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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.

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From $160 per night

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From $154 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit November-January
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Italian
Average weekend price $123 per night
Average weekday price $121 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

We loved Venice.

March 23, 2019

We loved Venice. Granted.. we weren't there in the summer with the heat and crowds, but we were there during Carnivale. How fun! How beautiful! Though chilly, we had great weather. Didn't do a gondola, might do it another time; might not. Walking throughout all the neighborhoods was just so interesting for us. Ran across parades in one area, children playing in another. We really loved what Venice is (not just what people go to Venice for). Does that make any sense?

Anonymous United States of America
10

- The small roads are like maze - its really amazing to walk...

March 21, 2019

- The small roads are like maze - its really amazing to walk without knowing where you reach - great food although its bit costly - gondola ride - Can walk and visit the entire city - good to visit in Feb end during carnival

Anonymous Netherlands
8.0

Venice is difficult to describe.

March 19, 2019

Venice is difficult to describe. The history is amazing, but do your homework before you get there. Walking around can be hard on your knees (my spouse and I are just over 50 - sorry, she just turned 32) with cobblestones and the steps on all of the bridges. The tour maps may be helpful, but if you use them orient yourself to the canals as the there are many little tight alleys and dead ends that are not on the maps. Make it fun and purposely get lost and then try to reorient yourself. I will be honest, the history is amazing and the scenery is really cool, but this place is decidedly geared toward tourists. There are shops everywhere, but the best ones are in the small alleys and off the main streets. Do not even think about driving (not only are you not able to physically, but legally you are prohibited). Take the train to the Venezia (Venice) San Lucia station or the waterbus from the airport. Avoid the water taxis - they are notoriously expensive. The waterbus is the public transportation and is considerably cheaper (7.50 euro/person for two hours) than the water taxi. The gondolas, though romantic, are 80 euros. Almost everything in Venice costs. I am glad I saw it - and if you go I strongly recommend the Hotel al Codega with the courtyard rooms (see my review) - but if I go back it will be for a specific reason and I will probably not stay overnight (for reference, I live less than 80 Km from Venice). Honestly, Venice, like Pisa, is a little over-hyped when you consider the amazing sights of Pompeii and Assisi.

Anonymous United States of America
10

I visited Venice during carnival time, I had a blast!

March 19, 2019

I visited Venice during carnival time, I had a blast! I stayed at Giudecca and moved between islands. People were really kind and friendly, mask shop owners give me a lot of information regarding the mask history; really happy that I visited! I hope I can visit next year again!

Anonymous United States of America
10

There is no need in Venice to follow the crowds, there are...

March 18, 2019

There is no need in Venice to follow the crowds, there are lovely areas like Accademia, Zattere and Giudecca to enjoy and the islands of Murano and Burano to visit. Buy a two or three day vaporetto ticket.

Christine
Christine United Kingdom
10

You can just get lost in the myriad of alleyways and canals,...

March 17, 2019

You can just get lost in the myriad of alleyways and canals, and emerge into a bustling square with cafés and shops. It was like something out of a fairytale. And two days was perfect to see all of the sights, but not get bored.

Whitney
Whitney United States of America

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