Explore iconic Venetian landmarks
Besides gondolas and canals, St Mark’s Basilica is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Take your time to discover the ornate façade, intricate golden mosaics, and exquisite architecture of this decadent 9th-century cathedral.
Onwards to the gothic architecture of Doge's Palace, located in Venice’s main square, the Piazza San Marco. Once the residence of the Doge of Venice (the city’s ruler), it’s now a museum filled with intricate artwork and historical artefacts. Conclude your Doge’s Palace visit with people-watching from one of the square’s lively cafés or restaurants.
At the mouth of the Grand Canal, the breathtaking Baroque architecture of the Santa Maria della Salute stands proudly as the symbol of Venice. Constructed to celebrate the end of the plague, the Salute’s eye-catching dome fills the Venice skyline. Inside, explore the six chapels and array of artwork, including several by Titian and Tintoretto.
Taste-test the best of culinary Venice
Sampling authentic Venetian cuisine is an integral way to discover another layer to all that makes the city so special. With a rich culinary heritage, there are some must-try dishes to sample during your stay.
The most emblematic, perhaps, is Sarde de Saor is a traditional sardine, onion, and sweet vinegar dish. Typically served with polenta or bread, pair it with a Venetian wine to get the full taste sensation.
For a snack-on-the-go between sightseeing, stop for ciccheti. These are the small dishes, like crostini (open sandwiches), polpette (fried meatballs), and pickled or baked seafood and vegetables often found in wine bars and restaurants.
For a heartier meal, nothing is more Venetian than risotto al al nero di seppia. Squid ink creates the jet-black colouring of this flavourful seafood rice dish.
For dessert lovers, it’s impossible to stop at just one tiramisu while visiting Venice. This familiar coffee-flavoured treat originates from the Veneto region, therefore, there are countless places to taste-test a few for yourself.