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The Floating City is as romantic as it gets, with its gondolas, serenaders, dazzling palazzos and churches, and almost timeless feel.

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.

Where to stay in Venice

San Marco, Venice, Veneto, Italy

San Marco

4.5/5Wonderful!(373 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of San Marco is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square.

San Marco
Dorsoduro showing a bridge and a river or creek

Dorsoduro

4.5/5Wonderful!(84 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fascinating museums are top of the list for many visitors to Dorsoduro. A stop by Grand Canal or Peggy Guggenheim Museum might round out your trip.

Dorsoduro
San Polo featuring a bay or harbour and heritage architecture

San Polo

4.5/5Wonderful!(69 area reviews)

San Polo is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Grand Canal or Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

San Polo

Top Hotels in Venice

H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
The price is CA $170 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in San Polo, this luxury hotel is steps away from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)

"Lovely property in a great location just next to lots of shops and restaurants at the Rialto bridge. Hôtel staff very friendly and the hotel is very clean and glam."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2020

H10 Palazzo Canova
Hotel Saturnia & International
Hotel Saturnia & International
4.5 out of 5
San Marco 2398 - Via XXII Marzo, Venice, VE
The price is CA $180 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 18

Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps away from Santa Maria del Giglio, La Fenice Opera House and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (966 reviews)

"Staff are very polite and friendly and do that extra little bit to make your stay enjoyable Will help you whenever they cay"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2020

Hotel Saturnia & International
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
5 out of 5
Isola Della Giudecca 810, Venice, VE
The price is CA $172 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Canal, Casa dei Tre Oci and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and San ...

4.2/5Excellent! (960 reviews)

"What an amazing awesome hotel - once you navigate how to get to the hotel, it’s great."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2020

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Venice

Ca' Foscolo Residence
Ca' Foscolo Residence
Castello 5526 - Campo De La Fava, Venice, VE
The price is CA $116 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 18

This family-friendly Venice residence is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Rialto Bridge, Teatro Goldoni and St. Mark's Square. La ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (601 reviews)
Enjoyable Stay

"We really enjoyed our stay, we had an apartment for 4 adults on the ground floor with views of the canals. Breakfast and coffee were included which was a lovely touch. The area was quiet and safe and very close to restaurants and bars etc. We were also able to check-in early. Would recommend and ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

Ca' Foscolo Residence
San Marco Suite 755
San Marco Suite 755
Calle Regina 755, Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia
The price is CA $201 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in San Marco, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Mark's Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. Bridge of Sighs and La Fenice Opera ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"Very modern place to stay with safe and easy access. The kitchen has all you need to cook and enough space to sit comfortable to eat."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2020

San Marco Suite 755
Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $39 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Marghera, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Porto Marghera, Ferretto Square and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Villa Salus Hospital and Auchan ...

3.8/5Good! (1,840 reviews)

"It was in easy reach of Venice and the site was clean and well organised."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2020

Jolly Camping In Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Venice

St. Mark's Square
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St. Mark's Square

4.5/5(454 reviews)

Experience the timeless charm of Venice’s glorious heart, home to the city’s most famous cultural icons, many cafés ... and several thousand pigeons.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(346 reviews)

Venice’s famous canal winds through the city and brings you to nearly all of its world-famous attractions. Hop in a gondola or vaporetto to take it all in!

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(614 reviews)

Take a stroll across Venice’s oldest and most iconic bridge for romantic views, souvenir shopping and street entertainment.

St. Mark's Basilica
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St. Mark's Basilica

4.5/5(586 reviews)

Gilded mosaics, a jewel-encrusted screen and magnificent Byzantine architecture make this cathedral one of the most stunning attractions in Venice.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(366 reviews)

This grand building was home to Venice’s rulers for centuries and is still a statement of wealth and power.

Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs

4.5/5(421 reviews)

Arching high over the water, linking a palace with a prison, is a spectacular bridge steeped in local legends.  

Top things to do in Venice

Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

CA $31
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary
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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

CA $52
Per adult
Venice in 1 Day from Rome with Skip-the-Line to St. Mark's Basilica
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Venice in 1 Day from Rome with Skip-the-Line to St. Mark's Basilica

CA $334
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour
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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour

CA $123
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride
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Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride

CA $50
Per adult
Venice: Private Gondola Tour - 30 minutes
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Venice: Private Gondola Tour - 30 minutes

CA $285
Per adult

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