This captivating city may be famous the over world for its charming vistas and unique style, but nothing prepares you for the fairytale beauty you'll encounter on your first vaporetto ride along Venice's famed waterways.

Built on over 100 small islands, the city is home to living history in its ancient architecture as well as a huge collection of art.

Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance are the principal reference points for the artistic development of Venice. The Basilica of San Marco is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine style, the centre of Venetian life throughout the centuries, while the 16th-century Rialto Bridge is a splendid example of the Renaissance style. And, throughout the city, the testimonies of great Venetian masters are revealed in paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries.

Stroll from the arched Rialto Bridge, a monument to the rivo alto (high bank) where many Venetians first settled, to the Piazza San Marco, the magnificent open square with its toy-town 15th-century clock tower, the long arcades of the procuratie (government buildings of the Republic), and vast open pavements. Here, enjoy a coffee or an apertivo at Florian, Quadri, or any of the stylish cafés that spill out from under the arcades and soak up the surrounding beauty.

It has often been noted that Venetians are enamoured of the surface of things, so it's hardly surprising that Venice can seem like a preposterous stage set, a city almost too good to be true.

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The original 14th century palace of Doge Dandolo's family, this beautifully restored gothic landmark is synonymous with the romance and opulence of this magical city. Just a few steps away from Piazza San Marco and its Basilica, as well as other notable sites such as the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, it's easy to see why Hotel Danieli is the favourite gathering place of the glitterati. In...

Set on the private island of San Clemente, and housed in a converted monastery, this exclusive retreat is a superb choice for your luxury Venice holiday. Just 10 minutes from Piazza San Marco via the hotel’s complimentary boat ride, you’ll cross the waves to this private island, which is only accessible via San Clemente Palace Kempinski transportation. In this indulgent location, guests are treate...

The Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice is a Venetian classic. This five-star resort boasts plush, indulgent accommodation in well-manicured surroundings, just five minutes from the action of St Mark’s Square and beyond. The Cipriani is situated on the eastern tip of Giudecca island, which means boat shuttles take no more than a few minutes to get across to the mainland. Better still, at the end of...

Ernest Hemingway famously regarded the Gritti Palace as 'the best hotel in a city of great hotels'. With it's intimate and familiar feel reassuringly retained, along with its fabled attentive service and delectable culinary offerings, it will now have even more facilities and its art treasures have been lovingly restored to ensure it will be a refined version of its iconic self. Once the Palace of...

Ever since George Nagelmackers’ first Orient-Express train pulled out of Paris Gare de Strasbourg on October 4th, 1883, the name ‘Orient-Express’ has been a byword for luxury travel that oozes the ultimate levels of glamour, style and sophistication. It conjures up particular images, such as pressed white linen and gleaming wine glasses, champagne and romantic dinners for two. Over the years hi...

Spacious and romantic, this plush hotel from the five-star Aman group is a discerning choice for a stay in the Floating City. Set in a 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, the interiors blend clean, contemporary lines with opulent antiques and traditional touches to create a space of relaxation and calm. The accommodation boasts stunning views, an armoire with personal bar and a large bathroom...

Experience all that Venice and the surrounding isles have to offer alongside private expert guides. Learn about local traditional crafts such as glass blowing or textile weaving from local artisans, taste local foods and wines, view remarkable pieces of art, and of course, leisurely float through these world-famous canals by gondola. Call our Travel Specialists for more information or to tailor-ma...

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