Giudecca; the alternative Venice

The thing about Venice is that it’s so amazing, unique, mind-blowing and awesome that everyone flocks there and you find yourself stuck with the tourist hordes. If you fancy some time away from the crowds, why not base yourself just across the Giudecca canal, on the island of the same name? Giudecca is about 2 kilometers long and 400 meters wide, so it’s easy to walk around without getting lost, has some great views of central Venice from the Fondamenta, which is home to specialist food shops and restaurants, and is just a three minute ferry ride away from Venice proper.

It has the grand houses and canals and bridges of its famous neighbour and some must-see sights such as the haunting 16th Century Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore (Church of the Most Holy Redeemer) which dominates the skyline and the Giudecca 795 Art Gallery. It’s also home to the official showroom and factory of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazzo, whose fabulous fabrics are still manufactured using the same machines and secret process of a century ago, reports BBC Travel.

If you’re planning a summer trip, try to include the third Sunday in July when locals celebrate the Festa del Redentore, which is both a religious festival and dance party complete with midnight firework display. Easy Jet flies to Venice Marco Polo from London Gatwick and Ryanair from London Stansted, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford.

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