Welcome to Venice, the sanctuary on water known for its romantic atmosphere and architecture. Of course, the canals stand out too. Whether you're staring at the shimmering water or at one of the marble palaces, you're drawn in immediately. Dreamlike, awe-inspiring, and full of surprises, Venice takes you to a place and time so amazing it can't be defined. All you know is that you just don't want to leave.
Out and About in Venice
If you stay at one of the romantic hotels in Venice, try not to fall in love with staying in because there's so much to explore like the Piazza San Marco, where you can see the mysterious Doge's Palace, the Clock Tower, and the breathtaking St. Mark's Basilica. From there, you can cross the picturesque Rialto Bridge and shop at the bustling Rialto Market before touring La Fenice Theater and the Correr Museum. That would make for an exceptional day in Venice, but there's plenty more to see, especially Gallerie dell' Accademia, Venice's most notable art museum, and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a building which features the painter Tintoretto's most masterful works. Other attractions worth visiting include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Grassi Palace, and the shops at Bragora. What's great is that even cheap hotels in Venice are near world-famous sights.
Eating and Drinking
Venetians know how to relax and enjoy themselves, and that's evident in the dining scene. For lunch, it's crucial that you try signature local dishes, such as prawn risotto, potato gnocchi with cuttlefish at one of the many Trattorias, and of course the spaghetti. After lunch, don't forget to have an espresso before exploring the sights. Then, before dinner, go to a happy hour and enjoy cicchetti (snacks) along with a spritz (a wine-based cocktail). Once night falls, head to Erbaria or Campo Santa Margherita, two popular party districts. When you head back to one of the hotels in Venice, try not to get lost in the labyrinth of alleyways.
With so much to explore, you should plan your trip early to get a deal on one of the best hotels in Venice. From luxurious hotels near the Church of San Giorgio to more budget friendly hotels, Travelocity has what you need for your stay in Venice.