Getting to know Venice and the Adriatic

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal & St Mark’s Basilica

Venice is one of Italy’s top tourist destinations and after a few moments in this enchanting city it’s easy to see why. A city largely submerged under water, with around 118 islands left to explore, this really is a city like no other. With its unique waterways filled with gondoliers showing happy tourists the sights of the city from the water, to its stunning piazzas and incredible architecture, Venice is a feast for all the senses!

What to see

The sight of the aptly named Grand Canal is enough to make you think that you’ve wandered straight onto a film set. The canal is lined by the most magnificent buildings – fantastic examples of true Venetian architecture, some dating as far back as the 13th century. At one end of the canal sits two of the city’s most remarkable landmarks – St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) and Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale). The Basilica is one of the most iconic sights of Venice and as well as being striking on the outside, it really is a special experience to go inside. It’s free to go in and if you are intrigued to learn more there is a museum attached which has a small entrance fee. The Palazzo Ducale is a grand gothic palace that sits in St Mark’s Square. There is an admission fee to go inside but if you are into your art and architecture then this really shouldn’t be missed. The intricately and extravagantly decorated ceilings of the rooms inside are truly breath-taking!

St Mark's Square

The Grand Canal & St Mark’s Basilica

Getting around 

Of course, there are two ways to take in everything that Venice has to offer – either by foot or by the world famous gondolas. Taking to the Venetian canals really is an experience but it certainly will leave your pockets a little lighter. As the city is completely car-free, it’s the perfect place to just get out and walk. You never know what you might discover down the gorgeous narrow streets.

And relax 

As with any city break, the excitement and adrenalin that comes with wandering for hours trying to soak everything in can leave you slightly exhausted. That’s why all of the Canvas campsites along the Adriatic coastline have a lovely pool complex and direct access to a beach.

Caorle waterfront

The Grand Canal & St Mark’s Basilica

There’s nothing better than dipping your toes in the cooling waters or relaxing in the sunshine. The Adriatic coast is also home to lots of lovely towns and villages, all with a slightly slower pace of life than that in the heart of Venice. Enjoy a day trip or two and indulge in some true Italian culture.

If you fancy exploring this part of Italy, have a look at our Camping in Venice & the Adriatic guide.




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