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Venice
Travel Guide

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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.

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

Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is $110 per night from May 10 to May 10
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! (1,127 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
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
5 out of 5
Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196, Venice, VE
The price is $608 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Riva degli Schiavoni, Bridge of Sighs, and Doge's Palace. St. Mark's Basilica ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (956 reviews)
Finally made it.
"Amazing location worth trying once just to see all the art that is in this place. Great service and food as well. A bit slow during covid closure but still a great experience."

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 166, Venice, VE
The price is $98 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Cannaregio, this hotel is steps from Palazzo Labia and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Venetian Ghetto are also within 10 minutes. Venice (XVQ-Santa ...
4/5Very Good! (365 reviews)
"Good place to stay. Very clean. Close to everything."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
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 $74 per night from May 10 to May 10
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! (290 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 $87 per night from May 14 to May 14
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! (359 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. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Alles bestens"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

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.

Getting around Venice

The streets of Venice’s central areas are all pedestrianized, and you will mostly be getting around on foot. Everything is walkable, although to get to some parts of the city you will need to take a vaporetto (waterbus). Alternatively, treat yourself to a ride in a water taxi. Gondola rides are very popular, but they are more of a novelty than a practical means of getting from place to place. Visit the Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano website.Browse Venice rental cars.

Best time to visit

Venice is one of the world’s best-known tourist destinations, so it's no surprise that its narrow streets get absolutely packed with tourists in the peak season, which runs throughout summer. To see the city with fewer crowds, visit between September and November. Note that the weather will often be chilly, with November temperatures sometimes in the high 30s F (5-10 C). Make sure you bring a coat.

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Reviews of Venice

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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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