Venice

Travel Guide
Academy Bridge showing a coastal town, a river or creek and heritage architecture

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

CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 166, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$120 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Cannaregio, this hotel is steps away from Palazzo Labia and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Port of Venice are also within 1 mile (2 km). Venice (XVQ-Santa ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (437 reviews)
"Good hotel"

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2021

CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
4 out of 5
San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$133 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Located in Venice City Center, this hotel is steps away from Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Amazing service and location!"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Hotel Rialto
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is NZ$182 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and Piazzale Roma are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"A very beautiful hotel, in a very beautiful city area, with the most friendly and helpful stuff!"

Reviewed on 18 Dec. 2021

Palazzo Veneziano
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Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
Castello 5280 - Calle Casseleria, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$154 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Castello, this residence is steps away from Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great Hotel
"The hotel is not easy to find but it is worthy of the trouble. Room is large and wonderful."

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2018

Ca' Dell'Arte Suite
Marea Le Ville del Lido Resort
Marea Le Ville del Lido Resort
Via Bragadin, 38, Lido di Venice, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$194 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
This family-friendly Venice residence is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Lido of Venice Beaches and Venice Convention Center. St. Mark's Square ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (491 reviews)
"On the Lido, so it is far from the horrible crowds that afflict large parts of Venice, but still an easy waterbus ride to everywhere. Green and quiet."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2019

Marea Le Ville del Lido Resort
San Marco Suite Canal View
San Marco Suite Canal View
Calle delle Acque 5007, Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia
Located in Venice City Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. St. Mark's Basilica and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
A Real Gem
"The apartment is amazing large for Venice with each room having an canal view. The location is very central, just a few meters from the Rialto vaporetto to stop. I would definitely recommend this property."

Reviewed on 27 Sep. 2021

San Marco Suite Canal View
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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