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

Venice [22], 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 six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains.


Venice is made of different parts. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts that are called "Sestieri" and they are: Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco where the main monuments and sights are located. Other main districts are Isola Della Giudecca and Lido di Venezia. 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 kilometer 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


A lion, the symbol of San Marco


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 Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the renaissance, and old culture still throbs powerfully in the old italians veins..


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. Between November and January, you'll have Venice for you alone, an interesting and quiet experience. 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 to warn 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 a tide measuring station at the Rialto vaporetto piers, and a noticeboard at the base of the Campanile in the Piazza San Marco that shows a live tide reading and predictions for the next few days.

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, IATA: VCE), 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 --€3-- (or just turn left and walk 10 minutes under the awning) to the Alilaguna water-bus jetty, where €12 gets you a leisurely 80 minute 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 (30 mins) for about €100.

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 firma) 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

There is a direct bus between Marco Polo airport and the Piazzale Roma, on the west bank of Venice. Starts twice an hour, takes 20 minutes and costs €3. The Piazzale Roma bus station is well served by vaporetti and water-taxis ... and of course, you can walk everywhere. If you leave the car in Mestre, you can take a bus to Venezia- Piazzale Roma, the ticket cost 1€ but if you buy it in the bus it will cost 1,5€. All the city is connected to Venice by bus.

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. An up-to-date site with all ferry schedules from Venice to Greece is here.

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. 12 hour, 48 hour 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. The surcharge only officially allows you to use the Alilaguna bus twice, so it isn´t necessarily cheaper. 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 €6.00 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 30s 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.



Although San Marco is free most other famous churches charge an entry fee. If you plan to visit three churches or more you are better off buying the churches pass. There is also a combined pass for museums, churches and transportation only available at the tourist information office but it is relatively expensive.

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), [1]. 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. You are not allowed to carry large bags or rucksacks inside. You must deposit them just round the corner from the main entrance. 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 up to five or so hours and it may be wise to use [2] to reserve your visit. Reserving is free of charge. Once you have a reservation you can take the group entrance on the left, where you give in the printout of your reservation. Admission to the basilica is free, however, the museum upstairs costs €3 and other altar treasury €2..
  • 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.


There is a museum pass available for some of Venice' best known museums. It does not include all of them. It is already worthwhile buying it if you intend to visit the two big museums at Saint Marc Square: The Doge's Palace and Correr Museum. A more expensive pass also including some famous churches and transportation is available at the tourist information.

  • Correr Museum, San Marco 52 (on San Marco Square), [3]. Interesting collection of globes, starting from the 16th century. There is also an only library hall, an archeological museum of Roman antiques and an important picture gallery. At the end of your visit, don't miss the museum art cafe, with their tables giving on the San Marco square.
  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), (San Marco square). Don't miss the guided tour named Secret Itinerary (€10), which will let you discover the part of the palace where the city's administration worked, as well as Casanova's jail and the wonderfull five hundred years old roof structure.
  • La Fenice Theater (Teatro La Fenice), (300m west of San Marco square), [4]. Visit this historic theater with an audioguide (good explanations in several languages). The theater has been rebuilt in 2003, identical to the one that burned in 1993. €7.
  • Jewish Ghetto of Venice, [5]. 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), [6]. 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.
  • Mocenigo Palace (Palazzo Mocenigo), (vaporetto San Stae), [7]. Closed on Mondays. A collection of clothes dating from the 18th century. €4.
  • 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), [8]. 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.
  • Ca' Pesaro A beautiful palace housing the gallery of modern art focusing on Italian art in the 19th Century as well as the Marco Pollo Museum, a rich collection mainly of Asian exhibits.
  • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of the 18th Century in Venice - attempts to revive the domestic atmosphere of Venetian nobilities.
  • Clock tower (Torre dell'Orologio) This tower at Saint Marc Square fell down at the beginning of the 20th Century due to a faulty construction of an exterior lift. After careful reconstruction it now offers a beautiful panoramic view of the centre of Venice. Try to avoid going up right before round hours as the bells ring extremely loud upstairs.
  • Scuola grande di San Rocco A masterpiece of Tintoretto, this guild house is an exquisit example of Manierist art in its best. In order to allow a comfortable admiration of the detailed ceiling mirrors are offered to the visitors.
  • Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia Venice' most significant art museum which is also one of Italy's best. A mustsee!

