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.
It's the focal point of the city and the perfect place to simply hang out and people watch. The many cafes, outside diners, tourists and pigeons make for a carnival atmosphere. Climb the bell tower for a bird's eye view of the square and watch the high tide cover the square on a warm moonlit night. Spectacular.
A circuit of the basilica has been roped off for you to walk around - the tour will take you around 15 minutes. The main attraction for many is the Pala d'Oro, tucked away behind St Mark's sarcophagus; studded with over 200 emeralds, sapphires, rubies and pearls.
It may have pink cladding but the Palazzo Ducale (Doges' Palace) is a building of serious power - it was the seat of Venice's government for 7 centuries. If you're part of the Itinerari Segreti tours you can even access the attic prison, where you can follow the footsteps of condemned prisoners across the Bridge of Sighs.
Tip: This is the only way you can access the Bridge of Sighs so it's well worth the pennies.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class return fare.
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