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Best IGLOO Hotels to Visit This Winter

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I came across this Article while traveling across Europe and thought I would find out some more about it. And, I’m glad I did! As the winter season is at its peak, it is the perfect time to list some of the most interesting winter experiences. And, this year, I’ll go with something truly amazing – igloo hotels. Known as houses built from the snow that kept Inuit communities warm for centuries, these incredible installations attract millions of guests every year. From sled rides to ice-molded beds, igloo hotels definitely offer a unique winter experience. So, check out the best igloo hotels to visit this winter.

Best Igloo Hotels – Arctic Fox Igloo, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

It is not a surprise that the first igloo hotel on the list is based in Finland. This beautiful European country offers extraordinary winter experiences. Arctic Fox Igloo is among the best igloo hotels Finland has to offer. It is based on Lake Ranuanjärvi in the woodlands of Finnish Lapland. Among other things, it offers the most important winter attraction – incredible views of Northern Lights. The hotel has a dome-like structure with fancy glass doors and offers overnight stays in modern looking bedrooms. Heated glass walls and sauna only add up to this amazing hotel experience.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Best IGLOO Hotels

Kakslauttanen Igloo hotel is world-famous for its luxury and an unforgettable experience of watching the Northern lights from the comfort of your bed. This igloo hotel situated in Lapland, Finland offers more than 170 accommodation options that vary from glass igloos to log cabins. These luxurious rooms are beautiful and get remodeled every winter season. All guests have access to a sleeping bag, wooden socks as well as a hat for extra comfort. 

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing igloo hotel based in Norway is the northernmost igloo hotel in the world and offers a variety of winter activities. Along with astonishing ice sculptures, an ice chapel, and an ice bar, the hotel offers 30 rooms. For additional comfort, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel provides an outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna. It is particularly interesting that you can order drinks in ice glasses.

Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

If you are a winter person that loves cozying up with a hot cup of tea in an interesting indoor setting, Levin Iglut is the perfect igloo hotel for you this winter. The hotel has many interesting amenities among which are air conditioning and Wi-Fi for social media lovers! Levin Iglut offers a unique winter experience with the magical show of Northern lights right in front of your eyes. It is highly recommended to book the stay somewhere between August and April in order to catch the Northern lights season. Levin Iglut will provide an unforgettable and cozy winter experience.

Hotel de Glace, Canada

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing hotel in Canada offers a variety of activities. It is interesting that this is the only hotel entirely built from ice in North America. Hotel de Glace has more than 40 rooms and suites. On top of that, it offers an ice bar and an ice slide which is especially popular with kids. It’s also interesting that every room’s decoration differs. A welcoming drink, breakfast, and access to spas and saunas will complete your perfect winter igloo experience.

Witnessing the incredible magic of the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. Finnish Lapland is still one of the world’s best places to witness this phenomenon in cutting-edge heated glass accommodation along with many other attractions. If you are looking for a unique adventure this winter to fully embrace all winter experiences, why not book a stay in an igloo hotel for a couple of nights and have the best time of your life? The idea is pretty simple: igloo hotels have structures ranging from intimate hotels to big villages.

Moreover, castles are rebuilt and remodeled every winter, mixing tons of snow and ice blocks with charming amenities and exclusive designs. So, these were the coolest igloo hotels around the world that will provide a memory for a lifetime. You simply have to experience this next level winter experience in one of these igloo hotels. Have a great time!

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Hottest Travel Destinations

While I love travelling, sometimes figuring out the best place to go to reignite my passion and satisfy my fashion cravings can be difficult. After all, we literally have the whole world to wade through!

Taking style as my guide, I’ve put together a list of six fashion-forward cities that are travel musts for 2017. These six hottest travel destinations offer some of the most beautiful, artistic, and fashionable places on the globe. I’ve already booked my tickets!

Ibiza, Spain

Those who’ve heard Mike Posner’s hit single, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” know that things can get wild at this gorgeous tourist attraction and party city. While Ibiza is well deserving of this reputation, there is far more to do in this historic town than simply drink and dance. Ibiza is popular among beautiful people from the world over. Also, this island city is known for its breezy bohemian fashion as well. It is a world heritage site featuring architecture that dates back as early as the 7th century BC.

Sip at a classic Mai Tai and browse the shops. Don’t miss Charo Ruiz, Ibiza’s most famous fashion brand. You’ll be able to discover the perfect boho chic ensemble for a night partying under the stars. Plus, the Ibiza Fashion Festival returns this June 9-11!

