"To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius"
Alexander Herzen (1812-70)
This is one of the most iconic cities in the world, built on 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, with over 1,600 years of history. Few cities can match the culturally rich, architecturally outstanding history that Venice offers. It has produced the explorer Marco Polo, the artist Titian, and the composer Antonio Vivaldi (the red-headed priest) to name but a few.
Explore the narrow alleyways, the vast square of San Marco and the Doge's Palace, as well as the grandeur of the Teatro La Fenice (pronounced fe-ni-cheh). With the Grand Canal never far from view, the hidden waterways create a labyrinth of over 400 canals. Grand churches and traditional restaurants are lapped by the waters of the ever-present canals, bringing life to the city. Experience mask-making in the oldest workshop of its kind and enjoy a classical concert.
Visit the island of Murano, famed for its history of glassmaking, and admire the amazing artistry of its products, then marvel at the intricate lace work produced on the neighbouring island of Burano.