An expert travel guide to Venice, one of Italy’s most iconic tourist destinations
Italy is renowned for its classic architecture, fulfilling food and beautiful landscapes, and its Northern city of Venice is certainly no different.
Laid out in a large lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, this city is built on over 100 small islands with canals replacing roads, making this a place visitors love to visit to take in a gondola ride or walking tour to discover this unforgettable destination.
A unique place to visit, which has inspired painters for centuries, it would hard to miss prominent presences such as the Grand Canal, lined with splendid Renaissance and Gothic buildings, and an emblem of extraordinary beauty, Piazza San Marco where the beautiful basilica of the same name, enhanced by the presence of splendid Byzantine mosaics, is beautifully displayed. In the same place the Campanile bell tower rises majestically over the city dominating it from above and offering splendid city views from its vantage point.
Visit the many museums, churches, cafes and restaurants and sample some of the well-known cuisine including Risi e Bisi – a simple dish of soup and thick risotto with peas and pancetta.
What to see and do in Venice
With so much to explore in this unique city, an exclusive tour is highly recommended to ensure that you don’t miss out on a single aspect of this inspiring place.
It is certainly worth considering an itinerary that includes Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, the Bridge of Sighs, La Fenice Theater, the island of Murano and that of Burano, as well as the island of Torcello, and Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo with its splendid and decidedly bizarre spiral staircase.
To get to know Venice from a different and more authentic perspective, you can choose an exclusive tour in a gondola, gliding over the many waterways, alternatively, take advantage of a private tour to discover the heart of the city, and still be accompanied by a professional guide who will reveal all the secrets of Byzantine Venice.
Creating a personalised itinerary is not difficult, especially if you choose to get help from a tour company such as ItalyXP, which is made up of a team of industry experts with decades of experience in providing bespoke tours for guests to their country. They take their customers by the hand and guide them through the art and culture, shopping, entertainment, food, wines, relaxation and wellness and the many activities that can be undertaken in this historic and beautiful place.
By choosing to visit Venice on foot, you can enjoy the charm of a truly unique city by winding through squares and over bridges. Moving on foot you will discover the monuments, streets, continuous rows of gorgeous buildings aside the water, the more discreet bridges and the better known ones, and the many corners rich in poetry. A walking tour allows you to observe the city from a different perspective, and, above all, to spend time fully savouring it.
For those who want to travel around Italy, but don’t know the places to explore first and foremost, relying on a group of highly experienced travel consultants allows you to rely on a tailor-made travel itinerary built on the individual preferences of the tourist by those who live in and love the country.