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Introduction

Venice is one of the ‘must see’ cities in the world, and with its picture-postcard panorama, an inspiration for generations of artists; beautiful palazzi and endless mazes of narrow cobbled streets, it is easy to see why.

Think about Venice and images of the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco spring to mind. Of course these sights should not be missed but, the city of 118 islands has much more to offer.

Our highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are:

Getting lost
A complex maze of narrow lanes and squares stretch outwards from the tourist hub of Piazza San Marco. You can use a map to explore the city but, Venice is more rewarding when you leave the map behind and wander aimlessly. You will see captivating palaces and architecture not listed in the guide books; meet local Venetians in any one of the many coffee shops and reach the obligatory dead end – Getting lost is part of the experience.

Vaporetto No.1
The Vaporetto No.1 cruises from Piazzale Roma in the district of Santa Croce, along the length of the Grand Canal to the Piazza San Marco and onwards to the Venice Lido. Take a seat at the front for the best views (and photo opportunities), and relax as the spectacular, ever-changing vistas pass by.

Cannaregio and Dorsoduro

The further from Piazza San Marco you walk, the quieter Venice becomes. The districts of Cannaregio and Dorsoduro are favourites among the Sunvil team.

In Cannaregio the atmosphere of old Venice has been preserved – this is the living and working area of the city. Dorsoduro is a tranquil district and its small streets and canals attract artists year round. It is here that you will find the fabulous Gallerie dell’ Accademia with its assembly of Venetian paintings; and the smaller Guggenheim art museum displaying the private collection of Peggy Guggenheim.

Murano
The glassworks of Murano are famed throughout the world. In Venice, the colourful glass products - be it a sculpture, chandelier, tableware or trinket – adorn cafes, restaurants, shops and hotel rooms. A visit to the Murano glass museum is highly recommended.

Lido beach

Venice is one of the few cities in the world with a sandy beach on its doorstep. Accessed by Vaporetto from Piazza San Marco, Venice Lido is an ideal day excursion for those visiting the city during the summer months. The Lido also hosts the Venice film festival during September.

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Excursions in Venice

Excursions in Venice

The following excursions can be pre-booked for clients staying in Venice. Private excursions can tailored to suit individual requirements and interests on request.

Private excursions: Price (per person)*

  • 35-minute private Gondola tour £94
  • 2-hour tour of the Palazzo Ducale and Secret Trails of Venice (inclusive of private guide and entrance ticket to the Secret Trails) £164
  • 2-hour walking tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto (inclusive of private guide and entrance to the Synagogues) £138
  • 2-hour walking tour of Venice and a Gondola ride (inclusive of private guide and 35-minute Gondola tour) £187
  • 4-hour excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello (inclusive of private boat and private guide) £339


* Based on 2 passengers travelling. Reduced rates apply for larger parties. Single supplement on request. Entrance fees to attractions included.

Regular, group excursions: Price (per person)*

  • 1-hour walking tour of Venice (09:15 daily) £24
  • 2-hour walking tour and Gondola ride (16:30 daily) £44
  • 4-hour excursion to the Lagoon Islands – Murano, Burano and Torcello (14:00 daily) £23
  • 35-minute Gondola tour and serenade (19:30 daily) £45

Venice Historical Regatta

Every year, the Grand Canal becomes a theatre for one of the greatest of Venetian events, the Historical Regatta, dating back to 1315 under the rule of doge Giovanni Soranzo. The Historical Regatta starts out with the colourful procession on water, formed by the Bissone, the Bucintoro and the boats of the Venetian rowing clubs, but also the women’s race on Mascarete and that of the youngsters Pupperini. In 2017, the Historical Regatta will take place on the 3rd September. Book your stay with Sunvil. 

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