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Holidays in Venice

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Holidays in Venice

It's time to call the boss, declare yourself off duty and acquaint yourself with the delights of Venice!

This area of Venice is populated by about 51,000 locals.

This destination is located 8 miles west of Cavallino-Treporti, and 240 miles north of Rome, the country's capital.

Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica are, of course, the most renowned attractions here.

If you are planning a holiday for the whole family, trips to Gomma Magica and New Jesolandia are guaranteed to put huge smiles on everyone's faces! If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not head along to Adventure Golf and Antiche Terme di Giunone as well?

Ever wanted to find out how your wine starts off as a bunch of grapes and ends up as a delicious drop in your glass? Then consider spending a day at the Venissa Vineyard and the Savian Vini. If you still haven't had your fill, continue your adventure at the Cantina Marco Polo 6811.

Want to up the ante? Take on the roulette dealer at the Casino of Venice or the Casino Vendramin-Calergi. Or, if you're not the betting type, grab a cocktail and simply absorb the shimmering atmosphere! The Ca' Noghera Casino of Venice and the Casino' di Venezia are also ready and waiting!

Walking around the manicured garden beds and plant displays at the Papadopoli Gardens feels like drifting through a magical fairyland.

Remember those laid-back childhood days spent stretched out on the grass watching clouds pass over? Relive those memories at San Giuliano Park and Giardini Pubblici. If you're looking for more options, find a good spot and let a few hours pass lazily by at Giardini della Biennale or Parco delle Rimembranze.

If you're desperate for some peace and quiet, find a spot by the water and savour the picturesque surroundings at Lagune von Venedig.

Is it time to head out into nature for a bit of fresh, clean air? Sit back and relax among the delightful surrounds of San Michele Island and San Francisco del Deserto.

Ca' Rezzonico and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum are perfect places to escape a less-than-perfect day. Take a look at the absorbing exhibits and ask the staff about group tours and other educational opportunities! If you're not short on time, also go to the Academy Gallery and the Palazzo Grassi.

From the design of different ships to the artefacts found onboard, the intriguing displays at the Naval History Museum and the Maritime Station will captivate anyone with an interest in Venice's maritime history.

As every explorer knows, our world is an extraordinary place. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the packed cabinets at the Venetian Museum of Natural History and the Museo dell'Estuario di Torcello.

With a good number of impressive art collections to admire, you might need a friendly push in the right direction. We recommend picking up a coffee and spending some time at the Punta della Dogana or the Fortuny Museum. If you've still got an itch to scratch, also feast your eyes at the Palazzo Querini Stampalia and the Correr Civic Museum.

Calling all history fans! You can discover more about the rich and interesting past of this region at the Ca' Rezzonico Gallery and the Museo del Merletto. For an even deeper look into yesteryear, also plan an excursion to the Negozio Olivetti and the Gallerie dell' Accademia.

Gain a deeper understanding of times gone by when you stop by the Squero di San Trovaso and St Mark's Campanile. Why not try Ca' d'Oro and Forte Bazzera?

Bridge of Sighs and Scalzi Bridge have stood guard over the city's waters for what seems like an age, so the least you can do in return is pay them a visit. They aren't the only longstanding crossings. Guglie Bridge and Bareteri Bridge have also been awaiting your arrival for a long time.

Be awed by the extraordinary architecture and learn about the tumultuous past of Forte Marghera and Forte Poerio, two impressive defensive complexes.

For a small glimpse into the worlds of the rich and famous, stop by Doge's Palace and Palazzo Barbaro. For more of the luxurious life, take in the magnificent architecture at Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and Palazzo Labia.

No matter what you believe in, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Basilica of St Mary of Health and St. Mary of the Friars. Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo and Church of San Giorgio Maggiore are also must-sees for many spiritual devotees.

When you are exploring new cities, it's sometimes the more obscure sites that'll replay in your memories when you get back home. Two good examples here are Academy Bridge and Venetian Ghetto. The National Library of St Mark's and the Ca' della Nave Golf Club also offer a great day out.

