Flying from Zurich to Venice with Swiss International Air Lines or one of our subsidiaries is just a short flight over the Alps. You will see a stark difference between the Swiss city surrounded by snowy peaks and Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic Sea built on a hundred islands in the lagoon.
Venice was a merchant republic during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but started as a refugee camp in the swampy lagoon, where the early Venetians fled from Germanic tribes in the early Middle Ages. They learned how to build their city on thousands of wooden stakes and how to link the little islands by bridges and canals to form a city in the lagoon. The citizens concentrated on trade by ship on the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea and became the richest city on earth in early Renaissance times. Venice grew into an empire throughout the eastern Mediterranean.
Venice linked Western Europe to trading goods from as far away as India and China, with spices and silk as the most valued imports. The ruling members of the city council were avid builders of fine private and public buildings and supported the arts. The famous San Marco Cathedral is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Venice, the evangelist Marc, whose body was smuggled from Alexandria in Egypt to Venice in 828 A.D.
The famous bronze lions that adorn the building were taken from Constantinople during the fourth crusade in the 13th century. The Piazza San Marco is a great start for a walk along the fabled canals like the Canale Grande or a boat trip in a gondola, the long black boats that were invented especially for the narrow waterways of Venice. Going under the Rialto Bridge in a gondola is the ultimate romantic cliché for Venice.
The Doge’s Palace, which saw 120 consecutive rulers of Venice from 697 until Napoleon conquered the city 1797, is a must-see landmark in Venice. Here is also the fabled Bridge of Sighs that linked the Palace to The Leads, a prison from which the famous Venetian Giacomo Casanova managed to escape. Learn about the foundation of the prosperity of Venice and visit the Arsenal, once the highly secretive shipyard of Venice. Here the fast galleys of Venice were built with prefabricated parts.
The Arsenal was the first assembly line in history, where highly skilled shipwrights were able to build 100 ships in two weeks. When you’re done with sightseeing, why not find the perfect souvenir from your Venice trip? Visit the famous glass makers on the Murano island and watch them forming glass into dazzling colorful sculptures and tableware. The Venetian masks, famous from the carnival in Venice with its baroque costumes, are made by the maschieri, the mask makers, who are usually in their trade for many generations. They are a very Venetian souvenir indeed. Round out your day with a perfect dinner of the many specialties that Venice developed through the centuries, accompanied by one of the great vines of the Veneto, the surrounding area of Venice.
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Zurich - VeniceFlight duration: 01:10 hrs total, Frequency: 3 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A319-112Height: 11.80 mLength: 33.80 mSeats: 108-138
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 3
Arrival VeniceDistance to city centre: 13 km