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venice italy

Venice is an ancient city encompassing 117 islands, interconnected via 150 canals and 400 bridges.  It's charm and beauty are impossible to exaggerate.

A unique maze of narrow streets and winding canals, this beautiful city is packed with things to see and do. Its charm lies in the fact that the only way of getting around this traffic-free city is by foot or boat. Wander through the streets of little shops and eateries, then jump on board a water bus or take a romantic Gondola ride along the meandering canals, taking in the views of the stunning city, its churches, palaces and bridges.

Venice was an independent republic for over a millenium and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Stay at Aman Venice for the ultimate in luxury and style on the Grand Canal.  Or across the water from St Mark's Square at the fabulous Hotel Cipriani

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Weather & seasons

Venice is a city that can be enjoyed at all times of the year. The months from Easter to October are the main tourist season when hotels can be difficult to come by at short notice. The other two really popular spells are during the Carnival in February (the 10 days up to Shrove Tuesday) and the weeks on each side of Christmas.

Summer (mid July to the end of August) is worth avoiding. Apart from the hordes of tourists, the air can be humid and unpleasant. Italians holiday in August, so many shops and restaurants close during this time.

If you're planning to visit Venice between October and late February, take your wellies just in case! This is the season of floods - known locally as acqua alta, and occasional downpours can be heavy. The low-lying Piazza San Marco is especially vulnerable.

Clear blue skies and balmy weather make spring and autumn the best times to go.

belmond hotel cipriani

belmond hotel cipriani

venice, italy    4 nights from £1,885

Situated across the water from La Serenissima in expansive private gardens, Belmond Hotel Cipriani combines easy access to Venice with peaceful, relaxing isolation.

aman venice

aman venice

venice, italy    4 nights from £2,055

Aman Venice is a lovingly restored palazzo on the Grand Canal. Built in 1550, this stunning property has been restored and renovated it to the highest specifications, making it Venice's latest must-visit hotel.


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