Elegance of the north-east Italy
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
VENEZIA SANTA LUCIA
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Paris. This is the main station in Venice.
A gondola ride down the Grand Canal, a night at the opera - Venice is a magical and slightly mysterious city any time of year.
The Venice Carnival - one of the most internationally renowned - is a sight to behold. From February to March the city's streets are packed with masked party-goers and street entertainers.
The highlight of the festival is the Grand Masked Ball (Doge's Ball), anyone with a proper baroque costume and mask can enter - careful though, you will be expected to dance the quadrilles!
Head to Piazza San Marco on Saturdays and Sundays for some spectacular musical and theatrical performances.
If you're into your footy, Calcio Storico matches are played in the Piazza from time to time. You won't see the silky skills of David Beckham but it's fun to watch medieval-style football in costumes.
Make your way down to the Grand Canal on Sundays to catch the procession of beautifully-decorated boats and gondolas carrying masked passengers. It's one for the camera!
Voga Longa is a marathon on water. Participants row 32km and if they complete the distance in under 3 and a half hours, they'll receive a certificate.
This yearly event attracts up to 5,000 participants with locals and tourists lining the racecourse as it winds its way around Venice and nearby islands.
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