The city of Venice is a kind of archipelago made up of lots of small islands with about 150 canals and over 400 bridges.
The city is divided into six main districts and within these you'll find the main tourist hotspots such as the Basilica di San Marco (The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark), Gallerie dell'Accademia (museum gallery of pre-19th-century art in Venice), Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum for European and American art).
The less well travelled sights of Ca'Pesaro (Gallery of Modern Art), Ca'Rezzonico museum of 18th Century Venice), and the Salute (Roman Catholic church) may offer a refreshing break from the tourist hordes but it also depends when you go.
When to visitThe most popular times for visitors are usually between May and September, the New Year and February and Easter. The Venice Film Festival is held annually in September in the north end of a seven mile long sandbank called the Venice Lido.
The summer can be busy and hotel rooms can sell out quickly so be sure to book well in advance. The warmer weather can provide great opportunities for strolls and trips to churches and museums and concerts and operas.
Public transport is by Varoretto, (Water Boat) which services the whole city. Single fares can be very costly so it may be worth purchasing a Tourist Travel Card which you can buy for one to seven days to cover your stay.
GondolasIf you want to experience that classic picture postcard of Venice you can take a Gondola. These are basically expensive water taxis that will take you around the city's canals but great for that special one off occasion.
TraghettoThese look similar to gondolas but are short distance boats that will take you to and from either side of the Grand Canal.
Dining in VeniceVenice caters for every budget. There are many Bacaros, (wine bars) where you can get local dishes such as risotto, meatballs, calamari, salted cod, cold meats and a variety of cheeses on bread for a couple of Euros. The affordably priced wines like Tokai, Soave di Verona, Soave and proseco are among the best local wines.
The Osteria are family run restaurants, which you can find jotted around the city. These are great for home style cooking at great prices. For a change you can also visit one the many ethnic restaurants easily found in the heart in the city.
So, with a little planning and budgeting you'll be all set for a great holiday in one of the worlds most alluring and romantic cities.