go on holiday, so why not take your dog with you? If you’re hopping on the Venice – Croatia ferry, there’s no reason why your best friend can’t join you for the adventure. Here are some things to think about if you’re planning on […]

  • The Sestieri: the Six Venice Areas

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    The Sestieri: the Six Venice Areas

    Other cities have ‘quarters’, but in Venice, areas of the city are known as “sestieri”. So how many districts does Venice have, and what are the main things to do in each one? Here’s a quick lowdown on the six districts of Venice. 1. San Marco As the name of this district suggests, San Marco […]

  • Jewish Quarter, Venice: All About the Ghetto

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    Jewish Quarter, Venice: All About the Ghetto

    Head to the Cannaregio district and you’ll find an interesting slice of Venetian history: the city’s Jewish Quarter, known as the Ghetto. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Venice’s Jewish population had to live in this area of the city, where the large number of people meant the buildings had to be taller to fit […]

  • How to go kayaking in Venice

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    How to go kayaking in Venice

    Venice is a city built on water, so exploring its atmospheric canals from the perspective of a boat is a must. But can you kayak in the Venice canals? Although the city has recently implemented a ban on kayaking, there are still some parts of Venice’s intricate system of canals where you can enjoy this […]

  • How to see Venice’s Regata Storica

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    How to see Venice’s Regata Storica

    If you’re heading to Venice in early September, there’s an exciting event you won’t want to miss. The Regata Storica, or Historical Regatta, is held on Sunday 1 September and is an awesome spectacle that your whole family will enjoy. Here’s what you need to know about visiting this unique event. Regata Storica: Venice at […]

  • Venice: Get around a city built on water

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    Venice: Get around a city built on water

    How do you get around in a city with no cars? Whether you’re on a day trip in Venice or you’re here for a few days, you might be wondering how to navigate Venice. It’s easy: when you’re in Venice, get around by one of these three options… Vaporetto Water buses in Venice are called […]

  • Venice tourist traps: how to avoid getting caught

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    Venice tourist traps: how to avoid getting caught

    Venice is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so it’s little wonder that tourists flock there in their droves to experience it for themselves. But what are the biggest tourist traps in Venice, and how can you avoid getting caught in them? We’ve already told you about what not to do in Venice, but […]

  • Here’s why you should plan a Venice honeymoon

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    Here’s why you should plan a Venice honeymoon

    Celebrated as one of the most romantic honeymoon spots in Europe, if not the world, Venice – the City of Love – makes the perfect place to stay on your first holiday as newlyweds. But what is there to do in Venice for honeymoon couples? Things to do on a Venice honeymoon There are so […]

  • Redentore, Venice 2019: the most popular festival in town

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    Redentore, Venice 2019: the most popular festival in town

    The event Venice is most famous for may be the Carnival, but there’s another festival that looms large in the Venetian calendar, and that’s the Festa del Redentore, meaning ‘Feast of the Redeemer’. Held on the third weekend of July – this year, the dates are the 20th and 21st – this exciting event has […]

  • Castello, Venice: what to see and do in the city’s least known district

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    Castello, Venice: what to see and do in the city’s least known district

    The Castello area of Venice may not be the city’s best known district (sestiere), but it is the largest, and there’s plenty here to make it worth a visit. Even better, because it’s not so well known, it’s a place where you can enjoy a quieter side of Venice, away from the hustle and bustle […]

  • Planning your Venice Trip: the Must-See Attractions

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    Planning your Venice Trip: the Must-See Attractions

    With its atmospheric canals, grand palazzos and quirky little shops filled with colourful carnival masks, Venice is a holiday destination like no other. Here’s what you should see the first time you visit the glorious city of Venice. St Mark’s Square, Basilica and Campanile When you first arrive in Venice, you’ll probably want to make […]

  • Sipping bellinis at the Legendary Harry’s Bar, Venice

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    Sipping bellinis at the Legendary Harry’s Bar, Venice

    When, after a long day’s sightseeing, you want to sip a cocktail in an atmospheric bar, Venice has plenty of choice. But there’s really one place to go if your beverage of choice is a bellini cocktail: Venice’s legendary Harry’s Bar. Let’s take a look at this famous bar and its illustrious history. A history […]

  • How Venice’s canals were built: how was built on water?

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    How Venice’s canals were built: how was built on water?

