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Venice has barely changed since its peak in the late 13th century, making it one of the world's most unique and well-preserved cities. Located in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, Venice invites all to explore its network of charming canals and labyrinthine layout of narrow streets, offering a new discovery around every corner.

Surrounding the famous Piazza di San Marco at the city's center, you'll find the increible Basilica of St. Mark, the Doges' Palace (Palazzo Ducale), as well as the columns of San Marco and San Todaro.

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 on the island of Lido di Venezia towards the end of summer. Other cultural highlights include the prestigious Art Biennale exhibition and the annual Carnival, when both locals and visitors hit the streets wearing traditional period costumes and elaborate Venetian masks.

Venice Marco Polo on the mainland area of Mestre is the closest airport to Venice itself, though many low-cost airlines touch down at Treviso Airport, 15 miles away from the city.


From $95 per night

This weekend

From $633 per night

Next weekend

From $364 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Italian
Average weekend price $251 per night
Average weekday price $249 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Venice reviews

What other travelers say about Venice


Venice is a must.

June 6, 2023

Venice is a must. We were here for the second time this year and would be happy to return many more times. Architecture, rich history, sea, food (and drinks), people - everything is amazing there. Unfortunately, each night there was a flood in the St Marcus Square, which shows the fragility and temporality of the ecosystem there... So, you should hurry :(

Eglė Lithuania

Recommend 2-3 days in Venice.

June 6, 2023

Recommend 2-3 days in Venice. It is a magical place like nowhere else, though very touristy and crowded between the last week of May and the beginning of September. Arrive at 6AM to shoot landmarks if you're a photography enthusiast. See San Marco, the Doge's Palace, Accademia museum, Museo Fortuny, Ca' Rezzonico if it's open, Scuolo Grande de San Rocco, and a concert at Teatro La Fenice. Murano/Burano/Torcello are small and overrated. Best experience was a performance of classic opera arias in 18th century costumes by I Musici Veneziani.

Sarita United Kingdom

I expected a touristy hell but it was absolutely a gem!

June 6, 2023

I expected a touristy hell but it was absolutely a gem! We stayed away from touristy spots and only went there in early mornings when city was empty. 3 days was perfect time to spend on town, could have been longer also.

Susanna Finland

Venice is very gorgeous but the city and main sites could be...

June 5, 2023

Venice is very gorgeous but the city and main sites could be seen in a day or two. We went to the islands of Murano and Burano, would recommend doing that. Some of the waiters were extremely rude and we often got ripped off so make sure to ask prices and challenge mistakes.

Emily United Kingdom

Venice is an extraordinary city but the ratio of visitors to...

June 5, 2023

Venice is an extraordinary city but the ratio of visitors to natives is absurd. It is not a relaxing city and the architectural beauty is countered by the vulgarity of gondolas and masks and manic acquisti. Venetians seem arrogant and off-hand but they are probably fed up with demanding tourists . . . while fully aware that they will always be their source of revenue. So, it's an exciting, must-see city but read up well on the complex geography and get into training to maximise your experience.

STEPHEN United Kingdom

No need to add whats to like about Venice.

June 2, 2023

No need to add whats to like about Venice. Some handy tips though: Car taxis are plentiful to/from san roma (vehicle part of island) to airport and cost 40 euros. Boat taxi is fun, allow 15 minute walk at airport and they cost about 120 euros. Can be picked up all around the island. Bus boat to airport is cheap but takes 75minutes.

edward United Kingdom

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