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Setting sail from Venice
Venice is a city like no other, a marble maze of turquoise canals criss-crossed by beautiful bridges, overflowing with palaces, churches and charming little piazzas. No matter how many times you've seen it in photographs, that first glimpse of the Grand Canal will simply take your breath away; it hardly seems credible that such a eye-popping scene could exist outside of a Canaletto painting. Of course Venice is a city that draws big crowds, especially in summer, but don't let this put you off; even the busiest areas are never more than a few steps from a quiet courtyard or a secluded square.
The long, long queues for St Marks might put you off, but just book online in advance for timed entrance and bypass the exhausted tourists.
Less than an hour from Venice but with a fraction of the tourists, Padua is an elegant and welcoming city of medieval market squares, glorious frescoes and picturesque canals. The university is the second oldest in Italy, and the large student population lends a youthful buzz to the city, particularly in the early evening as the piazzas come to life.
Italy: Polesella, Taglio di Po
The name Verona conjures up images of Shakespearean tragedy and feuding families, but there is more to this city than Romeo and Juliet. Verona has long been an important trading centre and boasts an impressive collection of Roman remains, including an outdoor arena that hosts a wonderful opera festival every summer.
Arriving in Venice
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection houses an eclectic assortment of works from the likes of Picasso, Magritte and Jackson Pollock. There is also a lovely garden facing on to the Grand Canal, with a rather rude sculpture of a rider on horseback.
Your home from home
River Countess has been uniquely designed and decorated with an exceptional attention to detail.
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Our favourite hotel in Venice
The Metropole is an old favourite for its quieter location and lovely lagoon views.
See more of the Veneto
If you’ve time, take the train to Padova and visit the Scrovegni Chapel.