If you’re planning to visit Venice, one of the most exquisit cities of the world, you just can’t miss these tips! See here a complete city guide where you can find the best luxury hotels to stay and the restaurants where you can find typical pasta dishes. If you are a culture lover, check the Venice main points of interest, such as the main spots of the nightlife. For shopping addicted, take notes of the most well-known shops in Venice. Enjoy your stay and don’t forget to show up on the most important events in town!
Top 5 Hotels:
Overlooking the lagoon, where the view over San Giorgio Island is spectacular, the Metropole Hotel Venice is located few steps from the Biennale d’arte and Piazza San Marco Eccentric, warm, eclectic, this is a place where each detail tells a story.
Where: Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4149, San Marco, Venice, 30122
Open from June 1st 2007, is a splendidly restored former flour mill dating back to 1895 and features 379 comfortable rooms. The spacious Congress Centre is the largest hotel conference space in Venice.
Where: Giudecca 81, Venice , 30133
In the Castello quarter, the atmosphere of ancient Venice awaits you at the luxurious Aqua Palace Hotel, a hotel that symbolizes the new Venetian hospitality for those in search of charm, seduction and comfort, in a perfect balance between traditional and modern.
Where: Calle de la Malvasia 5492/a, Venice, 30122
An exclusive deluxe resort, of Moorish style and recalling a fabulous Venetian Renaissance palace, the Hotel Excelsior is ideal for family holidays, romantic getaways, conferences or special events in Venice.
Where: Viale Marconi 41, Venice Lido, 30126
Guests usually arrive at the Aman Canal Grande Venice by boat, docking at a landing that leads directly into the luxury property. With its soaring ceilings and historic frescos and reliefs, the hall provides a sense of bygone luxury, as well as direct access to the resort’s private gardens and a small Boutique specializing in Venetian glassware.
Where: Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo 1364, Venice, 30125
Top 5 Restaurantes:
A typical Venetian restaurant, located away from the tourist trail in a quiet Venetian square, the Osteria offers traditional Venetian dishes using only fresh fish, homemade pasta, vegetables and local ingredients, giving diners the chance to savor the authentic and natural flavors.
Where: Cannareggio 5405/a, Campo Widmann, 30131 Venice
Located on historic Torcello island, Locanda Cirpriani is just 30 minutes from the center of Venice. The three indoor dining rooms, outdoor terrace and garden can all be booked for special events and customized according to guests’ requirements.
Where: Piazza Santa Fosca 29, 30142 Torcello, Venice
One of the city’s oldest trattorias, located near the Rialto Bridge, Antiche Carampane serves an authentic menu with traditional cooking, fresh wild fish, handmade sweets and biscuits.
Where: San Polo, 1911, 30125 Venice
With its splendid panoramic terrace next to the Grand Canal, L’Alcova Restaurant (at the Casagredo Hotel) is the perfect setting to watch all the action on the Venetian waterway. Open all year round, L’Alcova is an exclusive and intimate restaurant.
Where: Campo Santa Sophia 4198/99, 30121 Ca’ D’Oro, Venice
Located right in the heart of Venice, a few steps from Saint Mark’s and the Rialto Bridge, Osteria Alle Testiere is a very popular romantic restaurant with only nine tables.
Where: Sestiere Castello 5801, 30122 Venice
Top 5 Shops:
During your stay don’t miss any favorite Luxury brand shop while shopping in Venice. A lot to choose from. Probably they have exactly the clothes or souvenir you were looking for. The boutiques in the arcades are a temptation to every tourist. Go to the arcades of: The Piazza San Marco; In the Mercerie; In the side streets to Rialto; In the Calle Larga 22 Marzo.
Take some notes of the following Venezian Shops you can’t miss:
1. Mondo Novo
Venice’s most original paper mache masks. A monstrous bear’s head Might hang alongside a gloating Tutankhamun, but the specialty is the Venetian Carnival costumes.
Where: Rio Terra Canal, Dorsoduro 3063
Prada is without doubt Italy’s greatest fashion pioneer of the past decade and one of world’s most respected style leaders. Today Prada collections can be found all over the world; seeing how Miuccia Prada mixes contemporary basics with avant-garde collectables is always a pleasure.
Where: Salizada San Moisè, San Marco 1464, 30124 Venice
The best modern Murano glass is by Venini. Breathtaking colours and shapes.
Where: S. Marco, 314 Piazzetta Leoncini
For luxe luggage and more, the French house of Hermès is a timeless destination. The Venetian boutique of the luxury leather goods maker is not the largest, but is welll worth a visit.
