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Everyone loves Venice – arguably one of the most unique and beautiful cities ever created. Dazzling by day and eerily supernatural by night, the city has as many faces as Carnival masks and they’re all bewitching. And never more so than autumn and winter, after the summer crowds and the scorching heat have departed, and serenity comes to La Serenissima.
At night, away from the squares, Venice is sparsely-lit and its labyrinthine passages medievally dark. The sense of history is overpowering. There is nothing so brash or modern as an Ibiza-style club scene, or malls or fast-food chains. But there are restaurants and plays and classical concerts, and traces of Monteverdi or Vivaldi often grace the night air.
Dawn at this time of year is especially evocative, when the canal mists rise like wraiths among shadowy, 800 year old palazzi and the only sound is the gentle slap of water on stone. The streets are deserted, but on the waterfront of the Grand Canal, yawning gondoliers idly chat with fishermen, and market traders walk the quayside inspecting the morning catch. It's a fleeting, secret Venice that you have to get up early, or stay up late for.
Not surprisingly, hotel prices can be astronomical, and accommodation often means staying somewhere on the mainland or on the outer islands, which is frustrating because you miss the chance to experience the city 'out of hours' when the ferries and buses aren't running. But not on this break.
The furthest away you'll be is the rooftop terrace bar, as you drink cocktails at your hotel on the Grand Canal itself, just 15 minutes' walk from the Rialto. That's the best way to experience Venice – 24 hours a day, perfect, unforgettable, with just a dash of Omega magic.