Overview Venice

Visiting Venice

Venice is a true fairy tale, with gondolas, winding canals, and architectural wonders at every turn. It has its fairy-tale monsters too: summer crowds, steep prices, and low-tide stench. But an intoxicating air of romance and historical beauty always pervades this floating city, telling a multitude of happy endings.

For a happy beginning, start your stay at one of Venice’s 4- or 5-star hotels. If you’d like some money in your pocket at the end of the day instead, Venice offers plenty of hostels and other places to stay, too.

The city is built across 117 small islands that offer as many great things to do. Popular attractions include the island of Murano, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Piazza San Marco. That’s... Read More
Venice is a true fairy tale, with gondolas, winding canals, and architectural wonders at every turn. It has its fairy-tale monsters too: summer crowds, steep prices, and low-tide stench. But an intoxicating air of romance and historical beauty always pervades this floating city, telling a multitude of happy endings.

For a happy beginning, start your stay at one of Venice’s 4- or 5-star hotels. If you’d like some money in your pocket at the end of the day instead, Venice offers plenty of hostels and other places to stay, too.

The city is built across 117 small islands that offer as many great things to do. Popular attractions include the island of Murano, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Piazza San Marco. That’s where you can see evidence of Venice as the sinking city, as boardwalks sometimes transect the square to lift walkers above knee-high puddles.

Unsurprisingly, dining is also a popular pastime in Venice. The city is full of traditional Italian restaurants, and IgoUgo travelers especially like Bistrot de Venise. You may not even make it to Venice’s other nightlife options once you glimpse the Bistrot’s wine list, “thicker than a phone directory.”

For a preview of La Serenissima before you go, check out IgoUgo travelers’ beautiful photos; once you see a shot of the city at sunset, à la Monet, you’ll be finding a flight to Venice in no time.    Close

Stories and Tips Venice

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ABC: About Bridges & Canals

Written by Jodeci527 on 17 Jul, 2013

It's no secret that Venice is the home to some of the most spectacular architectural sites of the Old World. Italy on a whole is brimming with ancient statues, magnificent arches and various memorials for persons who have made a considerable contribution to the nation.…Read More


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Getting Lost in Venice

Written by Jodeci527 on 13 Jul, 2013

There's something which occurs quite often in Venice, but not many people want to admit it. I guess it's a bit embarrassing for persons to admit that they're not quite the super travelers which their peers think them to be, but it happens. It's very…Read More


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Venice Via Vaporetto

Written by Jodeci527 on 26 Jun, 2013

The canals of Venice are some of the most famous waterways of the world. Most visitors aspire to spend some time sailing on the canals, usually by way of the beautiful gondolas. These traditional Venetian boats float about the city, providing spectacular views which…Read More


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Getting into and around Venice.

Written by garymarsh6 on 21 Sep, 2012

How to get about in and around Venice.Alilaguna.This is probably the first introduction to the means of transport you will encounter taking you from Venice Marco Polo International airport to the centre of Venice. The journey takes approximately an hour with two main routes the…Read More


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Getting into the heart of Venice fast.

Written by garymarsh6 on 21 Sep, 2012

Alilaguna.The Alilaguna is a method of transfer from Marco Polo airport to Venice by water bus. Although there has been a service from the mainland to Venice since the 1930’s it was only as recent as 1999 that the companies amalgamated forming one company. They…Read More


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Carnival in Venice

Written by Cindy Grant on 01 Jul, 2012

This was definitely on my bucket list, and I got to cross it off in February of this year! All you have to do is show up in Saint Marks Square - the people in costumes do the rest! It is mind blowing…Read More


My Travelogue: Surviving Venice with Fully Loaded Baggage

Written by meiji15 on 13 Feb, 2010

It is always tricky to get to the airport, heftily laden with luggage and suitcases, with little or no stress. And this confusion and hassle will only be heightened when you find yourself in a foreign land. In my case, it was Venice. See here,…Read More


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Finding Affordable Rooms in Venice

Written by airynfaerie on 24 Jan, 2010

Having visited Venice twice, each time we were able to find an amazing deal on a place to stay. Famously known for hard-to-find and expensive rooms during high season, Venice posed a bit more of a challenge on our budget trips. The first time we…Read More


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Carnevale in Venezia: Part 2

Written by airynfaerie on 19 Jan, 2010

After an amazing and eventful first day in Venice for Carnevale, on Sunday morning (our 2nd morning there), we woke up early and decided to hit the streets before everyone else got up, hoping to get a chance to walk around the city without about…Read More


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Carnevale in Venezia: Part 1

Written by airynfaerie on 19 Jan, 2010

During a week in February of 2008 when we were living in Italy, we began talking with some friends from Florence about the possibility of taking a quick trip to Venice for the last weekend of the Carnevale di Venezia...it turned out not to be…Read More


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