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Tokyo, Japan

Even if you aren’t the “big city” type, Tokyo’s many districts offer a smaller community feel in the midst of this sprawling metropolis. As one of the largest metropolitan regions in the world, Tokyo’s diverse neighborhoods are a dream for any fashion diva! Take in Harajuku street fashion or enjoy a martini at one of the jazz clubs near Tokyo Tower. You can also visit the upscale shopping district of Odaiba, or have a ball at Shibuya’s entertainment district. Chances are that you’ll find plenty of inspiration and more than one on-trend piece to add to your wardrobe while visiting this magnificent city, famous for its street fashion!

The biggest celebration of Japanese style is Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo. It is coming up this October and featuring the latest in Tokyo street style and top Japanese designers!

Havana, Cuba

One of the more fabulous effects of the U.S. improved relations with Cuba is that the breathtaking capitol of Havana is now open for all tourists to visit! Stepping onto the streets of Havana feels like stepping back in time, with colorful buildings and vintage 1950s automobiles all around. It is the perfect environment for rocking a pin-up aesthetic. I love drinking a virgin-mojito and waiting for an impromptu street party to begin!

For a day of romance and sightseeing, check out the architecture and history of Habana Vieja (Old Havana). You can easily do it with one of the area’s many walking tours. Or visit the Museum of Rum for a taste of the island’s most popular libation. Who knows, you just might stumble upon a clothing shop offering some killer vintage finds!

To see and be seen in what is perhaps THE hottest travel destination this year, book your ticket for the 19th Habano Cigar Festival, running Feb. 27-March 3.

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Hollywood, California, USA

Repopularized with the success of 2016’s La La Land, Hollywood remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Whether you visit the sets of some of America’s most iconic films, enjoy a scenic hike above the cityscape (Runyon Canyon and Los Leones Trail are two of my frequent haunts), or enjoy a delish meal at one of the city’s posh restaurants (Gwen and Norah are hot right now!), there’s truly something for everyone. I might be a little biased since I call L.A. home these days. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that it’s a trendy city when it comes to the fashion game.

Don’t miss the luxe Rodeo Drive shopping district for VIP treatment from the top luxury brands. Also, stroll along Melrose Place for access to some of the chicest fashion houses. Marni, Isabel Marant, and Zimmerman are among them! While you’re in West Hollywood, be sure to stop by my favorite little coffee shop, Alfred Coffee & Kitchen. After the sun sets, enjoy drinks at one of L.A.’s iconic music venues. Plus, the city’s fashion district is a wonderland of wholesale finds featuring the latest designs at manufacturer prices.

You don’t have to be a movie star to feel like one amidst the glitz and glam of Hollywood!

Melbourne, Australia

Established largely during the 1850s gold rush, Melbourne remains as vibrant as ever with an influential flair for fashion that is quickly catching on the world over. Make sure to check out the hottest Australian brands this year, from Ellery to Dion Lee and Jac and Jack. Shop these and other top Aussie designers at the Bourke Street Mall or High Street Armadale. Moreover, visit the majestic Block Arcade in Collins Street to see some of the most beautiful mosaic floors and 19th century architectural details the world has to offer. Fitzroy is also a must-see: an up-and-coming neighborhood known for street art, dive bars, and fabulous music venues.

And, if you want to catch the largest consumer fashion festival in the world, grab tickets for this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), which runs March 1-19, before they sell out!

Tangier, Morocco

Known colloquially as the “door to Africa,” Tangier boasts a rich and complex history dating back millennia. Featuring posh beachfront resorts and mountain views, Tangier has all the beauty of the natural world. It is home to some of our favorite urban luxuries. After spending a morning basking by the Mediterranean Sea, get in some amazing shopping and discover great deals on everything from custom-made handbags to ceramic tableware. Indeed, the stunning Moroccan rugs are my favorite!

Before you head home, you just might want to stop off in Marakesh for a visit to some of the top Moroccan designers. The most interesting ones include Bakchic and Kaftan Queen! All in all, Tangier is definitely one of the hottest travel destinations in 2017!

Hottest Travel Destinations

Hottest Travel Destinations – Travel With Style 

While I like to bring fashion with me wherever I go, there’s absolutely nothing better than building up my wardrobe from inspiration received while travelling abroad. By glimpsing all of the wonder that the world has to offer, we learn about new colors, fabrics, and styles that can help boost our fashion to a whole new level.

