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For other places with the same name, see Venice (disambiguation).
Venice from Campanile di San Marco

Venice [1], Italy (Venezia in Italian) is still one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was five hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has certainly begun to decay since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents)-- but the romantic charm remains.

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Districts

Venice is made of different parts. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts of Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, Isola Della Giudecca, San Polo, San Croce, San Marco and Lido di Venezia where the main monuments and sights are located. Other important islands include Murano, Torcello, San Francesco del Deserto and Burano, but there are several more too. Lastly, there is Mestre another town on the more industrial mainland (but still part of Venice municipality), which is linked to Venice by a 5 kilometers bridge. In Mestre live more than 220.000 inhabitants, in Venice less than 60.000

  • Venice Lido - the island of tranquillity, a beach district just 10 minutes by boat from San Marco, and where the Venice movie festival is held.
  • Mestre - a town on the mainland

Understand

A lion, the symbol of San Marco

History

The Most Serene Republic of Venice dates back to 827, when a Byzantine dukedom moved its seat to what is now known as the Rialto, and for the following 970 years prospered on trade and under the rule of a Roman-style Senate headed by the Doge. Alas, in 1797 the city was conquered by Napoleon, a blow from which the city never recovered. The city was soon merged into Austria-Hungary, then ping-ponged back and forth between Austria and a nascent Italy, but the glory days of Venice are long gone.

Climate

The summer may be the worst time to visit: it's sometimes very hot, the canals sometimes stink (in the most literal sense), there are occasional infestations of flies, and there are more tourists than usual. Spring and fall are probably best, a compromise between temperature (expect 5-15°C in March) and the tourist load. That said, if you've never been to Venice, it's better to go in summer than not to go. You won't regret it. Many cities are far worse in summer -- Venice has no cars, hence no smog.

Acqua alta (high water) has become a fact of life in Venice. The lagoon water level occasionally rises above the level of the plazas and streets, flooding them. This will happen several times a year, usually in the colder months. Acqua alta usually lasts a couple of hours. You'll see raised walkways in side alleys ready to be pulled out when acqua alta hits. When the city begins to flood, sirens will sound warning residents and businesses. If you speak fluent Italiano, tune into news programs since their predictions of the times the flood begins and ends are usually on the spot.

You can get an acqua alta map at the tourist offices either at the railway station or St Marks. This will show you the approved dry routes during the various flood alerts. There is also a tide measuring station at the Rialto vaporetto piers.

Get in

Map of Venice and surrounding islands

Because Venice is on a lagoon, the water plays a crucial role in transportation. The most popular way to approach Venice is by boat or train.

By plane

The closest airport is Marco Polo(ICAO: LIPZ), on the mainland near Mestre (a more typical Italian city, without Venice's unique structure). The Treviso Airport (ICAO: LIPH), located 25 km (16 mi) from Venice, is relatively smaller but becoming increasingly busy as the main destination for Ryanair and Transavia budget flights.

Both airports have bus connections with Venice (Piazzale Roma), Mestre, Padua and other towns. ATVO 'pullman'coaches (€9 return) run to and from Treviso to co-incide with flights. Marco Polo airport runs a shuttle bus (or just turn left and walk 10 minutes under the awning) to the Alilaguna water-bus jetty, where €10 gets you a leisurely 1-hour boat trip to San Marco via Murano, Lido and the Arsenale. Or take the cheaper boat (€6) to Fondamente Nuove which takes only half an hour. Alternatively you can travel in style (and much faster) by hiring one of the speedy water-taxis for about €80.

By train

Trains from the mainland run through Mestre to the Venezia - Santa Lucia train station on the west side of Venice (make sure you don't get confused with Venezia Mestre which is the last stop on the mainland!). From the station district, water buses (vaporetti) or water taxis can take you to hotels or other locations on the islands (or you can walk). Direct trains to Venice are available from many international destinations, including Budapest, Zagreb & Ljubljana.

By car

Cars arrive on the far western edge of Venice, but remain parked at the entrance to the city (Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto - Europe's largest car park.) There are no roads past this point -- and never were, even before cars. Car parking is expensive here and the tailbacks can be quite large. An alternative is to use the car parks on the mainland (terra ferma) and catch a vaporetto, train or bus into Venice. Park near the Mestre railway station, and catch a train to Venezia S.Lucia; there are many trains, it is very near (8-10 minutes) and quite cheap. Besides, Venezia S.Lucia is a good starting point to visit Venice. However drivers going to the Lido can use the car ferry from Tronchetto (vaporetto 17 - frequencies vary), right hand lane off the Ponte della Liberta into the city.

By rental car

Most of the major rental car companies have outlets at Piazzale Roma, at the edge of the city. These are on the ground floor of one of the major parking stations. When you are dropping off your car, you need to find street parking and then walk to the rental car outlet and hand in the keys. Do not park in the parking station! There is a vaporetto stop across the road from the parking station.

By bus

The Piazzale Roma bus station is well served by vaporetti and water-taxis ... and of course, you can walk everywhere.

By boat

Ships arrive at the Stazione Marittima which is at the west end of the main islands, it is served by vaporetti and water taxis.

Get around

Grand Canal
View of San Giorgio, in front of Venice

Venice is the World's only pedestrian city, is beautifully walkable, and the absence of cars makes it a particularly pleasant experience. Walking and standing all day can be exhausting too ... acclimatize yourself. The Rialtine islands - the 'main' part of Venice - are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour.

If you want to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis. The vaporetti are generally the best way to get around, even if the service route map changes frequently. If you are going to be in Venice for a few days visiting, it is a lot cheaper to get the vaporetti than to get private water taxis. If you want to have a romantic ride along the canals, take a gondola ride.

ACTV runs the vaporetti and other public transport services both in the lagoon and on the terra firma. 1 day, 3 day and 7 day Venice Cards are available, in two variations (Blue and Orange). The basic Blue cards provide unlimited travel on the ACTV travel services (vaporetti, motoscafi and buses), free use of the AMAV staffed toilets and discounted tickets for some museums. The Orange card also provides free entrance to some of the museums (those covered by the Museum Card). Note that neither card includes the Alilaguna water-bus which serves Marco Polo airport unless you pay a surcharge. A 'Junior' version of both cards are also available at a slightly reduced rate for those between 5 and 29 years of age. Travel cards are extremely useful since the basic fare for one vaporetto journey is typically €5.00 whereas 1 day Blue cards cost €17, 3 day costs €34 and 7 day €52 (prices correct April 2007). There are cheaper 1 and 3 day ACTV travel tickets available (€12 and €25) but these are pure travel cards and offer no discounts or other goodies (like a free map and case) which come with the Venice Cards. Discounts on many of these cards are available for the under €30 or by buying online, it pays to look around.

Otherwise, take a walk! The city is not that big, and you can walk from one end to the other in a few hours. But it would take months for a fit person to discover every path in the city. Along the way you will discover marvelous art, superb architecture and breathtaking urban landscaping.

