Grand canals and singing gondoliers provide the backdrop to the romantic city of Venice. Leave your Venice flight and enter a world where cars are banned and bridges keep the city connected. In Venice, everyone travels by boat. Along the narrow canals are small bacaros (traditional wine bars) and intimate restaurants packed with locals and tourists.
Venice’s historic centre is dividing into six quarters – San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce, Cannaregio and Castello. Visitors can explore each quarter by hopping on a gondola and travelling down the Grand Canal, which intersects each district. The most famous of all, San Marco, can become very crowded with tourists in the summer and prices rise in the restaurants and cafés surrounding the popular square. Many travellers book flights to Venice during the off-season to avoid some of the crowds, not to mention the heat and the smells from the canals that float through the town in August. But at any time of year the jaw-dropping beauty of Venice is bound to impress. The town was once the centre of Italy’s commercial greatness and the palazzos and churches of the Renaissance period are spectacular.
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