Getting around Venice’s winding cobbled streets and alleyways is easiest on foot – and you’ll see lots more that way.
Water buses, or vaporetti, are a really fun way to get around. They’ll take you all the way along the Grand Canal and out into the Venetian Lagoon. Gondolas are more expensive but more romantic. Boats tend to get very busy during peak times, so try to use them in the early morning, at lunchtime or at night.
From Venice, you can catch trains to many other places in Italy, and over the borders too. You can also take a trip to the stunning Lake Garda if you want to get away from the city.
|Festival ||Month |
|Festa della Sensa ||May |
|Mare Maggio ||Mid May |
|Biennale Danza ||Mid June |
|Festa di San Pietro ||Late June |
|Venezia Suona ||June to July |
|Veneto Jazz ||June to August |
|The Redentore Feast ||Mid July |
|Festa di San Giacomo dell'Orio ||Late July |
|Venice Airport Festival ||Late July to early August |
|Biennale Teatro ||Late July to mid August |
|Arena di Campo San Polo ||Late July to early September |
|Ferragosto-Festa dell'Assunta ||Mid August |
|Festa di Liberazione ||Late August to early September |
|Venice Film Festival ||Late August to mid September |
|Circuito Off ||Early September |
|Regata Storica ||Early September |
|Sagra del Pesce ||Late September |
As you’d expect from a city, Venice is packed with bars, restaurants and cafés. From Italian fine dining to Spanish street food, and restaurants on every corner, there's lots to try. Be sure to try some Cichetti, the local version of tapas, for something uniquely Venetian. As Venice is surrounded by waterways and the sea, a lot of eateries will have views of the water, though try to avoid the Piazza San Marco as it’s quite costly, and beware of sitting down in certain bars – you may have to pay.
At the foot of the Rialto Bridge is Antico Caffe Ristorante al Buso, a traditional Italian restaurant offering views of the waterway and the passing gondolas. With reasonable prices and efficient service, it’s nearly always busy, so be prepared to wait.
Great for romantic meals and birthdays is the waterfront Ristorante Riviera. This fine-dining restaurant prepares unique dishes and even offers a tasting menu if you want to try a bit of everything. The service is very attentive – the owner will even escort you to your gondola when you leave.
In Cannaregio is the small but extremely popular Cocaeta crêperie. Whipping up an extensive range of sweet and savoury pancakes with fillings like chicken, pesto and cheese and the typical banana and nutella, these crêpes are said to be the best in Venice.
The best way of exploring Venice’s 117 islands is by foot. Spend long summer days getting lost in the maze of narrow streets, lined with boutiques and cafés. Cross over canals on any of the 400+ bridges – and make time to visit the famous Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. Most visitors head straight to St Mark’s Square, but you can also stroll to Venice Lido or wander through the many museums in the city.
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Transfers are by taxi, and then shared private water taxi from Piazzale Roma to the docking pier closest to your hotel. Private, non-shared transfers are available on request.
Why not combine a stay at the Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli in Venice with a stay at the Caesius Thermae Spa hotel in Bardolino on Lake Garda. This fantastic twin centre gives you the best of both worlds with a combination of city break and a tranquil escape to the lake.
Or, you could combine two of our Premium hotels such as the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal in Venice with the Hotel Regina Adelaide in Garda. Call us to create a fantastic blend of lakeside luxury and Venetian grandeur. Transfer to your second centre by coach or minibus which may be via Verona Airport.
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