Cheap Flights to Venice, Italy
- Area : 414.57 km² (160.07 sq. mi)
- Area Code : 041
- Currency : Euro €
- Population : 264,579 (2014)
- Official Language : Venetian
- Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST): CEST (UTC+2)
- Airports : Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Passengers can take the water bus into the city or a water taxi that drops you off as near to your destination as the canal permits. For a speedy trip, transfers can be arranged in advance with companies like Venice Water Taxis or Moveolux where youll be met at the airport by a representative who will drive you to the docks and ferry you in a private boat to your destination. These pre-booked services are also advantageous in assisting with your luggage especially if your hotel isnt directly accessible from a canal.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to Venice with the following airlines:
- Swiss (via Zurich) 14h 0m+
- Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti (via Munich) 14h 35m+
- Air France (via Paris) 14h 50m+
- Air Namibia (via Windhoek, Frankfurt) 16h 15m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 16h 35m+
- British Airways (via London) 16h 40m+
- Condor (via Frankfurt) 16h 55m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 17h 0m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 17h 25m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 18h 20m+
- Ethiopian, El Al (via Addis Ababa, Tel Aviv) 18h 45m+
In addition to the above, other airlines touching down at VCE include:
- TAP Portugal
Reasons to Visit Venice, Italy:
- Capital of northern Italys Veneto region, Venice is built in a lagoon on over a hundred small islands in the Adriatic Sea. A city with no streets and only canals its the perfect destination for romance, couples in love and any first time visitors offering an abundance of historical sights, places to explore and guarantees an experience like no other.
- Visitors have a choice of splendid hotels, many of which permit pets including excellent 2-Star establishments or spend time in fabulous resorts like the Vela Blu Camping Village or Ca Pasquali Village. If its just bed and breakfast youre after, the Domus Orsoni permits pets while Murano Palace affords non-smoking rooms. Backpackers can get a good deal at Backpackers House Venice or for a bit more the Hotel – Hostel Colombo. Le Pescheria Backpackers is more up market and expensive.
- In addition to Venices beauty it affords a deliciously unique cuisine with difficult choices from high-class dining to tiny down to earth eateries. For an affordable night out, the small but charming La Zucca (meaning pumpkin) is one of the best in Venice. Offering a great variety of vegetarian choices using fresh and natural ingredients its located in the Santa Croce district. For delectable seafood, Antiche Carampane is a family run trattoria located in San Polo. Another top, strictly seafood only, restaurant is Osteria alle Testiere located close to Santa Maria Mormosa where the menu is decided on daily dependent on available fresh produce. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Locanda Cipriani a classic Venetian restaurant thats served Queen Elizabeth II and Hemingway or during the day, enjoy a superb meal in the garden.
- Theres a good choice of nightclubs, bars and jazz clubs to have a great night out. Harrys Bar is one of the citys most famous with a wonderful energised atmosphere. Venice Jazz Club has candlelit tables with modern décor creating a romantic feel and with some of the best musicians playing classic to bossa nova, an excellent evening out is guaranteed. For sophistication, the Skyline Rooftop Bar located in the Hilton Hotel affords spectacular vistas of sunsets stretching over the city to the lagoons southernmost part.
When to Go Venice, Italy:
The best time to experience Venice is during fall from September to November that does require warm clothing but is well worth it with fewer tourists, reduced hotel rates and almost empty canals.
Places to Visit Venice, Italy:
- Saint Marks Basilica and its gilded domes is a spectacular sight to behold with its combination of Romanesque, Renaissance, Byzantine and Gothic architectural styles. Its one of the most popular sights and a definite must see.
- The Bridge of Sighs that opened in 1602 passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to interrogation offices in Doges Palace, a prominent landmark styled in Venetian Gothic architecture.
- Founded in 1817 the Gallerie dellAccademia is a museum gallery comprising Venetian art from the 14th to 18th century with works by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini and many others. Its housed in the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, an ancient lay fraternal order of the city.
- For modern art, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection located on the Grand Canal is one of the citys most visited attractions. The heiress Peggy Guggenheim became one of the 20th centurys great collectors after losing her father on the Titanic.
- Santa Maria della Salute, simply known as the Salute is a stunning baroque church and one of the largest in Venice thats home to twelve works of art by Titian. Numerous other wonderfully impressive religious sites comprise the Santa Maria dei Miracoli, San Pantalon, I Gesuiti, San Zaccaria and many more.
- The beautiful Rialto Bridge is the oldest of four crossing the Grand Canal that has for over 400 years connected the areas of San Polo and San Marco.
- The Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a lay confraternity established in 1478 in Renaissance style features works by Tintoretto.
- The opera house Teatro La Fenice is the most well-known landmark in Italys history of theatre. With performances of ballet, concerts and opera it seats a thousand patrons. Other theatres include Teatro Malibran, Teatro Goldoni and more.
- The charming olden Gritti Palace affords an aperitif or tea in a pleasingly elegant atmosphere.
- A must experience in Venice is a relaxed cruise along the Grand Canal, a boulevard of water, either to or from the Ferrovia to Piazza San Marco.
The only way to get around this magical city is either on water or by foot with the latter in all likelihood causing you to get lost but allowing you to discover places you may have missed.
Operated by Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) the numerous sestieri link a comprehensive system of vaporetto (water bus/ferry) comprising around twelve lines. The vaporetto mainly serve the Grand Canal, the city fringes and the outer islands. Tickets are valid for one hour or purchase a 24/48 or 72-hour ticket but if youre visiting for a while, its worth buying a Venice Card. The majority of lines operate every ten to fifteen minutes starting at 07h00 until midnight and thereafter run hourly until morning. Buy your tickets from a vaporetto dock.
These are expensive for visitors, especially those on tight budgets. Official water taxis have a yellow strip and there are six water-taxi stations serving key points in the city.
Expensive and touristy, visitors should indulge at least one trip by gondola for the experience.