Take your fashionista spirit with you as you enjoy the delights that these six destinations have to offer! These hottest travel destinations will definitely leave you speechless!

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Bergdorf Goodman X-mas Window – NYC

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Bergdorf Goodman X-mas Window – NYC

Christmas is just around the corner and to celebrate, Bergdorf Goodman’s 2016 legendary window displays have been revealed. This year’s theme is called Destination Extraordinary and with not one but five exceptional window displays brimming with festive cheer, let’s take a closer look at the window design of one of New York’s most iconic department stores. Brimming with lush greenery, this year’s display is somewhat of a showstopper to say the least.

 

 

 

A Festive Holiday Tradition

For many, the unveiling of the Christmas window displays signifies the start of the festive season and whether you are a local or a tourist, the Bergdorf Goodman window is worthy of your attention. In New York City, elaborate decorations are all part and parcel of the Christmas countdown not forgetting a trip to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Light Ceremony

The Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony boasts a two-hour variety show featuring a sprinkling of celebrity performances and live music. Hundreds of people come out to watch the 92-foot tree light up (with over 50,000 lights for those interested). This luxurious light ceremony is exciting and extravagant and if you are in New York over the festive season, this is one event to mark down in your diary. If you aren’t in the city, you can watch the ceremony in all its glory on youtube somewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destination Extraordinary

This year the theme for the Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday window displays is Destination Extraordinary. Inspired by the paintings of Henri Rousseau and visits to the American Museum of Natural History, the displays feature unique imaginary destinations including an opulent Winter Garden, Bird’s Eye View, The Hitch Hiker, The Scenic Route and The Book Club.

 

 

The common theme between all of the displays is the colour green with lush leaves, beads and dried flowers adorning each scene. Each display features a mannequin dressed to the nines. Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli are just a few of the designer brands that take centre stage. Destination Extraordinary is the end result of six months of hard work and it truly is wow-worthy.

 

With only a couple of weeks until Santa comes to town, there is no better time to explore the ultra-festive window displays that New York City has to offer. Swing by the festive window displays of the Bergdorf Goodman department store and be enchanted by its magic this Christmas.

 

 

xoxolisa

 

 

 

 

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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

Fusing breath-taking skyscrapers, cosmopolitan scenes and luxury shopping, Abu Dhabi has an air of grandeur. Like many major cities around the world, this stunning location offers you an array of exquisite attractions, whether you’re searching for tranquillity, excitement, or elegance. If you’re planning your next escapade or have a layover, relish the opportunity to explore one of the most decadent places on earth and consider visiting these Abu Dhabi landmarks.

Things to do

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, adorned with marble, semi-precious stones and chandeliers could easily be the eighth wonder of the world. Holding space for 40,000 people, the mosque offers self-guided walks alongside free tours in both English and Arabic. The dress code is Arabic dress or you can loan an abaya on entrance. This magical experience is even more beautiful at night.

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Yas Island

For thrill-seekers, look no further than Yas Island. This exhilarating, adventure land promises attractions that you’ll find nowhere else in the city. Live concerts, formula 1 racing and the world’s largest waterpark are some of the key attractions to visit. Alternatively, head to a haven of serenity with a spa day or dine in one of the 90 restaurants. The stunning beaches and sensational hotels like the Yas Viceroy make the island an idyllic setting for a vacation.

The Galleria Mall

Located on Al Maryah Island, The Galleria is undoubtedly the home of luxury shopping in Abu Dhabi. Featuring the crème de la crème in designer fashion, brands like Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, and Lanvin are just a handful of notable names occupying the mall. Grab a coffee at Magnolia Bakery as you explore the finest in retail, or partake in a dining experience at Rosewood or Cafe Milano located inside of the four Seasons Hotel next door.

 

Art & Galleries

Art is a popular pastime in Dubai so the N2N Gallery is the perfect place to visit. Combining art collections from Abu Dhabi and Europe, the gallery showcases over 170 pieces from 13 artists. As well as viewing sculptures, contemporary art, and paintings, N2N also offers art classes, providing a pleasant opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the local art scene.
And The Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab world. It’s  intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education.

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Where to stay

The Emirates Palace

A regal, seven-star hotel, the Emirates Palace is set in 85 hectares of lush greenery and is the world’s most expensive hotel. Decorated in marble, silver, and gold with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the 200 fountains, 114 domes and 2000 staff members make this hotel one of the grandest locations in the city. The world-class caviar bar (all though I don’t like caviar) serves a traditional caviar menu with champagne, set against a backdrop of live music, while each room boasts 24-hour butler service, iPad mini, and wi-fi of course. Experience fine dining at one of the 14 restaurants, or relax in the spa and swimming pool.

