Our hotels in Venice are located within all districts of ‘the city of water’; San Marco, Rialto or Santa Croce, the choice is yours! The central landmark is the piazza San Marco. Walk around this beautiful piazza and you will see amazing architecture such as the Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, St Mark’s Clock tower and the Grand Canal. Bask in the glory of the Basilica di San Marco, Venice’s Cathedral since 1807... although construction first began in 828. See the magnificence of its interior and façade which over many centuries has been embellished by the Venetians with precious objects and works of art.
Step outside your Venice hotel and take a vaporetti (water taxi) along the canals and around the islands, where you’ll see that the beauty of Venice is defined from the water. Visit the world famous glassmaking workshops on the islands of Murano. Observe traditional glassmaking methods at local workshops and call in on the Glass Museum which is housed in the Palazzo Giustinian. Take a gondola - the symbol of Venice - at sunset and be serenaded along the hidden canals, listening to traditional Venetian music.
For lovers of contemporary art, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. The collection holds works by some of the greatest 20th century artists such as Picasso, Dali and Miro and holds major works of Cubism, Surrealism and avant-garde sculpture. Lastly, but not least, make sure that you walk over the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal, and walk off course to find the back streets of Venice... explore to your heart’s content!
With so much see and explore, by boat and by walking, make sure that you give yourself enough time to see and experience all the delights that Venice and our hotels in Venice have to offer.Image Attribution: ppz under Creative Commons
Even if you haven't visited Venice, you've probably already seen images of its classic highlights: gondolas on the Grand Canal, the gothic Doge's Palace, and the pigeons on St Marks Square. You can rest assured that the reality of these places is every bit as majestic as the postcard pictures make them out to be.
More than just a series of famous snapshots, however, Venice is a mesmerizing, mysterious city laced with hints of melancholy. Once a major maritime power, Venice continues to survive largely because of the tourist trade, with the number of actual residents dwindling year after year. Ever-increasing flooding wreaks havoc on architecture, while the summer's heat can make the city feel almost swamp-like. Decadent palaces stand next to decaying houses, glorious restoration next to gloomy ruin, making the city nothing short of a floating museum - but in many ways this is also its barrier to modernization.
Mix of contrasts
This profound mix of contrasts makes Venice a fascinating destination. As it struggles to find a balance between preserving the rich cultural heritage on which it depends and carving out an identity as a still-living city in the 21st century, Venice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The reputations of the signature tourist 'musts' are well-deserved, but the discoveries you make by getting lost in Venice's winding streets and canals are equally rewarding. Exploring your extraordinary surroundings is sure to make you sigh in disbelief. One of Venice's most famous bridges, in fact - just one of over 400 bridges connecting Venice's islands - is called the Bridge of Sighs.
Even the light in Venice is different; the reflection off the water has provided inspiration for many artists. The Accademia Gallery holds several Venetian masterpieces, and you'll notice the play of light in many of its painting. The unusual light is far from being the city's only special quality. Visit during Carnevale and you'll see a glamour you thought no longer existed. Also well worth a visit is Venice Biennale, Europe's classiest international forum for contemporary art.
Cars aren't allowed in Venice, so you'll get to know the city by walking or riding vaporetti (public water buses - an alternative to the more expensive water taxis or gondolas, although it's worth splashing for a romantic evening out). Venice is notoriously crowded (and expensive), but people come for good reason. There is no other city like it in the world - its culture and canals, basilicas and bridges continue to leave visitors marveling. Despite its uncertain future, Venice hasn't lost its magic. Hide