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    Venice – city of bridges


    So many world-class attractions are crammed into this lagoon city some visitors never leave, while others are loath to visit, fearing crowds and sky-high prices.

    But why deny yourself the pleasures of La Serenissima, the most Serene Republic, where palaces reflect their glories in the Grand Canal and narrow backstreets hide neighbourhood

    churches decorated with priceless marbles and glimpses of heaven painted by Tiepolo.

    From masquerades and spice routes cuisine to art biennales and opera, Venice floods the imagination with possibility and promise. So raise your glass and toast yet another perfect sunset with the city’s signature bubbly, Prosecco.

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    Basilica di San Marco

    Piazza San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Tel: 041 270 8311
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0945-1645
    Sun 1400-1600

    As sunlight shatters across the gold mosaic facade of St Mark’s basilica, you start to appreciate why this architectural wonder took over 800 years to build. Attend evening Vespers for an otherworldly experience as the voices of the faithful fill the golden dome.

    Palazzo Ducale

    San Marco, 1,
    30124 Venice
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1900

    Behind its fanciful Gothic exterior, the doge’s palace shows serious muscle. Join the Secret Itineraries Tour for a glimpse of attic prison cells from which notorious playboy Casanova escaped.

    The Grand Canal

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    Jump aboard vaporetto 1 for a cruise down one of the most beautiful main ‘streets’ in the world. Along the way you’ll spy over 50 palaces, six churches and scene-stealing backdrops featured in four James Bond films.

    Galleria dell’Accademia

    Campo della Carità 1050
    30123 Venice
    Tel: 041 520 0345
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    Opening times:
    Mon 0815-1400
    Tue-Sun 0815-1915

    Thanks to Napoleon, the convent of Santa Maria della Carità now houses one of the greatest hauls of Venetian artworks, including blockbuster canvases from the Bellini brothers, Titian and Tintoretto.

    Palazzo Grassi

    Campo San Samuele 3231
    30124 Venice
    Tel: 041 523 1680
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1900

    French billionaire François Pinault’s provocative art collection overflows Giorgio Massari’s 18th-century palace. Renowned for its clever curation and big-name art stars exhibits here are sensational.

    Rialto Market

    30125 Venice
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0700-1400

    Before there was a bridge at the Rialto or palaces along the Grand Canal, there was a fish and produce market. Marble plaques still show regulations set centuries ago and hard-bargaining housewives don’t seem so different either.

    Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    Palazzo Venier dei Leoni 704
    30123 Venice
    Tel: 041 240 5411
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    After losing her father on the Titanic, American heiress Peggy Guggenheim dodged Nazis, settled in Venice and changed the course of art history with her avant-garde collection of surrealists, futurists and Dadaists.

    Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute

    Campo della Salute 1b
    30123 Venice
    Tel: 041 241 1018
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1200 and 1500-1730

    Not only a Venetian landmark, the restored sacristy of this splendid domed church features 12 key works by home-grown Renaissance talent Titian.

    The Lido

    30126 Venice
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    With its tree-lined boulevards, Liberty-style villas and well-groomed shellac beaches, the Lido is a rather diverting seaside escape from the hubbub of the Rialto.

    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    Tel: 041 730 119
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Inside the lagoon’s oldest Byzantine basilica, the Madonna rises above a golden field of corn. Turn your back on her and the lessons of a fabulous Last Judgment mosaic await you, complete with writhing sea monsters and flaming scenes of hell.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.


    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301,340 sq km (116,348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.


    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2014 period.

    Public holiday note:
    In addition, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)

    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2014
    Epiphany: 6 January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21 April 2014
    Liberation Day: 25 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Republic Day: 2 June 2014
    Assumption: 15 August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 25 October 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2014
    St Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2014

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The main mode of public transport is the vaporetto (public boat network). Operated by ACTV (tel: 041 2424; www.actv.it), the service is efficient and punctual running between 8am to 10pm. Lines 1 and 2 ply the Grand Canal. Tickets are purchased at booths at most landing stations and timed travel cards (from 12 hours up to 1 week) are much better value than single fare tickets. Swipe your card every time you board.


    Licensed water taxis (tel: 041 240 6711) are available at a premium price, although the cost is mitigated for large groups. Additional fees apply for hotel pick-ups and night trips. Tipping isn’t necessary.


    Nightlife in Venice


    As your lonely footsteps reverberate through darkened alleys, you may wonder where you can find Venice’s nightlife scene.

    It’s true the island city gets to bed early outside of summer, but if you know where you look there are a few worthwhile hangouts.

    Teatro La Fenice

    Campo San Fantin 1965
    30124 Venice
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    Venice is the home of modern opera and a night at the legendary La Fenice is a must.

