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VeniceItaly

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

San Marco featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek

San Marco

4.5/5Wonderful!(162 area reviews)

San Marco
Dorsoduro featuring a bridge and a river or creek

Dorsoduro

5/5Exceptional!(30 area reviews)

Dorsoduro
San Polo showing a bay or harbour and heritage architecture

San Polo

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

San Polo

Top hotels in Venice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Carnival Palace Hotel
Carnival Palace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta di Cannaregio, 929, Venice, VE
NZ$205
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Located in Cannaregio, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Venetian Ghetto and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Port of Venice are also within 1 mile ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,041 reviews)

"Very friendly staff and location was within walking distance to the train station but very quiet. Hotel was very lovely with nice breakfast buffet that included lots of variety. The area around the back of the hotel is great for picnics and peaceful walks. We really enjoyed staying here. We had the ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Carnival Palace Hotel
Hotel Ala (Adults Recom'd)
Hotel Ala (Adults Recom'd)
3.5 out of 5
San Marco 2494, Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, VE
NZ$203
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps away from Santa Maria del Giglio and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and Basilica of St Mary of Health are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,923 reviews)

"Service was great comfy beds. Bartender Rey was fun"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Hotel Ala (Adults Recom'd)
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
4 out of 5
Riva Longa, 49, Murano Island, Venice, VE
NZ$221
per night
6 Apr. - 7 Apr.

Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of San Pietro Martire and Cometa di Vetro. Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,740 reviews)

"We had a great stay here. My husband , 8 year old daughter and I spent three nights in February. Murano is beautiful and peaceful - plenty of restaurants and it is engaging, with its beautiful glass craft. We were transferred free of charge from the airport to the hotel by boat. The Hyatt also provided ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

Popular activities in Venice

St. Mark's Square
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St. Mark's Square

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Surround yourself in Venetian splendour as you soak up the heady atmosphere of the city’s social and cultural hub.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(135 reviews)

The Grand Canal is Venice’s crowning glory, so flag down a gondola and get ready for one of the most beautiful boat trips in the world.

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(179 reviews)

The oldest bridge in Venice has become one of its most popular modern-day tourist attractions.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(104 reviews)

The walls of this grand palace are steeped in the history of Venice’s powerful and wealthy ruling classes.

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

4.5/5(160 reviews)

The jewel in Venice’s crown is known as the “Church of Gold” for its gilded spires that tower over St Mark’s Square.

Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Arching high over the water, linking a palace with a prison, is a spectacular bridge steeped in local legends.  

Top activities in Venice

Hard Rock Cafe Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Dining with Priority Seating

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$47
Per adult
The Lagoon Tour: Murano & Burano Islands
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The Lagoon Tour: Murano & Burano Islands

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$36
Per adult
Venice Night Photo Tour with a professional photographer
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Venice Night Photo Tour with a professional photographer

NZ$144
Per adult

Reviews of Venice

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.05882352941177%
4 - Good
93
4 - Good 27.352941176470587%
3 - Okay
19
3 - Okay 5.588235294117647%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Cat

8 Feb. 2020

A must-see city!

5/5 - Excellent

Traveller

18 Jan. 2020

Venice is a great experience for a couple of days.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Jan. 2020

Beautiful city, Canal, bridges, laneways and surrounding islands (Burano was our favourite). Probably our favourite European trip destination!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 2020

Loved Venice, it was our favourite place on our travels in Italy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan. 2020

Been to Venice twice, both between Christmas and New Year. Way less tourists during this period. No flooding issues.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Dec. 2019

Beautiful place to visit. We were lucky with the weather which made it even better.

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