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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.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Venice page.
You'll have no troubles finding the best lodging in Venice. Expedia's lodging guide offers 729 different options in this highly regarded destination.
Venice's more up-market accommodation choices such as The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, at Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio O Zobenigo, and the Bauer Il Palazzo, at Sestiere Di San Marco 1413 D are bound to bring a smile to the most discerning travelers. The Ca' Lucatello TownHouse, at San Marco 3488, and the Ca Maria Adele, at Dorsoduro 111 are two cheaper offerings that are worth checking out if you're traveling on a tight budget.
If you are in town for just one night and only have limited time to check out the top attractions, it might suit better to stay at the Baglioni Hotel Luna or the Sina Centurion Palace, which are both situated nearby St. Mark's Basilica.
We all know you don't go traveling just to sit in a cramped plane seat and sleep in a different bed. Traveling is all about the exciting adventures you have while you're there!
Kick off your adventures in Venice by trying one or two of these things to do:
For a more comprehensive range of activities, check out the Venice things to do page.
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