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One of those rare places where time appears to have stood still. Renowned for charming lovers and inspiring artists, all visitors will appreciate its splendour.

Those who have visited this corner of north-eastern Italy tend to sprinkle adjectives into their tales of the Floating City. With so many sights and sounds to behold, the island captivates your senses from the very moment your feet touch the famous streets.

Marvel at jaw-dropping architecture and bask in some of the masterpieces found in the city's wealth of museums and galleries. Quaint boulevards teeming with souvenir shops form a collector’s paradise, and after sipping on some of the best coffee in the country, make your way over arched bridges and through tiny alleyways to explore the city on foot.

You’ll learn to love the absence of road traffic and be soothed by the water lapping in the canals below. You may find yourself transfixed as you watch gondolas and vaporettos (water buses) ferrying passengers over the calm waters. Hop on one of these to take in some of the island’s most iconic buildings, such as the Gothic-inspired palace Ca' d'Oro and the Basilica of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute).

The grandRialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is a world-famous landmark, but nothing beats gliding beneath it in a gondola. To explore further afield, hop on a ferry to the irresistible islands of Murano and Burano. These islands offer a tranquil day retreat and are renowned for the lace and glass produced by talented artisans.

Venetians are passionate about their food, and freshly cooked Italian cuisine accompanied by excellent wine, are always best savoured on the restaurant terraces. For classical local dishes, head to one of the traditional osterias (bars that also serve food).

The perfect spot to begin your love affair with Venice is St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), which is where you’ll find two of Venice's most stunning buildings: St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), featuring opulent golden mosaics and elaborate domes inspired by the Byzantine era, and the imposing Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

The best time to visit Venice is during spring or autumn—the city gets crowded in summer as temperatures soar. But visitors flock to the city all year round for its innumerable attractions, which provide one of the most romantic backdrops in the world, come rain or shine.

Where to stay in Venice

San Marco, Venice, Veneto, Italy

San Marco

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,050 area reviews)

San Marco is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square.

San Marco
Venetian Ghetto which includes boating, a coastal town and heritage architecture

Cannaregio

4.5/5Wonderful!(577 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Cannaregio is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Grand Canal and Venetian Ghetto.

Cannaregio
Castello which includes heritage architecture and a river or creek

Castello

4.5/5Wonderful!(409 area reviews)

Castello is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Giardini della Biennale and Venetian Arsenal, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Venice.

Castello
Dorsoduro which includes a bridge and a river or creek

Dorsoduro

4.5/5Wonderful!(297 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 harbour

San Polo

4.5/5Wonderful!(146 area reviews)

San Polo is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Grand Canal and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari while you're in town.

San Polo
Santa Croce, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Santa Croce

4.5/5Wonderful!(210 area reviews)

Santa Croce is known for its charming cafes, 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
H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs13,670 per night

Located in San Polo, this luxury hotel is steps away from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (202 reviews)

"Visited just after the lockdown. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel has recently been renovated and room was in excellent condition. Centrally located canal side near the Rialto Bridge. The only slight negative was the roof top bar was closing early at 10pm."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

H10 Palazzo Canova
Hotel Saturnia & International
Hotel Saturnia & International
4.5 out of 5
San Marco 2398 - Via XXII Marzo, Venice, VE
The price is Rs11,096 per night

Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps away from Santa Maria del Giglio, La Fenice Opera House and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)

"This is my second stay at the Saturnia. Great location, accommodating staff, and the food at the restaurant(although expensive) is quite good."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Hotel Saturnia & International
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
5 out of 5
Isola Della Giudecca 810, Venice, VE
The price is Rs15,517 per night

Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Canal, Casa dei Tre Oci and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and San ...

4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Excellent in every aspect. Amazing food and views. Rooms are elegant and the staff is great. The only bad thing is information. There is no information for transportation using train. If you come from train and dont want to spend a ridiculous amount of Euros for a water taxi take Ferrova C boat 4.1 ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Popular places to visit in Venice

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

4.5/5(1,265 reviews)

The beating heart of the city where you’ll find some of its most famous sights, its best cafes, and enjoy the true charm of Venice.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(1,134 reviews)

Take a gondola ride along Venice’s beautiful canal and see the city and its magnificent sights in all their glory.

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(1,260 reviews)

Cross the romantic old bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic and world-famous sights, now packed with souvenirs and street entertainers.

Port of Venice
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Port of Venice

4/5(425 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(1,116 reviews)

An exquisite Byzantine cathedral and one of the most striking of all Venice’s great attractions with a story as old as the city itself.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(832 reviews)

The home of the Venetian ruling elite for hundreds of years, an enduring monument to the city’s power and stature.

Reviews of Venice

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Top Destination

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Sarita

21 May 2020

Venice is a very beautiful city, best place to do for a baecation

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Verified traveller

26 Apr 2020

Please put your customers first during a global crisis where the cancellation was not the customers fault. It’s disheartening and I would have expected a better service and options. Thank you.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Apr 2020

we love venice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

I will be going back for sure!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

It was excellent. Venice doesn't have to be expensive if you eat where the Venetians eat. Many places were closed or restricted but it was really easy to get around, as Corona virus kept many tourists away.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

Love Venice we were the last tourist from the Uk Before lockdown so most places were closed will return again to finish our tour fantastic city