See

Churches

San Marco in Venice
  • Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Piazza San Marco (Water lines # 1, 52, and 82 will take you from Santa Lucia (the train station) or Piazzale Roma to Piazza San Lucia. Walking is another option but will require a map and lots of time and energy.), +39 041 5225205 (procuratorial phone number), [2]. October 1st to March 31st: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; April 1st to September 30th: 9.45 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.. Saint Mark's Basilica is located on Piazza San Marcoand is one of the highlights of a visit to Venice. As with most churches in Italy, you must be dressed appropriately to be allowed in; this means no short skirts or bare shoulders. Filming and photography is forbidden so be prepared in advance. The visit within the basilica last ten minutes. Waiting for entry into the basilica can last upto five or so hours and it may be wise to use alata.it [3] to reserve your visit. Reserving is free of charge. Admission to the basilica is free, however, the museum and other parts of the museum cost a few Euro.
  • San Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo in Venetian dialect): a fine, huge Dominican church with the tombs of many Doges. It shares its piazza with the fine Renaissance facade of the Scuola San Marco and an equestrian statue of the mercenary (condottiere) captain Colleone. Look out for the testicles (coglioni in Italian - it's a lousy pun) on his coat of arms!
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - the big friary church, with fine monuments and paintings.
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli - a perfect jewel box church, simple in form but ornamented with fine exterior marble facings.

Museums

  • Ca' Pesaro
  • Ca' Rezzonico
  • Clock tower (Torre dell'Orologio)
  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
  • Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia
  • Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro
  • Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro)
  • Goldoni's House (Casa Goldoni)
  • Jewish Ghetto of Venice, [4]. While racially and ethnic neighborhoods had existed prior to the Venetian Ghetto, Venice's ghetto was the first "ghetto" (coming from a Venetian word for the Iron Foundry that was on the site previously) and "ghetto" eventually came to mean any neighborhood that was made up of a single ethnic/racial group. Today, Jewish life is still very active in the ghetto, and elsewhere in Venice, and is home to five synagogues. Visiting on Saturdays (the Jewish Sabbath) will prove very fruitless because all shops, restaurants, and other Jewish places will be closed.
  • The Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico), Cannaregio 2902/b, +39 041 715 359 (, fax: +39 041 72 3007), [5]. Hours: June 1 - September 30: 10.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. October 1 - May 31: 10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Saturday (Shabbat), during Jewish festivities, on December 25th , on January 1st and on May 1. Entrance to the Museum: Full price: € 3.00, Reduced price: € 2.00. Entrance to the Museum and Guided Tours to Synagogues: Full price: € 8.50, Reduced price: € 7.00.
  • Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto)
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni (Located on the Dorsoduro region of Venice, to the east of the Accademia bridge, on the southern side of the Grand Canal), +39.041.2405.411 (, fax: +39.041.5206.885), [6]. Hours: Wednesday - Monday: 10AM - 6PM. Closed on Tuesdays and on 25 December. Open on national holidays (including Tuesdays). The Peggy Guggenheim Museum offers a personal collection of modern art collected by Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy was an American married to modern artist Max Ernst, and funded a number of his contemporaries. The gallery includes a sculpture garden and works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Tanguy, Duchamp, Pollock, Dali, and Mondrian. Admission: Adults: €10, Seniors (over 65 years): €8, Students (18 years and under or holders of valid student ID): €5.
Rialto Bridge
  • Museo d'Arte Orientale
  • Museo Fortuny
  • Museum Correr
  • Museum of Greek Icons
  • Natural History Museum
  • Naval History Museum (Museo Storico Navale)
  • Palazzo Grassi
  • Palazzo Mocenigo
  • Scala Contarini del Bovaro
  • Scuola Grande di S. Rocco

Outdoor sights, piazzas, bridges, canals

  • Don't miss the Rialto market and the Rialto Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Rialto) on San Polo, the smallest sestiere. The bridge has become one of Venice's most recognizable icons and has a history that spans over 800 years. Today's Rialto Bridge was completed in 1591 and was used to replace a wooden bridge that collapsed in 1524.

Do

Ride a Vaporetto (Water Bus) down the Grand Canal right before sunset. The Vaporettos are inexpensive, but the sites are priceless: amazing architecture, soft seaside sunlight, and a fascinating parade of Venetian watercraft.

Take a Gondola if you can afford it: it's expensive, but the Gondoliere maybe can decrease the price if you ask (but they can also decrease the time...). Make sure you reach an agreement on price and time before you start! A good tip with the Gondolieres is to bargain the price down as low as you can, then say that it's still too much and walk away. Two or three of them will chase after you, one after the other, each offering a lower price than the last. It's possible to knock 20-30 euros off the price.
Gondola Ride

If a gondola seems a little pricey the alternative is to cross the Grand Canal by traghetto. These only cost €0.50 to use and are largely gondolas that have seen better days, They are stripped down and used as municipal ferries. In the 1950's there were as many as thirty, but now there are seven points to find them. However some only operate when people are going to and from work.

If you are looking for something to do, you can always shop. Venice is packed full of little stores in every corner and crevice. The commonest local specialities are Carnival masks, glass, and marbled paper. Price can vary wildly, so it's a good idea to hold off buying until you have a fair idea about the relative value of things. On Murano you can go see glass-making demonstrations! While going through Venice you need to take in the beauty of it all. Walk through the alley ways, and take the water taxi to different parts of the island, sometimes at night you can just go sit in a main area and watch people and tourists. It is wonderful. There are many museums and churches that are around the city that allow tourists to go in a visit. They are a good thing to keep you busy throughout your visit.

The “Secret itineraries in Doge's Palace” worth a visit, take the visitor into the most secret and fascinating rooms in the Palace. It’s better to book in advance. www.museiciviciveneziani.it.

If you would like to have a guide to show up the highlights of Venice, you can choose between many offers. There are walking or boat tours, focused on shopping or history or for art lovers, and many itineraries. One tours site is www.aguideinvenice.com.

If you are interested in exploring all things related with italian food you have to visit the freshly open " i Tre Mercanti" ( campo della guerra 2 mins from S.Marco square ) an amazing food gallery where you can find typical italian specialities, a wide range o f the best wines and the usual classics like Olive Oil, balsamic winegar, parmesan, Limoncello along with hundreds of regional specialities ( including 97 pasta sauces !!!) . Classy and friendly the staff speak many languages and is open every day. If you don't feel like shopping you can always browse the shop and ask cooking tips and the history of products to the helpful manager. www.itremercanti.it

Learn

Venice is home to a major (and expanding) University, Ca' Foscari. There are possibly hundreds of smaller schools in the city.

Work

Venice still has some residents who work in non-tourism industries, but these are quite few today.

Buy

The city is well known for its artisans and artwork. Visitors are drawn to its glasswork and its decorative Carnival masks that are a signature Venetian product. Masks are available at every single shop in Venice, and choosing the best one can be difficult, as many are fairly low quality. One shop with a good quality stock and decent prices (the other great pitfall) is Traditional Mask [7].

