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
CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 166, Venice, VE, 30121
The price is NZ$279 per night from 28 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (546 reviews)
"Great location, great facilities, the only issue was the AC. The hotel overrides the settings and our room was really warm which made it hard to sleep. We contacted the front desk and said our air filter was dirty and needed to be cleaned. They didn’t clean it though and said they weren’t sure when ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2022

CHC Continental, BW Premier Collection
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE, 30124
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The price is NZ$376 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (992 reviews)
"Renovated interior. Everything worked well, especially the air conditioning. The restaurant serves a very nice upscale dinner with friendly staff, most of whom speak English. Unbelievably close to St Mark’s square. The hotel dock is handy for train/airport transfers by boat since otherwise you carry ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2022

Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
4.5 out of 5
San Marco. Corte dell'Albero 3878/A, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is NZ$484 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
"Very nice property. Modern inside. Junior suite is what I had reserved. Very good location. One of my next hotels during my recent Italy trip."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Venezia Palazzo Barocci
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.
San Marco Palace
San Marco Palace
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco, Ponte dei Dai 875, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is NZ$266 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4/5 Very Good! (643 reviews)
"Clean, conveninent and comfortable."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

San Marco Palace
Residence Corte Grimani
Residence Corte Grimani
Corte Grimani, S. Marco 4402, (Vicino al Bacino Orseolo), Venice, VE, 30124
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (424 reviews)
"The property is very well situated in the heart of everything. Very spacious room and well equipped for ever need. The property is great but what makes the place is Mrs Vanessa at the front desk. She is lovely, funny, professional and extremely helpful with directions, things to do, where to eat, ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Residence Corte Grimani
Torre dell'Orologio Suites
Torre dell'Orologio Suites
4 out of 5
San Marco, 202/A, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is NZ$274 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly residence in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (280 reviews)
"Very close to Duomo, shopping and train station. The staff is very friendly and kind! Breakfast had good choices and excellent service. I will not mind going back there if I go back to Florence!"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2022

Torre dell'Orologio Suites
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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