Venice

Roads? Where you're going you don't need roads... but don't rule out a romantic gondola ride or a water taxi. Welcome to Venice, with its network of canals, rich history and composition of over 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea.

One of the most popular features of this Northern Italy capital is the Grand Canal, once a major center of the Renaissance. Be sure to see the central square Piazza San Marco, where all can marvel at Byzantine mosaics, the Campanile bell and St. Mark’s Basilica.

Fine art, stunning architecture, white limestone bridges, moving about via watercraft... Venice is a singular experience and an astonishing masterpiece of civilization. Summer is the busiest time to visit, so plan accordingly. If you're looking for an unforgettable costume party, visit during Venice Carnival from the end of February to the beginning of March.

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St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is Venice's main public square. Go for the restaurants, stay for the night music!

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Popularly known as just "The Salute," this baroque Catholic basilica's dome is a key part of the Venice skyline. Due to its history as a 17th century "plague church," it features art referencing the Black Death.

Gondola Rides
When in... Venice! An essential and scenic activity for anyone visiting this city of canals.
Transportation
To get to Venice from Marco Polo (VCE) airport take ACTV's bus number 5, running every 15-20 minutes. The bus takes passengers to the Piazzale Roma terminal in Venice's city center and takes about 25 minutes.

For getting around Venice other than walking, a vaporetto, or water taxi, is an affordable option.
Carnival of Venice
This yearly festival, which ends with Lent, is essentially a Mardi Gras celebration, and is famous for its enchanting costumes and masks. Book well in advance as this is one of Italy's most popular events!
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