Watch out also for the hand-made paper and the exquisite miniature buildings made by Moro. Watch out for fakes; Moro "signs" his on the back.

Also, beware of fakes and "free" trips to neighboring Murano for its famous glass. (See article for details.)

Torist Traps: "Coloured Pasta" and "Venetian Limoncello" ( not the original napolitan one ) are not italian food, no italian would ever eat them, they are expecially made only for tourist, shop for food only in food-shops and beware of buying products wich display venetian masks or venetian landscapes, they are usually made specifically for the tourist market.

Eat

Venice is packed with wonderful restaurants, featuring cuisine of the Veneto. Specialties include polenta, made of corn meal; risotto with cuttlefish ink sauce. Diners should however be aware that for every genuinely wonderful restaurant or trattoria, there's another serving rubbish food at inflated prices, especially in the most touristed streets around San Marco. Rule of thumb: if there's a waiter outside pimping for business, it's probably best avoided.

One of Venice's trademark foods is cuttlefish and its ink. This intense black ink serves as a sauce and ingredient for polenta (corn meal), risotto (rice), and pasta. These dishes are normally indicated by the Italian words "nella seppia" (in cuttlefish), "alla seppia" (in the style of cuttlefish), or "nero di seppia," (black of the cuttlefish). For example Polenta Nella Seppia is fried corn meal with the black ink of a cuttle fish. Despite the intensity in color, the ink has a surprisingly mild taste.


Be careful when the prices are in a weight basis (typically 100 g). One dish can easily contain 400 g of fish, meat,... 4 times the indicated price !

For fresh fruit (including chilled coconut!) watch out for the street market stalls.

To save money at lunch, eat standing up. Prices usually double as soon as you sit at a table.

If self-catering, the Rialto food markets are an absolute must for fruit, vegetables and cheese, but most of all for the huge range of seafood, much of it fresh out of the lagoon and still moving!

Budget

There's superb pizza by the (extremely large) slice in Campo Santa Margherita for approximately €1.80 a slice. The "Brek" is a restaurant that offers a menu including main meal+drink+dessert by only €5. There is one near to railway station and other in the Marco Polo airport, may be in other city places too. Venetian snacks (cichetti) can be brilliantly inventive. Look for places (especially wine bars) popular with non-tourists ... the prices are very reasonable. Buy bread, cheese etc. at the markets. If you must buy water (Venice has excellent tap water) get it at the Billa or Co-op stores. Eat less, walk more.

Mid-range

  • Design Restaurant La Rivista, Rio Terà Foscarini (near Accademia Bridge) tel +39.041.2401425 [8]
  • Al Vecio Canton, Castello 4738, [9] Just 8 minutes from Piazza San Marco, this small and atmospheric restaurant/pizzeria will absolutely enchant you. Famous for its traditional style pizza and seafood pasta, you will not only get it all at affordable prices (pizza from 6€, pasta from 8€, wine from 5€/half litre), but you're also served by a most friendly and hearty staff. They top it off with a free home made digestivo (mostly vodka and lemon) at the end of your meal, just to make 100% sure you'll be coming back for more.
  • La Bitta, Dorsudoro 2753A, calle lunga, san Barnaba, tel 523 0531. This busy but friendly restaurant is located in the more studenty area of Dorsudoro, and attracts a mixture of locals and tourists. They have some excellent Italian dishes, which are reflected in the prices, plus they have a great selection of wines. Meals served 6:30PM-11PM, closed in August.
  • Gianni, Zattere 918. tel +39 041.523 7210. This is a very friendly family restaurant overlooking the Guidecca Canal. The menu starts at €8.50 pizzas and pastas. The wine selection is good with many available in a choice of 250 cL, 375 cL and 750 cL bottles. The interior is almost art deco and surprisingly light. It is used by a lot of regulars, both local and returning tourists. They are closed on Wednesdays and between Christmas and Festival.
  • Osteria alla Botte, San Marco 5482, campo San Bartolomeo, tel 520 9775 [10]. A bacaro not far from the main tourist area of San Marco's square, but surprisingly quiet. Large square pictures of seafood decorate the walls, and friendly staff are swift and helpful. The dishes are mainly seafood, and there is a good wine selection provided. The prices are reasonable for Venice.

Splurge

Da Fiore, no longer Michellin starred, serves fish only. Currrently (1997)the only Michelin starred establishment is the 'M' restaurant of the Hotel Metropole (Riva degli Schiavoni)

  • Historical place:

Restaurant La Caravella very near St. Mark's Square, known since the 60's has become a must if you would like to experience a tradition. Via XXII Marzo 2398 Venice - phone +39.041.5208901 [11]

Drink

Although there are many fantastic bars in Venice, if you're planning a nighttime "pub crawl" you should plan a few places to visit in advance - otherwise it's very easy to waste an hour wandering aimlessly in search of a watering hole that's actually open (especially midweek).

There are two late-night drinking areas in venice ... and Piazza San Marco is not one of them. Although it is very pleasant and there are many people wandering around late. But the actual late night scene is in 1) Campo Santa Margherita, near the University Ca' Foscari, in Dorsoduro. And 2) in Erbaria, on the West side of the Rialto Bridge, where the main vegetable market is held during the day.

Try a "Spritz" (with either Campari, Select or Aperol), a typical drink loved by all Venetians, that's usually drunk while eating cicheti. You can find it in almost every bar in the city.

If you try the famous Veneto Grappa, be careful... it's almost pure alcohol!

The Devils Forest Pub is a tradional English style pub with a very fun atmosphere. It is located near the Rialto Bridge and tucked into a small alley near the Disney Store. Great, cold, pints!

There are two Irish pubs in Venice; one is located along the Strada Nova in Cannaregio, the other one is the Inishark, just before Campo Santa Maria Formosa.

The Bellini was invented in Harry's bar in Venice. It is a mix of white peach juice and Prosecco (the ubiquitous Venetian Champagne-like sparkling wine). Fermented at too low a temperature Prosecco develops amylic aromas (fruit drops), though these perhaps mix better with fruit juices than does the more austere Champagne. Classic Bellinis should never be made with Champagne. Although by normal standards expensive, a Bellini in Harry's bar is still much cheaper than on the terraces of similar '5-star' establishments in the city.

  • Pub Taverna L'Olandese Volante Campo San Lio, Castello 5856 , Venezia, Ph. +39 041.5289349. This pub is far and away the best in Venice. It is located between The Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark Square. During the summertime there are some tables outside when you can easily sit and rest after a day of wandering around this marvellous city. What is more, during the day pasta and other typical dishes are served at a budget price.

Sleep

Hotels in Venice are expensive. Some of the smaller hotels offer better rates.

Staying in a hotel on the Lido (15-20 minutes by Vaporetto) is a cheaper alternative to staying in Venice proper. The island of Lido also has a long beach where tourists and Venetians alike go swimming during the summer months.

