Dramatic Dolomites scenery

Hiking in the Dolomites: A Day Trip from Venice

The high Dolomite mountains to the north of Venice are maybe more often associated with ski trips during the winter – and those offer excellent skiing and snowboarding – but if you’re visiting during the summer you can also enjoy the mountain scenery with a hiking trip in the Dolomites. You can get a taste of the Dolomites on a day trip from Venice.

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September 26, 2014 by
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Prison chambers of the Doge's Palace in Venice

Prisons of the Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace dominates the view on one end of the Grand Canal. The imposing structure sitting next to St. Mark’s Basilica may be regarded as beautiful now, but when it also housed Venice’s notorious prisons it was not exactly a welcome sight.

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September 19, 2014 by
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The Royal Side of Venice: Visiting the Doge’s Palace

Courtyard at Doge's Palace

I meet my tour group just off San Marco’s Square in the royal gardens, having negotiated my way through the notoriously tricky streets of Venice with the helping hand of a couple of locals along the way. I am not yet aware of the spectacle that is about to follow: an intricate palace framed by the wonderful details our Venetian guide shares with us at every turn on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace.

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September 12, 2014 by
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Padua Day Trip from Venice

Beautiful Padua

Venice is such a popular day trip destination that it’s not as common for people to look for day trips from Venice. But when you spend a few days in Venice you get a much better feel for that city – which also gives you the luxury of using it as a base to explore other nearby points of interest, such as the city of Padua.

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September 12, 2014 by
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[CONTEST] Win 2 tickets for a Venice Tour Package!

Enjoy the best of Venice with a Venice Experience for 2! Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, these tours offer a unique way to see the city.

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September 8, 2014 by
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Secrets of Venice: Venetian Courtesans

Venetian courtesans were not noble women, but they had plenty of influence

There are many things about Venice that seem unreal, even today. This incredibly touristed city somehow seems both a theme park for grown-ups and the perfect setting for a spy story or mysterious meeting. It may not surprise you, then, to learn that in the 15th-16th centuries many of Venice’s most famous citizens were courtesans.

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August 22, 2014 by
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Il Redentore Church in Venice

Il Redentore church in Venice

For as small as the historic city of Venice is, it is home to a long list of churches. Some are larger and more important than others, but only one is the centerpiece of its very own annual festival. The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as Il Redentore, is that church.

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August 15, 2014 by
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Museo Civico Correr: Venice’s Civic Museum

Venice's Museo Correr at one end of St. Mark's Square, opposite the basilica

While you could be forgiven for simply wandering aimlessly through Venice without setting foot inside any of the buildings (other than your hotel, perhaps), there is something to be said for learning more about a city’s history – especially when that city is so fascinating. Venice’s civic museum, the Museo Correr, is just the history museum you’re looking for.

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August 8, 2014 by
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Lesser-Known Islands of the Venice Lagoon

Island in the Venetian lagoon

When it comes to the Venetian Lagoon, we’re familiar with only a small number of the lagoon’s many islands. The large collection of islands that makes up central Venice are the most visited, followed by the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. But there are far more islands in the Venetian Lagoon than those few, many of which you can actually visit.

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July 25, 2014 by
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#1 Vaporetto Tour of Venice’s Grand Canal

Venice's famous Grand Canal

Venice is a city on and closely tied to the water, so there are few better ways to experience the place as it’s been seen since its beginnings – from the canals. Specifically, a leisurely tour along the Grand Canal as it snakes through the city will give you a sense of what merchants arriving by ship might have seen hundreds of years ago. Today, you don’t need to be a merchant or even to have your own ship. You simply need to hop on the #1 vaporetto near the Venice train station for a tour of the Grand Canal via public transportation.

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July 11, 2014 by
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