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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 $42 per night

This weekend

From $113 per night

Next weekend

From $137 per night

Most popular time to visit August-October
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.21
Language Italian
Average weekend price $160 per night
Average weekday price $176 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Venice reviews

What other travelers say about Venice


The city is amazing.

April 5, 2018

The city is amazing. Our accommodations at Hotel Anastasia were awful. I would not recommend this hotel at all. We ate at Raphaellas and Restaurante has de Georgi. Amazing food and service. We walked everywhere. Very busy Easter week though.

Judy United States of America

Spent a great 3 days 2 nights in Venice, and booked this...

August 25, 2017

Spent a great 3 days 2 nights in Venice, and booked this hotel for our stay. Very well located a short distance between both the Rialto Bridge and San Marco. The hotel was clean and very comfortable. The staff at the desk very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is continental style with plenty of yoghurts pastries rolls etc and coffee/chocolate on tap. As we had a whole last day in Venice we were able to leave our luggage and enjoy Venice before leaving. The Hotel is down a side street (as most are) so did take a bit of locating at first but that added to our great stay in Venice. The ONLY negative comment ( although we laughed about it) was the Hairdryer in the room. It's one of those "hotel" jobs basically a pipe in the Bathroom!! So anyone who who won't leave without a perfectly blow dried hairdo best take their own!! Would very much recommend this hotel.

William United Kingdom

The accommodation had no lift which made it difficult when...

August 28, 2016

The accommodation had no lift which made it difficult when you have large bags. All rooms on top floor. Room very small and shower even smaller. My husband is only a little fellow and he hit the sliding door getting into the shower. The location was great. 300 meters from the water and cafes just outside the building. Took a tour of the grand canal which was great. Loved it.

Annetta Australia

Our trip to Venice was much better than we had hoped.

August 27, 2016

Our trip to Venice was much better than we had hoped. We expected crowded and expensive city but we were pleasantly surprised when we learned that there are lots of places to eat local food at affordable prices, that it is possible to find a nice hotel in quiet area, to buy great souvenirs - all you have to do is walk, explore and be ready to think differently - avoid the most crowded places, explore quiet and less known canals or monuments and you will be surprised. It is possible to buy a homemade pasta to go for 5 euros, or fried fish also to go. When it comes to a restaurant, Da Silvio was our place - good value for money, fresh food and great garden (with cats walking around us). We stayed at the Agli Alboretti hotel and it was realy great. As a special treat - we have enjoyed the concert at San Vidal - Interpreti Veneziani performed Vivaldi's music - beautiful experience.

Anonymous Croatia

Venice is spectacular and one of our favourite cities in the...

August 9, 2016

Venice is spectacular and one of our favourite cities in the world. Our accomodation was located perfectly but the bed was rock hard, pillows were flat and the air con was so noisy that it woke us up during the night when it would come on. Breakfast was good. When travelling a good nights sleep is a must and hotels should realise this for their guests.

David Australia

I was in Venice 14 years ago for about 10 hours without...

July 4, 2016

I was in Venice 14 years ago for about 10 hours without sleeping there. since then I had the impression that Venice is Just OK. This time I slept inside Venice for 4 nights, I got to catch the atmosphere. Its great to get lost at the streets of Venice, preferably to be accompanied by at least one friend. I recommend sleeping inside of Venice.

Yehuda Israel

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