In the last few years holiday or short rentals apartments has increased in number and quality, now you can rent (minimum stay is usually 3 nights)a Palazzo on Grand Canal as a little flat near Rialto.

Some Italians at the train station may approach you to find out if you need a room. While some of these people may be con artists not all are. Some work for family members and will be able to negotiate a price for you. They will usually ask what your budget is and will call a hotel or two to see if the owner will accept the price you suggested. Do not accept the offer if you think the situation is suspect or think you may be exploited. Always get a receipt for the transactions!

Note: if you're on a budget, are presentable, and you plan to stay in Venice for at least a few weeks, drop into the apartment rental agencies. These are usually for 6-moth / 1-year leases, but they often know people who are renting out apartments for somewhat shorter durations.

Super-budget

  • Venice Hostel, Fondamenta Zitelle 86, Isola della Giudecca, +39-041-5238211 (fax: +39-041-5235689). Venice's only hostel is in Giudecca (which means a short boat ride to the rest of Venice). Just a bed: clean, cheap and reasonable.[12]

Budget

  • Ai Tolentini Calle Amai, Santa Croce 197/G, 30135, Ph. +39 041.2759140 Fax +39 041.2753266. [13]. Near Piazzale Roma and the train station. Doubles from €65.
  • Ai Do Mori S. Marco 658, 30124, Ph. +39 041.5204817 Fax +39 041.5205328. [14]. As close as it gets to Piazza San Marco, but on the second and third floor, so it still is really quiet at nights. Superclean and nice rooms, tv, aircon, very friendly staff. Doubles from 55€/night.
  • Al Campiello Cannareggio 5619, Ph: +39 041.5285564 Fax: +39 041.5286861, [15]. Located in an ancient Venetian palace in the heart of Venice, rooms completely restored. Doubles starting from €80 (extra bed €20).
  • Alloggi Agli Artisti Calle Priuli Cavalletti 99, Venice historical center, Italy. [16]. Alloggi agli Artisti is a brand new hotel in a convenient location: only 150 meters away from the main central Venice railway station (Santa Lucia). Guests can choose between rooms with bathroom ensuite (with hairdryer), and rooms with sharing bathroom on the floor (cheaper). From €50 to €90 for a double room, depending on the season.
  • Alloggi La Gondola, Calle del Forno 180 (Follow the canale grande, after crossing the big station bridge turn west for 150 m (164 yd)). €20.
  • Alloggi Calderan, Campo san Geremia, Cannaregio 283, close to the railway station, bed in dorm 25 €.
  • Alloggi Santa Sofia Cannaregio 4185, 30131 Venice. Tel. +39 041.2770997 fax +39 041.5206998. [17]. The Alloggi Santa Sofia Lodgings are an alternative to the pensions in Venice, and is an excellent starting point for a vacation in the unusual streets of Venice.
  • Antica Villa Graziella, Via Coletti, 6 Marghera, 30175 Ph. +39 041.921655 Fax +39 041.921931 [18]. Hotel Antica Villa Graziella, a Mestre hotel near Venice, is in an ideal location to visit Venice and its mainland.
  • B&B Faronhof Via Seriola Veneta sx, 51 Oriago di Mira,30030. tel +39 041 428363, fax +39 041 563 1829. [19]. (Family run bed and breakfast near to the center of Venice, offers free internet and bike hire) €35-€58 for a double room (2 persons).
  • B&b Residenza Ai Giardini Venezia Castello 747-748, 30100, Ph. +39 041.5232441 Fax +39 041 5239396. [20]. Bed & Breakfast Residenza ai Giardini welcomes its guests in a charming atmosphere for an authentic Venetian experience, far from the throngs of tourists.
  • B&B Venezia, via Degan 7, Venezia-Mestre [21]. (10 minutes by city-bus from center of Venice). B&B is a young venetian organization that offers accomodation in a new structure made up of single and double bedrooms, all with private services, air conditioning, room bar, digital television with infrared-control, safe-box that can hold a portable computer. From € 40 per person/night.
  • Ca' del Pozzo, Venice, Ph. +39 041.2413875 Fax +39 041.2443203 [22]. Ca' del Pozzo is a brand new Bed & Breakfast in Venice, completely restructured in 2003 and situated in the characteristic Campo San Maurizio, a couple of steps from the famous La Fenice Theatre and just a few minutes from St. Mark's Square.
  • Ca' Rialto, Riva del Ferro, San Marco 5149 - Venice, Ph. +39.041.5209166 Fax +39.041.5238958 [23]. Located in a building overlooking the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. Singles from €50, doubles from €60 (extra bed €30).
  • Casa Tanzi Appartements, San Polo 1495, 30100, Tel. +39.041.2412550 Fax +39 041.2412550, [24].
  • Hotel Adriatico, Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 224, Venezia tel. +39 041.715176 fax +39 041.717275 [25]. A typical Venetian building in the heart of the old city centre, close to the railway station.
  • Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo, S. Croce 2063, 30135, tel. +39 041.5244797, fax. +39 041.2759420, [[26]]
  • Hotel Al Vagon, Cannaregio 5619, Venezia [27]. The Hotel Vagon offers a restaurant, between the Rialto bridge and the Ca' d'oro museum, in the heart of the historic town centre: during the spring time you can have a very romantic dinner along the canal. Single from 40€, Double from 70€
  • Hotel Atlantide, Calle della Misericordia 375/A , Venezia [28] Ph. +39.041.716901 Fax +39.041.716994. The Hotel Atlantide offers affordable rooms near the station, just off Lista di Spagna. Easily accesed and found when arriving, it has clean and spacious rooms at 100€ a double.
  • Hotel Casa Boccassini, Cannaregio 5295, 30131, [29] Ph. +39.041.5229892 Fax +39.041.5236877. a typical Venetian house with garden and all amenities, just a few minutes from the Rialto Bridge. Double rooms from 90 Euros.
  • Hotel CaSa Linger, Fondamtenta S.Antonin castello 3541. €22-40 per person/night.
  • Hotel Diana, Calle Specchieri 449, 30124 , Venezia [30] Ph. +39.041.5206911 Fax +39.041.5238763. The Hotel Diana, good prices on rooms 100 yards from the front entrance to Basilica San Marco. Excellent location to see the city, rooms at around €70 per person per night.
  • Hotel Giardinetto Piazzale Santa Maria Elis, 3, Venice Lido. Hotel located 10 minutes by boat to/from Saint Mark's Square. Rooms with view on Venice lagoon available. Reachable directly by car. 5 minutes to the famous venice beach. 15 minutes to the main meeting-congress and the casino area. Cheapest prices for this hotel category. Completely restored in 1999. All rooms with. private bath/shower, TVC-Sat, Mini-bar, Air-cond., Central Heating Syst., Safety box in room, Direct dial Phone, Hair Dryer.
  • Hotel Moderno, Lista di Spagna, 154/B, 30121 , Venezia [31] Ph. +39.041. 716679 Fax +39.041. 717421. The Hotel Moderno is a small hotel with affordable rooms well placed to access the whole island by foot or public transport as it is next Santa Lucia train station. Simple and comfortable rooms from around €60-70 per person per night.
  • Hotel Reiter Gran Viale S. Maria Elisabetta 57/b, Venice Lido, Venice. The Hotel Reiter is a 2 Star Hotel in Venice. Located 10 minutes by boat from/to Saint Mark's Square. 150 meters from the main boat station and shuttle boat to/from Venice Airport. Reachable directly by car, free park area. Next to the main Venetian Congress / Meeting area and Casino Palace. Most reasonably priced Hotel among the Venetian 2 Star Hotels. Buffet Breakfast
  • Hotel Santa Lucia, Calle della Misericordia, 358. Tel +39 041 715180 (fax +39 041 710610, info@hotelslucia.com) [32]. Although it is in a not-so-old building, this hotel has some character and a homely feel to it. Also it is conveniently located very close to Venice's railway station, the bus terminal, the vaporetto stop and the Lista di Spagna street. Singles/doubles from €40/50.
  • Hotel Serenissima, Calle Goldoni 4486, San Marco 30124 , Venezia [33] Ph. +39.041. 5200011 Fax +39.041. 5223292. The Hotel Serenissima was completely refurbished at the of end 2006 - begining of 2007 and sits one minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. Simple and comfortable rooms from around €80 per person per night.
  • Hotel Zecchini, Lista di Spagna, 152, +39 041. 715066 (, fax: +39 041. 715611), [34]. The Hotel Zecchini is very conviniently located next to Santa Lucia train station, and is a cosy little hotel with competitively priced accommodation. Great location with double rooms available from €110 a night.
  • Hotel Villa Parco Via Rodi 1, Venice Lido, Venice. Hotel Villa Parco is a 3 Star Hotel located 15 minutes by boat to/from Saint Mark's Square. Reachable directly by car, free private parking area. 100 meters from the famous Venice Beach; next to the Venetian Casino and the main Congress /Meeting area.
  • Locanda Gaffaro, Dorsoduro 3589, 30123 Ph.+39.041.2750897 Fax +39.041.2750375 [35] Locanda Gaffaro is located in a picturesque court near Piazzale Roma. Doubles from around €100.
  • Locanda Sant'Anna, C.te del Bianco, Castello 269 [36]. Locanda Sant'Anna of Venice is located only 3 minutes from the Gardens of the Biennale, providing a family atmosphere complete with modern comforts. Single from 35€, Double from 45€
  • Pensione Seguso Venice , D.D.779, 30123, Venezia [37] Ph. +39.041. 5286858 Fax +39.041. 5222340. The Pesione Seguso is a charming traditional Italian Pensione with affordable accommodation overlooking the waterfront close to San Marco. A bulding and Hotel with a long history, the spacious and light rooms start from €60 per person per night.
  • Relais agritourism Ormesani [38] is located in San Liberale di Marcon, conveniently placed to access the highway junctions of North Eastern Italy (A4 Trieste – Torino, A27 Mestre – Belluno) and Venice airport 7km. Venice is 20 km. Treviso 25 km. and Jesolo beach just 30 km. The Relais agritourism is near the historic center of Venice and the most famous cultural and tourist sites, such as Treviso and the ancient Altino. Taking the train is the best way of arriving to Venice. Quarto d’Altino station is four and a half kilometers away. A train leaves here every half hour for the historic center (Santa Lucia station faces the Grand Canal!) which brings you to the city in 30 minutes.
  • Residenza Laguna Venice , S. Polo n° 1016, 30123, Venezia [39] Ph. +39.041. 2960575 Fax +39.041. 2447441. The Residenza Laguna is a great little B&B close to Ponte Rialto bridge with spacious and stylish rooms. Nice family run accommodation starting from €70 a head per night.

