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Walk on the cobblestone streets and arched bridges of this pedestrian-friendly island city in northeastern Italy and let your senses guide you. Hear the water lap against the gondolas in the canals. Breathe in the aroma of fresh Italian food and taste quality wine on the restaurant terraces. Feel the sun warm your skin as you wander through St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) and listen to street musicians perform serenades to lovers.
Even in the cooler winter months, Venice is bustling. Summer days can get hot and crowded, while autumn and spring are usually the most pleasant times to visit. It is easy to visit all premier attractions in just a few days. St. Mark’s Square is magnificent and a good place to start. Two of Venice’s most spectacular buildings, St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), rub shoulders at the east end of the square. Find the best example of Venice’s Byzantine influence in the basilica, with its ornate golden mosaics and elaborate domes. The palace impresses with ostentatious displays of wealth and power.
The S-shaped Grand Canal brings you to most attractions. You could spend hours just watching gondolas and vaporettos (water buses), or hop on one yourself for a romantic boat ride. Glide past buildings such as the Gothic-style palace Ca’ d’Oro, the Basilica of St. Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) and beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). Stop for a plate of risi e bise (rice and peas) at a traditional osterie (a bar serving food).
Don’t miss treasures such as the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a 15th-century marble church. Take a ferry ride to the islands of Murano and Burano. Both are known for their artisans who work with glass and lace respectively. The islands make for a peaceful day trip away from the chaotic but irresistible heart of Venice.
Savor your days in the Floating City and enjoy the Italian passion for food, romance and style.
Accommodation in Venice
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Travelers with a taste for the timeless traditions of class and style can choose from the Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, at Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196, and the Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, at Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio O Zobenigo. Should those options not fit the bill, be sure to check out the Westin Europa & Regina, Venice, Campo Barozzi, and the Luna Hotel Baglioni, San Marco, 1243.
If you are in town for just one night and only have limited time to take in the highlights, why not check out the Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel or the Bauer Il Palazzo, which are both located near St. Mark's Basilica.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.