La Serenissima [ the Serene One ], Queen of the Adriatic and city of canals and palaces, Venice is simply unique. For long years, Venice was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers in history. Today this influence has disappeared, leaving a town of tarnished glories, out of time and out of place, but so achingly beautiful. Italy's Venice is not recommended in high summer [ June-August ]: it's crowded, and oppressively hot and sticky.
During the winter however the crowds have left [ never completely though ] and you can explore the many beautiful Italian churches, visit the grand palazzo's or just sit in one of the majestic piazza’s in peace.
Since we also like to eat and see a few of the sights, we bring you our Venice city guide, a short guide to the best eateries Venice restaurants & how to get around in this beautiful city. While on your Venice city break if you're in need of useful numbers [ from banks to tourist officies ] we've also compiled a Venice general info page for you to print.