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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Prosecco, Gelato & la Giudecca

Written by sararevell on 12 Jul, 2009

Highlights:We hadn’t had much time beforehand to read up on Venice but in terms of sights, shops and restaurants we knew we would be spoilt for choice. Arriving into Piazzale Roma reveals very little of what Venice has in store. As the bus flies across…Read More


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Getting Around Venice

Written by Joy S on 30 Sep, 2008

We flew with the low cost airline Ryanair from the UK to Venice Treviso Airport. Apart from their luggage policy of 15kg per person, which cannot be pooled, we were impressed with the airline. The plane landed and took off on time, the…Read More


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Tips and Hints

Written by Joy S on 26 Sep, 2008

* The patron saint of Venice is St Mark and his body is buried in the Basilica of San Marco. St Mark is represented as a winged lion with his paw on an open book - the Gospel. Everywhere you go in the city,…Read More


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Venice Overview and Highlights

Written by Joy S on 25 Sep, 2008

Venice is a city that says adventure and sailing to distant lands. From the 13th-15th centuries it was one of the most luxurious cities in Europe and a great trading empire with the Orient. Today it is a city like no other -…Read More


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A Visit to Murano

Written by VA_traveler on 13 Feb, 2007

On Sunday, we planned a visit to Murano, an island to the north of Venice that is known for its glass production. We woke up early, and walked north to the Fondamente Nuovo in order to catch the number 42 Vaporetto. This walk turned out…Read More


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Notes & Thoughts - Venice

Written by jenandfrank on 08 Dec, 2004

Overall, we had an incredible trip to Venice. Our plan was to fly from Rome to Venice, but we found out the morning of our flight that Alitalia was on strike. This, unknown to us, happens quite frequently in Italy we were told. We spent…Read More


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Exploring Venice - Warnings and Suggestions

Written by Ed Hahn on 14 Sep, 2005

I am a bit of a curmudgeon, but I’m still able to experience the sense of awe and wonder that is so necessary if I want to be a happy and satisfied traveler. When I first visited Venice over the New Year holiday 2004,…Read More


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Riding through the canals on a gondola

Written by Invicta73 on 09 Mar, 2004

Gondolas are among the most enduring and recognisable things that spring to mind when thinking of Venice. Although the sleek black painted boats have changed so little over the course of centuries that they look the pretty much same in a 18th-century painting by…Read More


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You can lead an Italian to VENICE, can't you?

Written by Ozzy-Dave on 31 Mar, 2002

You can lead an Italian to Venice, can’t you? by Dave Underwood "Remember, don’t get off the train. You have to cross the water, Venice is an island." "David, he’s not an idiot!" said Karen. "It’s his country!" The phone card expired, cutting off Jimy’s reply. Karen was excited.…Read More


Coming soon: Venice underwater?

Written by lyss710 on 21 Nov, 2001

Many people know that Venice is slowly sinking. A study published in the year 2000 by Albert Ammerman says that the city has "sunk" 24 centimeters in the past 100 years. (For all you metrically challenged people - that's 9.5 inches). But…Read More


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