Other Classical art museums are:

  • Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca' d'Oro
  • Galleria Stampalia
  • Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro) On Murano, the island so typical of its glasswork.
  • Goldoni's House (Casa Goldoni) House of Venice' famous playright.
  • Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto)
Rialto Bridge

Other museums include:

  • Museo Fortuny
  • Museum of Greek Icons
  • Natural History Museum
  • Naval History Museum (Museo Storico Navale)
  • Palazzo Grassi
  • Scala Contarini del Bovaro

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.


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(even then, be prepared to shell out 80 euros). If you go as a group it might be cheaper, though the number of people who can be accommodated on a gondola varies.
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. As is the case with most tourist cities, a LOT of the "original " and "made in Venice" items are actually made in China. Murano is an island famous for its glass making. Almost in every shop you will find "original Murano glass" items. If it was really made in Murano, it would be prohibitively expensive, with prices routinely running into thousands of euros. So if you are looking for cheap souvenirs, real Murano glass is not the thing to buy! You can also see glass making demonstrations in Murano, but be sure to check that there is a demonstration scheduled for that day. And it is normally not done in winter either.

Spend a day on the islands, mainly Murano, Burano and Torcello. There are boat services to all these islands at scheduled times, including between the islands themselves. The Glass Museum in Murano and the Lace Museum in Burano are certainly worth a visit. In Burano you will find some of the most picturesque streets and houses, with each house sporting a different pastel shade. Its really beautiful. Though there is not much to see in Torcello except for the old church, the peace and tranquility of the island is not to be found anywhere else in Venice! Just walking around on these islands is a nice experience.

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. [23].

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 [24]another is [25]

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. [26]


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


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


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 [27].
  • Or alternatively you can find masks and costumes at Atelier Marega, where you can often see them preparing and painting the masks.[28].
  • Francis Model (leather articles), Ruga Rialto / San Polo 773/A (100m SW of Rialto bridge), 041/5212889 (). Locally made leather bags. Exceptional craftsmanship.
  • Fanny (gloves & accessories), Calle dei Saoneri / Campo San Polo 27/23 (100m west of Cà Foscari), 041 5228266 (). Hundreds of leather gloves in all colours.


If your time in Venice is limited, and if you don't know the city well (e.g. it's your first visit), then a piece of good general advice is that if you see something you really like, buy it right then and right there. Don't count on being able to find the shop again later on; for the neo-Venetian tourist, it's almost impossible.

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.)

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


Venice has some wonderful restaurants, featuring cuisine of the Veneto. However it is widely regarded that the restaurants in Venice serve food of a quality and in quantities much lower than anywhere else in Italy. 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!

Head to the Dorsoduro area of Venice if you want to save a few euros. It has the highest concentration of places where locals, especially students, go to eat.


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.


