Venice Hotels & City Breaks
Venice is a remarkable city, bursting with historic monuments,...
Venice is a remarkable city, bursting with historic monuments, history and culture. A famous place for lovers, artists and poets throughout its long history, Venice's epic granduer never fails to inspire all those who visit. It is one of Italy's most beloved city break destinations and Venice is perfect for exploring on foot, slowly taking in the intricate network of canals and lanes linked by ornate bridges, before relaxing with an aperitivo and soaking up the atmosphere of this truly unique place.
Events in Venice
Carnivale: 30 Jan - 09 Feb 16
Carnivale just may be the largest event held in Venice...
Carnivale: 30 Jan - 09 Feb 16
Carnivale just may be the largest event held in Venice each year. Venetians wear spectacular costumes and masks during this week-long party in the run up to Ash Wednesday. It's free to watch the parades and participate in most of the outdoor activities but for most of the balls and parties you'll need to purchase tickets in advance.
Venice Film Festival: 26 Aug - 05 Sep 15
Founded in 1932, Venice's film festival is the oldest international film festival in the world. Stars, directors and members of the press flock to the event that takes place every year that is officially part of the Venice Biennale.
Regata Storica: 07 Sep 15
The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual Voga alla Veneta rowing calendar. Scores of typically 16th century style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge's wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean. Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the Campioni su Gondolini race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finish line at the famous machina, the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca' Foscari palace.
Exploring the City
At the heart of Venice is St Mark's Square, dubbed by Napoleon as the 'finest drawing...
At the heart of Venice is St Mark's Square, dubbed by Napoleon as the 'finest drawing room in Europe'. St Mark's Square is the largest open space and most important square in Venice. The piazza plays host to cafes, orchestras, alfresco diners and tourists, creating a bustling atmosphere. Visit the famous glass-blowing, colourful houses and picturesque piazze that make up the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Of course, no visit to Venice would be complete without watching the world go by onboard a traditional gondola and uncovering the beauty and history of some of Venice's main sights, such as Basilica di San Marco and the Doge's Palace.
For an unforgettable city break in Venice, Citalia can reserve seats for the opera at Teatro La Fenice. During the summer months, you can combine the cultural delights of a Venice city break with a stay on the Lido. This long sandy island is also home to the Venice Film Festival.
Food & Wine
Italian cuisine follows traditional and family recipes, using local produce, and the Veneto region is no...
Italian cuisine follows traditional and family recipes, using local produce, and the Veneto region is no exception. With a prime location next to the sea, it's no wonder a lot of the dishes you will find on menus in Venice contain an array of seafood. Venice's seafood is simply delicious from Sarde in soar, an antipasto featuring sweet-and-sour sardines with onions, pine nuts and raisins and Caparossoi a scota deo, large clams cooked with lemon and pepper, to Baccala Mantecata, dried and salted codfish. Fish lovers will be in heaven with the high quality seafood served in Venice's restaurants.More Information Less Information
There is no official date of the foundation of the Venice, though it was in the...
There is no official date of the foundation of the Venice, though it was in the 5th century AD that the lagoon started to fill up with inhabitants from mainland Italy. Venice City started as a refuge for those people seeking shelter from the Barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire. For over 1400 years, Venice has seen people living on the waters away from mainland Italy and it has now become one of the most desirable cities to visit in Europe. Venice might not be the oldest city in Italy, but it is definitely one of the most unique.
Popular Venice Hotels
Unique in the world and I can never tire of it. Every time I visit Venice, I am in awe of its splendour and beauty. Its palatial buildings transport me to the ancient times of the Doges. If you can, go during Carnevale when Venice...
