On the northeastern cost of Italy is a cluster of 117 little isles on the Venetian Lagoon connected via around 400 bridges and interlaced with canals. Collectively this is known as Venice (or Venezia in Italian).
Mid-way through the 2nd millennium BC, this area was said to have been populated by the Veneti people. During Roman times, a series of invasions in the nearby settlements sent refugees fleeing to Venice, increasing the population significantly.
Several attacks on the city ensued throughout the next 500 years or so, leaving their own marks on the city. Still, being a somewhat geographically isolated port city saw Venice acquire increasing independence, and wealth.
Venice went on to become a great centre of trade and commerce.
By the mid-500s, Venice had a number of ports and even its own system of government. From the late 600s, the Republic of Venice was established, rendering the city greatly powerful right throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
To celebrate success in a battle in 1162, the Venice locals held great celebrations. These were then repeated on the anniversary of this important date, going on to become known as Carnivale - the Carnival of Venice. The use of costumes and masks became a way of celebrating but also, during harder times, allowing the locals to forget their woes for a period.
Venice also went on to became known as an important musical city, particularly for operas and symphonies.
Breathtaking stunning, it is no surprise that Venice has inspired a great number of artists and architects, rendering Venice an artistic and architectural hub.
Today, around 270,000 people live in Venice. The majority are on the mainland (176,000), whilst around 60,000 are in the historical city centre and approximately 30,000 on the surrounding islands. The city and its lagoon are both listed as World Heritage Sites.
It is commonly known as "La Serenissima" and the "City of Bridges", as well as for being one of the most romantic cities in the world.
On a decent visit to Venice, you'll need around three days. One day just to become marvellously lost, one day to visit the glass-making island of Murano, another to see the sites and possibly go for a gondola ride.
You are free to choose from any of the following Venice terminals for your pick-up: Train Station Santa Lucia, Stazione Marittima Pier, San Basillo Pier, Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto.
Our English-speaking skipper will then accompany you to the nearest water access of your accommodation in central Venice*.
Whether you wish to bike ride through the Tuscan hills, treat your family to the art cities, experience Italy's rich gourmet and wine heritage, explore your artistic side, or have a romantic honeymoon vacation, we can arrange it all.