Venice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venice Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Venice

San Marco showing kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek

San Marco

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,038 area reviews)

San Marco
Dorsoduro which includes a river or creek and a bridge

Dorsoduro

4.5/5Wonderful!(291 area reviews)

Dorsoduro
San Polo showing heritage architecture and a bay or harbour

San Polo

4.5/5Wonderful!(144 area reviews)

San Polo

Top hotels in Venice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
4 out of 5
Riva Longa, 49, Murano Island, Venice, VE
SG$124
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in the heart of Venice, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of San Pietro Martire and Cometa di Vetro. Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,728 reviews)

"Building work restrictions limited the use of facilities."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
SG$122
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere and Grand Canal. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Palazzo Grassi are also within 15 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,756 reviews)

"The hotel was great, clean and standard was very good the service from staff the best ever Iv seem. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Hotel is a few minutes walk from zanterre boat station where you can travel to other places although the 15 minute walk was enjoyable to the s.marco square and ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2020

Palazzo Veneziano
Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE
SG$100
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square and Bridge of Sighs. Grand Canal ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,850 reviews)

"Fantastic location for exploring central Venice. Spacious bedoom with great ensuite facilities and a great breakfast buffet with lots on offer. Really excellent Reception staff too that were extremely helpful when we had any queries."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb,2020

Hotel Montecarlo

Popular things to do in Venice

St. Mark's Square
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St. Mark's Square

4.5/5(1,252 reviews)

The beating heart of the city where you’ll find some of its most famous sights, its best cafes, and enjoy the true charm of Venice.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(1,121 reviews)

Take a gondola ride along Venice’s beautiful canal and see the city and its magnificent sights in all their glory.

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(1,250 reviews)

Cross the romantic old bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic and world-famous sights, now packed with souvenirs and street entertainers.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(825 reviews)

The home of the Venetian ruling elite for hundreds of years, an enduring monument to the city’s power and stature.

St. Mark's Basilica
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St. Mark's Basilica

4.5/5(1,109 reviews)

An exquisite Byzantine cathedral and one of the most striking of all Venice’s great attractions with a story as old as the city itself.

Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs

4.5/5(1,117 reviews)

Arching high over the water, linking a palace with a prison, is a spectacular bridge steeped in local legends.  

Top activities in Venice

Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

78% of travellers recommend
SG$30
Per adult
Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour
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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour

90% of travellers recommend
SG$104
Per adult
St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line
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St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line

86% of travellers recommend
SG$104
Per adult
Gondola serenade on Canal Grande with romantic dinner
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Gondola serenade on Canal Grande with romantic dinner

SG$128
Per adult
Murano & Burano Tour
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Murano & Burano Tour

86% of travellers recommend
SG$37
Per adult
Avanspettacolo: Cabaret Dinner Show in Venice
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Avanspettacolo: Cabaret Dinner Show in Venice

100% of travellers recommend
SG$123
Per adult

Reviews of Venice

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

One of the most exciting places I’ve been. We were there during the carnival. The place was buzzing. Lots of cultural events going on, and fabulous places to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

It is the most beautiful city in the world!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

We had such an amazing couple of days, lots of walking and boat trips

5/5 - Excellent

Paula

Feb 21, 2020

Such a great place - very beautiful and the people were very friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Nice city for a holiday. Eating is expensive and almost all restaurants have hidden charges like seating fee etc. Not particularly impressed, guess too commercial..

5/5 - Excellent

Lesley

Feb 20, 2020

Wonderful cultural city vibrant with Carnevale di Venezia events at this time of year.

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The best of Venice, Italy

Exploring the Floating City during the cooler months
The best of Venice, Italy

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