Mid-range

  • Abbazia de luxe b&b, Calle Priuli dei Cavalletti, Cannaregio 61, 30121, Tel. +39 041.2750254 Fax +39 041.717949, [40].
  • Alloggi al Mercante, San Polo, 1770, 30123, Tel. +39 041.2750158 Fax +39 041.723284, [41]. In the heart of Levantine Venice, with its markets and shops, only 5 minutes on foot from the Rialto Bridge and fifteen minutes form Piazza San Marco.
  • Antica Casa Carettoni Venice , Lista di Spagna 130, 30121, Venezia [42] Ph. +39.041. 716231 Fax +39.041. 2750973. The Hotel Antica Casa Carettoni Venice lies close to Santa Lucia Train Station and the waterbus stops, making it easy to get to and easy to see the city from. This recently restructured 3 star hotel sits in an old convent and offers quality, allergy freindly accommodation starting at aroud €120-130 for a room for two.
  • Antica Locanda Sturion Calle dello Sturion, San Polo 679, Tel +39 041.5236243 Fax +39 041.5228378[43]. Overlooking the Grand Canal, the Hotel Antica Locanda Sturion is in the heart of Venice: at Rialto, within view of the famous bridge and just minutes from all the city's most beautiful and celebrated sites.
  • Antico Casin Locanda Corte Contarina, San Marco 1520/a, Tel +39-041.5207002 Fax +39-041.795122[44]. ( a refined example of contemporary design among the hotels and the rooms for rent in Venice, located close to Saint Mark's Square.). Doubles from €90.
  • Antico Fiore Venise, San Marco 3486, Tél. +39.041.5227941 - Fax +39.041.2413879, [45]. An eighteenth-century building which has been carefully restored.
  • Bisanzio Hotel Riva Schiavoni, Calle della Pietà, 3651 Castello , Tel +39 041.5203100 Fax +39 041.5204114 [46]. Located behind St. Mark's Square.
  • Boutique hotel Venice La Corte, Castello 6317, 30122, Tel. +39.041.2411300 Fax +39.041.2415982, [47]. Venice boutique hotel.
  • Ca' Amadi, Cannaregio 5815, 30121, Tel. +39 041.5204682 Fax +39 041.5206701, [48]. Ca' Amadi is situated at the heart of the old town center of Venice: extremely close to the famous Rialto Bridge and 10 minutes from Piazza San Marco.
  • Corte 1321 San Polo 1321, 30124 Venice, Ph. +39.041.5224923 Fax +39.041.0997849, [49]. Double rooms from €100.
  • Domus Ciliota, Calle delle Muneghe - S. Marco, [50]. Just a 5-10 minute walk from San Marco's Square, this is a good base for exploring Venice. The hotel has over fifty clean, basic, air-conditioned rooms all with shower and WC. The reception is English speaking and is open 24 hours. There is an area for leaving baggage after you've checked out. Single rooms are €70-85 and doubles are €100-110 including breakfast.
  • Hotel All’Angelo Venice , San Marco 403, 30124, Venezia [51] Ph. +39.041. 5209299 Fax +39.041. 2743555. The Hotel All’Angelo has been run by the same family since 1924 in a 17th century building close to St Marks Basilica. Comfortable and stylishly decorated rooms with a double somewhere in the region of 150 Euro.
  • Hotel Alla Salute Da Cici Salute 222, Fondamenta Ca' Balà, Venice Ph. +39 041.5235404 Fax +39 041.5222271. [52]. A 16th-century palazzo, a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco and easily reachable from the station and Piazzale Roma. Doubles from €80.
  • Hotel Antica Locanda al Gambero Calle dei Fabbri - San Marco 4687, 30124 Venice Ph: +39 041.5224384 Fax: +39 041.5200431. [53]. Single Rooms from 90€, Double from 110€ (150€ if you want to choose a room facing the Canal)
  • Hotel Antico Panada San Marco 646, Tel +39 041.5209088 Fax +39 041.5209619, [54]. Welcoming Venetian hotel, in the heart of the Sestiere (District) of San Marco, has rooms decorated in an 18th century Venetian style. Double Room rates range from €145 to €310.
  • Hotel Antico Palazzo Gottardi, Cannaregio 2283 3000 Venice. Tel. +39 041 2759333 +39 041 2759421. [55]. Antico Palazzo Gottardi stands in Strada Nuova, in the heart of the old city centre of Venice, between two buildings that look down onto the Canal Grande. Double from 120€
  • Hotel Basilea Venice , S. Croce-Rio Marin, 817, 30135, Venezia [56] Ph. +39.041. 718477 Fax +39.041. 720851. The Hotel Basilea sits just across the Grand Canal from Santa Lucia Train Station. Located in a quiet Calle, it offers excellent value accommodation that is easy find, and close to anything you need or would want to see. Double rooms are ussually around €100-160 depending on season.
  • Hotel Becher,San Marco 1857, Tel. +39.041.5221253 Fax +39.041.5212685 [57]. 18th century enhanced by the most modern amenities, charming atmosphere and impeccable service. Single rooms from €70, doubles €110 and triples from €170.
  • Hotel Cà D'Oro, Calle delle Rasse, Castello 4604, 30121 Venice. Tel. +39 041.2411212 Fax +39 041.2414385 [58]. The Hotel It is in a quiet corner of Cannaregio district, only 5 minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge and 10 minutes from St. Mark.Singles from 60€, doubles from 80€
  • Hotel Canal, Santa Croce 553, 30135, Ph. +39 041.5238480 Fax +39 041.5239106. [59]. L'Hotel Canal sul Canal Grande, nel cuore di Venezia, ricrea atmosfere romantiche con i suoi arredi in stile '700.
  • Hotel Canaletto Venice , Castello 5487, 30122, Venezia [60] Ph. +39.041. 52 20 518 Fax +39.041. 52 29 023. The Hotel Canaletto Venice sits along a scenic canal close to St. Mark’s Basilica. Decorated and furnished in the traditional Venetian maner, this hotel offers excellent service and rooms that will make you feel at home at once in this stunning city. Tranquil and scenic, a room for two starts at around €110.
  • Hotel Capri Santa Croce 595, 30135, Ph. +39.041.2752300 | Fax +39.041.2752350. [61]. It is situated in a peaceful zone close to the arrival's terminals and main venetian attraction's points. Doubles from around €140.
  • Hotel Centauro, San Marco, Campo Manin 4297, Tel. +39 041.5225832 Fax. +39 041.5239151, [62]. Right in the historic center, a couple of steps from the Great La Fenice Theatre and 5 minutes on foot from St. Mark's Square