    Interpreti Veneziani

    S. MARCO, 2862/B,
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    Hear Vivaldi played on 18th-century instruments.

    Bacaro Risorto

    Fondamenta Osmarin, 4700
    30122 Venice
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    Crowd into this shoebox bar for Prosecco and crostini heaped with sardines.

    Venice Jazz Club

    Ponte dei Pugni 3102
    30123 Venice
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    Pay your respects to Miles Davis at the home of the Venice Jazz Club Quartet.

    Palazetto Bru Zane

    San Polo, 2368
    30125 Venice
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    Lengthy restorations have returned this 100-seat music room to full stuccoed glory.


    Restaurants in Venice


    Surrounded by seafood-rich waters and garden islands, Venetian tables offer local specialities unseen anywhere else. Seafood takes centre stage, but signature risottos and side dishes of Veneto vegetables often steal the show.

    Early evening drinks and cicheti (bar snacks) are also a faithfully kept lagoon tradition.

    Anice Stellato

    Fondamenta della Sensa 3272
    30121 Venice
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    Price: Expensive

    Tin lamps and recycled paper placemats belie perfectly executed dishes.

    Trattoria Corte Sconta

    Calle del Pestrin
    30122 Venice
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    Price: Expensive

    Dine in a vine-draped courtyard on a sumptuous signature seafood platter.

    Osteria alla Staffa

    Calle de l’Ospedaleto 6397a
    30121 Venice
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional dishes get an artful makeover at this friendly neighbourhood bistro.


    Calle dell’Ochialer 436
    30125 Venice
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    Price: Cheap

    Venice’s finest, market-fresh bar snacks.

    Ai Promessi Sposi

    Calle d’Oca 4367
    30121 Venice
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    Price: Cheap

    Venetians frequent this inn to gorge on bowls of cuttlefish pasta and duck ragù.


    Calendar of events

    Venice Architecture Biennale

    7 June – 23 November 2014

    The first Venice architecture biennale opened in 1980. Now in its 13th year, the exhibition is also held in two venues – the Giardini and the Arsenale. This year’s exhibition, entitled Common Ground, showcases the best in world architecture and has been organised by the British architect David Chipperfield. Highlights include contributions from big names like Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas, as well as plenty of fascinating exhibits from lesser-known architects.

    Venice Art Biennale

    7 June – 23 November 2014

    La Biennale, founded in 1895, is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The art biennale features hundreds of international artists showing their work in the country pavilions of the Giardini (gardens in the eastern part of Venice), in a former naval shipyard nearby called the Arsenale and in numerous historic palaces, churches and museums scattered about the city and on the surrounding islands. Many of the offsite exhibitions are free. Jeremy Deller has been chosen for the British Pavilion in 2013 while Sarah Sze has been chosen to represent the United States in their pavilion.

    Venice Film Festival

    27 August – 6 September 2014

    Venue: Palazzo del Cinema, Lido.

    The internationally acclaimed film festival is every September on the Lido and sees famous personalities and stars descend upon the area to enjoy the recognition of their craft. The Lido becomes busy through this week, and offshoot events often spring up. Some films are industry only but others are open to the public.

    Regata Storica (Historic Regatta)

    7 September 2014

    Venue: Grand Canal, Rialto.

    This regatta began in the 1200’s as a way of welcoming royalty to the city, as well as recognising and celebrating the city’s expert oarsman who were vital for trade and commerce in that era. Nowadays, the regatta is still a regal affair, with over 300 traditional boats and costumes on display. Each of the smaller islands tends to host its own regatta, but the main sight is still held through the Grand Canal.

    Venice Marathon

    26 October 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    For a city that has more waterways than main roads, this spectacular marathon is now in its 27th year. The race takes place on the fourth Sunday in October starting in Sta, a small country town and finishing in the centre of Venice. A maximum prize of 10,000 Euros is in place for the winner of individual categories. Side events include a family fun run and a pasta party.

    Festa della Salute

    21 November 2014

    Venue: Church of Santa Maria della Salute.

    This festival is one of the most religious in Venice and one of the least tourist driven affairs. In 1630 the Plague took its hold on Venice, for the second time in fifty years. The Doge called upon the Virgin Mary to rid them of the curse, and a pilgrimage to her church took place by all those residents of Venice who were able to make the journey. These days, patrons still attend her church to ask for good health.

    Venice Carnival

    31 January – 17 February 2015

    Venue: St Mark’s Square and other venues.

    This is what a carnival is all about. The king of Carnivals, the Carnival of Venice, needs no introduction. The world’s largest and most famous masked ball has existed since the Middle Ages. Two weeks of street partying alongside actors wearing harlequin outfits and carnival masks. The party starts up every day in the early morning with live music and acting displays, and continues well into every evening. There is everything to see here including jugglers and fire-eaters and the costumes are truly remarkable.

