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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 $160 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere, Grand Canal, and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. La Fenice Opera House and Ca' Foscari ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,055 reviews)
Great Hotel in Venice
"We spend 4 nights in Venice, nice hotel with friendly staff and very comfortable bed. Next time again , has been great stay."

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2020

Palazzo Veneziano
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
The price is CA $182 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Venice City Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica. St. Mark's Square and St ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)
Great location
"Nice hotel. Great location. Friendly staff. Restaurant is expensive"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2020

Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
The price is CA $229 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Venice City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal, and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (241 reviews)
reat hotel
"Excellent location. Friendly staff. Very clean and comfortable. Enjoyed our stay and will definitely return to this hotel."

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

H10 Palazzo Canova
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.
Truly Verona
Truly Verona
Via Ponte Rofiolo 2/A, Verona, VR
The price is CA $84 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Verona City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Adige River, Verona Arena, and Juliet's House. Piazza Bra and Piazza delle ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (291 reviews)
Great apartment in Verona!
"Great property with a balcony in view of the arena! Clean and spacious for families!"

Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2020

Truly Verona
Residence Ca' del Lago
Residence Ca' del Lago
Via Gabriele D'Annunzio 193, Torri del Benaco, VR
The price is CA $199 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museo del Castello Scaligero and Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm. Baia delle Sirene Park is ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (360 reviews)
"Room was comfortablly big for two people. The view of the lake was not the best but there was one. It is within walking distance of the town."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019

Residence Ca' del Lago
Residenza Olivo
Residenza Olivo
111 Via Don C. Gnocchi, Garda, Verona
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Al Corno Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of Casa Biasi and Church of San Severo. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)
"Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Preis, sauber, neue Küche, große Terrasse mit dem Pool Blick!"

Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2021

Residenza Olivo
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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