Hotels in Venice

It won't take you too long to secure a comfortable hotel in Venice. There are no less than 729 properties presently listed on ebookers' travel guide.

Full-time backpackers and other frugal travellers will find a room rate to suit their budget at the Ca' Lucatello TownHouse and the Ca Maria Adele. Theses accommodations are proof that great service doesn't have to come at a costly price. Although, if you're someone who likes to live in luxury when you're on holiday, The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice or the Bauer Il Palazzo will be more up your alley.

While you're visiting Venice you'll want to experience St. Mark's Basilica. The Baglioni Hotel Luna is just 0.1 miles away and the Sina Centurion Palace is 0.4 miles.

Top Venice attractions

Murano Island

Boat tours are available that will take you out to Murano Island, where you can watch a glass-blowing demonstration at one of the island's many studios.

Burano Island

After visiting Murano Island, continue on to Burano Island; there, you'll be able to see some of Italy's finest handmade lace.

Rialto Market

Foodies will find a stroll through the Rialto Market to be a very cultural experience, as you will see how the locals source their own food.

Torcello Island

If you want to spend some time away from the crowds, have a vaporetto take you to Torcello Island, where the bulk of the island is actually a nature preserve.

The Campanile

Take the elevator to the top of the Campanile, one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. There, you can have a bird's-eye view of the domes on St. Mark's Basilica as well as the piazza.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace, located next to St. Mark's Basilica, is one of Venice's most popular attractions. Make sure to take a walk across the Bridge of Sighs while you're there.

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

Considered to be one of the most impressive art collections in the world, the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim was assembled by American Peggy Guggenheim.

Squero di San Trovaso

This boatyard, which originated in the 17th century, is the perfect photo opportunity and also allows you to see gondoliers behind the scenes.

Carnevale

Carnevale is one of the most important annual events in Venice. The party goes on for 10 days prior to Lent.

Osteria Oliva Nera

Although you really can't go wrong with any restaurant in Venice, Osteria Oliv Nera gives a modern twist to Venetian classics.

St Mark’s Square

Everyone who’s been to this magnificent 9th century piazza—from Napoleon to today’s tourists—has been blown away by its jaw-dropping architecture and carnival atmosphere. Ornate arcades enclose the square on three sides, while St Mark’s basilica dominates the eastern edge. The square backs onto the Venetian lagoon, where transport boats pick passengers up and drop them off under the gaze of the city’s patrons, St Mark and St Theodore. During the day the square is a circus of day-trippers, pigeons and salesmen, so it is best to admire early in the morning or late at night.

St Mark’s Basilica

A throwback to Venice’s Byzantine era, this majestic church is one of the world’s finest. The basilica incorporates a mesh of architectural styles and forms, laid out in a Greek cross but with onion-shaped domes and a Gothic facade. The interior is covered almost in its entirety in elaborate gold and bronze mosaics, while the majestic high altar contains St Mark’s relics. The main area of the church is free to enter, but there are three paid museums—Treasury, Pala d’Oro and Museo de San Marco—that are worth a visit for the vast array of treasures looted during the Crusades.

Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)

The political nerve-centre of Venice for centuries, this palace is now an unmissable stop on any itinerary. The inside is full of grand staircases and important-looking halls, where Venetian art history is laid out in a masterful collection of canvas paintings and sculptures. Tours of the palace also visit the criminal court and adjoining prison, crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, where the condemned were said to take their last look at the sun before heading to the dungeon.

Accademia Gallery

Originally an art school, this gallery museum now contains a remarkable collection of Venetian art dating from the 14th to the 19th century. Standing head and shoulders above the list of household names is Leonardo da Vinci, and his sketches of the Vitruvian Man.

Insider tips for Venice travel

Ride a Gondola

Taking a ride on a gondola is the ultimate Venetian experience, but be sure to ask your gondolier to get off the Grand Canal and take you through the back waters so that you can get a more intimate look at the city.