  • La Bitta, Dorsoduro 2753A, calle lunga, san Barnaba, tel 523 0531. This busy but friendly restaurant is located in the more studenty area of Dorsoduro, 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.
  • Osteria alla Botte, San Marco 5482, campo San Bartolomeo, tel 520 9775 [29]. A bacaro 100 m east of Rialto bridge and 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.
  • Osteria Al Cravatte, Santa Croce 36/37 (500m east from Piazzale Roma). This little restaurant is frequented by the professors of the nearby university. Warm welcome and good eat. Try their raw artichoke salad or their fish of the day. €40 for three-courses meal with wine.
  • Do Farai, Dorsoduro 3278 (100m west of Cà Foscari), 041 2770369. Very fresh shell fish. Taste their spaghetti al dente with razor shells.
  • 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 Mocenigo, Salizada San Stae (near the Mocenigo museum), 041 5231703. Closed on Monday. Little restaurant frequented by locals. Look at their antipasti. Excellent desserts too. €40 for two-courses meal with wine.
  • Design Restaurant La Rivista, Rio Terà Foscarini (near Accademia Bridge) tel +39.041.2401425 [30]
  • Timon (eno - ostaria), Fondamenta degli Ormesini (south-east of the Jewish Ghetto). Warm and local atmosphere in this little osteria where they serve great Italian vintages by the glass. If you're adventurous, try their tasty tripe. Good music inside, some table by the canal in the summer. €30.
  • Al Vecio Canton, Castello 4738, [31] Just 8 minutes from Piazza San Marco (200 m NE), 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.
  • Trattoria Veneziana, Sestiere Santa Croce, 285 (200m SE of Piazzale Roma), 041 710749. Warm welcome, good cooking (try their mixed grilled fishes), frequented by locals and tourists. €35 for two-course meal with wine.
  • Antico Dolo, San Polo 778, [32] A old seafood restaurant in Venice close to Rialto bridge: food comes from the adjacent Rialto Market daily. A complete dinner excluding wines could cost € 35 euros each more or less.
  • Al Giardinetto, Castello 4928, [33] Just behind the Piazza San Marco this restaurant has a large private courtyard welcoming guests during good season. Seafood courses and Venitian specialities are served by Severino family.


Restaurant Antiche Carampane Situated in the heart of Venice, only steps away from the Rialto Bridge, is this renowned restaurant where distinguished Venitian cuisine is served in a familiar setting. San Polo 1911 Venice - phone +39.041.5240165 [34]

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 [35]

Cake shops

  • Pasticceria Tonolo, Dorsoduro 3764/5 (Crosera San Pantalon, 400m east of Piazzale Roma), 041 523 7209. An 120 years old patisserie. Taste their cake with cristallized fruits or their marzipan cake.


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. 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 either Campo Santa Margherita, near the University Ca' Foscari in Dorsoduro; or 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 traditional 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.

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 a low 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 Piazza San Marco. During the summertime there are tables outside when you can easily sit and rest after a day of wandering around this marvelous city. What is more, during the day pasta and other typical dishes are served at a budget price.


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 the 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-month / 1-year leases, but they often know people who are renting out apartments for somewhat shorter durations.


  • Venice Hostel, Fondamenta Zitelle 86, Isola della Giudecca, +39-041-5238211 (fax: +39-041-5235689). One of many hostels in Venice. This hostel is located in Giudecca (which means a short boat ride to the rest of Venice). Just a bed: clean, cheap and reasonable.[9]


  • Ai Tolentini Calle Amai, Santa Croce 197/G, 30135, Ph. +39 041.2759140 Fax +39 041.2753266. [36]. 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. [37]. 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.

  • Alloggi Agli Artisti Calle Priuli Cavalletti 99, Venice historical center, Italy. [38]. 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.

