Venice Holidays: An Overview

Although Venice is a year-round city-break destination, the best time to visit is autumn, when the temperature has dropped and the hordes of tourists are long gone. The city has a far more relaxed feel in autumn, making sightseeing a pleasure rather than a struggle. Experience this inimitable city from a fresh angle by staying at one of Original Travel's carefully selected properties.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The piazzas, market, the omnipresent water, and the possibility to wander down little streets off the main tourist track make Venice one of the most romantic cities in Europe

Luxury Holidays & City Breaks to Venice

A Venice city break is inevitably going to involve some drifting along its 150 canals. Beneath some of the city's 400 bridges, the magnificence of the 16th- and 17th-century palaces and piazzas become apparent.

Venice sights not to be missed while on a luxury holiday include the Accademia gallery with its works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto, and the opulent Byzantine masterpiece of St Mark's Basilica, while those with enough energy should climb the Campanile and enjoy the spectacle of St Mark's Square below. Just to walk along the secret alleyways crossing the Bridge of Sighs or the Rialto is an experience that will live long in the memory.

A boat trip out to the islands of Murano and Burano is also very worthwhile, providing welcome respite from the bustle of the city centre.

Last but not least, Venice offers some great dining experiences. Enjoy eating al fresco within sight of the Rialto bridge or at Harry's on St Mark's Square.


Top picks for Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Venice

Housed in the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli, the Aman Canal Grande is a real jewel in the crown of Venice. Located in one of the oldest districts in Venice, San Polo, overlooking the Grand Canal, this renaissance building is perfectly placed for exploring the ‘floating city’s’ infamous sights.

Where to stay

Interior at Ca Maria Adele, luxury hotel in Italy

Ca Maria Adele

Venice

The hotel looks onto a narrow canal, where guests can arrive by water taxi, and is next to the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute.

Where to stay

Bauer Palladio

Bauer Palladio

Venice

A beautiful 16th century Palladian palace on the island of Giudecca, Bauer Palladio is just a quick hop across the Grand Canal to St Mark’s square.

Where to stay

Ca' Sagredo, luxury hotel in Venice, Italy

Ca'Sagredo

Venice

Live like a Venetian noble at the Ca’Sagredo, a private 15th century palazzo on the banks of the Grand Canal.

Where to stay

View across hotel pool from Hotel Cipriani, luxury hotel in Italy

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Venice

In a city where space is a luxury, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani has no rivals. It is located in historic buildings surrounded by gardens at the tip of Giudecca Island, and enjoys wonderful views across the water to St. Mark's Square.

Where to stay

Breakfast Terrace at Bauer Il Palazzo, luxury hotel in Italy

Bauer Il Palazzo

Venice

Just a two minute walk from St Mark’s Square and located slap bang on the canal, Bauer il Palazzo’s position is fantastic.

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