Today is the last day to win 2 economy flights to Venice with British Airways or 5 runners up prizes of a pair of tickets for the British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton. The competition closes at midnight tonight. You can read more details here or enter below. Good luck!
BA discount on flights
Remember if you don’t win you can still get a 10% discount on BA’s Gatwick flights using this link. The discount is only available on flights starting from London Gatwick on British Airways mainline flights to any European or UK destination. The discount is available in any cabin but not available on ‘Basic’ fares. The booking period 27 October 2017 until 27 January 2018 inclusive applies for travel from 1 January 2018 until 1 July 2018 inclusive. The discount applies to the flight fare only. All other taxes and charges are not discounted.
British Airways has also just launched its latest winter sun campaign. The airline offers great value flights and holidays from Gatwick to destinations which include the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico and the Canary Islands. BA offers numerous flights from Gatwick to a number of winter sun destinations all around the world. This includes 32 flights to the Caribbean each week, 16 to Florida, 14 to the Canary Islands and three to Mexico, to name just a few. BA’s Gatwick seasonal flights to the Maldives, which run until March, have also re-started for the winter season, with three flights departing each week.
Our top 5 things to do in Venice
Roving Reporter has actually been to Venice 33 times including this visit so he is something of an expert. If it is your first time to Venice here is what we recommend:
1. Rise above it
The Campanile is the bell-tower of St. Mark’s Square and provides one of the best views in Venice. The tower is 99 metres tall, and stands in the corner of St Mark’s Square, near the basilica. You can go to the top of the tower in a lift to enjoy the views for €8 per person. There are often long queues, so you may want to use a service to pre-book your tickets to avoid wasting time.
2. Saluti with a Bellini
If you are in Venice during the summer when white peaches are in season you must have a Bellini – Prosecco with white peach puree. The traditional place to have this is Harry’s Bar owned by the famous Cipriani Hotel.
It is something of a tourist trap in our opinion and rather small inside. If you don’t mind splashing out we recommend the terrace of the Gritti Palace hotel where many stars have stayed. The Riva lounge terrace is covered and heated with stunning views of the Grand Canal.
3. Get lost
One of the best things to do in Venice is simply wandering its narrow streets to admire the views. There is a myriad of tiny canals, bridges, streets and stunning vistas around almost every corner. If you get lost you will find your way back eventually! You can always stop for a gelato or espresso to help revive you. Look out for shops selling genuine masks for a different souvenir such as Ca’ De Sol.
4. Get out of town
Venice is busy nearly all year except a short period over the winter before the Carnival. If you want to escape the crowds for a bit there are several islands that are worth a visit for something different. Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges that is famous for its glass making. You watch the glass being made or buy some to take home. The Lido is Venice’s beach resort and has plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy too. There is also Burano which is known for its lacework and brightly coloured homes.
5. Cruise about town
The best way to get about town as well as see the Grand Canal is a vaporetto water bus. I recommend starting on Line 2 from San Marco and then getting off at the Zattere stop to walk across the Accademia bridge and back to your starting point. You can either buy a ticket which is enough to do a circuit from St Marks Square to Zattere at €7.50 for a 75-minute ticket or from €20 you can get a day ticket. Longer durations are also available and more cost effective.