Venice is one of those cities that appears on every keen traveller’s must-see list of places, with many people tempted by its unrivalled beauty and the prospect of a ride on one of its iconic gondolas.
What’s amazing about Venice is that there is so much to explore away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-ridden centre, and these are places you might not otherwise have heard of without going on an escorted tour run by an expert in all things Venetian.
The Woman’s Weekly Shop has teamed up with Riviera Travel to offer Venice – Classic & Undiscovered trip covers all the bases, taking holidaymakers to all the usual landmarks that are not to be missed, but also off the beaten track to parts of the city that are unspoilt.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then don’t hesitate to book your place on a tour now – the five-day break costs from just £499 per person, which is great value for what you receive.
As part of your guided tour, you’ll be taken to some key historic sites, including Rialto Bridge, the glorious Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s. The latter in particular is a wonder to behold, boasting a stunning square and Basilica, as well as a floor made from 12th century marble.
The next stop will be the magnificent Doge’s Palace, which, as well as once being the official residence for one of the most important figures in Venice, is full of trinkets and treasures.
Like any big city, there are corners of Venice that many foreign visitors don’t know about, and as a result they will be much quieter and feel more authentic.
You’ll be taken to these peaceful spots, which include tiny cafes and shops, narrow canal paths and picturesque street. Expect to walk around the old Jewish quarter, which has been splendidly restored, and the old home of Marco Polo, plus you’ll be treated by your tour guide to stories and anecdotes relating to the local area that will add another dimension to the experience.
While the main aim of the tour is to escort you round the best areas in Venice, it is important for you to be able to explore the city as you wish and visit those places that were perhaps recommended to you by a friend, or that caught your eye during the guided walk.
The easiest way to get to know a new place is simply by travelling around it on foot, taking everything in and speaking to some of the locals if you speak the language. Remember your camera, as there is ample opportunity for photos in Venice.
You should also journey down the city’s many canals by gondola, as it is extremely peaceful.
A bonus of the tour is that not only do you explore Venice, you also make a day trip to a beautiful little island called Murano, which is just a short boat ride away via the lagoon. The place is famous for its glassmaking, which is something you’ll learn more about during your time there.
For instance, you’ll have the chance to watch a unique demonstration of the ancient art, watching an expert blend gorgeous colours with innovative designs to create bespoke pieces of jewellery, vases and even chandeliers.
Following the visit to the glassmakers, you can roam free for the rest of the day and see just what Murano has to offer. If you love architecture, then make sure you take a walk around one of the three churches on the island – San Pietro Martire, Santa Maria degli Angeli and Santa Maria e Donato.
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