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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A trip down the canal

Written by lyss710 on 20 Nov, 2001

The best way to start your stay in Venice is with a trip down the canal. One of the best and most inexpensive ways to do this is on vaporetto #1. Catch the vaporetto outside the train station or car park, and ride…Read More


general restaurant tips

Written by travelerstogodotcom on 02 Aug, 2001

Venice restaurants: la lista=the menu antipasto=cold sausages, marinated vegetables, olives, cheeses, etc. served as an appetizer il primo=first course, pasta, rice, polenta, or soup il secondo=meat, fowl, or fish verdure or contorni salad or side vegetables dolce=dessert panna montata, fresh whipped cream, a Venetian dessert staple, is sometimes eaten by itself in…Read More


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'The House of Gold' (Ca D'Oro), Mercerie and pool of Gondola's

Written by actonsteve on 09 Feb, 2002

One of the best decisions to make in Venice is paying admittance to the Ca D'Oro as the view of the Grande Canale from its top storey is sensational. This is the one chance you will have to visit the palazzo of a Venetian merchant…Read More


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Canaletto and Veronese - the Accademia Gallery and San Salute Church

Written by actonsteve on 10 Feb, 2002

Canaletto, Tintoretto and Veronese were all local boys made good. The canals and alleyways of Venice were their natural habitat and some of the best of their works is in the fantastic Accademia Gallery on the banks of the Grande Canale. This is firmly on…Read More


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One of the best experiences in Europe: A journey down the Grande Canale...

Written by actonsteve on 03 Feb, 2002

As I wandered around Venice, I wondered if the inhabitants ever take the city for granted? Whether the view across the lagoon ever paled, whether the novelty of the colours of the buildings ever fades, and whether the Palazzo's that line the Grande Canale…Read More


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The Merchants of Venice: The Rialto Bridge and Pescheria (fish market)

Written by actonsteve on 06 Feb, 2002

Shylock: "In the Rialto you have rated me about my moneys and my usances. Still I have borne it with a patient shrug; For sufferance is the badge of our tribe: You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, and spit upon my jewish gaberdine. The Merchant of…Read More


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Glassware shopping paradise: The island of Murano

Written by actonsteve on 19 Feb, 2002

Take your wallet and your credit card, but most of all take your sense of humour when you visit Murano. The kitschiness of some of the glassware is hysterical and you have to wonder who buys the green hippoes and pink flamingoes on show in…Read More


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Death in Venice- the Lido and Hotel Salle des Bains

Written by actonsteve on 17 Feb, 2002

If there is one city in the world which is made for the big screen it has to be Venice. The city has starred in so many movies - we can all name a few - "Summertime" with Katherine Hepburn, two James Bond films, and…Read More


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Piazza San Marco - 'The finest drawing room in Europe'

Written by actonsteve on 26 Jan, 2002

The centre of the world? The Venetians certainly thought so and a visit here to the most famous square in the world explains why. You've heard all the hyperbole before, but until you stand in the Piazza with the pigeons fluttering around you, the marble…Read More


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'Venice in Peril' - the 'Aqua Alta' and Touristicus Horribilis

Written by actonsteve on 24 Feb, 2002

To me, Venice is one of the most relaxing cities on earth. The absence of any noise except the slop of water against the canal banks or the toll of bells means I feel any stress drop away. It is not all paradise in this…Read More


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