Venice

Travel Guide
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Its gondolas and golden spires have been seducing visitors for centuries. Fall in love with Venice and you’ll be faithful for life.

The Floating City is one of the most visited, most photographed and most romantic destinations in the world, thanks to its rich architectural heritage, timeless beauty and shameless attachment to the good things in life.

Venice is an easy city to explore on foot thanks to its dense network of cobblestone streets winding amongst its trademark canals. Stroll across ancient bridges, dive down narrow alleyways and wander through picturesque piazzas – it seems there’s something to surprise and delight around every corner.

St Mark’s Square is where many visitors choose to start their voyage of exploration. This world-famous attraction can get very crowded, especially in the summer months, but there’s no better place to get a first taste of the splendours of Venetian architecture, such as the glorious gold and marble of St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) and the richly decorated dome of the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

From the piazza, head to the Grand Canal for a boat ride along one of the most breathtakingly beautiful stretches of water in the world. For speed and convenience, take the vaporetto (water bus) to access most of the principal sights, or enjoy a more traditional view of the canal from the prow of a romantic gondola. Either way you can catch a glimpse of the Basilica of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) as you glide beneath the ancient arches of the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto).

The vaporetto is a great way to reach other attractions such as the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracolo, a 15th-century church built on an ancient pilgrimage site, or take a day trip to the glass-blowers’ island of Murano or the lace museum on Burano.

As the sun goes down and the pace of the day dwindles, head for a traditional osteria (a bar that serves food) or a shady restaurant terrace to sample some delicious Italian food and wine and listen to the street musicians singing their love songs into the night.

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Where to stay in Venice

Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is NZ$230 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Bridge of Sighs and Giardini della Biennale are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (947 reviews)
"The hotel was amazing! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a comfortable and luxurious stay. The rooms were excellent, very clean, modern and well maintained. The staff are incredibly friendly, always on hand to help with any questions and knowledgeable about the local area. The area itself ..."

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Palazzo Veneziano
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$285 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Venice City Center, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and Bridge of Sighs. Peggy Guggenheim Museum is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (949 reviews)
"The staff could be a little more pro active in giving advice on how best to get around Venice"

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2021

Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo
5 out of 5
San Marco 1459, Venice, VE
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$474 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Venice City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and Bridge of Sighs. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Giardini della Biennale ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (951 reviews)
"Amazing Property - Centrally Located - Super Clean - Very Helpful and Knowledgeable Staff - Great Service - Amazing Rooftop - All Around Highly Recommend. Rooms are a bit on the older side FYI."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Bauer Palazzo
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Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is NZ$52 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Marghera, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Porto Marghera, Ferretto Square and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Auchan and Villa Salus Hospital ...
3.8/5Good! (1,841 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
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Via Ca' Marcello 8L, Mestre, Venice
The price is NZ$127 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Situated in Mestre, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Port of Venice, Piazzale Roma and Bridge of Sighs. St. Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (338 reviews)
"Excellent room, very clean and modern, the reception personal was very helpful"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Palazzo Schiavoni Suite-Apartments
Palazzo Schiavoni Suite-Apartments
Fondamenta dei Furlani 3288, Castello, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$225 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Castello, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. St Mark's Campanile and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (100 reviews)
Magical apartment tucked away in Venice
"Wonderful stay. Quiet area of Venice. Beautifully appointed apartment. Wonderfully fitted kitchen that has all you need for the odd night in when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Venice. Strongly recommend this hotel to both couples and families alike"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Palazzo Schiavoni Suite-Apartments
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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