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You're Going to Love Venice

Venice is captivating. It draws visitors in with the beauty of its canals, its architecture, and the artwork that it houses within its churches and galleries. It seduces with its superb craftsmen, who create masterpieces with leather and glass, and it enchants with its food and drink. There's nowhere like it on earth.

Made up of hundreds of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, the city can only really be navigated on foot or by boat. Motor vehicles are rare, giving Venice a kind of peaceful atmosphere that allows visitors to focus on enjoying the sights and tastes of the city.

Venice is a city for lovers, with its intimate gondolas and sublime artworks. But it's more than that. It's a city for everyone. If you have an interest in art, cinema, music, or architecture, or just want to be swept away by a magical destination, Venice is a city you will adore.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Venice

What to do in Venice

St. Mark's Square
Canal Grande
Ponte di Rialto
Top activities & attractions in Venice

When to Visit Venice

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If you want to have the canals to yourself and view the churches in peace, visit Venice in the fall or early spring. September and October see bright, usually warm weather, and the same applies to April and May. Summer brings blazing sunshine, but also heavy crowds, and booking restaurants and attractions can be tough.

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How to Get to Venice

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Where to Stay in Venice

The most exclusive accommodation options in Venice tend to be located on the main island in neighborhoods like Dorsoduro and San Marco, where some of the leading options include the Duodo Palace Hotel and the Hotel Giorgione. If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, Mestre is the place to stay, where the Hotel Venezia and the Novotel offer affordable lodging in pleasant neighborhoods. There are also plenty of charming family-run guesthouses like Antico Fiore, which tend to have lower prices and offer a more authentic Italian experience.

Popular Neighborhoods in Venice

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How to Get Around Venice

The Cost of Living in Venice

Shopping Streets

Venice has a huge variety of places to shop, and where you go depends on what you are looking for. If glass jewelry and ornaments are what you want, Murano is the place to go. The Mercatino dell'Antiquariato is the town's major antiques market, while shoemakers like Mori e Bozzi can be found in Cannaregio. San Marco is a good area to look for leather accessories at stores like Raggio Veneziano, while Atelier Marega offers unique Venetian ball masks that make excellent souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

Venice isn't the best place to shop for groceries, but there are some supermarkets on the major islands, including a few Coops and Conad branches. The Mercato di Rialto is a good place to hunt for fresh fish, meat, and produce on Fridays and Saturdays. Don't expect rock-bottom grocery prices. A gallon of milk will cost around EUR6.70, while 12 eggs will cost EUR3.

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Where to Eat in Venice

Food is one of the things that Venice is most famous for. If you love Italian cuisine, there are few better cities to visit. Some of the finest restaurants in town include Antico Martini and La Caravella near San Marco, but you don't have to pay the earth for great food. In Castello, Trattoria Alla Rampa serves the freshest fish imaginable, Le Spighe specializes in healthy vegetarian spins on Italian favorites, while the roast rabbit at Trattoria Dalla Marisa is a real treat. Expect to pay EUR20 for set lunches and more than EUR30 for main meals in the evening. Street food can also be found for much less, and check out the cicchetti bars, where small portions of food can be had for as little as EUR2.

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