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If you're planning a citytrip to Venice, here's the place to start
Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. Busy statisticians have counted more than 400 bridges which help to cross around 150 canals and connect over 100 islands. Some are unnamed, others inconspicuous. Some are specially important in terms of traffic or cultural history, others are famous as meeting places or photographic motifs.
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The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a masterpiece palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city. Founded in 14th and 15th century, the castle, one of the most famous Vienna's cultural symbol, was the residence of the Doge, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, Palazzo Ducale is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.Â At the back of Doge's royal building showing the greatness of Venice stands St. Mark's Basilica .
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a significant building, erected in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetian citizens. The building takes its name from the nearby church of San Rocco. Completed only in 1560, the building was adorned with the paintings by the painter Tintoretto, created from 1564 to 1587. Read more
Teatro La Fenice is an opera house. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres (to fire and legal problems respectively). Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has burned and been rebuilt twice more. Read more
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is one of the greatest churches in the city, and one of top must-visit attractions in Venice. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. The church is best known for being home of numerous masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, who is buried in the church. Read more
The Grand Canal, lined with great Renaissance palaces, forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola. At one end, the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin; in between, it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. Read more
Inaugurated in January 2009, the San Luca Hotel is a brand new 3-star hotel in the heart of Venice. The elegant accommodation is located in the artistic Old Town Center of Venice, halfway between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco Square, and can easily be reached, using public transportation. All of the main attractions, starting with the above mentioned bridge and square are close at hand, and all of the magnificent Venice monuments, museums, churches and shopping facilities are within a few minutes reach. This makes the San Luca Hotel an ideal and comfortable starting point for a romantic sightseeing in Venice. This Venice Hotel features modern amenities, and offers its guests spacious Venetian style furnished rooms, a cozy breakfast lounge with a rich buffet, and 24 hour bar service. The San Luca Hotel also offers convenient accommodation in the Annexe 16th century building located just a short walk from the main hotel building. Only 20 meters further, there is the San Luca Hotel's pizzeria - restaurant where guests can savor the typical local cuisine. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in all rooms.
The Belvedere Hotel boasts a central position on the Venice Lido in front of the maritime port, from which it is possible to reach the Venice historic centre in few minutes, and 10 minute walking distance to the Lido Beach, one of the most beautiful in the world. The ideal choice for those who want to combine a cultural stay with a relaxing sea holiday with the opportunity to enjoy various sporting activities, the hotel Belvedere offers its guests courtesy, comfort and quality services. Guests will appreciate the free use of the big beach cabin with deck chairs, the possibility to enjoy pleasant bike rides using the hotel's bicycles, the enchanting view over the Venice Lagoon tasting an open-air dinner in the restaurant or a cocktail from the bar. The hotel also offers an Internet Point and the wireless internet connection in all rooms and common areas.
Just off the fashionable Via XXII Marzo, lined with elegant shops and boutiques, Hotel Do Pozzi is a quaint and reasonably-priced Venice hotel near St Mark's square. The hotel is just behind Venice's famous opera house, the Teatro La Fenice, and is easy to reach by vaporetto (public water bus) from Santa Lucia railway station, as well as from Piazzale Roma car park and Tronchetto parking garage. Hotel Do Pozzi is housed in a late 17th-century building, that opens out onto a characteristic Venetian square called a campiello, featuring the 2 wells (pozzi) after which the hotel is named. This Venice 3-star hotel is run by the Marchesi Family, who have owned it since 1866, when it was the winter home of the present owner's great grand parents. Typically Venetian, this small family-run hotel is excellent for anyone who is hankering after a taste of the real Venice. You can enjoy a tasty breakfast out in the quiet square during the summer, surrounded by flowers. Furthermore, the hotel also has a small bar and lots of information, about what to do and see and how to get around, is available at the reception. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.Â
Hotel Al Duca Di Venezia
If you are looking for a charming Venice 3 star hotel, then the Al Duca di Venezia Hotel is definitely worth a look. Magnificently located just steps from the Rialto Bridge and the Ponte degli Scalzi, close to the Grand Canal, the Al Duca di Venezia Hotel is the ideal base to explore the hidden Venice. Situated in the Santa Croce district, in the heart of ancient Venice, among merchants' houses and artisan shops, this Venice hotel welcomes you in a fifteenth-century building. At Al Duca di Venezia Hotel, wall paper, tapestry, fabric and draperies, are perfect in all details, just like in a fairy tale. On-site amenities include an elegant meeting room, wired internet connection, fax service and shuttle service to the airport and the train station.
Only a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, Hotel Casa Fontana is a charming, family-run Venice hotel boasting a great location in Campo San Provolo, just a few steps away from the San Zaccaria water bus stop, with excellent links to the other parts of this wonderful city. Since 1968, the Stainer Family has owned and managed Hotel Fontana, which is housed in a historic 18th-century building. This small, intimate hotel evokes the warm atmosphere of a traditional Venetian house, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Offering modern services and comforts, along with an outstanding position, Casa Fontana is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travelers in Venice. On the ground floor you will find the 24-hour reception, the welcoming bar with reading corner, as well as the breakfast room. All of the rooms are on the upper floors (1st to 4th). The management will do their very best to help you make the most of your stay in Venice, providing tourist information, city tours, concert tickets, dining suggestions, and water taxi reservations.