Venice, the enchanting city of the Doges

Air France, airlines, offers several weekly flights to Venice, in Italy. You will land at Marco Polo airport located 13 km from Venice, that you can reach by bus. Once there, you can get around by vaporetto, a type of public water transportation! Or simply by foot, because Venice is a medium sized city where every little corner is worth seeing!
Venice is a city in the north of Italy, located in the Po Plain on the Adriatic sea. It is also the capital of Venetia.
Venice is famous for its 177 canals and 435 bridges and is located in a lagoon. The Grand Canal runs through the city, dividing it into six neighbourhoods: San Marco, Castello, Canneragio on one side of the Grand Canal, and Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro on the other. The city covers 121 islands, including the world-famous Murano island, known for its glass-blowers.
Founded in the 5th century, Venice only had an urban population of about 60,000. However, it played an important role during the Middle Ages as a major trade crossroads. It was the capital of the Republic of Venice from 697 to 1797, before being annexed to the Italian Kingdom in the 19th century.
Today, Venice attracts tourists from around the world for its unique, fascinating and romantic atmosphere.

Venice: palaces, squares and museums

If you travel to Venice , you will quickly notice that the city is full of sites and monuments to visit. It would be difficult to list them all. As you wander through the streets and get lost (that is also part of the charm!) in Venice, you will be impressed by the city's absolute quiet.
Among the must-see attractions are the famous Saint Mark's Square, dominated by the ornate bell tower on the same name basilica that you can visit for free, like all of the churches in Venice.
Not far from there is the elegant Doges' Palace. Built in 1340, the building was the official residence for the city's Doges during the Republic of Venice. It is connected to a former prison by the famous "Bridge of Sighs".
There are many other palaces from the end of the Middle Ages along the Grand Canal, such as the Ca d'Oro (the house of gold), or the Ca' Vendramin Calergi, which today is the Wagner Museum; the famous German composer often stayed in the "Serenissima".
Venice has many other museums such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia, that houses an important collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, the Guggheneim Museum and the Grassi Palace; transformed by its owner, François Pinault, into a museum for modern and contemporary art.
After a day of visiting, relax with some good chianti in a wine bar or enjoy a pizza in one of the city's numerous pizzerias!

Travelling to Venice: useful tips

The best periods to purchase a plane ticket to Venice , are the months of February to May and September to November in order to avoid the summer crowds.
If you are not a citizen of the European Union, to enter Italy you will need a passport that remains valid at least three months after the date that you plan to leave the Schengen area, an area of 26 countries where people and merchandise can circulate freely that includes Italy. However, you do not need a visa for stays less than 90 days.
The currency in Italy is the euro. Credit cards are accepted everywhere.