Located on numerous small islands in the north-east of Italy, Venice is a city famous for its many canals and charming gondola rides. With its historical buildings and romantic atmosphere, its comes as no surprise that the magical city has been home to sweethearts, artists, and poets for centuries.
Explore the Venetian Islands by cruising across the lagoon. From colourful Burano, quaint Torcello, and beautiful Murano, each of the three islands has its own unique ambiance. Be sure to keep an eye out for the glass-blowing masters of Murano while discovering these islands' time-honoured traditions.
The opulent Saint Mark's Basilica is situated on the piazza by the same name. Four bronze horses guard the entrance to more than 8,000 square meters of mosaics. And when looking closely at the centre gable, one can see a statue of Saint Mark, in whose honour the church was built. While general site visits are free, a small fee applies for the Pala d'Oro, treasury and in-house museum.
Opera enthusiast can't leave Venice without a visit to the Teatro La Fenice, one of Italy's most popular opera houses. While the building was remodeled after almost burning down twice, it still has an old-world charm and is the perfect setting from which to watch a classic Italian opera, ballet or music performance.
First opened in 1638, Casino Di Venezia is the oldest casino in the world. The opulent casino is located in the Vendramin Calergi Palace and offers classic games like chemin de fer, French roulette and blackjack and still attracts an international clientele.
Those in need of some vino and a snack should head to Bacareto Da Lele. The small corner restaurant usually swarms with students and workers who go there to take advantage of its affordable wine and bite-sized paninis.