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Venice City Guide

You’re not going to find a more romantic city than the floating city of Venice, with its gondolas, serenades, beautiful piazzas, churches, beautiful architecture, intimate candle-lit restaurants and almost timeless atmosphere, anywhere.

Explore the cobblestone streets and the arched bridges and let yourself be guided by your senses as you hear the water lapping against the gondolas in the canals, the tantalising smells of freshly prepared Italian food and taste quality wines on the terraces of restaurants. Feel the sun on your skin while taking in the sights in St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) hear the street musicians’ sweet serenades.

Even in the cooler winter months Venice bustles with life. While in the summer it can be hot and crowded, Autumn and Spring brings pleasant, mild weather and fewer crowds, making it a very pleasant time to visit. You can view all the main attractions in just a few days. The magnificent St. Mark's Square is a good place to start. On the east side of the square are two of the most spectacular buildings you’ll find in Venice, namely the St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) and the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale). The Basilica, with its ornate, golden mosaics and grand domes, is a perfect example of Byzantine influence in Venice. The impressive Doge’s Palace exudes wealth and power. 

Most attractions are accessible via the S-shaped canal. You can spend hours just watching the gondolas and vaporetto (water bus) or embark on a romantic boat trip yourself. Glide smoothly past buildings such as the Gothic palace Ca 'd'Oro (Golden House) and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and be carried by the water under the Rialto Bridge. Once you’ve seen the city, make sure you stop at a traditional osterie (pub) for a plate of gnocchi or risotto and tiramisu to follow.

Enjoy a few days in Venice, the floating city, and indulge in the Italian passion for food, romance and style.


Guide to Exploring Venice


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Hotel Altieri

Hotel Altieri

Via Altinia 51, Mestre
3.3
of 5, from 131 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Favaro Veneto, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Forte Bazzera and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica. Ca' d'Oro and St. Mary of the Friars are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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Hotel Palladio

Hotel Palladio

Via Malcontenta 40, Mestre
3.3
of 5, from 453 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Malcontenta, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Porto Marghera and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ca' d'Oro and St. Mary of the Friars. Port of Venice and Piazzale Roma are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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Camping Village Jolly

Camping Village Jolly

Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Mestre
3.4
of 5, from 464 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Mestre, this family-friendly caravan park/campground is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Porto Marghera, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ca' Rezzonico and Academy Gallery. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and St. Mary of the Friars are also within 9 mi (15 km).

City Apartments Stucky

City Apartments Stucky

Giudecca 810, Venice
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Situated in Venice, this spa apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Squero di San Trovaso and Academy Gallery. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Ca' Rezzonico are also within 15 minutes.

€61
Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport

Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport

Via Orlanda 240, Mestre
4.3
of 5, from 522 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tessera, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Forte Bazzera and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ca' d'Oro and St. Mary of the Friars. Ca' Rezzonico and Academy Gallery are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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Locanda Conterie

Locanda Conterie

Calle delle Conterie 21, Venice
3.9
of 5, from 327 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Venice, this romantic hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Palazzo Giustinian and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from St. Mark's Square. Palazzo da Mula and San Michele Island are also within 15 minutes.

€37
Hotel Ariston

Hotel Ariston

Via Bergamo 12 Mestre, Mestre
3.4
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mestre, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Forte Bazzera, St. Mark's Basilica, and St. Mary of the Friars. Ca' Rezzonico and Academy Gallery are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€122
Palazzo Veneziano

Palazzo Veneziano

Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
4.8
of 5, from 183 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Dorsoduro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Squero di San Trovaso and Academy Gallery. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Ca' Rezzonico are also within 10 minutes.

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