From the maze of cobblestone alleyways to the dreamy gondolas skimming through canals, the Venetian way of living has been at the height of Italian ingenuity for centuries. Once a destination for the mega-rich, a Venice vacation can now be experienced on even the tightest of budgets.
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The peak seasons to visit Venice are from late spring to early summer when the city’s weather is at its prime level. Securing accommodations and flights at an affordable rate is, however, a challenge during these seasons. Venice vacations are best booked around the time of the Carnival, which takes place for two weeks between February or the beginning of March. To avoid the influx of tourists, avoid booking Venice travel during late summer.
Idle your time away in the historical district of Cannaregio, home to the Guggenheim and the Accademia museums and the recently opened art museum Punta della Dogana.
Enjoy sampling the delicious pastries baked at Bonifacio, which goes best with an aperitivi in the evenings.
Take a trip down to the glass-making isle of Murano, well known for its Venetian glass. You could visit the Museo del Vetro to get an insight on glass-making history before decided to invest in one of the ornaments.
While most of Venice’s churches are nestled amongst the hubbub of the city, you can choose to immerse yourself in the two freestanding churches at San Zulian and Angelo Raffaele.
Alberoni beach is quiet, relaxing, and situated on a nature reserve. Alberoni beach offers affordable accommodation rates for your Venice travel, and is located just 40 minutes away from the City of Canals.
Surrounded by Venice's famed architecture, Saint Mark's Square is the perfect place for an afternoon of wandering among the pigeons on your Venice travels. Grab an espresso and people-watch or use the opportunity to snap some photos that will leave your friends back at home green with envy. The square is famously prone to flooding. But curiously, that only adds to its appeal.
To really immerse yourself in the spirit of the city on a Venice vacation, meander through the markets of the Rialto. With the booming Italian vendors, colorful fruit and vegetables and the olfactory mishmash of herbs and fresh-caught fish, you will truly be in for sensory overload here.
With a wealth of history and a truly breathtaking interior (not to mention the brilliant Byzantine facade), Saint Mark's Basilica has been the canvas for some of Europe's finest artists. Entry is free, but be sure to dress modestly and to keep your "oohs" and "ahhs" to a whisper.
For the classic photo opportunity on your Venice travels, look down on the Grand Canal from the vantage point of the famous Rialto Bridge. Watch the oarsmen navigate through the city, and then nestle into an osteria for a Northern Italian meal and a glass of sparkling prosecco.
Curious advice, maybe, but the best (and cheapest) way to experience Venice is to just start walking. Before long, the cobblestone streets and serene waterways will transport you to another time. And if you find yourself truly astray, ask for directions to Piazza San Marco and start all over again.
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