  • Hotel Continental, Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 166, Tel. +39.041.715122 Fax +39.041.5242432 [63]. The privilege of staying on Canal Grande in elegant spaces. Hotel Continental is the ideal spot for an unforgettable vacation in Venice. Single rooms from €93, doubles from €155 and triples from €194 including taxes and breakfast.
  • Hotel Commercio e Pellegrino, Calle delle Rasse, Castello 4551/A, 30122 Venice. Tel. +39 041.5207922 Fax +39 041.5225016 [64]. The Hotel Commercio e Pellegrino is a comfortable hotel in the centre of the city, easy to reach by public transport and just 2 minutes on foot to Saint Mark’s Square. Single rooms from €80, doubles from €100 including taxes and breakfast.
  • Hotel Dolomiti, Cannaregio, 73-74, 30121 Venezia, Tel +39) 041.715113 Fax (+39) 041.716635 [65]. Situated in the first left alley from Santa Lucia Train Station, Hotel Dolomiti has 32 nice, clean rooms, most of them with private bathroom, some with air conditioning, all with private telephone.
  • Hotel Firenze Venice , San Marco, 1490, 30124, Venezia [66] Ph. +39.041. 5222858 Fax +39.041. 5202668. The Hotel Firenze Venice is snuggled in a sidestreet of Piazza San Marco, and offers bright and comfortable rooms in a neighbourhood full of artisans, boutiques, artists and small galleries. A buzzing area from which to see the city, rooms start at around €120 a double/twin.
  • Hotel La Forcola, Cannaregio 2353, tel. +39 041 5241484, fax +39 041 5245380, [67]
  • Hotel Gardena, Santa Croce 239, 30135, Ph. +39.041.2205000 • Fax +39.041.2205020. [68]. Only five minutes from the Santa Lucia Train Station, the Hotel Gardena welcomes you to the heart of Venice in rooms of Venetian personality enhanced with excellent comforts.
  • Hotel Gorizia A La Valigia Calle Fabbri, San Marco 4696/A - 4697/A, 30124, Tel. +39 041.5223737 Fax +39 041.5212789. [69]
  • Hotel il Mercante di Venezia , Calle della Misericordia, 30121, Venezia [70] Ph. +39.041. 2759290 Fax +39.041. 2759294. The Mercante di Venezia sits just off the Lista di Spagna by the Grand Canal and offers excellent access to the Staiton (Santa Lucia) and the waterbuses. Delicately apointed rooms from around 145 Euro.
  • Hotel Lisbona Venice , San Marco 2153, 30124, Venezia [71] Ph. +39.041. 5286774 Fax +39.041. 5207061. The Hotel Lisbona is in the picturesque area just in front of Piazza San Marco and has luxurious three star rooms decorated in the grand Venetian style at reasonable rates. Double rooms are ussually around €140.
  • Hotel Montecarlo Venice , Calle degli Specchieri, 30124, Venezia [72] Ph. +39.041. 5207144 Fax +39.041. 5207789. The Hotel Montecarlo Venice offers fantastic 3 star superior rooms and services literally one hundred yards from the entrance to Basilica San Marco. An area rich with shops and restaurants, rooms start at around €130 a double.
  • Hotel Palazzo Guardi Dorsoduro 995, 30123, Ph.: +39 041 2960725 Fax: +39 041 7241067. [73], A stone's throw from the Accademia, in a noble Venetian palace, rooms equipped with all comforts. Double room from €80.
  • Hotel San Gallo, San Marco 1093/A 30124 Venice. Tel. +39 041.5227311 Fax +39 041.5225702 [74]. The San Gallo Hotel is located in a small characteristic campo (square), called San Gallo or Rusolo, which has an ancient well and curb and is very close to St Mark’s Square (50 metres).
  • Hotel San Giorgio, Rio Terà della Mandola, San Marco 3781 30124 Venice, Tel. +39 041.5235835 Fax +39 041.5228072 [75]. The hotel is located in Venice between Campo Sant'Angelo and Campo Manin in an antique gothic palace bought by Mariano Fortuny. Single rooms from €60, doubles from €90, triples from €120.
  • Hotel Tiepolo, Castello 4510, 30122 Venice. Tel. +39 041 5232415 Fax. +39 041.5208222 [76]. Small and elegant, Hotel Tiepolo is an exemplary design hotel in the historic heart of Venice, a few steps away from Saint Mark's Square. Doubles from around €200.
  • Hotel Villa Dori, Via Colombara 213, Malcontenta, 30030, tel +39 041.930926, fax +39 041.930421, [77]. Just a few minutes from Venice and the Riviera del Brenta, Venice Hotel Villa Dori offers elegant rooms inspired by Venetian Villas.
  • Hotel Violino D'Oro Via XXII Marzo 2091, San Marco, 30124 Venice Ph: +39 041.2770841 Fax: +39 041.2771001. [78]. Hotel Violino d’Oro is synonymous with true Venetian style. It is ideal for those looking for an experience characterized by taste and tradition in this age-old city with magical ambiance. Sigle rooms from 40€, Double from 70€.
  • Locanda al Ghetto Cannaregio 2892-2893, 30100 Venice Ph: +39.041.2759292 Fax: +39.041.2757987. [79]. Located in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, the Locanda del Ghetto accommodates guests in refined, elegant rooms with full amenities.
  • Locanda Orseolo, [80]. Located only a 3 minutes walk from St. Peter's Square, this Venice hotel, a very popular 12 room guest house, is lovingly operated by a multi-lingual Venitian family who offer impeccable concierge service. Room rates are generally €150 to €200, which is actually quite reasonable for its central location.
  • Residence Corte Grimani, Corte Grimani, San Marco, 4402, 30124, Tel. +39 041 2410719 Fax +39 041 5287949, [81]. In Venice, at the elegant apartments of Residence Corte Grimani, only a few steps away from Saint Mark's and from Rialto.
  • Residenza Goldoni, San Marco 5232/5234, 30124, Tel. +39 041 2410086 Fax +39 041 2774728, [82]. Near the Rialto Bridge 300m from the landings, one of the quietest accommodations in Venice from the warm and intimate interior in a typical Venetian building completely renovated in 2003.
  • Venezia Residence, Via San Polo 2920, 30100 Venice. Tel. +39 340.4029466 Fax. +39 041.5239396 [83]. In Venice, in the elegant St. Mark's district, or around the corner from the Riva degli Schiavoni, among "calli" and churches that conjure up the numerous foreigners who once lived in the city, or near the Ca' d'Oro.
  • Villas Venice appartments, Via Mattei 20, 30030 Dolo, VE. Tel. +39 338 9736241 [84]. Villas Venice offers you a selection of apartments, hotels, and B&Bs in the most evocative locations in Venice and on the Brenta Riviera. Doubles from €77.


