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Roads? Where you’re going you won’t need roads. You’re headed to Venice, Italy, the place where the water flows like wine and the wine is everywhere! Venice is located at the very top of the boot on the Adriatic Sea, so get yourself a gondola ride to restaurants, famous landmarks, nightclubs and bars. Just be careful getting out: we don’t want you falling into the canal during your Venice holidays.
Since so many of the hotels in Venice are on or near the Grand Canal, put on a funny hat and jump on a gondola. The gondoliers (the fellows who steer the boat) are dead ringers for Where’s Waldo, by the way. After passing under the Rialto Bridge, make your way down to the Palazzo Barbarigo and stop in the gift shop to collect some Murano glass souvenirs for your mates back home.
Don’t worry; it’s not necessary to spend your whole time on the Grand Canal. Remember “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles? Well, we want you to forget all that and instead “Drink Like a Venetian” on a secret wine tour. There are plenty of wine cellars in town, but you don’t want to be jammed in with all the other tourists, right? Of course not. Sign up for private tastings in some of the city’s tastiest—yet unknown—wine bars and you’ll be legless in no time. Next, get back in a gondola for a relaxing ride back to your accommodation in Venice.
Your plane will land you at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), 8 km from Tessera, a Frazione of the Commune of Venice. Getting to the city centre is as simple as hopping on a water bus—yes, a water bus—from the arrivals hall across the Laguna Veneta to the city. There’s also a shuttle bus you can take by land over the Ponte della Liberta Bridge. You don’t need to worry about booking one of lastminute.com.au’s sweet car hire deals, because you can’t drive in “The Floating City”. Relax, though; just about everything here is walkable, so you’ll be able to get to Venice accommodation on your own two feet.
Please, who are we kidding? There’s never a bad time to travel to Venice. Warm summers, cool winters and a mild in-between season characterises this city. In terms of tourist crowds, the months between September and November are busy, busy, busy. Another low-tourist season is spring from March to May when the temperatures hover around 18 degrees and people start to wear less and less clothing.
Find another city that as an entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site and we’ll say “Good for you, here’s some wine”. Browse lastminute.com.au’s great selection of Venice hotels and bundle one with flights to Venice so you can save your money for something more exciting—like another Venetian souvenir.