Discover a golden era of Gothic palaces and Venetian romance on holidays to Venice as you glide by gondola through the floating city

Sipping macchiatos for breakfast, stopping for cicchetti come lunch and drinking cocktails created by George Clooney at the Hollywood A-list’s favourite waterfront hotel; it’s easy to fit into the Venetian way of life – relaxed, car-free and somewhat otherworldy. Come summer, Venice heaves with tourists around Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, but slink off to tiny fairytale alleyways and you’ll discover hidden treasures like one of the last few shops in the city where oars are still handcrafted for gondoliers and the almost secret church of San Vidal where world-class chamber concerts are held near-on nightly.

Venice holidays are as much about huge marble palaces as they are about getting lost in a maze of storybook canals and pretty bridges, stopping for great food, music and gelato along the way. After all, the city is nicknamed La Serenissma (serene) for a reason.

We’ve seen the Titian masterpieces inside Galleria del Accademia, admired the opulent Gothic architecture of Doge’s Palace, watched opera beneath the jaw-dropping ceiling of La Firenze and taken midnight walks along San Marco pier when the city silences all but the sound of gondolas bobbing up and down.

If you want to escape the stuccoes, frescoes and high ceilings, we can recommend the modern art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, an iconic Bellini in Harry’s Bar or a Vaporetto ride to Burano Island where you’ll find those Instagram-worthy candy coloured houses and mouthwatering swordfish pasta. Chat to one of Personal Travel Experts to find out more and craft your ideal Venice holiday.

Top hotels in Venice

Hotel Concordia

4
from £759

Sina Centurion Palace

5
from £1,272

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Time difference:

GMT +1 hour

Currency:

Euro

Flying time to destination:

2 hours

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When to visit Venice

Jan

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Feb

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Mar

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Apr

Recommended

Good time to escape

May

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Recommended

Good time to escape

Aug

Recommended

Good time to escape

Sep

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Oct

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Nov

Recommended

Good time to escape

Dec

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

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Recommended Venice Hotels

Palazzo Giovanelli & Gran Canal

4

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 28 Nov '19

from £847

Hotel Concordia

4

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 02 Dec '19

from £759

Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo

4

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 18 Aug '19

from £1,092

Sina Centurion Palace

5

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 28 Jul '19

from £1,272

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Kuoni Insider

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities you can visit. Walking along the canals and heading off the beaten track visiting the little canal streets are all part of the fun. No visit to Venice would be complete without a boat ride on the gondola.

You are taken down the many canals and pass some wonderful sites, seeing the everyday life of Venice as you glide by – what a wonderful way to travel! St Mark’ Square is the main centre point of Venice where a lot is going on and where you can visit the Doge Palace and also St Mark’s Basilllica. It is also worth a visit up the clock tower where you get some stunning views of Venice and the surrounding areas.

Clare Sweatman