Splurge

  • Ca' Pisani Design Hotel, Dorsoduro 979 Rio Terà foscarini ph.: +39.041.2401411 fax: +.39.041.2771061 [85] the Ca' Pisani hotel is the first design hotel in Venice, noticeable for its Design and its location nearby the Accademia bridge in a very quiet area. Remakable restaurant with tables outside www.capisanihotel.it special offers online.
  • Ca' Valeri Castello - Ramo dei Corazzieri 3845 tel.: +39 041.2411530 +39 041.2415392 [86]. Ca' Valeri welcomes guests like a luxury residence or a boutique hotel within the warmth of an antique private home where an atmosphere of charm and comfort define an ambience of class.
  • Hotel A La Commedia, Corte Del Teatro Goldoni, San Marco, 4596/A, Venezia [87]Ph. +39.041. 2770235 Fax +39.041. 2770588. The Hotel A La Commedia sits overlooking Teatro Goldoni near San Marco. It offers stylish and elegant rooms and high quality service with rooms from around 260 Euro.
  • Hotel Al Codega , Corte del Forno Vecchio - S. Marco, 4435, 30124, Venezia [88]Ph. +39.041. 2413288 Fax +39.041. 2414621. The Hotel Al Codega is situated in a picturesque little ‘cortile’ or courtyard a short walk from Piazza San Marco. A brand new hotel, it’s elegant rooms offer excellent value for the luxury they offer, rooms from 200-300 Euro.
  • Hotel Amadeus, Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 227, [89]. Hotel Amadeus: the Japanese restaurant, conference room, a delightful garden, and a fusion of Venetian elements characterize the original elegance of the Hotel Amadeus in Venice. The hotel has 63 rooms available in classic, superior, and junior suite versions.
  • Hotel Bonvecchiati, San Marco 4488, 30124 Venice. Ph. +39 041.5285017 Fax +39 041.5285230, [90]. the Hotel Bonvecchiati, which has been welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790, is just 3 minutes from Saint Mark's Square and 5 from the Rialto Bridge, for the most exclusive and unforgettable of visits. Prices depends on the kind of accommodation and on the season.
  • Hotel Ca' dei Conti, Castello 4429, 30122, Ph. +39.041.2770500, Fax +39.041.2770727 [91]. A dream vacation in a luxurious building dating back to the XVIII century, just a stroll from St. Mark's Square. Room rates start from €155 fo a double single use, €200 for a double room, €320 for a suite.
  • Hotel Carlton Grand Canal, Fondamenta S.Pantalon, Santa Croce 578, 30135, Ph. +39 041.2752200, Fax +39 041.2752250[92]. The Carlton and Grand Canal Hotel overlooks the Grand Canal and is the perfect starting point for discovering the beauty of Venice. Room rates start from (depending on the season): from 150€ untill 250€
  • Hotel Ca' Vendramin, Cannaregio 2400, 30100, Ph. +39.041.2750125 Fax +39.041.2750543. [93] In the heart of Venice, original frescos, fine fabric and Murano glass chandeliers define a unique atmosphere, in pure Venetian style. Double classic from €160 and junior suite from €260.
  • Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth, Riva Degli Schiavoni 4110 30122 Venice, Ph. +39 041.5231580 Fax +39 041.5209455, [94]. The Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth looks out on the Bacino di San Marco along the Riva degli Schiavoni just a few minutes from the Piazza San Marco and the Giardini, location of the Venice Bienniale. Doubles from 200€
  • Hotel Grande Italia, Rione S.Andrea, 597 (P.tta Vigo) 30015 CHIOGGIA, Ph. +39.041.400515 Fax +39.041.400185, [95]. Hotel Grande Italia, in an early 20th century building in the prettiest spot of Chioggia, in front of the Venice Lagoon. Doubles starting from 110€.
  • Hotel Giorgione, Calle Larga dei Proverbi, Cannaregio 4587, 30131 Venice Tel +39 041.5225810, Fax +39 041.5239092[96]. In the heart of romantic Venice, just 10 minutes from Piazza San Marco, it was transformed into a hotel at the beginning of the 19th century and has been managed by the same family ever since. Singles from 105€ e Doubles from 150€.
  • Hotel Kette, S.Marco, 2053 · 30124, Ph. +39 041 5207766, Fax +39 041 5228964 [97]. In Venice, in a enclave of tranquility, only two minutes walking distance from the elegant and refined Via XXII Marzo. Room rates, that are vary based on the season, can be checked directly on the official web site of the hotel.
  • Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati, San Marco, Calle dei Fabbri 4680 30124 Venice, Italy Ph. +39 041 2963111 Fax +39 041 5288645 [98]. Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati, a new concept of hospitality in Venice, with contemporary design, wellness center and offering the absolutely most modern services.
  • Hotel Principe, Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 146 30121, Ph.+39 041.2204000 Fax +39 041.220402079 [99], Overlooking the Grand Canal, a very short distance from the airport and station terminal, Hotel Principe welcomes its guests in sumptuous elegance, enhanced by modern comforts and impeccable services.
  • Hotel Rialto, Riva del Ferro/Ponte di Rialto, San Marco 5149, [100]. This luxury four star hotel enjoys a spectacular position at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, in the centre of all that this legendary city has to offer. Room rates start from €160 for a double room, the hotel has 79 rooms in total 28 of which are overlooking the Grand Canal.
  • Hotel San Sebastiano Garden, Fondamenta S.Sebastiano, Dorsoduro 2542, +39 041.5231233 (, fax: +39 041.5231233), [101].
  • Hotel Saturnia, San Marco 2398, 30124 Venice. Ph. +39.041.5208377 Fax +39.041.5207131 e-mail info@hotelsaturnia.it The hotel Saturnia is one of the historical 4 stars family run hotels in Venice. Near St. Mark's Square, only 250 meters and next the Fenice theatre, is known for its restaurant La Caravella and his long tradition since 1908. [102] www.hotelsaturnia.it special offers on line.
  • Palazzo del Giglio, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco 2462, 30124, Ph. +39.041.2719111 Fax +39.041.5205158. [103]. Hotel Palazzo del Giglio is a small, elegant and charming residence located in the heart of Venice, at 5 minutes walking distance from Saint Mark's and La Fenice Theater. Doubles from €170, Junior suite from €250.
  • Relais Piazza San Marco, San Marco 312, 30124 Venice. Ph. +39 041.2960804 Fax+39 041.7241079, [104]. Relais Piazza San Marco boasts an exclusive position compared to all the other inns in Venice: in Piazza San Marco, a real open air museum where spectacular works of art are housed. Prices depends on the kind of accommodation: Suite or double ar available and on the season.
  • San Clemente Palace, Isola di San Clemente, 1 San Marco, [105]. This hotel is located on its own island and makes a peaceful and quiet respite from the hoards of tourists in Venice. They provide a shuttle boat between the hotel and San Marco square. The cheapest room is €260, but the priciest is the 'Residential Suite' at a mere €2800 a night.

