Venice is the perfect start or end to any trip to Italy. It is within easy travelling distance to most main Italian cities including Verona, Milan, Florence, Rome and Siena.
Why not use one of our Venice multi city breaks below as the starting point for planning your next trip. You can include an event like the opera or the Siena Palio race, enjoy more guided tours, or opt for some free time to wander and explore.
Or maybe arriving in style is what you were interested in, in which case one of our Venice Simplon Orient Express trip is the one for you. Enjoy overnight entertainment harking back to the Roaring Twenties.
Explore the Veneto region in depth. Begin in Romeo & Juliet's city of Verona, where you can fall in love with the opera in the Roman open-air summer opera festival. Every year ...Click for More Details
Why limit yourself to one fantastic city, when you can have two, AND an overnight on the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express?! Return to the Roaring Twenties on this famous train ...Click for More Details
If opera is a real passion of yours, then this is the perfect trip for you. Begin your Italian opera break in Venice at La Fenice opera house. Then travel to nearby Verona for an ...Click for More Details
This trip encompasses two much loved cities. Arrive in Venice and sample the city with a 5 course tasting menu and a romantic gondola ride - the only way to see the city!
Begin your trip in Venice with a romantic gondola ride. Then get into character for your night of high entertainment on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Dress up for a Roaring ...Click for More Details
Most of our Italian short breaks can be extended to encompass a second or third location, but how about a fourth? Choose your opera in the Roman open-air arena in summer, and we ...Click for More Details
If Italy is still on your wish list, then our multi city Italy break will tick all the boxes. Dress up for your night at the Verona open-air arena , before exploring Venice, ...Click for More Details
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Venice & Other Romantic Cities
Venice is a stunning and romantic city, and a Venice short break which includes an evening at La Fenice Venice Opera House is a really special Italian short break. Teatro La Fenice, which translates as the Phoenix, is a stunning Italian Opera theatre that has literally risen from the ashes three times as there have been three fires at the theatre
There are some obvious “must do” Venice Experiences. The Doges Palace, St Marks Square and Basilica and the Rialto Bridge come to mind for a start. The Doges Palace and St Marks Basilica can get very busy in the summer with long queues to get in so we always include a Venice Pass in any of our Venice Short Breaks as they not only give you access, but have a “beat the queues” mechanism.
If you are on a Venice romantic trip – and that probably includes most of you going to Venice- then we would suggest an early evening drink in St Marks Square in one of the outside café’s. They all have their own competing quartets and often the quality of the jazz is very good indeed. It is certainly fun to sit there was a signature Venetian cocktail enjoying the sounds drifting across that beautiful Piazza as you look across at the Basilica enjoying your Venice Holiday.
You should see the Rialto Bridge both by water and by walking across it as well. By water you can take a water taxi down the Grand Canal, and most of our Venice city breaks include water taxi transfers to your hotel from the airport or train station, and often these go under the Rialto Bridge. Otherwise jump on a water bus, called a Vaporetto, going up or down the Grand Canal and work your way to the front of the boat where you can sit outside in the sun and watch the journey down the Grand Canal and under the Rialto Bridge. For those looking for a classic Venice romantic gift then we would recommend the lovely Italian (overpriced!) gloves that are for sale in one of the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Even if shopping is not on your mind this Venice Break you should still stroll across the Rialto Bridge for the Venice romantic moment looking down and along the Grand Canal. You may wish to go in the evening when it is less crowded and so you can enjoy this Venice experience a bit more peacefully.
The Lagoon islands are a popular day trip when on a Venice Holiday. Burano is famous for its colourful houses and lace making, whilst Murana is even more famous for its glass blowing. Certainly you will find products of both for sale throughout Venice, though it is fun to see their mode of creation as well.
You can’t go to Venice and not go on a Gondola Tour, and we recommend a sunset Gondola Tour as a lovely Venice experience and as a way to introduce you to Venice on your first day. We recommend one that gives you a mix of the Grand Canal and some of the side canals on its journey.
However rather than just staying in Venice you may prefer to have a longer trip to Italy and extend to include travelling onto other cities as well.
A winning option is to combine with a second city and if travelling in summer than the Verona Opera Festival is the ideal option. Great for those who love the opera, along with first timers wanting a new experience, this open-air Roman arena will entertain you through the night. The magic of the Verona Opera is that it appeals to Opera novices as much as Opera Connoisseurs due to its location, and is a truly wonderful way to experience Opera for the first time. The setting makes a Verona Opera trip remarkable, and certainly memorable as you soak up the atmosphere in the balmy warm air under the stars.
With Lake Garda close by, you could also add some time on the lake as a fantastic few relaxing days at the end of your Italy Opera trip.
We recommend Grand Hotel Gardone with its lake view rooms which have balconies overlooking the lake. This grand only lady has just been refurbished and has been restored to its previous glory and is our firm favourite at Lake Garda.
Many people like to combine Venice and Milan with a stop for the Verona Opera in the middle to break the journey. A Milan opera, or a city experience in Milan, is great and can be added in alone or also with either some time at Lake Maggiore or Lake Como so as to explore these beautiful lakes and the islands on Lake Maggiore. Milan offers the Last Supper for those looking for some fine art, and the roof top walk at the Cathedral offers a unique experience to get up close to those sculptured buttresses. Fashion is obviously a big thing in Milan and we would certainly recommend a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with its haute couture fashion shops whilst on your Milan Opera break.
You could however choose to travel further by going to the Siena Palio horse race that takes place on the 2 July and 16 August. This 700 year old tradition tests jockeys and horses as they race against each other three times around the Campo bareback. Each horse and Jockey represents a Contrada, which is a district in Siena. The winner is the first horse to cross the line and it doesn’t have to have a jockey ontop! The Siennese people are as passionate as you can get about this race, and it is as much fun to watch them supporting their contradas in the race, as it is to watch the Siena Palio Horse race itself!
Finally for the ultimate special occasion trip why not combine a trip to Venice with a Venice Orient Express trip to another city such as Prague or Vienna. Then you can stay 2-3 nights more in these cities experiencing all their highlights having already had the opportunity to indulge yourself on the Venice Orient Express Luxury train. The 24 hrs on the Venice Orient Express really is a most magical time going back in time to the glamour and service of the roaring twenties.
Another lovely combination is to travel out to Venice on the Venice Orient Express train, stay for a few nights in Venice and then travel by first class train to Florence so that you can experience the many gems that are waiting for you there.
With very affordable first class travel and private transfers, Italy has never felt more accessible!