 

What to wear

The culture of Abu Dhabi is rooted in Arabic traditions. While nationals of UAE wear traditional dress, visitors are welcome to wear liberal clothing. However, any short or tight clothes may be deemed unwelcome so dress appropriately and respectful.

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xoxolisa

 

 

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Ferrari World – Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi

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Speed, Thrills & Fun: Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg’s Championship victory and final race at Abu Dhabi last week wasn’t the only thing that travelled 100+mph. With some time off pre-race, I visited the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and no, it’s not the Burj. Nestled on Yas Island, just 30 minutes by car from the city centre, Ferrari World is the world’s first and only Ferrari branded amusement park.

What is Ferrari World?

The park opened in 2010 and has quickly become a ‘must-visit’ for anyone travelling in the Middle East. The park is roughly the size of 7 football pitches and boasts not only the largest space frame structure ever built but also the world’s fastest roller coaster. The ‘Formula Rossa’ is the crowning jewel of the park with an exhilarating top (and world record holding) speed of 149 mph.
The park is quite surreally magnificent, mainly because everything you see, touch and ride is traditional racing car red with the iconic Ferrari stallion emblazoned across it. Everything is pristine and stylish in design as you would expect from a super-brand like Ferrari. Fortunately for me, on Grand Prix weekend the entire park access, so I was able to enjoy the park to quell my sorrows that Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the championship. Maybe next year…

Lionel's Show at Ferrari GP Formula 1, Abu Dhabi

Lionel’s Show at Yasalam After Race concert, Abu Dhabi

A theme park for the whole family

If you’re after even more speed (as if a Formula 1 race wasn’t enough), Ferrari World has enough rides to satisfy all thrill seeking needs. If you want something a little slower, the park is surprisingly excellent for toddlers and teens with rides, shows and attractions to suit all ages and heights (be aware that height restrictions are strictly enforced so do some planning in advance to avoid waiting in a queue and being disappointed).

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Ferrari World’s Best Attractions

The park really has something for everyone, regardless if you even care about cars or not. My top attractions in no particular order were:
Galleria Ferrari – a Ferrari lover’s dreamland, this exhibition showcased a wide selection of classic and modern Ferraris. I can only describe it as somewhere between an art gallery, a motoring museum and a fashion show.
Tyre Change Show – this might not sound particularly glamorous but it was one of the highlights of my trip. This is an entertaining show with some Italian comics combined with a cpit stophance to try your hand at a F1 pit stop For the record, don’t wear heels when trying to change a formula 1 tyre!
Mamma Rossella – a lovely open-air trattoria for a relatively reasonable cost for lunch/dinner. There’s a wide range of Middle Eastern, African and European food available
Driving Experience – the highlight of the entire trip was a chance to get behind the wheel in a Ferrari California (in red of course) with a trained Ferrari driver. Family can sit in the back so you’re not on your own as you revel in the sheer beauty and opera of a 4.3 litre monster supercar.
Overall, the park is one of the best theme parks I’ve ever been to and had enough to keep everyone entertained.

 

Ferrari World - Abu Dhabi UAE

Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi UAE

xoxolisa

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Traveling the Swiss Alps in style: Glacier Express

Panorama Zug, Glacier Express

Traveling the Swiss Alps in style: Glacier Express

Billed as ‘a train to fall in love with’, the world-famous Glacier Express takes passengers on the ultimate romantic journey through the Swiss Alps. The red-and-white train travels from east to west across a 300km stretch of railway, boasting unrivalled views of magnificent countryside en route. You can expect to see breathtaking mountain passes, glistening glaciers and rushing streams, so sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

The Glacier Express is over 75 years old, and took its very first trip in 1930 to ferry locals and tourists from one side of the Swiss Alps to the other. Up until 1982, the Glacier Express only ran during the summer months, as the thick winter snow made certain parts of the track impassable. In fact, there are still times during the year where conditions are too severe to travel.

Today’s trains are powered by electricity, but the original steam-powered versions would have followed the same route. This magical 7.5-hour journey begins in the glamorous ski resorts of St Moritz, and snakes through the Albula Valley, Davos Dorf, the Nikolai Valley on its way to Zermatt and the Matterhorn village. You can jump aboard at stops along the way, and indeed catch it going in the opposite direction. Either way, there’s no shortage of stunning Alpine sights.

