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Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea and attached to the Italian mainland by the two-mile-long Ponte della Libertà, Venice is a unique city. Its blend of art and architecture, accumulated by the old Venetian Republic many centuries ago, ensures that the city exhibits its wealth for all to see. Book a Venice hotel with us and explore a network of more than 400 bridges and almost 200 canals that link 117 small islands. No matter where you go, whether on foot or by gondola, you'll come across something historic and beguiling.
Venice is comprised of six sistieris – or areas – of which San Marco is probably the most well-known. Its stunning waterside buildings, bobbing gondolas and speeding vaporetti have graced many a film and television show.
Dominating San Marco's waterfront is Palazzo Ducale, a Gothic-style palace and mansion behind which lies Piazza San Marco and its instantly recognisable Campanile – and the glorious Italo-Byzantine Basilica. Nearby is Teatro La Fenice, one of the most famous opera houses in Italy, which houses an ornately decorated and sumptuous interior.
The San Polo district is where you'll find Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a building that was finished in 1560 and contains the sublime art of Tintoretto, which lines its walls and ceilings. Very close by is Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, one of the city's greatest churches that features great art treasures, including the work of Titian
In Dorsoduro you'll find situated one of Italy's most prestigious museums, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, located within an 18th-century palace. Here you'll find European and American art of the 20th century including work by Picasso, Duchamp and Metzinger.
Eating and drinking
For fresh, affordable homemade pasta to go, Dal Moro's is hard to beat. Meals are prepared simply and quickly while retaining the taste you would expect from good Venetian cooking. Close to Venice International University, Bacareto da Lele is a regular haunt of students, locals and visitors. Its filled panini are freshly made and very tasty – you can even buy a glass of wine for a modest price. Wine bar and delicatessen Hostaria Vecio Biavarol is a great place to grab tapas-style sandwiches filled with delicious meats, cheeses and other delicacies.
You'll find a host of street vendors and shops selling anything from locally made purses, glass and lace to high-end fashion, jewellery and antiques.
There are many Venice hotels to choose from. Venice is a mere 20-minute bus journey to Camping Village Jolly in Mestre, and is one of the most inexpensive ways to visit this great city while remaining close by. Not quite as modestly priced but still affordable, Hotel Iris Venice has a central location close to the Rio de la Frescada canal in San Polo. And right on the Grand Canal in San Marco is Palazzina Grassi, a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel which provides the ultimate romantic Venetian retreat.