Venice: Holidays

Queen of the Adriatic

Backpacking

Backpacking in Venice

Venice is not a great destination for backpackers, although it remains a popular stop over in Europe. Backpacks are not allowed when viewing most sites in Venice, so either leave your backpack behind at your hotel, or check it at one of several cloakrooms. Camera bags and shopping bags are OK to take inside the sites. When you are out backpacking in Venice, the best way to get the most out of your trip and adventure is to stay at one of the many hostels that there are in the local area. As opposed to staying at a traditional hotel, a hostel is much cheaper and it will add to the adventure factor of your trip.

Beach

Beach in Venice

Although there's a lot of water in Venice, there are no beaches or places for swimming. If you're in Venice and want to swim, try the beaches on the Lido, accessible by bus. Venice Lido is the quiet, peaceful and green thin island that stretches between open sea and lagoon, which is only 10 minutes away from S. Mark's square, both by public or private transportation, or half an hour by ferryboat's ride leaving from Tronchetto.

Camping

Camping in Venice

There are no camp sites in Venice however some can be found near Mestre 20-30 minutes away from Venice by public transport. Most camping around Venice is in the suburbs. The best location is on the Lido at San Nicolò, but you'll need an international camping card or a Rolling Venice card to stay there. The small town Bibione is a Mecca for the camping holiday makers in the Venice. The selection of campsites is almost uncountable. Thus, there are some 2-star campsites, as well as 3-star and 4-star versions. There is just the right thing for every taste and budget here.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Venice

For a romantic city break, Venice's charm has been attracting visitors for centuries. Autumn is the best time to visit Venice on a city break as the number of tourists is much lower than in the summer, meaning there is more space to discover the unseen beauties. Venice is a truly remarkable city with its wealth of magnificent buildings, many of them housing priceless works of art.;

Weekends in Venice

A weekend in Venice is the ultimate dream getaway, despite the incredibly high visitor numbers, a weekend in Venice can still be a calm and relaxing experience. Whether it is simply chilling out in one of its waterfront cafes or chatting and drinking coffee with locals in a bustling piazza, you can even soak up the sunshine on the famous beach strip of the Lido. Weekends in Venice are a great way to take a break from the busy life.

Cruises

Cruises in Venice

Venice is one of the most popular cruise ports in Southern Europe, handling more than 500 ship departures and 700,000 cruise passengers per year. The city is located within the Venetian Lagoon, which has a port entrance that leads to the Adriatic Sea. Its cruise-ship piers are within walking distance of the historic centre, and Venice's Marco Polo Airport is only about 6 km or 4 miles away. Cruises that visit or depart from Venice primarily sail the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean, and sometimes to the Black Sea and Northern Europe. Venice can also serve as a departure port for trans-Atlantic repositioning cruises.You can get a luxury cruise into Venice and other places as well. Cruising is a luxury type of holidays where you get to visit different destinations and at the same time have a relaxing holiday in the sea. It is definitely the right place for a luxury holiday in the luxury resort. Venice is simply the dream holiday destination for the rich and famous.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Venice

The city is still a must for any art holiday in Italy. Venice, one of the most remarkable and extraordinary cities in Europe, has been a first-class cultural centre from time immemorial. During the epoch of the Renaissance, Venice was among the most important art and cultural centres, with its own style of musical composition and a host of great painters and artists. Today, Venice is still a city of culture, which can be felt everywhere through its unique atmosphere of romance, art and architecture. Holiday makers with an interest in the Venetian school of painting should be sure to visit the Gallerie dell'Accademia, with its many masterpieces by Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Titian. A cultural tour of the Venice is a really fascinating experience because the region offers cultural landscapes not seen in the whole of Europe.

