Perfect Day: 24 hours in Venice
Nicola Brady maps out a dream day in the most picturesque of cities.
10am: Piazza San Marco
Head to the top of Campanile di San Marco for one of the best views of the city. As well as offering a bird's-eye perspective on Piazza San Marco, you can look over the rust-hued roof tops and out to sea. Take lunch at the nearby Aman Venice (aman.com), where George and Amal Clooney were married.
How: Fly to Venice with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com).
2pm: Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Venice is filled with grandiose galleries and ornate fripperies, but mix things up a little with a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Located in her former home, the palatial museum is right on the Grand Canal and home to an impressive array of contemporary art. Arrive by vaporetto waterbus for a great perspective of the waterside buildings, at a fraction of the cost of a watertaxi.
How: guggenheim-venice.it; €15
5pm: Explore the Grand Canal
One of the best things you can do in Venice is get blissfully lost. Start a stroll anywhere along the Grand Canal before wandering through the tangled maze of side streets, hidden squares and pretty bridges. When the evening draws in, you'll need an aperitivo. Do as the locals do and order an Aperol Spritz, a classically Venetian sundowner.
How: Bar Longhi at Gritti Palace (thegrittipalace.com) has unbeatable canal views from its terrace.
8pm: Check In To I QS
With a canal-side location and gothic charm, the boutique apartments at I QS are a stylish home away from home. Some overlook the canal, some have fireplaces, but all have their own kitchens and a quirky style. Head just around the corner for dinner at L'Osteria di Santa Marina (osteriadisantamarina.com), one of the city's best spots for seafood.
How: Nightly rates from €395 with mrandmrssmith.com