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Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo

San Marco 1459, Venice 30124

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4.5 out of 5 (879 reviews)

Set in Venice's most fashionable shopping district, this hotel 150 metres west of St Mark's Square features two terraces …

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Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Isola Della Giudecca 810, Venice 30133

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4.3 out of 5 (2,051 reviews)

This modern luxurious hotel offers unique panoramic views over Venice and the lagoon and is located on a peaceful surrounding …

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Hotel Giorgione
Hotel Giorgione

SS. Apostoli, 4587, Venice 30131

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4.3 out of 5 (1,259 reviews)

This 76-room hotel amid Cannaregio District is situated 50 meters from the Church of the Holy Apostles and 200 meters from …

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Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Sestiere Di Santa Croce 578, Venice 30135

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4 out of 5 (1,178 reviews)

Facing Venice's Grand Canal, this hotel occupies a restored 18th-century palazzo and is 400 meters from Santa Maria Glorios …

€191
Hotel Abbazia
Hotel Abbazia

Cannaregio, Calle Priuli Cavaletti 68, Venice 30121

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4.4 out of 5 (1,269 reviews)

Part of an ancient Carmelite monastery complex, this hotel is 100 metres from Venice's Grand Canal, 150 metres from Santa …

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Hotel Dei Dragomanni
Hotel Dei Dragomanni

San Marco 2711, Venice 30124

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4.3 out of 5 (1,174 reviews)

Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps from Santa Maria del Giglio and Basilica of St Mary of Health. St. Mark's Basilic …

€189
Camping Village Jolly
Camping Village Jolly

Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Mestre 30175

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3.5 out of 5 (1,402 reviews)

Located in Mestre, this family-friendly caravan park/campground is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Porto Marghera, and within 9 mi (15 k …

€25
Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo

Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice 30124

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4.3 out of 5 (1,142 reviews)

This modernised 17th-century building in Venice, formerly a convent and a palazzo, is 50 metres from Piazza San Marco, 200 …

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Palazzo Paruta
Palazzo Paruta

San Marco 3824 (Campo S. Angelo), Venice 30124

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4.4 out of 5 (580 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Venice.

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B4 Bellini Venezia
B4 Bellini Venezia

Lista di Spagna, 116/A, Venice 30121

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4.1 out of 5 (1,398 reviews)

On the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district, this Venice hotel is steps from Santa Lucia train station and vaporetto …

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Hotels in Venice

Venice is known by a number of nicknames: the city of water, the city of bridges, queen of the Adriatic, and the city of light. This range of names points to the difficulty of trying to capture the intangible quality of this most unique of cities. Indeed, Venice has been performing something of a magic trick for well over a millennia: built on 118 tiny islands, with a marshy lagoon as its base, the city has managed to defy gravity for more than a thousand years.

Classic Highlights

Even if you haven't visited Venice, you've probably already seen images of its classic highlights: gondolas on the Grand Canal, the gothic Doge's Palace, and the pigeons on St. Marks Square. You can rest assured that the reality of these places is every bit as majestic as the postcard pictures make them out to be.

More than just a series of famous snapshots, however, Venice is a mesmerizing, mysterious city laced with hints of melancholy. Once a major maritime power, Venice continues to survive largely because of the tourist trade, with the number of actual residents dwindling year after year. Ever-increasing flooding wreaks havoc on architecture, while the summer's heat can make the city feel almost swamp-like. Decadent palaces stand next to decaying houses, glorious restoration next to gloomy ruin, making the city nothing short of a floating museum - but in many ways this is also its barrier to modernization.

Mix of Contrasts

This profound mix of contrasts makes Venice a fascinating destination. As it struggles to find a balance between preserving the rich cultural heritage on which it depends and carving out an identity as a still-living city in the 21st century, Venice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The reputations of the signature tourist 'musts' are well-deserved, but the discoveries you make by getting lost in Venice's winding streets and canals are equally rewarding. Exploring your extraordinary surroundings is sure to make you sigh in disbelief. One of Venice's most famous bridges, in fact - just one of over 400 bridges connecting Venice's islands - is called the Bridge of Sighs.

Artists' Inspiration

Even the light in Venice is different; the reflection off the water has provided inspiration for many artists. The Accademia Gallery holds several Venetian masterpieces, and you'll notice the play of light in many of its painting. The unusual light is far from being the city's only special quality. Visit during Carnevale and you'll see a glamour you thought no longer existed. Also well worth a visit is Venice Biennale, Europe's classiest international forum for contemporary art.

Cars aren't allowed in Venice, so you'll get to know the city by walking or riding vaporetti (public water buses - an alternative to the more expensive water taxis or gondolas, although it's worth splashing for a romantic evening out). Venice is notoriously crowded (and expensive), but people come for good reason. There is no other city like it in the world - its culture and canals, basilicas and bridges continue to leave visitors marveling. Despite its uncertain future, Venice hasn't lost its magic.