Venice – The City On Water

Published on March 31, 2017 by IBMT

As a tourist destination, Venice never loses its magic. Whatever the season, it’s an exquisite city, designed and built on the water, with enough bridges and alleyways to satisfy even the most avid explorer. Venice’s churches, museums, and local festivities offer something for everyone. It’s truly a tourist’s delight – from the iconic gondolas, to specialty wine tours, to Venetian cuisine, to the delicious gelato. But when it comes to exploring and discovering, nothing beats an organized tour with experienced travel guides who know the landscape and understand the nuances of tourism.

A trip down the famous Grand Canal

The best experience on the Grand Canal is aboard one of Venice’s waterbuses (vaporetto). It’s the main access-way through Venice, and it’s teeming with historic relevance. This is the best way to understand the city of Venice and how everything works. The palazzo-style architecture gives a vivid glimpse into the last few centuries of Italian culture and society.

Contemporary art and culture scene

Venice has a glorious cultural history, and for those who relish culture, there is much to take in. From the Guggenheim Art Collection, to the Venice Baroque Orchestra, there are exhibitions and performances year round. There’s opera, ballet, symphony, and chamber music, for both veterans and newbies. Ceremonial concerts also take place in Venice’s churches.

Tasting the best seafood in the world

The Lagoon City of Venice is celebrated for its culinary tradition with fresh seafood. The variety is boundless, and for some, there’s a need to be quite open-minded. Even for experienced tourists there will be some surprises – whether it’s the crab, the snails, or the shrimps. Less experienced travellers will have to experiment, and Venice is the place to do it well.

There’s nothing like Italian elegance

Venice is also the place to shop. From designer eyewear to distinctive apparel, it may be the right time to put together a whole new Italian look. This is the place to shop for clothes and accessories and shoes, not to mention the most luxurious bags on the continent. For those who love to shop, the city of Venice will meet the challenge, and at most every price point.

A genuine “bird’s-eye” view of Venice

The Campanile (St. Mark’s Campanile) is one of the most recognized icons in Venice. It’s the city’s tallest outlook, providing tourists with a spectacular view that takes in the entire landscape. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Dolomites in the distance. Here again, tourists can benefit from another opportunity to better understand the city of Venice.

With IBMT Tours, an organized excursion of Venice encompasses everything – the rich historical landmarks; the traditions and culture; and of course, the food and drink of Italy. IBMT experts provide superb service right from departure day. In Venice, travellers enjoy the top hotels, the best restaurants, and local guides who know where to go and what to do. With over 30 years of travel expertise, IBMT provides the best that every travel destination can offer.

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