Venice is like no other city in the world. Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, Venice can only truly be experienced in person. Despite some rain and cooler temperatures, December and January are some of the quietest times of the year to visit this stunning city.
What to Do
The Grand Canal is one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. It’s also a classic way to view Venice’s beautiful Venetian architecture. Take a gondola down the canal, where you will end at two of the most stunning monuments, the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica di San Marco.
The city of Venice is stunning at any angle, but a view from above is a great way to take it all in. Climb to the top of Campanile di San Marco for views that stretch across Venice’s rooftops.
Where to Stay
This 5-star luxury hotel is also a national monument located a few minutes away from St. Mark’s Square. Ca’sagredo Hotel is a 15th century grand central palazzo with original frescoes by Tiepolo and Longhi. The interior features a ceremonial marble staircase and an ornate 18th century music room. There are four stunning historical suites that include terraces with stunning rooftop views.
What to See
The Palazzo Ducale is a symbol of Venice and one of the city’s main landmarks. Made up of three large blocks, this building once held the political and administrative seat of the Venetian Republic. It was originally built in the Venetian Gothic style in the 14th and 15th century and still maintains its grandeur.
The Basilica di San Marco is a popular tourist destination for a reason. The cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice features over 800 square meters of beautiful mosaics. It was originally founded in the 9th century to house the corpse of St. Mark. It burnt down in 932 but was rebuilt with Byzantine domes, a Greek cross layout and walls clad of marble.