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Venice Hotels & City Breaks

About Venice

Built on stilts and forming an archipelago of 117 small islands, Venice reposes on a liquid tapestry of calm canals and lazy lagoons 2,5 miles (4km) from Venice's mainland. The city's luminous quality is glimpsed from gliding gondolas and explored on foot through narrow calli, linked to one another by ornate stone bridges. Painted palazzi, Byzantine basilicas and Baroque domes compete with the dove-flocked piazzas that reach the ultramarine waters.
The wealth of Venice is evident in Piazza San Marco and alludes to when the Venetian republic was a dominant mercantile power, trading silks, spices and gemstones carried overland by Bedouin caravans and shipped to Mediterranean ports. Nowadays, modern craft navigate between six ancient sestieri, bearing carefree stowaways to St Mark's Basilica, the Palazzo Ducale and on up the Grand Canal to the Rialto, where palazzi lining unhurried channels display architectural styles spanning five centuries.
Become tempted by Venice's food market below the Rialto Bridge and after having enjoyed a meal head to the shopaholic joys of the Mercerie, which runs between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps cross the short stretch of water that leads to the glass-making island of Murano and the lace and linen enclave of Burano.
Venice Lido is the largest island here and benefits from an 8 mile (13km) long beach, which at the turn of the 19th century, created a premier resort for international aristocrats. Regular vaporetti, exclusive motor launches and public water buses transport visitor to another world in the time it takes to drink a cappuccino. Venice is a permanent carnival, rejoicing in a masked ball in February that swirls visitors into a sensual atmosphere peopled by gallant heroes and bewitching courtesans.

Multi Centre Holidays

Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Venice holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.

The Highlights

  • The Grand Canal
  • Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)
  • The Rialto Bridge
  • Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
  • The Islands of Burano, Torcello & Murano

Excursions

Please note excursions operate seasonally.

Walking tour of Venice: An enchanting guided walk around the most important buildings in the city centre such as the Basilica, Clock Tower and The Doge's Palace. From St Mark's Square, the tour will go down the back streets to Santa Maria Formosa and to the magnificent church of San Giovanni e Paolo, past Marco Polo's house and along the Mercerie (Venice's main shopping street) back to St Mark's Square.

Operates Daily
Departure: 09:00
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
From: £20.00

Tour of the Doge's Palace: A guided tour around the famous Doge's Palace, which brings to life Venice's past. This 14th century building is where the ancient Venetian Republic exerted control over the city. The palace encompasses the living quarters of the Doge, government courtrooms and also the prisons where the legendary Casanova was once housed and is linked by the famous Bridge of Sighs.

Operates Daily
Departure: 11:00
Duration: 1 hour
From: £29.00

The Golden Basilica: A guided tour of one of the world's most majestic Cathedrals. Packed with Venice's treasures your guide will explain the history behind this Byzantine work of art with its beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay floors.

Operates Monday to Saturday
Departure: 12:00
Duration: 1 hour
Queue bypass and audio guide included
From: £17.00

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 £45.00, 1+3 = Byzantine Venice £34.00, 2+3 = Inside Venice £42.00 and 1+2+3 = Absolute Venice £62.00.

These excursions do not run on Sunday's or during religious local celebrations.

Lagoon Islands tour: The city of Venice has many islands which are worth visiting. This half-day boat trip gives you a quick taste of three of its most interesting and gives you an insight into the size of the lagoon. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the gardens of St Elena and the Lido, you arrive at Murano, famous throughout the world for its glass making. You will visit one of the factories to see how glass is still traditionally blown.

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.

Operates Daily
Departure: 9:30, 11:00, 14:30 and 15:30
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins/ 4 hours
From: £17.00

Grand Canal boat tour: Please book in resort with your concierge.
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).

Operates Daily
Departure: 12:00, 16:30 and 17:30
Duration: 1 hour

Discover Venice: Please book in resort with your concierge.
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.

Operates Daily
Departure: 15:00
Duration: 2 hours

The Real Venetian Experience : Please book in resort with your concierge.
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.

Operates Daily
Departure: Up to 18:00
Duration: 35/40 mins

The Real Venetian Evening Experience : Please book in resort with your concierge.
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.

Operates Daily
Departure: After 18:00
Duration: 35/40 mins

Venice at night: Please book in resort with your concierge.
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: Please book in resort with your concierge.
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).
Departure: 20:00

Musici Veneziani - Orchestra in 18th Century costume: Please book in resort with your concierge.
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.
Departure: 20:00

Important Information:

The advertised program of events is dependent upon achieving a minimum number of participants and, therefore, some events may not always be available due to insufficient demand or, in some cases, adverse weather conditions.