Unique in the world and I can never tire of it. Every time I visit Venice, I am in awe of its splendour and beauty. Its palatial buildings transport me to the ancient times of the Doges. If you can, go during Carnevale when Venice is turned into a huge masked ball - a unique experience. I love to visit the Rialto market with its wonderful produce and exquisite fresh seafood. And for a quiet afternoon, I take the boat to Burano, a picturesque fishing village, famous for its different coloured houses and lace-making tradition - they even have a lace museum.Read More Read Less
- The Grand Canal
- Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square)
- The Rialto Bridge
- Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
- The Islands of Burano, Torcello and Murano
Best Time To Go
Venice is a great year round destination, with each month offering a different reason to visit. Late spring and summer is the best time to go if you're looking for warm weather. But to avoid busy crowds, visit during winter - the weather can get quite cold but with this comes fewer people and lower hotel prices. Spring and Autumn are also popular times to visit Venice but bear in mind that between October and January acquaalta (high water) is more likely. However, it's still possible to access most of the city during this time using the temporary wooden walkways that are constructed.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Venice.
Direct flights to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Southend and take approximately 2 hours. Transfers from the airport are by water taxi or water bus and take approximately 40 minutes to reach the centre of Venice.
From Our Experts
A few minutes from San Marco Square is the Navy Museum (Arsenale). It's well worth a visit to...
A few minutes from San Marco Square is the Navy Museum (Arsenale). It's well worth a visit to appreciate Venice's historical naval power, and only costs five euros to enter. Inside, you'll find a replica of the Doge's ceremonial boat and beautifully decorated ancient boats from the Serenissima Republic.
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Located in the heart of Venice's historical centre, the A La Commedia is comprised of stylish décor...
The charming hotel Ai Mori d'Oriente is located in the picturesque Cannaregio quarter of Venice,...
Formerly a home to the Templar Knights, the 12th century Luna Baglioni now ranks amongst Venice's...
This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Venice and was established in 1880. It is close...
This simple family-run hotel is housed in a 19th century building that sits in front of the...
The five star deluxe Belmond Hotel Cipriani is beautifully situated at the tip of Giudecca Island...
Hotel Bonvecchiati, a former palazzo superbly located in the heart of Venice alongside the charming...
Situated in the heart of Venice, just a few minutes walk to Piazza San Marco and close to all that...
Set in the heart of Venice, the luxurious Ca' Sagredo has been listed as a National Monument and...
Hotel Castello is a superb three star hotel just off Saint Mark's Square in a lively part of Venice...
Sitting at the mouth of the Grand Canal, the Centurion Palace occupies a prime location with...
With splendid views of the Bridge of Sighs and overlooking a quiet side canal, the centrally...
One of the finest hotels in Starwood's Luxury Collection, the world-famous Danieli embodies pure...
The Hotel Do Pozzi, a little gem hidden away from the bustle of Venice's city centre, has been...
Dating back to 1475 and originally a home belonging to the family of Doge Andrea Gritti,...
The Hilton Molino Stucky is one of Venice's most impressive hotels and boasts views along the...
Situated on the private island of Isola delle Rose, and just a 20 minute complimentary boat ride...
This delightfully cosy hotel is housed in a 16th century palazzo, which has been beautifully...
Rarified beauty is extolled at this authentic Venetian classic. A member of Relais & Chateaux,...
A member of LVX Preferred Hotels and Resorts, the Metropole is a traditional first class hotel, and...
The Monaco & Grand Canal is a former 17th century palazzo that has been flawlessly converted...
Step back in time with this delightful 14th century palazzo, once home to the Venetian Realista...
Located on its own 17-acre private island, San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice provides a...
The Hotel San Giorgio is housed in the wing of an historic Gothic palazzo in the heart of Venice,...
The Savoia & Jolanda is beautifully situated on the Riva Degli Schiavoni in an excellent...
The Starhotels Splendid Venice is conveniently located in the heart of the historical centre,...
A popular hotel located in a tranquil corner of the Lido facing St Mark's Basin, Villa Mabapa is...
Add an excursion to make the most of your holiday. Make the selection when you are booking.
Walking tour of Venice
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Tour of the Doge's Palace
Duration: 1 hour
The Golden Basilica
Operates Monday to Saturday
Duration: 1 hour
Queue bypass and audio guide included
The excursions above can be booked together or individually on a mix and match basis when booked on the same day for the same day. i.e. 1+2 = Ducal Venice £46.00, 1+3 = Byzantine Venice £34.00, 2+3 = Inside Venice £42.00 and 1+2+3 = Absolute Venice £63.00.