    Art Prize Laguna Finalist Artists Exhibition at Venice Arsenal

    21 March – 21 April 2015

    Venue: Arsenale of Venice

    The Arsenale of Venice opens its doors, for the fourth consecutive year, to the finalists of the seventh edition of Arte Laguna Prize at Tese di San Cristoforo. The works of the 105 international artists selected for the categories: painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance and photographic art will be on view. Five other works from the virtual art section will be hosted at the Telecom Italia Future Centre, close to the Rialto Bridge. A further selection of young artists is on view at the Romanian Institute of Venice, near St. Mark’s Square.

    Festa di San Marco

    25 April 2015

    Venue: Sant’Elena to Punta della Dogana.

    IThe Festa della Sensa, is one of the city’s best known festivals that bring to life the close bond that the city shares with the sea. There is special focus on the art of rowing “Voga alla Veneta”, with a water parade of traditional rowing boats from San Marco to the Lido, lead by the Mayor of Venice and other dignitaries.

    Festa Della Sensa

    16 – 17 May 2015

    Venue: From San Marco to the Lido.

    The Festa della Sensa, is one of the city’s best known festivals that bring to life the close bond that the city shares with the sea. There is special focus on the art of rowing “Voga alla Veneta”, with a water parade of traditional rowing boats from San Marco to the Lido, lead by the Mayor of Venice and other dignitaries.

    Venice Jazz Festival

    2 – 27 July 2015 (To be confirmed)

    Venue: Various venues.

    International and Italian musicians perform in venues throughout the city, including in Piazza San Marco, Teatro La Fenice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Palazzo Grassi. Past guests have included big names like Sting, Cesaria Evora and Gilberto Gil.

    Festa del Redentore

    19 – 20 July 2015 (To be confirmed)

    Venue: Giudecca Canal, from Sant’Elena to Punta della Dogana to the Palladio’s Redentore church.

    Dating back to 1577, Venetians have celebrated their deliverance from a terrible plague and the construction of Palladio’s ‘Rendentore’ (Redeemer) Church, commissioned for the same reason, with a pontoon of boats, fireworks display and picnics on the water.


    Hotels in Venice


    Waking up in a palazzo to the sound of lagoon waves is an unforgettable experience and often comes with a price tag to match.

    More recently many Venetians have opened up their historic homes offering more accessible and affordable accommodation.

    Hotel Foscari Palace

    Campo Santa Sofia 4200/1
    30124 Venice
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    Category: Expensive

    Make like an aristocrat at this authentic Venetian palazzo, once the home of Duke Gonzaga.


    Hotel Flora

    Calle Bergamaschi 2283a
    30124 Venice
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    Category: Moderate

    An ivy-clad retreat offering old-school comfort and damask-lined suites.

    Casa Verardo

    Campo Santi Filippo e Giacomo 4765
    30122 Venice
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    Category: Moderate

    Canalside, period-style accompanied by family-friendly service.

    Arco Antico Locanda

    Calle del Forno 1451
    30125 Venice
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    Category: Cheap

    Stately bedrooms with soaring ceilings and a sense of history close to the Rialto.

    Villa Angelica

    Via Marcantonio Bragadin 12/b
    30126 Venice
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    Category: Cheap

    Comfortable, family-friendly accommodation in one of the Lido’s Liberty villas.

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    Climate and best time to visit Venice

    To avoid unpleasant crowds and hot, humid summer weather, visit Venice in autumn when days are warm and sunny and visitors and room rates reduce. September also sees the art and architecture Biennales swing into motion and the annual Regata Storica fills the lagoon with a glorious floating parade. As the fog rolls in, in November the city becomes quiet and romantic and with few tourists around Venetians adopt a more sociable air building up for February’s Carnival. Spring is damp, but lovely as ever indoors.

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39


    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.


    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.


    Shopping in Venice

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    Key Areas

    Between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto, the Mercerie and the nearby Calle dei Fabbri are the main shopping streets, lined with independent galleries and independent boutiques. To the west of San Marco, the Frezzeria, has grander, more upmarket store. Artisan studios concentrate in the Dorsoduro, San Polo and Santa Croce, where you’ll find anything from leather goods to paper, glass and wood carvings. The island of Murano is worth a trip if you’re in the market for glass and nearby Burano has a tradition of handmade lace.


    The Rialto market and Pescaria are Venice’s main, and most historic, markets. Alternatively, Via Garibaldi in Castello is lined with a good neighbourhood food market.

    Shopping Centres

    Given the ancient character of this lagoon city, shopping malls and department stores are virtually non-existent. The only department store is home-grown Coin, which sells virtually everything from fashion to home accessories.

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    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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