If only we had unlimited time on holiday to experience absolutely everything that our destination had to offer. To help narrow down decisions on what to do with precious holiday time, we’ve put together our three favourite experiences in the Venice region.
Sit back and relax in a Gondola
Possibly one of the most iconic things about Venice, the sleek black gondolas transport tourists up and down the city’s waterways to enjoy all of the sights. During the 17th and 18th century there were between 8,000 and 10,000 gondolas in active service, nowadays there are around 400 and the vast majority are used for tourists. Not just anyone can be a gondolier though – in order to gain their license they must undertake a lot of training and then a comprehensive exam covering topics such as foreign languages, history and landmarks of the city as well as of course, the essential handling of the gondola. Such an iconic tourist attraction will make your wallet a little lighter, but for a tour with a knowledgeable guide on such famous waterways, it really is a unique experience.
Enjoy a refreshing glass of Prosecco
This light and bubbly drink originates from the hills of Treviso, a town located 20 miles from Venice. Treviso in itself is well worth a visit to enjoy its calming and peaceful atmosphere. The centre of this pretty town is filled with gorgeous palaces, medieval squares, churches and narrow winding streets and best of all, it will be a lot quieter than Venice! Prosecco is drunk at any time of day in Italy so it would be rude not to partake in a glass or two after an afternoon of exploring. The popularity of this refreshing drink is worldwide and annually 150 million bottles are produced.
Stand in the middle of St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
In the heart of Venice, and home to some of the city’s most iconic architecture, St Mark’s Square truly is a sight to behold. Here you will find three incredible buildings – St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio (St Mark’s clock tower dating back to the early 1500’s). The square is filled with cafés so why not take a seat, sip a cappuccino and soak up the atmosphere.
Canvas Holidays has 9 campsites in the Venice and Adriatic.