Contact

Phone

The area code is 041. As anywhere in Italy, it is compulsory to dial the area code and the number also if you call from the city itself. If you call from abroad, dial +39041 before the number. If you call abroad from Venice, dial 00 first.

Internet

Venice has several Internet cafes, but they are much more expensive than the rest of Europe with prices for an hour of access around €6. Wifi is only available at some of them. There's a wonderful pub, Cafe Blue in Dorsoduro, which has free (password-protected) wifi. Buy a spritz and a panini and go to town.

Stay safe

Venice is considered a safe city. One can walk down the darkest alley in the middle of the night and feel completely safe. You have to take the habitual travellers precautions, however. Keep your valuable items (like wallet and passport) close to you because there are pickpockets, especially in more crowded parts of the city. In addition, make sure you get receipts for all of your purchases (in order to fight tax evasion). Italian law requires customers to retain receipts and you could (in theory) be stopped by the Financial Police and asked to show receipts for your purchases.

Stay healthy

Venice has begun to install septic tanks in buildings, but much of the city has not yet been upgraded and releases untreated sewage directly into the canals. Shoes and clothing that touch the acqua alta will be contaminated. Take care not to spread the contamination.

One other consideration at night, carry a pocket torch. There are many alleys, which end in the water but have little or no lighting. They have no signposts because the locals know them.

Cope

The unfortunate side-effect of the quaint back-alleys which make Venice such a delight to visit is that it is remarkably easy to get lost. Even maps provided by hotels are frequently inaccurate, and the maze-like structure of the city can become very confusing indeed.

One tip, as you cross bridges note the house numbers before and after. A small change probably means you are on the same island/district and have crossed a "new" canal. A major change means you are now on another island. Most maps clump islands together into their voting districts, there are many more islands than districts.

One piece of assistance is to look for directional signs. These will be marked "Per" and then with the name of a prominent location or bridge in the city, complete with an arrow pointing in the relevant direction. Hence, to get to the Rialto bridge, the signs to follow are marked "Per Rialto". Those to St Mark's Square read "Per S Marco", and those to the train station "Per Ferrovia" (there are some others as well). Having oriented yourself to the nearest landmark, direction-finding can thus become (slightly) easier.

Remember, though, that the signs to read are the official ones. Graffiti will occasionally give other directions, frequently incorrect ones.

That said, there is a school of thought which argues that getting lost in Venice is part of the experience of the city. The number of photogenic canals, hidden restaurants and shops where glass blowing is done almost guarantees that there is no such thing as a "dull neighbourhood". Additionally, the relatively cheap public transport means that it is relatively easy to arrive at the intended destination even after one has emerged from the web of alleys in a totally unexpected place.

Get out

Around the Venetian lagoon are other smaller islands, which have since been deserted but are worth a visit. There is also the Lido, which is a long narrow island with more modern buildings, hosting a youth hostel and a hotel.

  • Lake Garda -An easy day trip by train, it is Italy's largest lake and stunning in scenery
  • The Lido - Typical for its beaches
  • Murano - Nearby island famous for its glassware
  • Po Delta -Peaceful and scenic marshy area southwest of Venice with bike trails
  • Burano - Nearby island with typical textiles and painted houses.
  • San Lazzaro - Nearby island with Armenian monastery and impressive art collection, some world class pieces.
  • Mestre - Town in the mainland, but still a part of Venice
  • Jesolo - Jesolo is one of the most important beaches in Italy, just 45' from Venice by car or by boat (ferry from Treporti to Venice)




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