Grand Canal in Venice, colorful palazzos, boats, in the background Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. © Givaga/
Grand Canal in Venice, colorful palazzos, boats, in the background Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. © Givaga/

Venice – The Magic of the Lagoon City

Published: 23 February 2024, 09:15

The best way to discover Venice is to simply let yourself drift – through the narrow streets, past beautiful palaces, houses and churches, hop into a gondola every now and then or take the vaporetto along the famous Grand Canal. Venice, Venezia or even Serenissima, the Most Serene, as it is called by the locals, is one of the most romantic cities in the world.

The capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy is like an open-air museum that combines centuries-old culture with modern, Italian joie de vivre. The world-famous Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, with the magnificent cathedral of the same name, are simply fascinating. St Mark’s Campanile offers a magnificent view of the lagoon city, the buildings of which are mainly built on wooden stilts. Venice is a car-free city consisting of 118 islands, around 175 canals and countless jetties and bridges.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 250.000 
  • Official language: Italian & Venetian
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Venice Highlights

The islands of the Venetian Lagoon

There are several islands in the Venetian Lagoon that are definitely worth a visit. On Murano you can admire the famous glass art and Burano is known for its colourful houses and lacemaking. Torcello is the green, almost uninhabited island for peace and retreat. The island of Lido is not only a major seaside resort, but also the setting of the Venice Film Festival. There are three churches on the island of Giudecca that are particularly worth seeing. The islands provide a good contrast to Venice, especially if you have a few more days available. These and other smaller islands can be reached quickly and easily by vaporetto.


Discover the islands of the Lagoon

Venice from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Discover the Grand Canal by vaporetto

2. Treat yourself to a gondola ride through the old town

3. Walk across the Rialto Bridge

4. Let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere in St Mark’s Square

5. Book a ticket for the Doge’s Palace in advance

1. Take a boat tour of the Grand Canal

2. Swim at the Lido and build sandcastles

3. Visit the glassblowers on the island of Murano

4. Eat delicious Italian ice cream

5. Chase the pigeons across St Mark’s Square

1. Gaze in wonder at the masks at the famous Carnevale di Venzia

2. Be an onlooker at the glamorous film festival

3. View contemporary art and architecture at the Biennale

4. Watch an opera performance at the Teatro La Fenice

5. Admire ancient paintings at the Scuola Grande dei San Rocco

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