You don’t have to be a hard-core Italophile to dream of seeing Venice – it was a required stop on the European Grand Tour, and remains one of the places many people have on their must-see lists. There are good reasons for this. The city is a wonderland of historic attractions, it’s ready for its close-up at every turn, and it always gives visitors the sensation of walking into a postcard.
Italy’s lagoon city is a magical land of ancient palaces, belltowers and bridges with myriad delights tucked away in a labyrinth of secret passageways. If you only have 48 hours to criss-cross the canals of this fair city, here are the must-see star attractions and coolest places to hang out.
When you think of Venice, images of scenic waterways, stripy-shirted gondoliers and the bustling Piazza San Marco no doubts pop into your head. But one association you almost certainly won’t make is that of good value dining: unfortunately the city can be an expensive place to eat, with many rip-off restaurants targeted at tourists.
Taking a trip to Venice this Summer? Enjoy a luxurious stay at one of these hotels.