    The canals of Venice are among the world’s most romantic places, but before the atmospheric waterways we know and love today came into existence – before the grandeur of the city’s opulent palazzos and piazzas – there was only a marshy, muddy lagoon with little going for it beyond a smattering of 124 small islands. […]

  • Venice Museums: The 5 Best to Visit

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    Venice Museums: The 5 Best to Visit

    If you’re off on a trip to Venice, don’t leave without visiting some of the city’s many wonderful museums. From collections devoted to the history of glass-making to its very own Guggenheim Museum, Venice has more than enough to keep you occupied every time you go to Venice. Here are five of our favourites. 1) […]

  • 5 things NOT to do in Venice

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    5 things NOT to do in Venice

    Visit St Mark’s Square. Take a gondola ride. Buy a carnival mask. We all know what to do when we’re in Venice – but what about things to avoid? If you want to make sure you don’t fall into the classic tourist traps, here’s what not to do in Venice. 1) Swim the canals Quite […]

  • Is Venice sinking? When will it happen?

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    Is Venice sinking? When will it happen?

    Venice’s waterways are what makes it such a unique and romantic place, but does a watery fate lie in store for this enchanting city? And if so, when will Venice sink? Acqua alta If you’re familiar with Venice you’ll probably already be aware of the ‘acqua alta’, or ‘high water’, which affects the city numerous […]

  • Should you stay in Mestre or Venice?

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    Should you stay in Mestre or Venice?

    If you’ve never heard of Mestre before, it’s hardly surprising. This unprepossessing town on the Italian mainland isn’t exactly well-known in comparison with the celebrated Venetian islands of the neighbouring lagoon, connected to Mestre by a long bridge. If you’re thinking of staying in Mestre to visit Venice, here are some things to think about […]

  • 5 Things To Do and Where To Eat in Cannaregio, Venice

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    5 Things To Do and Where To Eat in Cannaregio, Venice

    The largest quarter in Venice is known as Cannaregio, and you’ll find it between the Lagoon and the Grand Canal. The location of the Venetian Ghetto, it’s a wonderful place to explore some of Venice’s countless cultural treasures, and you’ll also find plenty of Venetian culinary delights in some of the best restaurants in Cannaregio. […]

  • Top 6 Things to Do in Venice with Family

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    Top 6 Things to Do in Venice with Family

    It may be celebrated for being the perfect romantic destination for couples, but did you know that Venice is also a great place to take the kids? Here are our top suggestions for a Venice family holiday. 1. Tour the Grand Canal by Vaporetto Topping our list of things to do in Venice with family […]

  • Come face to face with a legend at the Casanova Museum, Venice

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    Come face to face with a legend at the Casanova Museum, Venice

    Adventurer, writer, spy, soldier, philosopher, poet, lover (the list goes on)… there aren’t many in history whose lives have captured the imagination to quite the same extent as Casanova. Born in 1725, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova is one of Venice’s most legendary historical figures, infamous for his romantic conquests but also celebrated for his adventures and […]

  • What to do in Venice when it rains: 5 great ideas

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    What to do in Venice when it rains: 5 great ideas

    Venice in the rain: what to do? It’s just as easy to pass the time when it’s raining in Venice as it is on a sunny day, and today we’re sharing some of our favourite ideas for rainy days in this magical city. 1. Ca’ Rezzonico Take refuge from the rain by discovering 18th century […]

  • Venice Grand Canal: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know

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    Venice Grand Canal: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know

    Snaking its way through the heart of one of the world’s most atmospheric cities, the Venice Grand Canal is a busy waterway and romantic backdrop in equal measure. As the largest and most famous of Venice’s extensive network of canals, there are lots of interesting things to learn about the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Here are […]

  • Croatia Festival 2018: Music Festivals Not To Miss

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    Croatia Festival 2018: Music Festivals Not To Miss

    If you fancy relaxing in the sun to the tunes of some of your favourite bands and DJs at a Croatia music festival this year, you’re in luck. As if you needed any more reason to pay a visit to Croatia this summer, here are some of the best festivals to combine with your holiday […]

  • 5 Romantic Things to Do in Venice

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    5 Romantic Things to Do in Venice

    City breaks don’t get much more romantic than Venice. Its atmospheric canals and historic buildings mean it has romance written all over it, and it’s not hard to see why it’s the place George Clooney chose to get married. From sampling the local cuisine in romantic restaurants in Venice to exploring more of the lagoon, […]