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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.

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
The price is £163 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

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! (207 reviews)

"Lovely property in a great location just next to lots of shops and restaurants at the Rialto bridge. Hôtel staff very friendly and the hotel is very clean and glam."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 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 £134 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

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! (964 reviews)

"Great locations, 2 mins walk from San Marco's square! Very friendly and helpful staff, also got a nice upgrade thanks to my Expedia Gold status. Just a bit weird I had to pay the entrance to the gym."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 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 £165 per night from 21 Sep to 22 Sep

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! (959 reviews)

"What an amazing awesome hotel - once you navigate how to get to the hotel, it’s great."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 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)

Experience the timeless charm of Venice’s glorious heart, home to the city’s most famous cultural icons, many cafés ... and several thousand pigeons.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(1,134 reviews)

Venice’s famous canal winds through the city and brings you to nearly all of its world-famous attractions. Hop in a gondola or vaporetto to take it all in!

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(1,260 reviews)

Take a stroll across Venice’s oldest and most iconic bridge for romantic views, souvenir shopping and street entertainment.

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 fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries.

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

4.5/5(1,116 reviews)

Gilded mosaics, a jewel-encrusted screen and magnificent Byzantine architecture make this cathedral one of the most stunning attractions in Venice.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(832 reviews)

This grand building was home to Venice’s rulers for centuries and is still a statement of wealth and power.

Top things to do in Venice

Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

£14
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour
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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour

£72
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Venice Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Venice Dining with Priority Seating

£23
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride
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Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride

£19
Per adult
Venice full-day tour from Lake Garda
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Venice full-day tour from Lake Garda

£69
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
I Musici Veneziani Concert: Baroque and Opera
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I Musici Veneziani Concert: Baroque and Opera

£26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Venice

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Sarita

21 May 2020

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

1/5 - Terrible

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

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