  • Antica Villa Graziella, Via Coletti, 6 Marghera, 30175 Ph. +39 041.921655 Fax +39 041.921931 [39]. Hotel Antica Villa Graziella, a Mestre hotel near Venice, is in an ideal location to visit Venice and its mainland.
  • B&B Al Palazzetto Santa Sofia, Cannaregio 4057, +39.041.2750897 (, fax: +39.041.2750375), [10].
  • B&B Faronhof Via Seriola Veneta sx, 51 Oriago di Mira,30030. tel +39 041 428363, fax +39 041 563 1829. [40]. (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 La Rosa dei Venti Castello 2143, tel. +39 041 2413133, fax +39 041 7241062, [41].Very beautiful, spacious rooms in lovely Venetian style along with large bathrooms. Nice breakfasts. Well situated near San Marco Square.
  • B&b Residenza Ai Giardini Venezia Castello 747-748, 30100, Ph. +39 041.5232441 Fax +39 041 5239396. [42]. 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 [43]. (10 minutes by city-bus from center of Venice). B&B is a young venetian organization that offers accommodation 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 [44]. 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' Fontanea Guest House, Canareggio, 786 - Campiello delle Beccarie, +39 041.716648 (, fax: +39 041.2759458), [11].
  • Ca' Rialto, Riva del Ferro, San Marco 5149 - Venice, Ph. +39.041.5209166 Fax +39.041.5238958 [45]. 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,. Located between the Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square and a stones throw from the Vaparetto stop. Rooms are filled with Venetian Elegance with colorful silk wallpaper and matching canopy hanging over the bed. Look for their special internet pricing. [46].
  • Hotel Acca, San Polo 2160, 30131 Venice, Italy, +39 041.2440126 (, fax: +39 041.2440126), [12].
  • Hotel CaSa Linger, Fondamtenta S.Antonin castello 3541. €22-40 per person/night. Close to both Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square this budget hotel is a good deal in Venice.
  • Hotel Diana, Calle Specchieri 449, 30124 , Venezia [47] 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 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 San Giorgio. Near the Fortuny Museum - this hotel is fairly basic but is only a few minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. Air conditioning worked well. From c80 euros per night.
  • Hotel Serenissima, Calle Goldoni 4486, San Marco 30124 , Venezia [48] 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 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.
  • Houses in Venice - Rental Apartments, San Marco 4124, +39.041.717273 (, fax: +39.041.717614), [13]. Considerable savings can be made when staying in an apartment, particularly where there are two or more occupants.
  • Locanda Gaffaro, Dorsoduro 3589, 30123 Ph.+39.041.2750897 Fax +39.041.2750375 [49] Locanda Gaffaro is located in a picturesque court near Piazzale Roma. Doubles from around €100.
  • Locanda Sant'Anna, C.te del Bianco, Castello 269 [50]. 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 [51] 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 building and Hotel with a long history, the spacious and light rooms start from €60 per person per night.
  • Relais agritourism Ormesani [52] 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 [53] 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.


