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Best of Venice Guide

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Venice
With its gondolas, canals, amazing restaurants, and unforgettable romantic ambiance, Venice is definitely a city for one's bucket list. Waterfront palazzos, palaces, and churches make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. To really experience Venice you must go to the opera or to a classical music performance, nibble fresh pasta and pastries, and linger in the exhibit halls of an art gallery. Label lovers will drool over the high-end shopping in Piazza San Marco.

All things to do » Things to do

Canal Grande
Canal Grande
Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
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Doges' Palace
Doges' Palace
Owner description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior, with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese... more Owner description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior, with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo, includes vast council chambers, superbly decorated residential apartments, and austere prison cells. Along the facades of the Palace run loggias that overlook St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon. The combined entrance ticket to the St. Mark’s Square Museums grants access to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Marciana. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Specialty Museums
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Points of Interest & Landmarks; Churches & Cathedrals
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St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Owner description: It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe." And it is a breathtakingly beautiful place. But the square has long been a lure for massive numbers of... more Owner description: It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe." And it is a breathtakingly beautiful place. But the square has long been a lure for massive numbers of pigeons, drawn by the massive numbers of tourists who readily feed them. While the tourists happily post for photos amid the flock, there are concerns that the birds' presence--and what they leave behind--will damage the centuries old architecture and art work. less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's... more Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," the "Assumption" and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, Saint John the Baptist by Donatello. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Sacred & Religious Sites; Churches & Cathedrals
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe Filermo
Cafe Filermo
Ranked #1 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Bar
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cocaeta - Creperia Artigianale da Asporto
Cocaeta - Creperia Artigianale da Asporto
Ranked #2 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Price: $3 - $12
Cuisines: Italian, French, Street Food, Healthy
Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Cash Only, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Frulala
Frulala
Ranked #3 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Good for: Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Torrefazione Cannaregio
Torrefazione Cannaregio
Ranked #4 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Osteria Al Squero
Osteria Al Squero
Ranked #5 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Price: $6 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Duodo Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5
Duodo Palace Hotel
$101 - $333 (€87 - €286)
Ranked #68 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Hotel Ca' Dogaressa
3.0 of 5
Hotel Ca' Dogaressa
$97 - $199
Ranked #80 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Rio Venezia Hotel
2.0 of 5
Rio Venezia Hotel
$85 - $269 (€73 - €231)
Ranked #86 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hotel Antiche Figure
3.0 of 5
Hotel Antiche Figure
$122 - $357 (€105 - €306)
Ranked #11 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Hotel Canal Grande
4.0 of 5
Hotel Canal Grande
$175 - $466
Ranked #12 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo
2.0 of 5
Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo
$132 - $217
Ranked #13 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Al Ponte Antico Hotel
4.0 of 5
Al Ponte Antico Hotel
$261 - $483 (€224 - €414)
Ranked #1 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Hotel Moresco
4.0 of 5
Hotel Moresco
$255 - $464 (€219 - €398)
Ranked #2 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Charming House DD724
4.0 of 5
Charming House DD724
$256 - $590 (€220 - €506)
Ranked #4 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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