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Built on an archipelago of small flat islands, most visitors head to the heart of the old city: the San Marco Basilica, which rises above its equally famous square, and the adjacent equally stunning Doge’s Palace. Head to the square early in the morning to beat the worst tourist queues and swarms of selfie sticks. For a panoramic view of the city, cross the water by boat to the small island of San Giorgio Maggiore, where you can climb the bell tower. You can also see another side of the city by visiting Murano Island, which for centuries has been the centre of production of the famous Venetian glassware. On the way back, stop by the small artificial island of San Michele in Isola, which has served as Venice’s cemetery for 200 years and is the resting place of many artists and musicians. Back on the main island, boat-tours and guided history-tours will take you behind the tourist scenes and off the beaten track. No trip to Venice is complete without a trip along the canals on one of the iconic gondolas, with a glass of wine or champagne in hand, and when you step off the narrow boat, after having passed Ca’ d’Oro and swept under the Rialto Bridge, you will find no shortage in places to choose from for a romantic dinner. Venetians like the rest of the country are passionate about food, and like every other Italian region, they have their own specialities, of which they are fiercely proud. Naturally, the Veneto cuisine evolves around seafood, and dishes like baccala mantecato and risotto al nero di seppia (black risotto) should be on any foodie’s checklist. The local springtime delicacy of moleche (small green crabs) are also delicious treats that can be tucked in with a cold glass of wine at hand.
Italy is all about great food, romantic cities and breathtaking scenery. The country, however, also has a strong cultural side to it. From some of the greatest artists in the world such as Caravaggio, Botticelli and Michelangelo, to visionaries like Da Vinci, Dante and Rossellini, there are plenty of gems to be discovered here. If you're looking to bring a book with you to read while holidaying in Italy, why not dip your toe in some of the country's own literary produce?
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
Spending an extended weekend in Iceland means making sure you pack in all the things worth seeing and doing here. Don't fret, though, we've kindly compiled a useful list that you are free to follow to make sure you get the full experience of this wonderful Viking island.