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Venice is one of the jewels of the world - it's a must-see destination. Known for being romantic, stunningly beautiful and unique, get yourself on a flight and see the finest of Venice, from its canals and the piazzas to its galleries and churches.
Made up of 118 islands, Venice lies on Italy's north-east coast. With a choice of low-cost flight providers offering the route, it's cheaper to reach than ever. Marco Polo Airport is the closest to the city. If you want to eke out your budget, look for flights into Venice Treviso. There are great deals to be had as well with city break packages.
St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge are quintessential Venice, and known throughout the world. The attractions keep coming too with the Basilica San Marco and the Grand Canal. Ride the water taxis for a cheap alternative to the romantic gondola, and spend some time wandering the pretty streets - who cares if you get lost? You're on holiday! Take a trip to Murano, where the glass is made, and check out some of the world's most famous artwork in the Gallerie dell'Accademia. Let us inspire you further with our Venice guide here.
As with many European city break destinations, direct flights to Venice can be found easily throughout the year. However prices are at their highest during summer when it gets hot. You'll also be better off avoiding the Carnevale in February if you want to nab yourself a cheap last minute Venice break, because during this colourful festival, Venice hotels charge a premium for rooms.
You can fly direct to Venice in around two hours from London. The city's main airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport, which is extremely well connected due to the city's popularity. This means you can find direct flights there from several other UK cities. These include Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.
There are plenty of UK airports offering flights to Venice and also plenty of airlines driving the prices down so it's possible to get a bargain if you're flexible on travel dates. The nearest airport to Venice is Venezia Marco Polo, but Venice Treviso (Antonio Cavona Airport) is also reasonably close too.
Both airports offer bus connections to the Piazzale Roma in Venice, known as the world's biggest car park as vehicles cannot travel any further into Venice so they all have to stop there. This is a pretty central location near the main train station. From Marco Polo Airport, you can also arrive in Venice by train as well as by boat with several different services available as well as a water taxi rank for your own private transport.
Venice is great to see on foot as it is nice and compact, and getting lost is reputed to be one of the best things you can do! To get around a little faster or get to a different island try the Vaporetti, the waterbuses, which have a range of services covering all the islands. Day passes make this a cheap way to get about. If you want to splash out you can also hire water taxis, and of course Venice's famous gondolas ply the smaller canals.
If you're looking to take a tour of the region then you can pick up car hire in Venice at the Piazzale Roma. Trains depart from Santa Lucia Station for destinations across Europe including direct services to Paris, Ljubljana and Zagreb. You can also continue to travel on water with ferries to Greece available from the Stazione Marittima on the west of the main island.
Venice has great weather with hot summers and mild winters. The summer temperatures generally reach just under 30°C most days, whilst winter temperatures very rarely drop below freezing, normally hovering around 6°C in the daytime. Rainfall is likely all year round but is rarely heavy. Although, October to February is known as the flooding season - so you might want to bring an umbrella if you're travelling then.
Venice is popular all year round and there is not a very well defined tourist season. However, the months between Easter and October tend to be the busiest. During this time booking hotels in Venice can get hard and attractions are busy. Our advice is to book well in advance if you're planning a summer Venice holiday. Carnevale and the period around Christmas are also busy times with rooms going at a premium. For the best deals, October to February is a great time to go, although the chances of rain and floods are marginally higher. For the best of both worlds try spring and autumn.
€ Euros. Exchange rates and commission in Venice are pretty high so it's best to have some Euros with you on arrival. ATMs generally offer the best deal and there are plenty throughout the city. Venice holidays can get expensive, with food and drink particularly dear. Look out for alimentari, which offer simple sandwiches, or get snacks from the Rialto Market to save some money. Don't forget to use the free water fountains for clean and free drinks!
Italian and Venetian. Many residents and employees in tourist hotspots speak English so it's perfectly possible to get around with only a couple of words in Italian to smooth the way.
+39 for Italy followed by 041 for Venice
British travellers only need carry their UK passport, valid for the duration of their stay.