St. Mark's Square

If you're an early riser, grab a coffee and head out to St. Mark's Square before the crowds get there, and you'll swear you're a local.

Visit a Mask Shop

Plan to visit one of the city's many mask shops, such as La Bottega dei Mascareri; you'll be amazed at the craftsmanship and variety of masks that you simply won't see anywhere else.

Drink a Bellini

The classic Bellini, made from peaches and champagne, is a product of the infamous Harry's bar on Calle Vallaresso. Even if you choose not to imbibe, you'll find yourself in surroundings that have hosted people like Ernest Hemingway and Woody Allen.

Loggia dei Cavalli

The Basilica di San Marco is certainly impressive, but the Loggia dei Cavalli is less crowded, and you are able to get a much more up-close view of the mosaics.

Best time to go on holiday to Venice

Like many destinations, Venice's high tourist season is during the summer months, when the weather is warm but not oppressive, usually topping out at 27°C. The crowds can be daunting, though, and the cost prohibitive. Consider visiting between September and November. Temperatures may fluctuate between 4 and 14°C, but you'll be gifted with thinning crowds and lower rates. The city doesn't miss a beat when the crowds leave, as there are several major festivals that take place in the fall, such as the RegataStorica in September and the Festadella Salute in November. No matter what season you choose to make the journey to Venice, remember to use ebookers to get access to some of the lowest prices available on airfares and hotels.

Venice highlights

Lose Yourself

It might sound like zany travel advice, but losing yourself in Venice’s labyrinth of canals and alleyways is the best way to escape the hordes and find the city’s hidden treasures. You’ll never be too far away from a major landmark and reference point, and you can’t stray too far anyway because you’re on an island. So put the map away, pick a direction, and walk—it’s probably the thing you’ll talk about most when you get back.

View Venice from Above

Take the lift to the top of Venice’s tallest building, the campanile (bell tower) on St Mark’s square. Just barely shy of 100 metres, the viewing platform has an unbeatable panorama of red roofs, winding canals, and the surrounding lagoon. The tower was built in the 16th century, and then rebuilt brick-for-brick in the early 20th century after it collapsed, mercifully causing little damage to the square. In an effort to avoid a repeat of history, today’s tower is still undergoing sporadic restoration work, so sometimes access to the top is limited.

Cruise the Grand Canal

Some of Venice’s most lavish façades can be found along the main waterway, which is nearly always full of boats carrying people in and out of the city. Vaporettos—water buses—run up and down the canal, providing the nearest equivalent to a city bus tour to introduce you to your surrounds. Keep an eye out for the resplendent Ca’ d’Oro (Gold House), the supposedly cursed Ca’ Dario, and the Palazzo Pisani, which James Bond dramatically helped destroy during the finale of the film Casino Royale.

Relax on a Lido Beach

To experience an altogether different side of the city, jump on a waterboat and cross the lagoon to the island of Lido, Venice’s primary beach spot. Around a dozen kilometres of sandy shores draw the tanning crowds in the summer, especially on the side facing the impossibly blue Adriatic Sea. The most popular option for visitors is to hire a beach hut, which offer great places to shelter but tend to be booked up early.

How to move around in Venice

When to Visit

The constant stream of tourists shows that Venice doesn’t really have an off season. But it does have a clear change in seasons, with hot, humid summers and sometimes bitter winters.

The rainfall is highest during winter, and the rising tide of water sometimes leads to extensive flooding. While this can be a novelty—those ornate buildings look just as good reflected on the floor—it also means you should check the weather forecast in advance, and think about bringing a pair of wellington boots.

If you want to see the elaborate masks of carnival, time your visit to coincide with the two weeks before Lent begins. Be aware that prices at this time, and during the Venice film festival, will be higher than usual.

Arrival

Marco Polo is the nearest airport, at a little over 10 kilometres from the centre of the city. However, some airlines use the San Giuseppe airport, which is around an hour away by road. Frequent, comfortable buses connect both terminals with the island.

