#1 Vaporetto Tour
Save yourself a small fortune on a Gondola ride and take advantage of the floating public transport. Costing a mere €18 for a 12-hour travel card instead of the gondola’s €80 for half an hour, this is a much more economical way to travel along the canals. Take the number 1 vaporetto route for a scenic tour of the city as it takes you up and down the Grand Canal, stopping in each of the six sestiere or neighborhoods. Even better, take the tour at night for a romantic atmosphere to rival that of those big spenders on the gondolas!
Culminating on Shrove Tuesday, Venice Carnival is an annual 10-day event to celebrate the history and culture of the city, originating from its victory against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162. This makes the beginning of February an exciting time to visit the floating city. Keeping in tune with Venetian traditions, masks and period dress is a very important and prominent feature of the carnival. The ornate designs and materials used to make the masks showcase the skill and intricacy needed in their creation and why Venetian themed mask balls have become so popular! The carnival of course a free spectacle and always packed with entertainment and food, an ideal time to visit and stay in an Oh-Venice apartment to really make the most of your time there.
Basilico San Marco
Situated in the Piazzo San Marco, this cathedral is the most famous of the city’s churches and arguably the most beautiful in the country. With its floor-to-ceiling mosaic walls made of gold, bronze and an assortment of stones, it is a symbol if Venetian wealth and power, making it an unforgettable site for all visitors. An extra bonus being that there is no fee to tour the main part of the basilica, or to book and entry time online to avoid queues unlike many other famous churches that don’t have patch on the basilica!