  • Abbazia de luxe b&b, Calle Priuli dei Cavalletti, Cannaregio 61, 30121, Tel. +39 041.2750254 Fax +39 041.717949, Suites overlook the Grand Canal, this hotel looks and feels like home with elegance. [54].
  • Antica Casa Coppo, San Marco 4320/1/2, tel. +39 041 5233585, fax +39 041 2770843, Classic Venetian styled rooms starting at €100 a night. The location near the Rialto Bridge makes this hotel one of the more popular properties for budget minded travelers. Also has WiFi Internet. [55].
  • Alloggi al Mercante, San Polo, 1770, 30123, Tel. +39 041.2750158 Fax +39 041.723284, [56]. 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 [57] 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 friendly 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[58]. 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[59]. ( 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, [60]. An eighteenth-century building which has been carefully restored. Easy and quick access to the vaparetto and located near cute little shops and old churches. Really great gelato nearby.
  • Ateneo Hotel Venice, San Marco 1876, 30124, Ph. +39.041. 5200777 Fax +39.041. 5228550. The Hotel Ateneo Venice sits close to Basilica San Marco and is a real quality 3 star hotel. Rooms start at around €120 depending on season and the convenient location also comes in handy.
  • B&B Casanova ai Tolentini, F.ta del Gafaro, Dorsoduro 3515, 30135, Tel. +39 349.8782995 Fax +39 041.915567, [61]. B&B Casanova ai Tolentini, residence offering comfort & quality services, only 2 minutes from Piazzale Roma station.
  • Bisanzio Hotel Riva Schiavoni, Calle della Pietà, 3651 Castello , Tel +39 041.5203100 Fax +39 041.5204114 [62]. Located behind St. Mark's Square. Located behind St. Mark's Square. Venice boutique hotel. Recently renovated this hotel is smart looking. Accented with beamed wood ceilings and walls to give a touch of elegence to this Best Western Hotel.
  • Boutique hotel Venice La Corte, Castello 6317, 30122, Tel. +39.041.2411300 Fax +39.041.2415982, [63]. Venice boutique hotel.
  • Ca' Amadi, Cannaregio 5815, 30121, Tel. +39 041.5204682 Fax +39 041.5206701, [64]. 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.This 13th century palace was once home to Marco Polo. Décor is keeping with the period, lovely rooms. Original wall fresco’s from the 1400’s adorn the hotel.
  • Ca' del Nobile, San Marco, 987, +39 041.5283473 (, fax: +39 041.5283473), [14]. Ca' del Nobile, a guest house located a stone's throw from St. Mark's Square, offering elegant rooms and interiors, enriched by modern comforts.
  • Ca' Della Corte (B&B + appartments), Dorsoduro, 3560 - Corte Surian (300 m SE of Piazzale Roma), +39.041.715877 (, fax: +39.041.722345), [15]. A comfortable B&B in a quiet area of Venice. Warm and personal welcome. Quiet rooms with good bed. Breakfast (served in the room) could be improved (by going to pasticceria Tonolo and bringing your own cakes e.g.). Junior suite €140.
  • Corte 1321 San Polo 1321, 30124 Venice, Ph. +39.041.5224923 Fax +39.041.0997849,Located near the Rialto Bridge owners Larry and Amelia do a wonderful job at making your stay perfect. Large spacious rooms with double sink bathrooms make a comfortable stay. Lovely courtyard for dining made memorable with local birds strutting and cooing. Double rooms from €100. [65]. Double rooms from €100.
  • Domus Ciliota, Calle delle Muneghe - S. Marco, [66]. 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 [67] 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 Ala, San Marco 2494 (campo Santa Maria dei Gigli), tél. +39 041 5208333, fax +39 041 5206390, [68]. Good price for a good location. Breakfast is better than most, they have eggs and broiled tomatoes with cheese. Rooms were typical size but clean, comfortable and quiet. They have turndown service at night,a pleasant surprise. Double Room from 110€. Double Room from 110€.
  • Hotel Alla Salute Da Cici Salute 222, Fondamenta Ca' Balà, Venice Ph. +39 041.5235404 Fax +39 041.5222271. [69]. 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 Al Sole Santa Croce 134/136, 30124 Ph. +39 041.2440328 Fax +39 041.722287. [70]. Located in a noble palace built in the beginning of the Fifteenth century, a short distance from 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. [71]. 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, [72]. 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. [73]. 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 Atlantide Venice, Cannarejo 375/A, 30121, Tel. +39 041 716901Fax +39 041 716994, [http://]. Located close to the Train Station, it is easily reached and close to public transport, with affordable rates.
  • Hotel Basilea Venice , S. Croce-Rio Marin, 817, 30135, Venezia [74] 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 usually around €100-160 depending on season.
  • Hotel Becher,San Marco 1857, Tel. +39.041.5221253 Fax +39.041.5212685 [75]. 18th century enhanced by the most modern amenities, charming atmosphere and impeccable service. Single rooms from €70, doubles €110 and triples from €170.
  • Hotel Belle Arti , Dorsoduro 912a, 30100, Ph. +39 041 5226230, Fax +39 041 5280043[76]. The Hotel Belle Arti Venice sits in the heart of Dorsoduro, good central location. Room rates start from, depending on demand, 100€ up to 220€
  • Hotel Belle Epoque , Cannaregio 127/128 - Lista Di Spagna, 30123, Ph. +39 041 240004, Fax +39 041 2750159[77]. The Hotel Belle Epoque situated on the Lista di Spagna close to the Train Station offers quality rooms at good rates. Rooms start from 90€ all the way up to 200€
