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Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs

The Doge's Palace is one of the main landmarks of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former republic and was built in 1340. The oldest part of the palace is the wing overlooking the lagoon, the corners of which are decorated with 14th century sculptures. The Doge's palace has been restructured and restored countless times throughout the course of its history.

Connecting the spectacular Doge’s Palace with the interrogation rooms of the city prison is the Bridge of Sighs, the bridge provided the prisoners with the last view of Venice that they’d see before their imprisonment. Lord Byron himself actually gave the bridge its current name – so called because of the sounds that prisoners would make as they crossed. Today, this bridge is one of the first things that visitors see when they arrive in Venice, and can actually be crossed by the brave. 


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8 day suggested trip

Florence and Venice

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  • Take panoramic photographs of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Walk over Florence’s oldest bridge, the Ponte Vecchio
  • Marvel at Michelangelos David in the Galleria dell Accademia
  • Visit Venices Doges Palace and its smaller museums

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Rome and Venice

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  • Explore the Vatican City and St Peters Basilica
  • Go shopping in the Piazza di Spagna and climb the Spanish steps
  • Take a water bus and see some of Venices 400 bridge
  • Visit the island of Murano and learn about Venetian glass blowing

11 day suggested trip

Venice and Lake Garda

From £1599 per person
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  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture that surrounds Italy’s largest lake
  • Take a cable car ride for the best views over Lake Garda
  • Take a gondola trip on Venice’s Grand Canal
  • Visit Venice’s historic palaces and beautiful piazzas

10 day suggested trip

Venice, Florence and Rome

From £1335 per person
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  • Take an Islands tour in Venice and enjoy a glass blowing demonstration
  • Admire Brunelleschi's dome of Florence Cathedral
  • Visit some of the most famous sights in Rome, including the Colosseum
  • Visit Pompeii, one of the world's most important archaeological sites
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