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Venice

Venice, being a very crowded city arrayed across a multitude of islands, does not allow bicycles or any other wheeled conveyance in its streets. But you can plan a cycling trip in nearby areas. Riding from the Dolomites to Venice is an extraordinary trip in many ways: First of all, whether the sites are natural, such as the mountains around Bolzano and Lake Garda, or man-made, such as Verona, Vicenza, Padua, or Venice, they are truly exceptional. Secondly, these places can’t truly be explored by car or by bus, biking is by far the best way to ride through these treasures. And finally, the fact that the bike network and infrastructure are such that cycling between these cities in this high-density region is surprisingly easy and is mostly done on traffic-free bikeways. There are 3 bike rental companies to choose from. You can rent individual bikes, tandem bikes, children’s bikes and even trolley bikes for up to 6 people. Since many years the Veneto region has been a valuable cycling heritage with many traditions. The Lido is the only island that allows cars and motorbikes on its roads, so it is ideal for bikers, who can rent bicycles near the main water-bus station coming from central Venice.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Venice

For those with impaired mobility Venice can present problems. Bridges can be a major obstacle, and there are a great many of them in Venice. The disabled access map of Venice shows the areas around each waterbus stop which can be accessed without crossing a bridge. Venice isn’t as big as you might expect and can be crossed on foot in just over an hour. However, with a wheelchair to manage, if you want to get about with the minimum of effort, time spent in poring over the many maps which are available is essential. There is an agency in Venice specialized in services for disabled persons and wheelchair users, provides tailor-made solutions for making your stay in Venice accessible and easy.

Family Holiday in Venice

A family vacation in Venice is currently very popular in summer. Families are put high in the list of holiday guests during the vacation in summer. Hotels offer special programs and tours for families with children and you have the opportunity to explore the Venice in such way. A real attraction during a family vacation in Venice is a visit to the amphitheatre in Verona. There you will find the annual Opera Festival. Right next to the theatre there are many shops, ice cream shops and wonderful restaurants. Venice has no cars; therefore, it does not have taxicabs. That can be very difficult, especially when you have more than one child or a baby, perhaps.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Venice

Homosexuality is legal in Italy, and the age of consent is 16. Attitudes are most tolerant in the northern cities. At the end of February, the city of Venice offers an amazing gay & lesbian holiday to Venice. There was a time when Venice was actually the gayest city on Earth. It was all about indulgence and pleasure, with artists and royals masking themselves during Carnival. Today you'll hear that there are few or no real gay hangouts in the city.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Venice

If you want to party even when on a tight budget, the real party atmosphere is found in Campo Santa Margherita or in Erbaria (West side of the Rialto Bridge), where cheap bars and nightclubs are plenty. You might also want to visit one of the world’s most famous restaurants, Harry’s Bar, but it could be a little expensive. But Venice is certainly not the best place to look for wild nights or a loud party scene. Sure this is not a clubbing city, and there isn't much street life after dinner. They are elegant, stylish places where young and hip, and older and sophisticated crowds choose to head to for a night of drinks and chilling out. Theatres, cinemas, pubs, and bars offer pleasure and diversion from dusk till dawn. Some of the greater discos are located outside around Mestre or Jesolo but even in the heart of Venice you will find small and cosy pubs or clubs.Some of the greater discos are located outside around Mestre. Pay attention to the fact that some of the discos have limited opening hours (mostly Wed & Sat, special summer opening hours).

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Venice

Venice is a popular destination for honeymooners, for a number of reasons. There are many romantic honeymoon hotels to choose from overlooking St. Mark's Square in Venice. The atmosphere of the city is so removed from the modern-day world (at least outside the peak tourist season) that it becomes an exquisitely romantic backdrop for that delightful if predictable mini-drama known as a honeymoon. The city is compact; making it easy for newlyweds to return to their hotel beds between sightseeing excursions.Nightlife is virtually non-existent, forcing brides and grooms to rely on each other for entertainment. Indeed, Venice is one of the most Romantic places on Earth. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance.

Golf Activity Holiday

Golf Activity Holiday in Venice

Venice it is still not a popular golfing destination for visitors abroad. There are a few hotels in Venice which offer gold courses, making your stay unique. Golf holidays in Venice are the perfect way to relax and take in some beautiful scenery.

