Venice is tucked away in north eastern Italy, it is the world’s only pedestrian city, set on 118 islands which form the base for the famous canals and interlinking bridges. While it is lovely to be in a city free of cars, Venice does boast over 400 bridges and 150 canals which means it can be very tiring walking around all day, so pace yourself. Exploring the city by taking a random stroll is well worth it as you will stumble across great art, architecture and culture. Be prepared, you will get lost very easily there but don’t worry, it is not too hard to re-orient yourself with lots of signs for the ‘Rialto’ and ‘San Marco’ so you can get back to base easily enough.
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People looking to visit Venice fly into the Venice Marco Polo airport, Treviso airport and often Verona or Milan Bergamo airports which are also not so far away. Car Rental from any of these airports put you within an easy drive of Venice city. Alternatively, many visit Venice at the start of the trip and rent a car from there to explore more of Northern Italy. In any of these locations, Car Booker compares the up to date prices and offers from each provider and we will save you up to 30% on your car rental booking. When planning your trip, it is also good to know that you can pick up and drop off your car in separate locations to maximize the time spent enjoying the area.
In Venice you should have a few “must sees” and time for just strolling around to enjoy the place. Check out the Piazza San Marco which is home to the Basilica di San Marco, Doge´s Palace and the Torre dell´Orologio. Do a Gondola tour, they are not cheap, but it´s Venice, so do it! Other highlights include the Palazzo Ducale, Ponte di RialtoTeatro da Fenice and many museums but if you are short on time, we recommend the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia as a one stop shop for artistic heaven. Stroll on the bridges, stop a Veniziano, a local specialty spritzer with Prosecco and Aperol (delicious). And head to the Venice Lido for beaches, nightlife, shopping.
The north of Italy is wonderful and every town has something to offer. For a trip to the Venice Islands, we would pick Murano, Burano, and Torcello as the top three. Check out Padua (Padova), the walled city with Europe's oldest Botanical Gardens, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, and Scrovegni Chapel frescoes by Giotto. Nearby Verona is picture perfect, home to Romeo and Juliette and the Verona Arena famous for operas. Drive to Lake Garda and soak up the sunshine, glamour and beauty of the lake and its many towns. Head to the Dolomites for majestic beauty and an abundance of walking and hiking trails. Or for something different, drive into Slovenia or Croatia, all within a few hours.