These excursions do not run on Sunday's or during religious local celebrations.
Grand Canal boat tour
In a city built on water, a Grand Canal Boat Tour is the ideal way to admire the beauty and uniqueness of Venice. Cruise along the most beautiful avenue of the world, Venice's Grand Canal in a motor-launch. This is by far the best way to admire the amazing architecture of non-stop palaces and churches through to the Rialto Bridge. The expert city guide will help you to fully enjoy this breathtaking journey with informative commentary of the city's history and anecdotes from its past. (Subject to availability).
Departure: 3.30pm and 4.30pm
Duration: 1 hour
Spend an afternoon through the narrow streets and canals of Venice escorted by the official Guide, the best way to visit this wonderful city: walking and by Gondola (shared). On the 40 minute Gondola Tour, you will discover the unusual reality of this atypical city, and in the meantime you will relax, with the boat gently floating on the water.
Duration: 2 hours
Lagoon Islands tour
By boat you then head to the picturesque island of Burano made up of brightly coloured fishermen's houses and a small network of canals. The final stop is at the barren island of Torcello, which has only 100 inhabitants but is home to Venice's first cathedral.
Departure: 9.30am, 11am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins/ 4 hours
The Real Venetian Experience
No stay in Venice is complete without your own private Gondola ride. These traditional vessels, which were designed especially for getting around the lagoon, are still the most elegant forms of transport in the city. Let the Gondolier guide you through the labyrinth of canals, perfect to mark a special occasion and of course an utterly romantic experience.
Departure: Up to 6pm
Duration: 35/40 mins
The Real Venetian Evening Experience
No stay in Venice is complete without your own private Gondola ride. Perfect to mark a special occasion and under the night sky, of course, an utterly romantic experience.
Departure: After 6pm
Duration: 35/40 mins
Venice at night
Some of the best evening concerts in town dedicated to Vivaldi and the best in Italian classical and opera traditions, performed in some of the most famous Venetian palazzos.
St.Mark's Chamber Orchestra - Tribute to Vivaldi
The orchestra Virtuosi di Venezia, San Marco Chamber Orchestra represents in its concerts the atmosphere and the genius of Vivaldi's compositions. The ensemble and the musical formation have both been chosen to recall the exact situation in which Vivaldi worked (subject to availability).
Musici Veneziani - Orchestra in 18th Century costume
The Orchestra "I Musici Veneziani" proposes a program dedicated to the most famous Lyrical opera Arias, by Soprano, Baritone and Tenor. The concerts, enhanced by exquisite 18th Century costumes, are performed in the prestigious Scuola Grande di San Teodoro.
If you prefer a more personal experience we are able to arrange a private tour allowing the opportunity to tailor make your own itinerary, or simply follow one of our popular excursions with a private guide at your disposal.
Duration: Minimum 2 hours
Private excursions can be arranged for groups of one up to ten. Prices are from 180 euros for two hours and then 90 euros for each additional hour. Entrance fees are additional and will be paid beforehand where possible to avoid queuing.
Multi Centre Holidays
Venice & any destination of your choice
With some of Italy's most iconic cities just a short train journey away from Venice and its close proximity to the Lakes, it's easy to combine two on more destinations on your holiday. See some of our suggestions below or phone our expert Travel Advisors who will be happy to tailor make your perfect multi centre itinerary.
With Lake Garda
For those in search of a romantic getaway, combing Venice and Lake Garda on a multi centre holiday is ideal. Venice is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and the calming shores of Lake Garda lend themselves to relaxed evening strolls and intimate dinners overlooking the water.
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Italy's cities are steeped in art, history and culture, and it's easy to visit two or more on a multi centre holiday. Staying in both Venice and Florence allows you to experience some of the country's most beautiful and iconic sites such as Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square and Florence's Duomo.
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For a truly luxurious and indulgent escape, travelling to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is hard to beat. Travel in style on this iconic train through beautiful scenery whilst enjoying gourmet cuisine and world-class service.
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