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VeniceItaly

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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Venice page.

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Where to stay in Venice

San Marco featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek

San Marco

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,932 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
Venetian Ghetto showing boating, a coastal town and heritage architecture

Cannaregio

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,000 area reviews)

Travelers to Cannaregio praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Grand Canal and Ca' d'Oro Giorgio Franchetti Gallery.

Cannaregio
Castello featuring heritage architecture and a river or creek

Castello

4.5/5Wonderful!(666 area reviews)

Castello is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Giardini della Biennale and Venetian Arsenal.

Castello
Dorsoduro showing a river or creek and a bridge

Dorsoduro

4.5/5Wonderful!(423 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 heritage architecture and a bay or harbor

San Polo

4.5/5Wonderful!(302 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 Palazzo Barbarigo.

San Polo
Santa Croce, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Santa Croce

4.5/5Wonderful!(658 area reviews)

Santa Croce is known for its charming cafés, and you can make a stop by Piazzale Roma and Grand Canal while in the area.

Santa Croce

Top Hotels in Venice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Abbazia
Hotel Abbazia
3 out of 5
Cannaregio, Calle Priuli Cavaletti 68, Venice, VE
The price is $81 per night

Located in Cannaregio, this hotel is steps from Scalzi Bridge and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Port of Venice are also within 1 mi (2 km). Venice Santa Lucia ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,807 reviews)

"The hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from the train station, down an alley with several good restaurants, and just a bridge walk away from amazing old Venice. We received a free surprise upgrade to a Jacuzzi equipped room, with amazing lighting and bathroom. The complementary breakfast was abundant ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

Hotel Abbazia
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia MGallery by Sofitel
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia MGallery by Sofitel
4 out of 5
Santa Croce 245, Giardini Papadopoli, Venice, VE
The price is $207 per night

Located in Santa Croce, this romantic hotel is steps from Papadopoli Gardens and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Port of Venice are also within 15 minutes. Venice ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (802 reviews)
Always perfect!

"Perfect location. This is our 3rd time at this hotel.. we will come back a 4th time for sure!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Hotel Papadopoli Venezia MGallery by Sofitel
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
4 out of 5
Riva Longa, 49, Murano Island, Venice, VE
The price is $145 per night

Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of San Pietro Martire and Cometa di Vetro. Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,745 reviews)

"We had a great stay here. My husband , 8 year old daughter and I spent three nights in February. Murano is beautiful and peaceful - plenty of restaurants and it is engaging, with its beautiful glass craft. We were transferred free of charge from the airport to the hotel by boat. The Hyatt also provided ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

Popular places to visit in Venice

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

4.5/5(2,112 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(1,655 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(2,531 reviews)

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

Port of Venice
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Port of Venice

4.5/5(819 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Port of Venice and enjoy other activities such as boating in Venice. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(1,559 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(2,435 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Venice

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

90% of travellers recommend
$81
Per adult
Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

78% of travellers recommend
$16
Per adult
Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride
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Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride

$35
Per adult
Murano & Burano Tour
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Murano & Burano Tour

86% of travellers recommend
$38
Per adult
Murano & Burano Venetian Islands Tour by Private Boat
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Murano & Burano Venetian Islands Tour by Private Boat

86% of travellers recommend
$38
Per adult
Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica tour – Skip the the line
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Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica tour – Skip the the line

84% of travellers recommend
$87
Per adult

Reviews of Venice

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 70.22985322625311%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.95153697036832%
3 - Okay
137
3 - Okay 3.793962891165882%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.7200221545278316%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.30462475768485187%

3/5 - Okay

UStraveler

Apr 2, 2020

Venice is a very old town.You have to walk a lot! Water taxis are expensive and water buses can be a bit pricy too, but doable. Great location for pictures! I loved the gondola rides!! Great shopping! Lots of highend stores like Chanel, Louis V, etc

5/5 - Excellent

MarkW

Mar 27, 2020

Lovely place to stay and visit. It's one of our favorite places in Italy.

5/5 - Excellent

nancyj

Mar 21, 2020

i love venice and would love the opportunity to travel there a third time!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Venice has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Mr_Noyb

Mar 6, 2020

Beautiful... architecture is gorgeous!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

it was a quiet stay, few tourists were but i enjoyed it. felt like i had venice to myself 

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