Cannaregio is the second largest district in Venice, and stretches across the north western portion of the city. The history of this area goes back to at least 1000 A.D., and possibly earlier, with the first settlements being constructed on the islands of San Giovanni Crisostomo and Santi Apostoli. Staying in self catering accommodation in Cannaregio, Venice, will enable you to feel at one with this old city, and marvel on a day-to-day basis at its wonderful architecture, and of course, unique canal system.
If you are looking for an all-round good neighbourhood, with just the right balance of restaurants, bars, shops and general services, then an apartment in Cannaregio will be ideal. Quiet walks will reveal hitherto unknown corners; it is not overflowing with tourist crowds, and is a place that you will soon feel at home in. The best way to travel is by foot, but the vaporetto can be quite useful, and the district is also served by water buses which run down the Grand Canal, along the north shore and up and down the Cannaregio canal. The main street connects the railways station with the Rialto, which can be quite touristy, but does afford some nice photo opportunities. Stuffed full of history, there are churches galore to explore in Cannaregio, as well as other architectural delights to witness. Any holidays in Cannaregio, Venice, would not be complete without a ride along the canal in a gondola, and there are ample to choose from!
Venice as a whole is a fascinating place to visit, and its attractions seem somewhat endless. A trip to the Piazza San Marco is vital, and from there buildings such as St. Mark’s Basillica, Doges Palace and Torre dell’Orologio can all be seen. Venice is also home to some unique works of art, which date from the middle ages and onwards. The Gallerie dell’Accademia is the best place to see the finest works in one location. If you are feeling uplifted after seeing some art, then classical music may also be calling you. Listening to Vivaldi being played in Venice is an absolute must, and if it is possible, catching the Venice Baroque Orchestra will be a memorable experience. If you like Shakespeare, and are feeling romantic, then why not visit Juliet’s balcony? A cunning mix of commercialism meets history even enables you to tie the knot there if the romance of Venice has really got to you!
Holidays in Venice are popular the year round, although of course, the weather is better suited in some months more than in others for the tourist. The hot months of July and August in summer can see the temperature rise to over 30 degrees Celsius, and there is also humidity in the air. If travelling during this period, it might be worthwhile checking to see if the apartment in Venice has some form of air conditioning or other ventilation. The depths of winter can see the temperature fall to around 8 to 10 degrees Celsius; whilst the late autumn can see heavy thunderstorms that can lead to some of the canals overflowing. Perhaps bringing some sort of waterproof shoes with you during this time might be a good idea!
The majority of flights in and out of Venice come through the Marco Polo airport (VCE), which lays about 12 km outside of the city. Most major airlines fly here from a variety of cities such as London Gatwick (LGW), Bristol (BRS), East Midlands (EMA), Manchester (MAN) and London Stansted (STN). The airlines to choose from include British Airways, Alitalia, Flybe, easyJet and Ryan Air.