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About Venice

Venice is the captivating capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. It is Europe’s largest urban car-free area that thrives on mystery and awe. Venice is the city of romance, filled with charming Venetian Gothic architecture, which encompass and enrich the Italian experience. Touristic attractions include the Grand Canal, Saint Mark’s Basilica and Piazza San Marco.

Cheap flights to Venice are available for a limited period of time, so let your next get away take you to this charismatic city of love. Venice is home to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), which is located on a 20-minute drive to Venice. Venice Marco Polo Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Air France, British Airways and Swiss Airlines. Popular international flights departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Venice is approximately 13 hours and 25 minutes.

Why visit Venice

Venice Arts

Arts & Culture

Be sure to visit Murano island which is renowned for its glass art, you will be able to witness glass making and purchase great souvenir’s to take back home.

Venice sightseeing

Sightseeing

Spend your holiday relaxing on a gondola whilst being surrounded by the unique ambiance of ancient bridges and buildings that most tourists flock every year to experience.

Venice Food

Italian Cuisine

Be sure to visit Murano island which is renowned for its glass art, you will be able to witness glass making and purchase great souvenir’s to take back home.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Italy
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Italian
Hub Airport Venice Marco Polo Airport
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type F/ L (Frequency: 50Hz- Voltage: 230V)

Best time to visit Venice

The best time to visit Venice would be during the May and June months. These months boast beautiful sunshine filled days of comfortable climates and the tourist services are fully operational but without excessive crowds.

Weather & Climate in Venice

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall chance (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 0°C 1°C 4°C 8°C 12°C 16°C 18°C 18°C 15°C 10°C 4°C 1°C
High °C 6°C 8°C 12°C 16°C 21°C 24°C 28°C 27°C 24°C 18°C 11°C 7°C
Rainfall (mm) 40 50 60 60 70 90 70 70 70 70 70 50

Overview

The mystical intriguing beauty of this Italian masterpiece known as Venice, is probably where many writers of fairy tales get their inspiration from. It is a fascinating city to unearth from the iconic gondolas that pass through the narrow passageways, to the ancient buildings and small Italian cafes that are scattered across this city. It creates the charm of an un-resembling picture, when compared to any destination in the world. Visiting Venice anytime of month is the perfect experience, but if you happen to plan your trip over the month of February then you are in luck. ‘The happening

Venice carnival’ takes place over this time, where the streets come alive with parades and festivities, making it a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of this city.

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Visa & Customs

South Africans need a visit in order to visit Venice or any other city in Italy. Visas should be applied for at least 3 months before your departure. Processing should take around 10 days, but it’s advisable not to leave your application till the last minute. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The nearest South African embassy is located in Roma.

Address: Via Tanaro, 14, 00198 Roma, Italy Telephone: +39 06 852541

Health & Safety

Venice has a reputation of being a relatively safe city, but like any major tourist destination it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Venice
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 209.69
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 62.91
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 20.41
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 19.85
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 72.69

Where to stay?

Vacationing in such a beautiful place would be pointless if you are not staying in a hotel that matches the beauty of Venice. Good news is that there are plenty of hotels to choose from. Below is a list of the best hotels in Venice which would surely make your stay that much more enjoyable: * Hotel Metropole (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-02&q-check-in=2017-02-01&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=1&tab=description&hotel-id=127040&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=2&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

* Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-02&q-check-in=2017-02-01&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=2&tab=description&hotel-id=236576&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=2&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

* PalazzinaG (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-02&q-check-in=2017-02-01&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=3&tab=description&hotel-id=376057&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=2&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

* Bauer Palazzo (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-02&q-check-in=2017-02-01&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=4&tab=description&hotel-id=109344&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=2&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

Get Around

The Alilaguna ferry is the most efficient way to get from Venice Airport to the Grand Canal (and anywhere else in Venice). They’ll also get you well acquainted with your waterlogged surroundings as you cross the lagoon between Marco Polo Airport and Venezia! Children under 6 go free. Most water taxi services drop you off at Piazza San Marco and the journey takes from 40 minutes to an hour.

Main attractions in Venice

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Saint Mark's Basilica

Saint Mark's Basilica

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

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