Iconic gondolas in Venice

What to Expect From a Gondola Ride in Venice

One of the things people dream about most when visiting Venice is taking a gondola ride. The gondola is such a well-known symbol of the city, and they are everywhere. If you’ve got a gondola ride on your must-do list, here’s what to expect.

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June 23, 2016 by
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There's lots to do in Venice in the summer.

7 Things to Do in Venice in the Summer

Venice is popular as a tourist destination nearly year-round, with summer being one of the busiest seasons for good reasons. Here are seven picks for things to do in the summer in Venice.

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June 17, 2016 by
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In the Footsteps of Venetian Rulers: A Skip-the-Line Tour of the Doge’s Palace

The Doge's Palace in Venice on the right, with St. Mark's Square & Campanile

Standing outside the Doge’s Palace in Venice, it’s easy to be impressed by the architecture and art while remaining completely unaware of the building’s important place in Venetian history. To truly understand the city, you need to understand the Venetian Republic’s power structure.

With a Skip the Line: Doge’s Palace Ticket and Tour, you not only get to avoid waiting in the often-long lines outside the ticket office, you learn much more about the palace and its former inhabitants than you would by simply buying an entry ticket on your own. It’s an added bonus if that information is delivered with good humor.

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May 12, 2016 by
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Getting to Know the Canal City on a Venice Walking Tour

St. Mark's Basilica is the most popular attraction in Venice

Even in March, still a shoulder season in many cities, Venice’s narrow streets were crowded — but we could always see (and hear) Marco on our Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica.

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May 5, 2016 by
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3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola Ride

There may be no more quintessential symbol of Venice than the gondola, and riding a gondola is on most must-do lists for visitors to the canal city. The reality of a gondola ride, however, may be a little different than what you have in mind. Here are three reasons you might want to skip the gondola ride in Venice.

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February 22, 2016 by
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Why You Should Always Splurge on an Overnight in Venice

Quiet canal at night in Venice

Most tourist destinations change quite a bit from day to night, thanks to the large numbers of day trippers who head back out of the city in the early evening. There are few that change quite as much as Venice, however, and it’s the nighttime city that is most appealing. This is why, even though hotels in Venice cost more than comparable hotels in other Italian cities, it’s always worth it to stay overnight in Venice.

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February 10, 2016 by
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Venice Carnival 2016 Masked Balls

Costumed revelers in Venice for Carnival

One of the things for which Venice is most famous is its annual Carnival celebrations. The two-week revelry is known the world over, but because the dates change every year it can be easy to forget it’s coming right up. In 2016, in fact, it’s quite early – January 23-February 9.

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January 8, 2016 by
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January is Venice at its Quietest

A foggy, quiet piazza off St. Mark's Square in Venice

Venice is a popular tourist destination year-round, and because of that it can be more difficult to find the quiet parts of the city. If you visit in January, however, you stand a good chance of finding that peace.

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December 4, 2015 by
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Harry’s Bar and the Legacy of the Bellini

Harry's Bar's famous Bellini

Although Venice isn’t known for its cuisine, there’s a small bar and restaurant in the city that’s an institution – Harry’s Bar near the Basilica di San Marco. One of its claims to fame is as the place where the Bellini was born.

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November 6, 2015 by
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The One Day a Year When the Grand Canal Has Five Bridges

Temporary bridge for the Festa della Madonna della Salute

Venice is a city of small waterways, more than 100 islands and countless bridges. But the Grand Canal, the big S-shaped canal that winds through the middle of the city, has only four bridges that cross it. Except, that is, for the one day every year when there are five.

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October 2, 2015 by
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