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.

Where to stay in Venice

Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco 1107, Calle del Cavalletto, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $183 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4/5 Very Good! (953 reviews)
"Location is convenient once you get to know the area."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
4.5 out of 5
San Marco. Corte dell'Albero 3878/A, Venice, VE, 30124
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The price is $290 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"Room beautiful Didn’t get the vip benefits Perfect location Would come again"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice, 30123
The price is $237 per night from May 29 to May 30
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"In almost all regards this is an excellent hotel, helpful staff, great location lovely service, breakfast and clean. However two out of the 4 nights of our stay (friday and Saturday) we're wrecked by incredibly loud music and screaming/shouting from the bar next door, unti 3am! I complained to the ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Palazzo Veneziano
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Camping Fusina
Camping Fusina
3 out of 5
Via Moranzani, 93, Fusina, Mestre, 30176
The price is $42 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star campground in Mestre. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (187 reviews)
"It was amazing stay, I would like to come here again and spend more time. The sea view was amazing, the people were very gentle and cute."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Camping Fusina
San Marco Palace
San Marco Palace
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco, Ponte dei Dai 875, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $195 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4/5 Very Good! (626 reviews)
"Great location! Very good hotel!"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

San Marco Palace
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Via Ca' Marcello 8L, Mestre, Venice, 30172
The price is $85 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Mestre. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (358 reviews)
"Very clean and tidy. Excellent staff. Road noise audible even from the 9th floor."

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
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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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