Venice

Travel Guide
Academy Bridge showing heritage architecture, a river or creek and a coastal town

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.

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Where to stay in Venice

Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is CA $153 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is steps from Zattere and Squero di San Trovaso. Accademia Waterbus and Academy Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Venice ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (947 reviews)
"Good location. Only knock is it was difficult to get the room temperature working properly."

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2021

Palazzo Veneziano
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
5 out of 5
Isola Della Giudecca 810, Venice
The price is CA $231 per night from Nov 2 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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (959 reviews)
"Awesome place!"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo
5 out of 5
San Marco 1459, Venice, VE
The price is CA $233 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Located in Venice City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Grand Canal and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and Santa Maria del Giglio are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (953 reviews)
"The suite with full view of the grand canal"

Reviewed on Oct. 14, 2021

Bauer Palazzo
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Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $41 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Marghera, this campground is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Porto Marghera and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Ferretto Square. Villa Foscari La Malcontenta and Auchan ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,848 reviews)
"The small bungalows were excellent. The noise from trucks on nearby road was very bad."

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2021

Jolly Camping In Town
Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
Castello 5280 - Calle Casseleria, Venice, VE
Located in Castello, this residence is steps from St. Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's Basilica. Riva degli Schiavoni and Church of San Zaccaria ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (30 reviews)
Great Hotel
"The hotel is not easy to find but it is worthy of the trouble. Room is large and wonderful."

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2018

Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
Calle dei Bombaseri 5074, San Marco, Venice
The price is CA $188 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Located in Venice City Center, this apartment building is steps from Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. Teatro Malibran and Marco Polo's Home are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (159 reviews)
Exceeded expectations
"Ticked all the boxes, location just minutes from Rialto Bridge and water taxis. Apartment spotless and huge. Staff at the nearby hotel who do the checking in were brilliant. Really made it a trip to remember."

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
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.

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