Venice – where time stands still

Venice is one of the prettiest and most fascinating places in the world. Amazingly enough it has changed very little in some six hundred years. Although it is visited by over 20 million tourists every year, this slice of paradise has truly kept hold of its romantic charm.

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Renowned for the beauty of its setting, Venice is lucky to possess several marinas located near to its historic centre and a great location to berth if you arrive by yacht. Having your own yacht it also makes it very easy to visit the numerous less visited islands within the Venetian lagoon.

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“Must do” historical places to visit in the centre include: The Doge’s Palace, which is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city; The Piazza San Marco, the principal public square; and Saint Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.…or maybe you would prefer to just relax, chill out, sip an espresso and appreciate the wonderful views at one of the many cafes and restaurants offering spectacular waterside terraces?

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It goes without saying that a mini cruise around the canals on a gondola, whilst being serenaded by a gondolier, against the stunning backdrop of Baroque buildings, is something not to be missed! If you are feeling energetic, a shopping trip could also be in order. Whether you are looking to buy some Murano glass, Burano lace, a new handbag or a carnival mask you’ll be delighted to know that you will be spoilt for choice.

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