In February take a flight to Venice: Italy's travel guide 2019

If you have a late winter gap in your travel plans for 2019.

28 Dec 2018

Venice is many things. It's a centre for fashion and film, a venue for famous art festivals, home to jaw-dropping works of art and stupendous churches, a place to pick up artisan glassware, a culinary powerhouse, and - as most people know - a unique maze of canals, where gondolas are the best way to get around.

With all that going on, it's hard to know where to start. So let us be your guides. Stay Maison Venezia | UNA Esperienze and we'll make your stay as romantic, adventurous, and satisfying as can be.

A stay in Venice in your 2019: make a date for a romantic holiday like no other.

Above all else, if you head to Venice in February, there's a good chance you'll be travelling as a couple. Many people like to time their first glimpse of the city for 14th February, to be arm in arm with the one they love. And it's easy to see why.

Venice has long been a city of romance. After all, it was home to some of history's most famous lovers - including Casanova himself. Nowadays, it's lost none of its heart-stopping appeals.

Take lazy gondola tours along the Grand Canal, have your pictures taken in front of St Mark's Cathedral, and stroll over the Bridge of Sighs, passing in the footsteps of countless other couples as you go. Share a bowl of tiramisu with a bottle of red wine overlooking the lagoon - and toast the trip of a lifetime, before heading back to your Gruppo UNA hotel.

Tour one of the world's most historic cities.

Even if you aren't wrapped up in romance, Venice is a great place to start your Italy travel in 2019. Very few cities in the world can boast such a wealth of architecture and stories, and with skilled guides, you can hear them all.

Visit the Doge's Palace, from which the city's ruler controlled a maritime empire which spanned the Mediterranean. Follow the Calletta Varisco, which shrinks to just 53cm wide - easily the thinnest street in the city. And be sure to duck into the cathedral.

St Mark's is the centre of Venice, and is a stunning sight. From the exterior which blends Italian and Byzantine architecture, to the exquisite mosaics of the Baptistery, and the brilliant gold and silver work of the Pala d'Oro, the Cathedral has endless wonders to unfold.

Hop around the islands of Venice without the crowds.

One of the great things about visiting Venice in February is the chance to tour the many islands which make up the city without having to battle through huge summer crowds. The summer sun may be absent, but the city's diverse neighbourhoods are as enchanting as ever.

For instance, there's Murano, which is famous for its glassworking community. Take a boat to the island and wander past the multicoloured houses, before picking up some glass souvenirs to take home. If you're lucky, you might even get a masterclass from an artisan craftsman, showing how their masterpieces are created.

Pay a visit to the Giudecca, which provides some of the finest views across the lagoon. Or spend an afternoon in Torcello, where the church of Santa Maria Assunta houses some incredible 11th century mosaics.

All of these islands are a short water taxi ride from our city centre hotel. And our staff will be only too happy to reserve a spot to help you reach them. Just say the word.

Dive into February's carnival atmosphere.

While you're in town, there is sure to be plenty of cultural activities to experience. Venice is a cultural nexus, offering something for art lovers, fashion fans, film buffs and foodies - pretty much all year round. So don't worry. Even outside the summer season, the city offers activities for visitors.

In fact, it's a busy month. The city's lively carnival kicks off with its Grand Opening on February 16th, with elaborately decorated floats turning the canals into a riot of colour and sculptural creativity. And the carnival gets even more exuberant as the week progresses, with the Festa Veneziana.

When evening comes, carnival time brings decadent delights, such as masked balls at the Palazzo Dandolo and opera performances for classical music lovers.

The whole city comes alive with celebrations, costumes, and sheer energy. Even if the weather isn't scorching hot, February in Venice could be a highlight of your Italy travel in 2019.

So make a date to experience this incredible city with us. We'll help you settle in and direct you to every event, ensuring that you won't miss a thing.