A unique maze of narrow streets and winding canals, the beautiful city of Venice is packed with things to see and do. Its charm lies in the fact that the only way of getting around this traffic-free city is by foot or boat. Wander through streets of little shops and eateries, then jump on board a water bus or take a romantic Gondola ride along the meandering canals.
Venice is an ancient city encompassing 117 islands, interconnected via 150 canals and 400 bridges. It was actually an independent republic for over a millennium and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. A water bus or Gondola ride offers wonderful views of the city, its churches, palaces and bridges. On route, why not stop off for a glass of Venetian wine at St Mark’s Square?
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Baglioni Hotel Luna
Best for: Couples
The Luna Hotel Baglioni is the oldest hotel in Venice, and is perfectly located in the heart of the city, just a few steps from Piazza San Marco, overlooking San Giorgio Island. Many of the sumptuously decorated rooms and suites overlook the Grand Canal.
Best for: Culture
The Bauer Palazzo is an ultra-luxurious, boutique hotel in the heart of Venice, just a few steps from Piazza San Marco and situated on the Grand Canal. At the Palazzo guests take breakfast on Venice's highest roof terrace with panoramic views of the city.
Best for: Couples, Rail, Culture
An incredible journey to or from Venice by train, perfect for those who yearn for the golden age of travel. One can never be overdressed with guests encouraged to don their finery as they dine in the Cote d’Azur carriage or unwind in the Champagne Bar.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski
Best for: Culture
San Clemente Palace by Kempinski occupies the whole of San Clemente island and is just 10 minutes by boat from St Mark's Square. The hotel offers a relaxing haven of beautiful gardens, a pool, tennis court and a great base from which to explore Venice.