Travel Guide
Academy Bridge showing a coastal town, heritage architecture and a river or creek

One of those rare places where time appears to have stood still. Renowned for charming lovers and inspiring artists, all visitors will appreciate its splendour.

Those who have visited this corner of north-eastern Italy tend to sprinkle adjectives into their tales of the Floating City. With so many sights and sounds to behold, the island captivates your senses from the very moment your feet touch the famous streets.

Marvel at jaw-dropping architecture and bask in some of the masterpieces found in the city's wealth of museums and galleries. Quaint boulevards teeming with souvenir shops form a collector’s paradise, and after sipping on some of the best coffee in the country, make your way over arched bridges and through tiny alleyways to explore the city on foot.

You’ll learn to love the absence of road traffic and be soothed by the water lapping in the canals below. You may find yourself transfixed as you watch gondolas and vaporettos (water buses) ferrying passengers over the calm waters. Hop on one of these to take in some of the island’s most iconic buildings, such as the Gothic-inspired palace Ca' d'Oro and the Basilica of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute).

The grandRialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is a world-famous landmark, but nothing beats gliding beneath it in a gondola. To explore further afield, hop on a ferry to the irresistible islands of Murano and Burano. These islands offer a tranquil day retreat and are renowned for the lace and glass produced by talented artisans.

Venetians are passionate about their food, and freshly cooked Italian cuisine accompanied by excellent wine, are always best savoured on the restaurant terraces. For classical local dishes, head to one of the traditional osterias (bars that also serve food).

The perfect spot to begin your love affair with Venice is St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), which is where you’ll find two of Venice's most stunning buildings: St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), featuring opulent golden mosaics and elaborate domes inspired by the Byzantine era, and the imposing Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

The best time to visit Venice is during spring or autumn—the city gets crowded in summer as temperatures soar. But visitors flock to the city all year round for its innumerable attractions, which provide one of the most romantic backdrops in the world, come rain or shine.

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Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is RM545 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is steps away from Zattere and Squero di San Trovaso. Accademia Waterbus and Academy Bridge are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (943 reviews)

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

Palazzo Veneziano
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM662 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Located in Venice City Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Teatro Goldoni and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (941 reviews)
"This was a lovely hotel with wonderfully decorated rooms. They have very comfortable beds with nice bed linens. The bar area was so nice, we enjoyed having drinks."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
5 out of 5
Isola Della Giudecca 810, Venice
The price is RM693 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Canal, Casa dei Tre Oci and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and San ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (960 reviews)
"Awesome place!"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
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Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is RM137 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in Marghera, this campsite is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Porto Marghera and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Ferretto Square. Villa Foscari La Malcontenta and Auchan are ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,843 reviews)
"The small bungalows were excellent. The noise from trucks on nearby road was very bad."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Jolly Camping In Town
AD Lofts
AD Lofts
Rio Terà degli Assassini, 3699, Venice, VE
The price is RM425 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Located in Venice City Center, this apartment building is steps away from La Fenice Opera House, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and Fortuny Museum. Teatro Goldoni ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (95 reviews)
"This was probably the best experience that I have ever had with any hotel/rental property. The location of the apartment is phenomenal and makes it easy to get where ever you need to go in Venice. The inside is spacious and comfortable with a welcoming living space and well equipped kitchen area. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2021

AD Lofts
San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
Calle dei Bombaseri 5074, San Marco, Venice
The price is RM633 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Located in Venice City Center, this apartment building is steps away from Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. Teatro Malibran and Marco Polo's Home are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (159 reviews)
Exceeded expectations
"Ticked all the boxes, location just minutes from Rialto Bridge and water taxis. Apartment spotless and huge. Staff at the nearby hotel who do the checking in were brilliant. Really made it a trip to remember."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

San Teodoro Palace Luxury Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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