Getting Around

Aside from walking, the only way to get around Venice is by boat. Private gondolas are a popular tourist activity, though the prices can be extortionate, especially if you want someone to do the punting.

Vaporettos (water buses) are the most convenient way to traverse the city, though they are by no means cheap at around £5 for a single journey. There are a handful of boats that run through the night, in case you don’t fancy the walk back to your hotel in the dark.

Obviously, with no roads to speak of in the city itself, having your own wheels is unnecessary if you plan to stay put. However, if you have a bit more time and want to explore the mainland region—perhaps to visit Juliet’s balcony in ‘fair’ Verona—consider a cheap car hire in Venice.

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Royal San Marco Hotel

Royal San Marco Hotel

San Marco 848, Venice
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    3.2 out of 5 (10 reviews)

    Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps away from St Mark's Campanile, St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square.

    Royal San Marco Hotel£85

    Royal San Marco Hotel£85
    Colombina Hotel

    Colombina Hotel

    Castello, Calle Del Remedio 4416, Venice
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.1 out of 5 (48 reviews)

      Located in San Marco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Mark's Basilica, St Mark's Campanile and St. Mark's Square. Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace ...

      Colombina Hotel£99

      Colombina Hotel£99
      Belle Arti Hotel

      Belle Arti Hotel

      Rio Terrà Foscarini, 912/A, Venice
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        2.8 out of 5 (5 reviews)

        Located in Dorsoduro, this romantic hotel is steps away from Squero di San Trovaso and Academy Gallery.

        Belle Arti Hotel£53

        Belle Arti Hotel£53
        Hotel Palladio

        Hotel Palladio

        Via Malcontenta 40, Mestre
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          3.6 out of 5 (12 reviews)

          Situated in Mestre, this hotel is close to Porto Marghera. Area attractions also include Ca' Rezzonico and St. Mary of the Friars.

          Hotel Palladio£35

          Hotel Palladio£35
          Bellini

          Bellini

          Lista di Spagna, 116/A, Venice
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            3.9 out of 5 (23 reviews)

            Located in Cannaregio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and St. Mary of the Friars. Rialto Bridge and Ca' d'Oro are also within 1 mile (2 ...

            Bellini£87

            Bellini£87
            Hotel Saturnia & International

            Hotel Saturnia & International

            San Marco 2398 - Via XXII Marzo, Venice
              4.5 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.2 out of 5 (8 reviews)

              Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square. St. Mark's Basilica and St Mark's Campanile are also ...

              Hotel Saturnia & International£132

              Hotel Saturnia & International£132
              LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel

              LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel

              Riva Longa, 49, Venice
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                4.9 out of 5 (11 reviews)

                Located in the city centre of Venice, this luxury hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of Cometa di Vetro, Church of San Pietro Martire and ...

                LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel£65

                LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel£65
                AO Hotel Venezia Mestre

                AO Hotel Venezia Mestre

                Via Ca‘ Marcello 19, Mestre
                   
                   
                  3.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

                  Situated on the waterfront, this property is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Porto Marghera and 2 mi (3.3 km) from San Giuliano Park. St. Mary of the Friars and Forte Bazzera ...

                  AO Hotel Venezia Mestre£45

                  AO Hotel Venezia Mestre£45
                  Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione

                  Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione

                  San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice
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                    4.5 out of 5 (33 reviews)

                    Located in San Marco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Salvador Church, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica. St Mark's Campanile and St. ...

                    Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione£182

                    Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione£182
                    Hotel Canal

                    Hotel Canal

                    Sestiere Santa Croce 553, Venice
                      3.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      3.4 out of 5 (18 reviews)

                      Located in Santa Croce, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and St. Mary of the Friars. Rialto Bridge and Ca' Rezzonico are also within 1 mile ...

                      Hotel Canal£46

                      Hotel Canal£46
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