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city breaks in Venice

City breaks in Venice

A city break in Venice promises to be an incomparable cultural experience with delicious food and idyllic views. The romantic charm of this floating city is inimitable with its winding streets, bridges and countless landmarks for you to explore.

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St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs - these world-famous sights are must-sees for any visitor to Venice. But there are numerous other destinations to discover in Europe. Explore intriguing hotspots of architecture, culture and cuisine on a city break in Europe!

City break in Venice - La Dolce Vita

Explore the numerous canals which glitter throughout Venice and enjoy a relaxed gondola ride through the historic buildings. Welcome to La Dolce Vita!

Venice’s sights are easy to reach either on foot or by water. Climb the Campanile di San Marco (St. Mark’s Campanile) for gorgeous views of this Italian gem. The viewing platform which surrounds the 100 metre tower boasts stunning views of the entire city. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of the five most popular sights in Venice.

Top 5 sights for your weekend getaway in Venice

  • Grand Canal
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • The Doge’s Palace
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Rialto Bridge
Top tip from the experts at Travelcircus: If you want to avoid the crowds in the narrow Venetian streets, head to some of the less-well known areas of the city. Cannaregio is an especially beautiful area of the city to wander through.
Venice canals
Venice bridge

Ideas for a city break in Venice

Is it too busy in the inner city? The islands of Venice are often calmer. You can hop on the Vaporetti and head to the Island of San Michele where you can visit the graves of some famous artists and composers.

Lido is a little larger and busier and is popular with tourists and locals for its beaches. Here, you can find one of the prettiest city beaches in Europe, as well as art exhibitions and various small cafés.

Hotels in Venice

Venice is home to a range of luxurious hotels which become especially sought-after during the annual film festival which is held at the end of August or the start of September. So don’t wait too long to book your weekend getaway in Venice and maybe you’ll spot a film star or two on your trip!

Tips for your holiday in Venice

Venice is known throughout the world as the floating city with over 400 bridges, so a trip on the canals is a must for anyone visiting the city - whether that’s on a romantic gondola ride or by making use of the Venetian Vaporetti (water buses) to explore the city.

The Grand Canal is often considered Venice’s main concourse. This 4 km canal flows past the city’s most popular hotspots such as the Rialto Bridge. Due to its popularity, the canal is not the best place to grab a bite to eat or pick up a souvenir as the prices can be absolutely extortionate.

Venice water
St. Mark's Square Venice

St. Mark’s Basilica is a must-see when you’re in Venice. Our top tip: You can buy skip-the-queue tickets online so you don’t have to waste time queuing up. As the Basilica is a Roman Catholic church, you need to make sure that your shoulders are covered when you visit and that you are not wearing shorts or a short skirt.

Tip for book lovers: You can find eccentric book shops in nearly every European city but the Libreria Acqua Alta in San Marco is especially unusual and wonderfully chaotic.
What to eat and drink in Venice
What to eat and drink in Venice

There’s no better way to experience the significance of food and cooking in Italian culture than by visiting the country. Pizza, gelato, tiramisu and cappuccino take pride of place on menus in restaurants and cafés, as well as every possible permutation of pasta. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up in the city, you can enjoy a glass of wine or the city’s classic spritz, be it with aperol or campari.

The Italian attitude to eating prioritises the experience of dining - the excitement and community of an evening with others, enjoying good food and good company. You can look forward to vibrant dishes which will make your tastebuds sing, served over multiple courses with smaller portions of pasta, a fish course and mouthwatering desserts.

If you’re looking for something light, you can pick up a snack at one of Venice’s cafés or Bacari (Venetian bars) where you can indulge in affordable bread, olives and wine. Whether you’re on a weekend getaway, a city break in Venice or an extended holiday in Italy, Venice’s culinary scene is bound to leave you on cloud 9!

Transport to Venice and within the city
Travelling to Venice and within the city

You can book cheap flights to Venice with airlines like Ryanair and easyJet. With any luck, you will be able to find flights to this floating city for around £100 or less . Once you’ve landed in Venice, it’s easy to hop on a bus or in a taxi to take you to your destination. Alternatively, you can jump right in with a romantic Gondola ride or make use of the Vaporetti (water buses).

Venice is, for the most part, a car-free city, so you are unlikely to need to hire a car for your visit. Parking fees are also quite expensive in the few areas of the city which are accessible by vehicle. The cheapest days to fly are weekdays, especially Tuesday and Thursday, as the prices climb for weekends.

You can also save money by booking tickets and experiences online in advance. For example, you can book a Gondola ride in advance online with the tourism board for half the price that you would be charged once you are in the city. Travelling on the Vaporetti is even cheaper and they run every few minutes on the Grand Canal.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about city breaks in Venice

Why should I go to Venice for a city break?

Venice is a fantastic city break destination offers an incredible combination of cultural highlights, culinary delights and incomparable scenery. With countless bridges, glittering canals and winding streets, Venice charms visitors.

How many days should I plan to spend in Venice on a city break?

You should allow three to five days for your city break in Venice so you can really get to grips with the city.

What should I pack for a city break in Venice?

Make sure you remember to pack the following for your city break in Venice:
  • Sun cream
  • Comfortable everyday clothing
  • A hat
  • A portable phone charger

Where can I book my city break in Venice?

You can book your city break in Venice here with Travelcircus.

How much does a city break in Venice cost?

Acity break in Venice can cost as little as £50 per person, including breakfast and other extras depending on the hotel.

What are some must-sees for a city break in Venice?

The most popular sights in Venice include:
  • Grand Canal
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • The Doge’s Palace
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco
  • Cannaregio

When is the best time of year to visit Venice on a city break?

Venice is located on the Adriatic Sea and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The city is warmest in July and August where temperatures rarely exceed 30°C. In Winter, the temperature drops to around freezing. If you are hoping to swim while you’re on holiday, you should travel in Summer. The best way to enjoy the city in all its glory but avoid at least some of the crowds is to travel between November and April.