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Venice is one of the world's most unique cities, due to the fact that in the six centuries since it came into existence, it hasn't really changed. And despite being a sprinkling of islands built on water, it's home to spectacular buildings like the Basilica of St. Mark. Located in Veneto, a region of North-East Italy, Venice is a city worth getting lost in. Flanked by a labyrinthine network of charming canals, its spaghetti-like layout of narrow streets offer a new discovery around every corner.

Venice's famous Piazza di San Marco is the city’s centre of attention, with the majestic basilica towering over the square, as well as the Doges' Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the columns of San Marco and San Todaro completing the iconic ensemble.

If you've got time, take a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and under the Rialto Bridge, or a water taxi to Murano, world-renowned for its glassmaking. Venice also hosts the oldest film festival in the world, which takes place in late August or early September on the island of Lido di Venezia. Other cultural highlights include the prestigious Art Biennale exhibition which is held every two years and the annual carnival, where locals and visitors put on their traditional period costumes and elaborate Venetian masks.

Situated in the mainland area of Mestre, Venice Marco Polo is the closest airport to Venice itself, but many low-cost airlines touch down at Treviso Airport, 25 kilometres away from the city.

Tonight

From US$125 per night

Next weekend

From US$202 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 1 = US$1.17
Language Italian
Average weekend price US$168 per night
Average weekday price US$164 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Venice reviews

What other travellers say about Venice

10

The location of the hotel was perfect because it is near the...

17 September 2021

The location of the hotel was perfect because it is near the bus station and is easy for older people who have luggage not to carry it too far... i will recommend this hotel to my friends. The breakfast was good and our dinner during my girlfriend's birthday was amazing... The staff were all friendly and accomodating...

Jean François
Jean François
10

I travel almost two times a year to Venice and every time I...

2 September 2021

I travel almost two times a year to Venice and every time I stay week or two. I have never been disappointed or get tired of this city. Every time I discover new things and see hidden gems of this wonderful city. Coffee, pastry, food and wine is great in Venice. This old city is built through the centuries and unfortunately impossible to be adjusted and make it suitable for wheelchairs.

Shapour
Shapour Netherlands
10

In my opinion, little can be said about Venezia that...

29 August 2021

In my opinion, little can be said about Venezia that hasn't already been said. The city has a 1600-year history. The architecture and atmosphere are impressive. Venice is more than just gondolas and canals. There are hidden places outside the Rialto conglomerate. You need to walk more and also visit other islands. Beaches are something that few tourists do. As for me, I was able to enjoy a very local beach on the island of Lido. It was a wonderful trip and I hope to return to explore more of it in the future. My only complaint is the outrageously priced food and the fact that not all restaurants are good.

Leonardo
Leonardo Austria
10

Venice is beautiful, best in the later hours when most...

24 August 2021

Venice is beautiful, best in the later hours when most daytrippers have departed. The city seems to work hard at keeping it at clean as possible, difficult given the huge nimbers of tourists. Some attractions such as Ca Rezzonico had very few visitors, and deserve more attention. Restaurants were a pleaant surprise; prices were in acccord with value, and every place we ate provided a full and accurate bill for the meal. For those who have not travelled in Italy before, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with basic customs surrounding dining and walking on very crowded narrow streets. A littlr basic Italian is alos very useful.

Kathy
Kathy Italy
4.0

I went to Venice for a week and I honestly would've had...

12 August 2021

I went to Venice for a week and I honestly would've had enough with just a few days. The amount of tourists there makes it uncomfortable to move around and the majority of the locals were suprisingly rude, unhelpful and even mean to us, even though we were very respectful towards them. People working at tourist help places aren't reliable so we had a really hard time figuring everything out. The scenery and architecture is fantastic, there is no other place on the world like it. The food is alright, I've had better Italian food in my home country and it's very overprized here. If you decide to go to Venice, 2 or 3 days is more than enough.

Alicia Maria
Alicia Maria Netherlands
8.0

Crowded despite Corona but manageable.

7 August 2021

Crowded despite Corona but manageable. 1600 years and still standing most beautifully. It's encouraging to see how the city is seriously working on maintaining heritage while encouraging sustainability principles in the broadest sense.

Ursula
Ursula Germany

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