Welcome to Venice
This 3-day weekend trip will give you an introduction to the magical city of Venice as well as the world-famous Carnival.
Introduction to Venice
If this is your first time to Venice, have a look at these stunning images from this incredibly beautiful city | © video by National Geographic
Flying into Venice
Marco Polo, the main airport of Venice. We fly here with a direct flight from Brussels Airport | by RUI Sousa, friend of Fufu33 (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Getting to Venice
After arrival at San Marco Airport, you will be taken straight to Venice by private boat. See the city come closer and closer.
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
We will be staying in the very nice 4* hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio. This hotel is the perfect blend of Venetian architecture with exclusive modern comfort. It even has an inner garden, a rarity in Venice.
Friday evening guided city tour
After arriving in our hotel a local professional tourist guide will be waiting for us to take us through Venice. This picture was from our trip during the Redentore festival in July 2018.
The Rialto Bridge
The famous Rialto bridge. We will be having dinner close to this architectural masterpiece | © By canadastock - Shutterstock
Venice from above
Losing your way in Venice is no problem. Indeed, finding the right route is often tricky, but at the same time that is the unique about this magical city. You never know what you're going to bump into. | © Lukas Kastner - Shutterstock
If you like surprises, Venice is the best place on the planet. It has so many lovely little corners, charming squares, beautiful buildings and so much more. It is just waiting for you to be discovered.
A river runs through it
Did you know Venice has more than 150 canals? One is so big they called it the Canal Grande. At 30 to 70 meters wide, 5 meters deep, and with a length of 3,5 kilometers it feels more like an actual river than a canal.
Cruising through Venice
The city's public transportation map does not consist of bus, tram and metro lines, but of boat lines. The Vaporetto boats take you quickly from one place to the other, either through the Canal Grande or one of the other larger canals, or simply all around the main islands, as well as to the other big islands, like Murano and Lido.
Famous buildings along Canal Grande
There are countless splendid buildings in the Venetian style along the Canal Grande. A boat ride from train station to San Marco already guarantees dozens of pictures. This is the Museum of Natural History.
Churches of Venice
The Canal Grande ends very close San Marco Square, but right before that it leads you along the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute | © By Mariia Golovianko - Shutterstock
Piazza San Marco
The San Marco square forms the very heart of Venice, and is often ranked among the most beautiful squares in the world. No wonder, because it boasts the Doge Palace, the San Marco Basilica and the Campanile tower, all overlooking the Venetian laguna. Due to its importance and the many tourist attraction we will be spending several hours here on Saturday morning.
The Doge's Palace is built in the typical Venetian Gothic style and is one of the main landmarks of the city. It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice. During our Saturday morning tour we will visit this splendid building with its beautifully decorated rooms.
San Marco Basilica
Coined as one of the world's most beautiful churches, the Basilica of San Marco is both outside and inside a true gem. Unfortunately taking pictures inside is not allowed, so you have to take our word for it that its golden domed ceiling is beyond anything that you have every seen before.
Climb the Campanile
The difficulty of being on a tower is that you can take fantastic 360˚ panoramic pictures, but you cannot take a picture of the tower itself. With a height of almost 100 meters (by elevator), the Campanile is a must-do attraction in the city!
And now what you all have been waiting for, the Venice Carnival!
Costumes & masks
During the second weekend of Carnival the city will be flooded with the most stunning costumes and masks. You will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures of and with them. | © Samot - Shutterstock
Many couples dress up for the occasion after spending many hours on preparing their costumes and masks.
There are many shops in town where you can buy your own mask.
The Jester (male) or Jolly mask is a specific type of clown mask associated with the Middle Ages. Although it originated in Italy, it later influenced theater all over Europe.
Festa delle Marie
This traditional procession leads to Piazza San Marco, where the twelve “Marias” will be introduced to the people. It evokes the homage that the Venetian Doge offered every year to twelve beautiful but humble venetian girls, offering them magnificent jewels as a bridal dowry." (www.carnevale.venezia.it, video by Venezia Unica). During our trip you will be able to see the procession on Saturday afternoon.
Il Volo dell'Angelo
The Flight of the Angel is a traditional event you can experience on Sunday morning. It goes back to the Serenissima period where an unknown guest of Venice, flying along a rope from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square, will offer an homage to the Doge. | © video by Unica Venezia
If you like glass, a visit to the island of Murano is indispensable. At just 10 minutes by boat from Venice you will be able to see the glass museum and many glass factories and shops. | © Martina Lanotte - Shutterstock
The island of Burano lies about 30 minutes North of Venice. With its many bright colourful houses it feels totally different than the more serious building styles of Venice itself, but as part of the greater Metropolitan area it is a truly Venetian experience | © Adisa - Shutterstock
Venice without tourists
Venice is one of those cities that is overflown with tourists. The best time to take pictures without anyone in them would be the (very) early mornings | © Rudy Balasko - Shutterstock