  • Hotel Ca' Alvise , San Marco, 3673, Ph. 0039 041 5204515, Fax +39 0039 041 5209103 [78]. Brand new 4 star hotel in the centre recently upgraded from 2 star with 40 newly refurbished rooms. Walking distance from San Marco and Ponte Rialto.
  • Hotel Cà D'Oro, Calle delle Rasse, Castello 4604, 30121 Venice. Tel. +39 041.2411212 Fax +39 041.2414385 [79]. 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. [80]. 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 [81] 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. [82]. It is situated in a peaceful zone close to the arrival's terminals and main venetian attraction's points. Doubles from around €140.
  • Hotel Castello, Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo, Castello 4365, +39 041.5234545 (, fax: +39 041.5211023), [16].
  • Hotel Centauro, San Marco, Campo Manin 4297, Tel. +39 041.5225832 Fax. +39 041.5239151, [83]. 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 [84]. 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 [85]. 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 [86]. 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 [87] 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 Helvetia Venice Lido , Gran Viale, 4, Lido di Venezia, 30126, Ph. 0039 041 5260105, Fax +39 041 5268903 [88]. The Hotel Helvetia Venice offers quality accommodation on Venice Lido close to beaches and the only golf course on the Islands. Rooms start from (depending on the season): 70€ up to 160€
  • Hotel La Forcola, Cannaregio 2353, tel. +39 041 5241484, fax +39 041 5245380, [89]
  • Hotel Gardena, Santa Croce 239, 30135, Ph. +39.041.2205000 • Fax +39.041.2205020. [90]. 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. [91]
  • Hotel il Mercante di Venezia , Calle della Misericordia, 30121, Venezia [92] 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 Station (Santa Lucia) and the waterbuses. Delicately apointed rooms from around 145 Euro.
  • Hotel Lisbona Venice , San Marco 2153, 30124, Venezia [93] 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 usually around €140.
  • Hotel Marconi Venice, Riva del Vin, San Paolo, 729, 30125, Ph. +39.041. 52 22 068 Fax +39.041. 52 29 700. The Hotel Marconi overlooks the Grand Canal and famous Rialto Bridge. It has been a hotel since the 1930 and has a very interesting art deco style, with rooms going for around €150, or for a little more with a canal view.
  • Hotel Moderno Venice, Lista di Spagna 154/B, 30121, Tel. +39 041 716679 Fax +39 041 716421, [http://]. Just across the canal from Santa Lucia Train Station, 3 star hotel 3 minutes from station and 7 minutes from Rialto Bridge.
  • Hotel Montecarlo Venice , Calle degli Specchieri, 30124, Venezia [94] 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. [95], A stone's throw from the Accademia, in a noble Venetian palace, rooms equipped with all comforts. Double room from €80.
  • Hotel San Cassiano Santa Croce, 2232, Ph.: 0039 041 52 41 768 Fax: 0039 041 72 10 33. [96] This is a very luxurious 3 star that sits on the Grand Canal and faces the Ca' d'Oro. For location and views it can't be beaten, it's also been fullt restored to it's wonderful Venetian former glory.
  • Hotel San Gallo, San Marco 1093/A 30124 Venice. Tel. +39 041.5227311 Fax +39 041.5225702 [97]. 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 [98]. 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 San Moise Venice, San Marco 2058, 30124, Ph. +39.041. 5203755 Fax +39.041. 5210670. The Hotel San Moise sits in the district of the same name just behind Piazza San Marco and the Basilica. Starting in the region of €120-140 for a double room, a good 3 star ina decent location.
  • Hotel Tiepolo, Castello 4510, 30122 Venice. Tel. +39 041 5232415 Fax. +39 041.5208222 [99]. 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, [100]. 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. [101]. 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 Antico Casin, Corte Contarina, San Marco 1520/a, +39 041.2410384 (, fax: +39 041.5212460), [17].
  • Locanda al Ghetto Cannaregio 2892-2893, 30100 Venice Ph: +39.041.2759292 Fax: +39.041.2757987. [102]. Located in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, the Locanda del Ghetto accommodates guests in refined, elegant rooms with full amenities.
  • Locanda Ca' San Marcuola Cannaregio 1763, 30100 Venice Ph: +39 041 716048 Fax: +39 041 2759217. [103]. Near the San Marcuola church and the ferry stop, the Ca' San Marcuola Inn is located in the heart of the Cannaregio district.
  • Locanda Orseolo, [104]. 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, [105]. 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, [106]. 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.
  • San Luca bed and breakfast, Campo della Chiesa, San Marco 4066, tel. +39 041.2412614, [107].
  • Sartore Apartments, Castello 5726/A , 30122 Venice. Tel. +39 041 5230452 Fax. +39 041 5221157 [108]. In Venice between St. Marks Cathedral and the Rialto Bridge the Sartore Apartments offer comfortable and stylish self catering accommodation at reasonable rates all year round.
  • San Simeon Apartments, Riva degli Schiavoni, Calle del Cagnoletto 4084, San Marco, +39041718490 (, fax: +39041718344), [19].
  • Venezia Residence, Via San Polo 2920, 30100 Venice. Tel. +39 340.4029466 Fax. +39 041.5239396 [109]. 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.
  • Views on Venice, San Marco 4267/A tél. +39 041 2411149 [110].


