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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

Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
4 out of 5
San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto, Venice, VE
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Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps away from Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are also within 10 minutes. Venice ...
4.2/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"This is an amazing hotel. Well worth paying the extra for a canal view. The room was quite small and would love to have had a kettle or coffee in the room, however, the breakfast was wonderful and the staff was awesome. Highly recommend staying here."

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Hotel Rialto
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is NZ$249 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere, Grand Canal, and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. La Fenice Opera House and Ca' Foscari ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,140 reviews)
Great Hotel in Venice
"We spend 4 nights in Venice, nice hotel with friendly staff and very comfortable bed. Next time again , has been great stay."

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

Palazzo Veneziano
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
4 out of 5
Riva Longa, 49, Murano Island, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$235 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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. Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"Perfect! Friendly, welcoming staff, great location - peaceful, but with easy access to Venice and decidedly comfortable beds. Due to COVID restrictions breakfast could be a little slow, but was clear they were adhering to all rules, so felt safe."

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2020

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
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San Marco Palace - All Suites
San Marco Palace - All Suites
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco, Ponte dei Dai 875, Venice, VE
Located in San Marco, this residence is steps away from Correr Civic Museum, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Grand Canal and Doge's Palace are also ...
4/5Very Good! (620 reviews)
"Excellent room and service. Great location. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

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Residenza Bistrot de Venise
Residenza Bistrot de Venise
San Marco 4685 Calle Dei Fabbri, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$116 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in San Marco, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Goldoni, St. Mark's Square and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Basilica and Rialto ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (126 reviews)
Could not be better
"The apartment style hotel is in an amazing location, literally 2 minute walk to St Marks Square and Rialto bridge. The communal area is shared between just 2 rooms and is a great space to unwind and relax, a highlight feature of the residence. The place is very special and highly recommend. There ..."

Reviewed on 25 Aug. 2020

Residenza Bistrot de Venise
Polo's Treasures
Polo's Treasures
Calle del Campaniel, San Polo 1796, Venice, Veneto
The price is NZ$151 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Located in San Polo, this apartment building is steps away from San Cassiano, Grand Canal and Ca' d'Oro Giorgio Franchetti Gallery. Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)
"Place is great comfortable and clean. left my passport book with $400 in it. They call me and everything was there. They accommodate me in every request. I would go back there."

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2019

Polo's Treasures
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8 Feb. 2020

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18 Jan. 2020

Venice is a great experience for a couple of days.

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13 Jan. 2020

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

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4 Jan. 2020

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

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3 Jan. 2020

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

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22 Dec. 2019

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

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