Lagoons and canalside palaces in La Serenissima
Venice brings you romance, iconic architecture, wonderful attractions, and a fantastic selection of luxury hotels and restaurants. It’s one of Italy’s most popular cities, attracting millions of visitors every year, and is the perfect place for a honeymoon, or simply a special romantic holiday. Couples will love the chance to explore and soak up history and culture, while children will be delighted by the gondola rides, friendly pigeons in St. Mark’s Square, and warm Italian hospitality.
Spend your days exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking gondola rides under picturesque bridges and through narrow canals. Stop off to admire the ornate palaces and villas, before enjoying some of the country’s best cuisine. Art and culture lovers will find plenty for them here too, including the lively Carnival of Venice, wonderful operas, art galleries, and some interesting museums. If you want to explore further afield a holiday in Venice can be paired with another Italian City to offer you a glimpse of some of the country’s wonderful culture.
Holidays in Venice are all about romance and culture. Listen to your gondolier serenade you as you glide along the canals, taking in the historic buildings. Wander through narrow streets and over pretty bridges before reaching St. Mark’s Square with its imposing cathedral. Spend the day in museums and art galleries, opulent palaces, and Renaissance villas before taking in a spectacular opera, ballet, or musical in the evening. Alternatively, shop in the many boutiques and designer stores which are dotted throughout. You’ll also find some fantastic jewellery in Venice.
Choose Sovereign for your luxury holiday in Venice and we’ll help you get the most from your time away. Stay at the Belmond Cipriani for beautiful gardens on a private island, and Venice’s only swimming pool. Alternatively, the Hotel Westin Europa Regina takes you to the heart of the action and overlooks Venice’s iconic Grand Canal.
Flights from the UK to Venice take around 2 hours.
Transfer time from Venice airport to Venice is approximately 45 minutes.
Summer in Venice sees beautifully balmy temperatures in the high 20s. That said, the humidity can be fairly high, which does lead to the odd afternoon or early evening thunderstorm – these tend to clear pretty quickly, though. If you visit during late summer, you might catch the Venice Film Festival, which takes place in early September. Spring and autumn are cooler, but still usually warm enough to dine outdoors, while winter gets pretty chilly (only slightly warmer than the UK) but has a fraction of the summer crowds. Early February is a good month to visit, as it’s when the famous Venice Carnival takes place – if you fancy taking part, there are plenty of lavish balls and parties you can buy tickets for.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.