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Venice
Travel Guide

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.

Venice Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Venice

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
5 out of 5
The price is HK$3,368 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar

This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Riva degli Schiavoni, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace. St. Mark's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (957 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 6 Nov 2020

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is HK$968 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere, Grand Canal, and Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,249 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 8 Oct 2020

Palazzo Veneziano
H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$850 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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! (235 reviews)
reat hotel

"Excellent location. Friendly staff. Very clean and comfortable. Enjoyed our stay and will definitely return to this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

H10 Palazzo Canova
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.
San Marco Palace - All Suites
San Marco Palace - All Suites
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,035 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

Located in San Marco, this residence is steps away from Correr Civic Museum, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Grand Canal and Doge's Palace are also ...

4/5Very Good! (620 reviews)

"Excellent room and service. Great location. Would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

San Marco Palace - All Suites
Residence Corte Grimani
Residence Corte Grimani

Located in San Marco, this residence is steps away from Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Correr Civic Museum and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Basilica and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (395 reviews)

"A fantastic location and we loved the suite with a great view of the canals! I hope the recent flooding didn't cause too much damage and I hope they're up and running again! All the staff at the front desk was very helpful and the hotel is only a short (5min) walk to the grand canal and the water ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019

Residence Corte Grimani
Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5

Located in Marghera, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Porto Marghera, Ferretto Square and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Villa Salus Hospital and Auchan ...

3.8/5Good! (1,842 reviews)

"It was in easy reach of Venice and the site was clean and well organised."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Jolly Camping In Town
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.

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