Hotels in Venice

Hotel A La Commedia, Venice
Hotel A La Commedia , Venice
Rating: 4
Located in the heart of Venice's historical centre, the A La Commedia is comprised of stylish décor...
Hotel Bel Sito, Venice
Hotel Bel Sito , Venice
Rating: 3
This simple family-run hotel is housed in a 19th century building that sits in front of the...
Best Western Hotel San Marco, Venice
Best Western Hotel San Marco , Venice
Rating: 3
Housed in a building that dates back to 1807, this 4-storey hotel comprises a total of 56 rooms,...
Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice
Hotel Bonvecchiati , Venice
Rating: 4
Hotel Bonvecchiati, a former palazzo superbly located in the heart of Venice alongside the charming...
Hotel Ca Formenta, Venice
Hotel Ca Formenta , Venice
Rating: 3
Situated in the heart of Venice, just a few minutes walk to Piazza San Marco and close to all that...
Hotel Ca Fortuny, Venice
Hotel Ca Fortuny , Venice
Hotel Ca' Fortuny is centrally located close to Saint Mark's Square and the famous Rialto Bridge,...
Ca Sagredo, Venice
Ca Sagredo , Venice
Rating: 5
Set in the heart of Venice, the luxurious Ca' Sagredo has been listed as a National Monument and...
Ca' dei Conti, Venice
Ca' dei Conti , Venice
Rating: 4
Overlooking a Venetian canal, only steps away from St. Mark's Square, this hotel is in the heart of...
Carnival Palace, Venice
Carnival Palace , Venice
Rating: 4
Opened in 2012, this highly elegant boutique hotel is set perfectly in the centre of Venice,...
Hotel Castello, Venice
Hotel Castello , Venice
Rating: 3
Hotel Castello is a superb three star hotel just off Saint Mark's Square in a lively part of Venice...
Centurion Palace, Venice
Centurion Palace , Venice
Rating: 5
Sitting at the mouth of the Grand Canal, the Centurion Palace occupies a prime location with...
Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
Belmond Hotel Cipriani , Venice
Rating: 5
The five star deluxe Belmond Hotel Cipriani is beautifully situated at the tip of Giudecca Island...
Hotel Colombina, Venice
Hotel Colombina , Venice
Rating: 4
With splendid views of the Bridge of Sighs and overlooking a quiet side canal, the centrally...
Commercio e Pellegrino, Venice
Commercio e Pellegrino , Venice
Rating: 3
This city hotel comprises a total of 25 rooms spread over 4 floors of which 24 are double rooms and...
Hotel Danieli, Venice
Hotel Danieli , Venice
Rating: 5
One of the finest hotels in Starwood's Luxury Collection, the world-famous Danieli embodies pure...
Hotel Do Pozzi, Venice
Hotel Do Pozzi , Venice
Rating: 3
The Hotel Do Pozzi, a little gem hidden away from the bustle of Venice's city centre, has been...
Hotel Excelsior, Venice
Hotel Excelsior , Venice
Rating: 5
Hotel Excelsior located on the elegant Venice lido, is just a short boat ride from Saint Marks...
Firenze, Venice
Firenze , Venice
Rating: 3
The building dates back to the beginning of the 16th century. In 1853, it underwent a major...
Gabrielli Sandwirth, Venice
Gabrielli Sandwirth , Venice
Rating: 4
This elegant, luxurious hotel basks in its prime setting, lying on the renowned St. Marco area...
The Gritti Palace, Venice
The Gritti Palace , Venice
Rating: 5
Dating back to 1475 and originally a home belonging to the family of Doge Andrea Gritti,...
Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky , Venice
Rating: 5
The Hilton Molino Stucky is one of Venice's most impressive hotels and boasts views along the...
Hotel Kette, Venice
Hotel Kette , Venice
Rating: 4
This stylish and charming property was originally a 16th century palazzo and it enjoys an extremely...
Hotel Locanda La Corte, Venice
Hotel Locanda La Corte , Venice
Rating: 3
This delightfully cosy hotel is housed in a 16th century palazzo, which has been beautifully...
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi, Venice
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi , Venice
Rating: 4
Once the home of composer Antonio Vivaldi, Hotel Locanda Vivaldi occupies an enviable position...
Hotel Londra Palace, Venice
Hotel Londra Palace , Venice
Rating: 4
A member of Relais & Chateaux, the Hotel Londra Palace enjoys a prime location on the Riva...
Hotel Luna Baglioni, Venice
Hotel Luna Baglioni , Venice
Rating: 5
Formerly a home to the Templar Knights, the 12th century Luna Baglioni now ranks amongst Venice's...
Hotel Metropole, Venice
Hotel Metropole , Venice
Rating: 5
A member of the preferred Boutique hotels, the Metropole is a traditional first class hotel, and...
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, Venice
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal , Venice
Rating: 4
The Monaco & Grand Canal is a former 17th century palazzo that has been flawlessly converted...
Hotel Orion, Venice
Hotel Orion , Venice
Rating: 2
Small and friendly, the two star hotel Orion offers comfortable accommodation in a fantastic...
Hotel San Cassiano Ca'Favretto, Venice
Hotel San Cassiano Ca'Favretto , Venice
Rating: 4
Step back in time with this delightful 14th century palazzo, once home to the Venetian Realista...
Hotel San Giorgio, Venice
Hotel San Giorgio , Venice
Rating: 3
The charming Hotel San Giorgio is housed in the wing of an historic Gothic palazzo in the heart of...
Hotel Savoia & Jolanda, Venice
Hotel Savoia & Jolanda , Venice
Rating: 4
The Savoia & Jolanda is beautifully situated on the Riva Degli Schiavoni in an excellent...
St. Regis San Clemente Palace, Venice
St. Regis San Clemente Palace , Venice
Rating: 5
Located on its own 17-acre private island, St. Regis San Clemente Palace provides a welcoming haven...
Starhotels Splendid Venice, Venice
Starhotels Splendid Venice , Venice
Rating: 4
The Starhotels Splendid Venice is conveniently located in the heart of the historical centre,...
Villa Mabapa, Venice
Villa Mabapa , Venice
Rating: 4
A popular hotel located in a tranquil corner of the Lido facing St Mark's Basin, Villa Mabapa is...
Hotel Westin Europa Regina, Venice
Hotel Westin Europa Regina , Venice
Rating: 5
Behind a pale Gothic façade lies the luxurious five star Hotel Westin Europa Regina. Comprised...