The Floating City needs no introduction. Reclining on a lagoon of over 100 small islands connected by elaborate bridges, Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. A luxury holiday in Venice promises fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive hotels with lavish spas, iconic cultural experiences, and Old World glamour.
Divided into six main districts, or sestieri, the historic centre of Venice is formed by dozens of little islands with gorgeous canals running in between. The city and its waters are so beautiful, the entire region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a classic gondola ride and witness the quintessential sights and attractions that are unique to this city, such as Saint Mark's Piazza and Basilica.
Or explore Venice's hidden islands on a private boat, and sample fine wines on a Collio wine tour. Marvel at the ornate Gothic architecture of Doge's Palace and wander down to the Grand Canal and stroll over Rialto Bridge. Explore a variety of museums and galleries that are home to renowned artworks and lose yourself amongst the stunning buildings of Venice.
Discover the quaint fishing island of Burano with its brightly coloured, picturesque houses. Then visit Murano, and watch as locals create unique glass art - a skill perfected over centuries. Then, when you've taken in the city sights, relax on picturesque beaches like Sottomarina, and try a range of water activities like snorkelling and surfing. Or boat to Venice Lido and lie on the shores of Alberoni, part of the region's lovely nature reserve. You can even enjoy horse riding and a round on an 18-hole golf course!
Venice is a place to visit any time of the year with each season adding a different layer of magic. In the spring, you'll find lots of annual festivals like Festa di San Marco and mild weather. In summer, Venice becomes a vibrant, lively city with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius.
The weather cools down a touch come autumn and the city enjoys a slower pace of life. From February to March you can also join in the world-famous, incredibly vibrant Venice carnival.
Venetian cuisine is truly some of the finest in the world, especially when you factor in the exquisite views of the grand canals. Try beloved national dishes like wood-fired pizzas, and homemade pasta, and indulge in some of the local cheeses.
You'll also be able to dine on international dishes throughout the city. Enjoy fine dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant and try some fusion cuisine, or sample traditional recipes like squid ink risotto. Just don't forget to relax with a glass of Italian wine and a slice of Tiramisu.
British and EU citizens don't need a visa to enter Italy, just a valid passport. As with any holiday, keep your passport safe and perhaps carry a photocopy for identification purposes. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.