Venice

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To describe Venice as a unique city would be unjust. It has more canals than roads, and pigeons than Trafalgar Square, and a winged lion as a mascot. It is also bursting with beauty, romance and history; probably more so than anywhere in Italy, and that's saying something.

The most unique thing about Venice its composition; the city is the sum of 118 small islands set on a marshy lagoon in Northeast Italy. There aren’t any roads, in the traditional sense; instead travelling around the city is made possible by canals and bridges. The only ways to get around are on foot, by water taxis, gondola ferries, and pricey gondolas, mostly only frequented by tourists.

From a water taxi trip along the canals you’ll see palaces dating back centuries. Including the 9th-century Doge's Palace, once the centre of the Venetian Republic’s government and the official residence of Venetian ruler Doge. It is now one of Venice’s most famous museums. The Palace’s interior is as stunning as its ornate exterior.

Dotted throughout the city you’ll see lots of churches. Next to the Doge's Palace, you’ll find the most visited and renowned, the stunning Byzantine Cathedral Basilica of St Mark. This church has been built three times, the first, in the 9th –century, prior to its destruction by fire in 978. It was consecrated in the 17th-century. There are many striking features at the church, including Romanesque carvings, intricate mosaics, Greek Horses of St Mark, and the winged lion, the city’s symbol.

Both landmarks sit on the St Mark's Square (Piazza de San Marco), one of the city’s main public squares. Here you’ll find throngs of tourists feeding the many pigeons that are guaranteed a feast. There are lots of cafes and shops in and around the square, although they can be pricier than those off the main tourist trail.

San Rocco Church (Scuola of St Rocco), known as the Sistine Chapel of Venice, is another superb place of interest. Take in Tintoretto’s breath-taking ceiling paintings and remarkable wooden carvings. Go early to beat the crowds and take a guide to learn more about its history.

When in Venice, you must experience a journey on the Grand Canal connecting the city’s many islands. It is a great way to see the best of the city and see how it is like to live on water.

Naturally, Venice has many bridges for getting around. The 17th-century Bridge of Sighs is legendary. Sitting over the Rio di Palazzo, this beautiful white limestone bridge connects the New Prison to Doge’s Palace, where prisoners were lead for interrogation, sighing as they had their last look at Venice. Legend has it that if you share a kiss at sunset, when passing underneath on a gondola, you will be granted eternal love!

Explore Venice on foot, away from the tourist trail, and you will navigate through picturesque narrow streets and alleyways, discovering hidden gems and charming squares along the way.

To describe Venice as a unique city would be unjust. It has more canals than roads, and pigeons than Trafalgar Square, and a winged lion as a mascot. It is also bursting with beauty, romance and history probably more so than anywhere in Italy,and that's saying something.

The most unique thing about Venice its composition the city is the sum of 118 small islands set on a marshy lagoon in Northeast Italy.  There aren’t any roads, in the traditional sense instead travelling around the city is made possible by canals and bridges.  The only ways to get around are on foot, by water taxis, gondola ferries, and pricey gondolas, mostly only frequented by tourists. 

From a water taxi trip along the canals you’ll see palaces dating back centuries.  Including the 9th-century Doge's Palace, once the centre of the Venetian Republic’s government and the official residence of Venetian ruler Doge. It is now one of Venice’s most famous museums.  The Palace’s interior is as stunning as its ornate exterior.

Dotted throughout the city you’ll see lots of churches. Next to the Doge's Palace, you’ll find the most visited and renowned, the stunning Byzantine Cathedral Basilica of St Mark. This church has been built three times, the first, in the 9th –century, prior to its destruction by fire in 978.  It was consecrated in the 17th-century.  There are many striking features at the church, including Romanesque carvings, intricate mosaics, Greek Horses of St Mark, and the winged lion, the city’s symbol.

Both landmarks sit on the St Mark's Square (Piazza de San Marco), one of the city’s main public squares.  Here you’ll find throngs of tourists feeding the many pigeons that are guaranteed a feast.  There are lots of cafes and shops in and around the square, although they can be pricier than those off the main tourist trail.

San Rocco Church (Scuola of St Rocco), known as the Sistine Chapel of Venice, is another superb place of interest.  Take in Tintoretto’s breath-taking ceiling paintings and remarkable wooden carvings.  Go early to beat the crowds and take a guide to learn more about its history.
 
When in Venice, you must experience a journey on the Grand Canal connecting the city’s many islands. It is a great way to see the best of the city and see how it is like to live on water. 

Naturally, Venice has many bridges for getting around.  The  17th-century Bridge of Sighs is legendary.  Sitting over the Rio di Palazzo, this beautiful white limestone bridge connects the New Prison to Doge’s Palace, where prisoners were lead for interrogation, sighing as they had their last look at Venice.  Legend has it that if you share a kiss  at sunset, when passing underneath on  a gondola, you will be granted eternal love!

Explore Venice on foot, away from the tourist trail, and you will navigate through picturesque narrow streets and alleyways, discovering hidden gems and charming squares along the way.

BELSTAY VENEZIA MESTRE
BELSTAY VENEZIA MESTRE
4 out of 5
Rotonda Romea 1, Mestre, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, 30175
The price is £73 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mestre. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Port of Venice and Piazzale Roma ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"Gianmarco was soooo much help"

Reviewed on 29 May 2022

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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 £155 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (951 reviews)
"Great location. Easy access to Saint Mark square!!!"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
4 out of 5
Riva Longa, 49, Murano Island, Venice, VE, 30141
Fully refundable
The price is £153 per night from 26 Jul to 27 Jul
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the property condition in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Party of 2. Hotel shuttle arrived on time . At the water transport dock there is nothing to indicate pier 1. Signs start at pier 2. Which leaves you guess in which direction to procede .hotel staff helpful and efficient . Dark corridors ."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
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Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Via Ca' Marcello 8L, Mestre, Venice, 30172
The price is £88 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Mestre. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (368 reviews)
"Exelent"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
San Marco Palace
San Marco Palace
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco, Ponte dei Dai 875, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is £160 per night from 20 Jul to 21 Jul
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! (628 reviews)
"Our suite was excellent! Our building # was 197 and our suite was on the second floor. It had a lift. The place was very clean and spacious. The large living room was above the street but there was no street noise in the bedroom. Almost on St. Mark's Square, the location was fantastic. Sabrina at ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022

San Marco Palace
Torre dell'Orologio Suites
Torre dell'Orologio Suites
4 out of 5
San Marco, 202/A, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is £154 per night from 20 Jul to 21 Jul
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly residence in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (270 reviews)
"The place is very nice, a little hard to find it but once you find it, all is worth it. City is very nice. The evenings are amazing The only thing I regretted is not stay a few more days. I could stay at least a week here!!"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Torre dell'Orologio Suites
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