You probably don’t need to be told where your first stop in the city should be when you travel to Venice. Head for the nearest gondola and take to the city’s waterways. This is an indescribably romantic way to see a city and it may well be the highlight of your trip. Take care to book your gondola in advance, as waterway cruises are extremely popular. Visit the website for the Istituzione per la Conservazione della Gondola e la Tutela del Gondoliere, for recommended itineraries.
Venice’s art scene is world famous and you don’t need to go far out of your way to see works by artists such as Titian and Canaletto. The city has dozens of galleries, but if you want to see the classics and take a tour of the city at the same time, then go and see them in situ. I Frari, a Gothic church, is home to Titian’s Assumption. Seek out the Museo Del Settecento Veneziano to see works by Giambattista Tiepolo or the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a beautiful building in northern Venice that houses paintings by Tintoretto.
If you are craving yet more culture, pay a visit to Teatro La Fenice, Venice’s premier opera house, where you can take in a live vocal performance, watch a ballet or catch a concert orchestra playing some of Vivaldi’s great works.
There is also a cluster of islands in Venice’s lagoon that are well worth visiting. Head for Murano, for its exquisite glass; Burano, for delicate laces; and Torcello and Lido, for the Venice International Film Festival.