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Venice is called La Serenissima, "the most serene," a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and impressive power of this city that was for centuries the leader in trade between Europe and the Orient, and a major center of European culture. Built entirely on water by a people who saw the sea as a defense and ally, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could ever imagine.

Hotels

Venice Hotels

Many of Venice's hotels are in renovated palaces, but space is at a premium—and comes at a high price—and rooms may feel cramped by American standards...read more

Restaurants

Venice Restaurants

Dining options in Venice range from the ultrahigh end, where jackets are required and shorts are a no-go, to the very casual. Once staunchly traditional...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Venice

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Venice Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Venice

    Cruising the Grand Canal: The beauty of its palaces, enhanced by light playing on the water, make a trip down Venice's "main street" unforgettable... Read more

  • Eating and Drinking Well in Venice

    The catchword in Venetian restaurants is fish. How do you learn about the catch of the day? A visit to the Rialto's pescheria (fish market) is... Read more

  • The Best Venice Day Tours

    If you want some expert guidance around Venice, you may opt for private, semiprivate, or large group tours. Any may include a boat tour as a... Read more

  • Venetian Art Glass

    The glass of Murano is Venice's number-one product, and you'll be confronted by mind-boggling displays of traditional and contemporary glassware—much... Read more

  • Venice Through the Ages

    Venice was founded in the 5th century when the Veneti, inhabitants of the mainland region roughly corresponding to today's lower Veneto, fled... Read more

  • Wading Through the Acqua Alta

    There are two ways to get anywhere in Venice: walking and by water. Occasionally you walk through water, when falling barometers, southeasterly... Read more

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