Flight to Venice from Glasgow couldn’t be easier with easyJet. This Insta-perfect city is a collage of 118 islands connected by 400 bridges. Cars are banned; locals ease through the morning mist on foot, while gondolas glide through the canals with grandiose buildings rising up on both sides. With easyJet, you can now fly from Glasgow to this helplessly romantic city and create some real magic yourself.
St Mark’s Basilica, a shimmering symbol of Venetian art and faith, houses many of Venice’s greatest treasure including the famed Pala d’Ora altarpiece. Keep a lookout for colourful mosaics showing the scene of St Mark below a round-arched portal – this is the only one still surviving from the 1260s. Right by the Basilica is the Doge’s Palace, once the residence of powerful Venetian rulers and a former political nerve centre, it’s now a museum and home to Tintoretto’s famous ‘Paradise’ painting.
Family day at the Lido di Jesolo
Just an hour’s ferry ride away from Venice is Lido di Jesolo, a lively seaside town on the Venetian Riviera with 15km (9 miles) of sandy beaches. Parents come here to relax while kids go wild at Aqualandia, widely recognised as the best water theme park in Italy with one of the world’s tallest slides. Not far away is Jesolo Aquarium with 100 marine species, and New Jesolandia, a playground with a Ferris wheel and a roller coaster opening from 8pm to late, a great option when searching for fun things to do in the evenings.
Explore the hidden gems
Several enchanting islands around Venice await. Murano is renowned for its beautiful blown glass, Burano is famous for its lace, while the sparsely-populated Torcello was a refuge of Hemingway, who wrote parts of Across the River and into the Trees here in 1948. All these islands are an easy vaporetto ride away for you to explore.