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in Venice

A guided sightseeing and walking holiday, is a great way to explore this preserved medieval time warp. Little has changed since the wealthy merchants built the most powerful trading city in Europe. Remember there are no automobiles, no bicycles, and no scooters; it feels much safer, walking in Venice, knowing no vehicles are bearing down on the streets on Venice.

Naturism

Naturism in Venice

Italy seems to be so dominated by the Catholic Church; you might not automatically think that there would be a ton of nude beaches in Italy. It was made legal in 2006, when legislation was passed saying that beaches which were traditionally mostly for naturists could post signs declaring that they’re nude beaches. Lido di Venezia, Veneto - This stretch of beautiful sand sits on an island not far from Venice’s romantic canals and the admission is free.

Shopping Holiday in Venice

Shopping in Venice can be a dream or a nightmare! Generally speaking, leathers and other items can be purchased much cheaper in other cities. The most famous shopping area in Venice is the Mercerie. The Merceris is a set of narrow streets linking St. Mark’s Square and Rialto. You can find everything from designer clothing, to glass products, handbags, shoes, linens, and books in this area. However, for the best selection of glass pieces and lace, you should consider taking a boat to the Murano and Burano islands. You can find glass pieces ranging from chandeliers to jewelery here. Don't expect to find any mega malls or massive department stores during your Venice vacation.
 

 

Skiing - Snow Boarding in Venice

Venice is built entirely on water and passable only by boat or on foot, so there are no ski resorts inside Venice. You should be able to find plenty of in the Italian Alps and in the northern Apennine region.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Venice

The Italian spa experience includes fabulous beauty treatments, luxuriating massages, and relaxing leisure activities. The hotels in Venice do offer spa retreats. Nearly all the thermo spas in Veneto are cantered on the region to the south west of Padua (Padova). There are a few others of note to be found near Verona and on the extreme eastern edge of Veneto heading towards Trieste. If you want to see a bit of Venice but not lodge in the city itself, you can find some much cheaper and arguably more relaxing locations in the nearby countryside. For example, you can enjoy invigorating, therapeutic spas and mud baths in ancient towns such as Arqua Petrarca and Abano Terme within the Euganean Hills national park. There are often feasts and festivals within the 15 towns and villages inside the park.

Wine Tasting Holiday in Venice

Italy is surely one of the greatest wine producing countries in the world. The region of the Veneto offers many of the best wines in Italy .There are many bacari or finger-food bars in Venice with a selection of premium wines so the fun will be ambling from one to the other and taste their wines.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Venice

Venice gets very cold in winter and you'll need lots of layers of clothing and a hoodie. Though you will enjoy a mix of different events, such as: Grey shadow photographs, although they can also be superbly atmospheric: misty views, snow falling on the Grand Canal, and the shallow floods in St. Mark's Square is definitely something you want to experience. Again, bring your rain boots. The streets are quieter, accommodation is cheaper. It can be cold, most of the time indoors with grey cloudy skies, mist and fog.

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in Venice

Thinking of organising a corporate weekend abroad and want something different, unusual and completely out from the norm? Venice has plenty on offer for those looking for fun corporate weekend. It is also ideal for larger groups as it is only a couple of hours flight, so perfect for cheaper tickets and short weekend stays.

For daylight hours on your corporate holiday in Venice, why not plan something adventurous for the team? How about extreme biking? Hire an experienced guide who can take you off mountain biking around the hills of Venice and bring you back safe, if exhausted but exhilarated. If your group prefers to stay on two feet - try rock climbing followed by something a little more laid back and relaxing: a guided water tour of this beautiful city on gondolas. Or how about a treasure hunt: clueless fun and excellent for team building - like “The Crystal Maze” but without being locked up!

There are plenty of options to book a couple of hours in an awe-inspiring castle in or around Venice. You could follow this up with a themed medieval dinner – dress the part, look the part, feel the part – a fantastic evening which will provide the team the perfect opportunity to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. Or how about Wine Tasting for those after dark hours? Venice has to be on the top of the list when it comes to destinations for Wine Tasting. Those Italians know a thing or two about wine so why not let them teach you whilst you taste what’s on offer?