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Annabelle Thorpe
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Venice

Annabelle's verdict:

Described by Truman Capote as "like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go", Venice is a city built for show, its sights global icons of art and architecture. Its canals and bridges make it ideal for wandering - and getting lost. Let the magic rather than a map take over. If you've never been, you're in for one of travel's most romantic treats.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

St Marks SquareRomantic duskThe RialtoBustling waterways

Kirker Holidays says

Built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands, this glorious city continues to charm and beguile. Whatever the season, Venice offers a unique experience to first time and repeat visitors alike.

Party at the historic Carnival in February or dip into the Biennale Exhibition, which now includes a film festival as well as art exhibitions, concerts and a jazz festival throughout the summer months and well into the autumn.

Art lovers will be spoilt for choice, why not start by exploring the dungeons of the Doges’ Palace and wonder at the phenomenal works by Tintoretto and Titian, while the Museo Correr houses some remarkable collections of artefacts from the city’s history. For something a bit more up-to-date, Peggy Guggenheim’s former home houses a magnificent modern art collection.

A trip across the lagoon will take you to the islands of Murano and Burano (which has some of the best fish restaurants in the lagoon) and to Torcello, where evidence of the earliest settlers gives an insight into life in the lagoon.

Our choice of hotels in Venice is second to none, from the legendary five-star deluxe hotels Cipriani, Danieli and Gritti Palace, to more modest three- and four-star choices, and our experienced team will help find the right one for you.

All our Venice breaks include guaranteed tickets to the Doges’ Palace, and you’ll also get a copy of our coveted restaurant guide. We can also arrange a private water taxi from the airport, costume hire for Carnival or whatever else you need during your stay.

After all, we have spent 25 years perfecting the art of providing outstanding holidays for discerning travellers.

Click here for more about breaks in Venice and prices, and the best time to visit Venice.

* See the review about Kirker Holidays.

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