Where: San Marco 1292, 30124 Venice
Salvadori has sold diamonds in Venice since 1857. Salvadori’s style is all about Italian exuberance, in its own creations and the bold names that the company represents. Venice, after all, is a city where striking ornaments have always been highly appreciated.
Where: Mercerie San Salvador, San Marco 5022, 30124 Venice
Top 5 Art&Culture:
The Murano Glass Museum is a museum on the history of glass, including local Murano glass, located on the island of Murano, just north of Venice. The Glass Museum Collections are the largest historical ones of glass art from ancient Rome to the twentieth century.
Where: Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8, 30141 Venezia
Among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century, the loveliest Guggenheim in the world was once Peggy’s home, and is filled with her personal art collection.
Where: Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, I-30123 Venezia
The building may be falling down but the art at the Accademia is stupendous.
Where: Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venezia
Located in Campo San Samuele and overlooking the Canal Grande, Palazzo Grassi presents major temporary exhibitions, some of which are based in whole or in part on the Pinault Collection.
Where: Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venezia
5. Buy a Chorus Card and make a circuit of 16 of Venice’s myriad churches. Don’t miss chocolate-box Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Top 5 Nightlife:
How and where to have a great time in Venice?
Marked by flashing lights and colors emanating from the windows above the Billa supermarket, Dogado may be a surprising find in this otherwise sleepy area – but rest assured that the venue is a bona fide late-night club that doesn’t close its doors until 4am.
Where: Cannaregio 3662, Strada Nova 30121 Venezia
One of the few late-night discos in Venice, Piccolo Mondo is a semi-exclusive club that attracts a wild crowd of night owls with no consistent demographic save for their common desire to dance until the wee hours.
Where: Dorsoduro 1056, Accademia 30123 Venice
Arguably the best summer nightspot in Venice, Aurora Beach Club is a lively music club right on the beach in Lido that brings a much-needed club energy to the lagoon during the warmer months.
Where: Lungomare D’Annunzio, 20/x 30126 Venice
The only club of its kind in the city, the Venice Jazz Club is an intimate music venue with an artsy, almost underground vibe.
Where: Dorsoduro 3102, Ponte dei Pugni 30123 Venice
Formerly a theater complex, Molocinque was transformed in 1999 into an expansive club complex featuring four themed party pavilions, each offering a different style of music.
Where: Porto Marghera, Via dell’Elettricità, 8 30175 Venice
Top 5 Agenda:
On a land and on the water, there’s a lot to celebrate in Venice:
The world’s largest and most famous masked ball. Venice’s pre-Lenten Carnevale had existed since the Middle Ages, but it came into its own in the 18th century. As the Venetian Republic slipped into terminal decline, the city’s pagan side began to emerge. Carnevale became an outlet for all that had been prohibited for centuries by the strong and sober arm of the doge. Elaborate structures would be set up in piazza San Marco as stages for acrobats, tumblers, wrestlers and other performers. Masks served not only as an escape from the drabness of everyday life but to conceal the wearer’s identity – a useful ploy for nuns on the lam or slumming patricians.
Where: Piazza San Marco.
When: 10 days ending on Shrove Tuesday.
A huge outdoor theatre is set up in campo San Polo to show current films, usually dubbed into Italian, occasionally with English subtitles.
Where: Campo San Polo.
When: Late July-early Sept.
The Biennale d’Arte, established in 1895, is the Jeux sans Frontières of the contemporary art world; its architectural counterpart draws a strong crowd.
Where: Giardini di Castello.
When: Art (odd years) June-Nov. Architecture (even years) Sept-Nov.
4. Festa del Redentore
The Redentore is the oldest continuously celebrated date on the Venetian calendar. At the end of a plague epidemic in 1576, the city commissioned Andrea Palladio to build a church on the Giudecca – Il Redentore (the Redeemer). Every July, a pontoon bridge is built across the canal that separates the Giudecca from Venice proper, so people can make the pilgrimage to the church. But, while the religious part of the festival falls on Sunday, what makes this weekend so special are the festivities on Saturday night. Boats of every shape and size gather in the lagoon between St Mark’s, San Giorgio, the Punta della Dogana and the Giudecca, each holding merry-makers supplied with food and drink. This party culminates in an amazing fireworks display.
Where: Bacino di San Marco, Canale della Giudecca.
When: 3rd weekend of July.
The name means ‘Venice plays’… and that it does, with hundreds of bands playing anything from rock to folk to reggae to jazz. Music can be heard from about 4pm onwards in campi all over the city.
Where: All over Venice.
When: 3rd or 4th Sun in June or last weekend in July.
Enjoy your stay and have fun!