Venice: Suggested Itinerary

Queen of the Adriatic

Day 1: Ah, the water city and perhaps the only place you’re likely to go where the city has its own unique conservation system. Also one of the most romantic places you’re likely to visit, who can resist the gondolas? Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) is where you are bound to go on your first night in Venice. It is the city's main tourist haunt and full of cafes which frequently have bands playing. In comparison to other European cities, and in particular other Italian cities, going ons after dark in Venice are a little tamer. Still most places do serve alcohol until quite late so you won’t be in for an early night if you don’t want one.

Day 2: When in Rome (or Italy), one must see and do all of its sights and the fact that Verona is just an hour away won’t have been lost on any that love Romeo & Juliet. Of course if you do go to see the balcony, be aware it is something of a tourist trap. Other sites in the city include the Arena, considered to be Italy's most magnificent amphitheatre after the Roman Colosseum and also San Zeno, one of the area’s most magnificent churches. If you decide to stay in Verona that night you will be spoiled for choice in regards to eateries, bars and nightclubs. There are large handfuls of all three and you simply have to make the choice of where to go. But if you decide to stay in Venice getting back, isn't that painful with good train connections.

Day 3: Head back to Venice if necessary and prepare to be amazed at Basilica San Marco (St Mark's Cathedral), which will really take your breath away - and that is just from the outside. Once you walk inside your senses (particularly eyesight) will be working overtime as there are so many mosaics and statues to stare at. The words art and Italy go hand in hand. It would be criminal to visit Venice and not go to a gallery. This is where Galleria dell'Accademia on Campo della Carita comes into play. Containing an incredible collection of Venetian art including Paolo Veronese's Christ in the House of Levi, most of the works in the original gallery were taken from churches and convents that were under attack. Campo Santa Margherita is always full of life when the sun goes down. Along with these scholars are a nice mix of locals and tourists.

Day 4: If you haven’t had a romantic cruise on a gondola, now is the time before you head home.