  • Ca' Gottardi Hotel, Cannaregio 2283, 30121. The Ca Gottardi Hotel is located : Along one of Venice's most famous streets: Strada Nuova, next to the Vendramin Calergi palace, today home of the Casin and near the Ponte di Rialto.
  • Ca' Nigra Hotel, Santa Croce 927 - 30135. The Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort is located on the Canal Grande,in the center of Venice, the main and most suggestive waterway of Venice along which most of the city's majestic palazzos stand.
  • Ca' Pisani Design Hotel, Dorsoduro 979 Rio Terà foscarini ph.: +39.041.2401411 fax: +.39.041.2771061 [111] 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 special offers online.
  • Ca' Pozzo, Cannaregio 1279, 30121. The Ca Pozzo Venice Hotel is just a stone's throw from the Ponte delle Guglie in the ancient "Jewish Ghetto" of Venice, a short distance from Piazza San Marco (reachable on foot or by vaporetto) and close to the train station.
  • Ca' Valeri Castello - Ramo dei Corazzieri 3845 tel.: +39 041.2411530 +39 041.2415392 [112]. 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.
  • Charming House DD 724, Dorsoduro 724, 30123. The hotel is located in the most peaceful area of the Venice. Just a short walk away from the Accademia Gallery, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Chiesa della Salute (Church of Good Health), as well as the picturesque Punta della Dogana (Customs Point).
  • Hotel A La Commedia, Corte Del Teatro Goldoni, San Marco, 4596/A, Venezia [113]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 [114]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, [115]. 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, [116]. 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 [117]. 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[118]. 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. [119] 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, [120]. 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, [121]. 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[122]. 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 [123]. 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 [124]. Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati, a new concept of hospitality in Venice, with contemporary design, wellness center and offering the absolutely most modern services.
  • Hotel Palazzo Priuli, Castello 4979/B - Fondamenta de L'Osmarin, Ph.+39 041.2770834 Fax +39 041.2411215 [125]. 4 star hotel in Venice's historic center, close to Piazza San Marco.
  • Hotel Principe, Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 146 30121, Ph.+39 041.2204000 Fax +39 041.220402079 [126], 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, [127]. 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), [20].
  • Hotel Saturnia, San Marco 2398, 30124 Venice. Ph. +39.041.5208377 Fax +39.041.5207131 e-mail [email protected] 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. [128] special offers on line.
  • Palazzo del Giglio, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco 2462, 30124, Ph. +39.041.2719111 Fax +39.041.5205158. [129]. 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, [130]. 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.
  • Ruzzini Palace Hotel, Castello 5866, +39 041.2410447 (, fax: +39 041.5230956), [21].
  • San Clemente Palace, Isola di San Clemente, 1 San Marco, [131]. 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.



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.


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. At the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Campo San Salvatore (San Marco) you can browse for free for one hour, once registered with your ID card .

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 (small flashlight). There are many alleys, which end in the water but have little or no lighting. They have no signposts because the locals know them.


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)cz:Benátky