Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Take a gondola and cruise the Grand Canal for a romantic Venetian experience.
  • Take a suitcase on wheels - you'll need it to manouevre from the vaporetto (ferry) stop, over the bridges and across the piazzas. After all, there are virtually no cars in Venice.
  • Wander over the Grand Canal’s first bridge – the inspiring Rialto Bridge.
  • Grab a slice of pizza and sit on the banks of the Grand Canal watching the world of gondola-Venice go by.
  • Enjoy the sights and smells of fresh fish at Venice's fish market.

what we think

The hedonist traveller will enjoy arriving at a waterfront palazzo on an elegant private motorboat. Although this sounds fanciful, it is “de rigueur” in Venice. A gondola ride through the captivating canals that straddle the ancient walls is definitely recommended. Inhaling the beauty of the magnificent Piazza San Marco square with a glass of prosecco is equally mesmerizing. Venice is an architectural marvel and oozes charm. Its bridges are inspiring and its maze of tiny streets are perfect to get lost in. It has canals of every shape, size and mood and is arguably the most romantic city on the European merry-go-round.