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Contrary to what ‘Express’ might suggest, this is the world’s slowest train − it travels at an average speed of just 20km/hour − but it would be a sin to rush past such dramatic landscapes, Alpine meadows, narrow valleys and deep gorges at speed. You’ll also conquer 91 tunnels and across 291 bridges in total if you travel the entire route.

 

This is the most relaxing and elegant way to enjoy the picturesque landscape that makes Switzerland so utterly unique. Take a seat, pull out of the station, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off the unimpeded views through the windows of the stylish panoramic carriages. For example, the lengthy Rhaetian Railway (Rhätische Bahn RHB) section, which lies between Thusis and Bergün, is a World Heritage Site and an impressive demonstration of how civil engineering can blend seamlessly with its environment. It looks even better when the sky is blue, so it might be worth checking the weather before you book.

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Landwasser Viaduct

Particular highlights along the 180-mile line include the one-hour ride between Disentis and Andermatt, the stunning six-arch 65m-high Landwasser Viaduct between Chur and Filisur, and the Oberalp Pass with its crystal-clear mountain lake. When you reach the Oberal Pass, you’ll be at the highest geographical point of the journey − it’s over 6,600 feet above sea level.

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Chur Graubünden

Some of the climbs are so steep that drinks are served in specially designed tilted glass. 🙂 Well, you wouldn’t want your crisp Swiss white wine to spill, of course. This kind of attention to detail makes your trip even more of a pleasure. As well as indulging in a drink or two, you can also sample a freshly prepared three-course meal in the comfort of your seat or in the vintage dining carriage. This is luxury travel at its finest.

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Offering a truly unique perspective on the Swiss Alps, and a luxurious experience in total comfort, it’s no wonder the Glacier Express has gained iconic status. Make sure to bring your camera − you’ll want to look back at these fascinating sights forever.

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Panorama Zug, Glacier Express

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Venice – Ti Amo !

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Venice Travel Guide

We have all seen the beautiful and magical pictures of Venice, but nothing can beat seeing its unique beauty in real life. The romantic and glimmering surroundings of Venice makes it a city like no other.

 

Capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. With no cars or roadways, Venice is enveloped with tranquil alley ways and shimmering canals. The Grand Canal winds through the city, often filled with small boats, water taxis and of course, Gondolas.

 

The exquisite palaces and churches reflect centuries of history and a once wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Exploring the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of Venice, and it is one of the only few cities where getting lost may actually be a positive.

 

Finding sweet Italian shops and iconic bridges is all part of the Venice experience. However, at some point you may find yourself in the Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

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Why Go To Venice

Listed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit, the mesmerizing buildings and setting of Venice is something that can truly mesmerize people. As one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit, the charm and passion of the city can never be truly reflected in pictures.

 

The Rialto bridge and Palazzo Ducale are simply unforgettable, and with every twist and turn you are met with a beautiful alley or tranquil canal. If you are not sea sick and have the time for a gondola trip, this can be one of the most beautiful and raw ways to see the streets of Venice.

In 2008, the city was struck by catastrophic floods that left little in the city undamaged. As of today, the lagoon that has protected Venice from countless foreign invaders is the biggest threat to its survival. .. the city will eventually sink.

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Taking a water bus around Venice is an exciting and fun way of seeing Venice, and if you love to stay outdoors then a picnic by the Grand Canal is a great option. If you plan to wonder the maze of streets at night-time, make sure you take a stroll by the most beautiful church in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica. The marble pillars and towering breath-taking architecture is something you have to see!

 

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When To Visit

If you are expecting good weather, the best time to visit Venice is during late spring and early summer. However, bright sunshine can also be matched with heavy crowds and long waits to iconic land marks. Booking trips and finding accommodation can also be quite challenging, along with the rise in prices.

During late summer, you can also expect Venice to be packed with tourist. Venice can become very hot and the canals can begin to give off a rather unpleasant odor, along with the bothersome mosquitoes.

 

The fall can be a wonderful time of year to visit, as the crowds begin to diminish and the temperatures drop, which can make it a much more pleasant trip. However October through to January is usually considered a high water season, though flooding can occur at any time.

Venice is a beautiful city and should be a must-see on your places to visit. Filled with beautiful buildings, winding canals and gondolas, Venice is a truly mesmerizing city.

 Ciao!

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