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Palazzo Ducale

+39 0415209070 Piazzetta San Marco

The palace of palaces, the centre of political and legislative power, the highest symbol of Venetian civilisation, and a motif in every veduta. Over a period of almost 1000 years, 120 Doges held the reins of Venice's destiny. The complex, which comprises three wings with lengths of between 70 and 100 m, was mainly given its present, Gothic form, in the 14th and early 15th centuries. The marble-clad façade alone, the lower areas of which are ornamented with countless delicate columns and arches, merits the greatest admiration. You should also make note of the beautiful sculptures "Adam and Eve", and "Noah's Drunkenness" on the corners of the south wing, and the charming scenes on each one of the dozens of column capitals. A tour of the inside of the Doge's palace is completely overwhelming. It starts opposite the Loggetta and the campanile with its High Gothic main door, the Porta della Carta, through which one enters the inner courtyard dominated by a double-storey triumphal arch, the Arco Foscari, and the Scala dei Giganti, which guards Jacopo Sansovino's statues of Neptune and Mars. Continuing on the tour, one encounters "wonder upon wonder", as the French statesman François de Châteaubriand, blinded by so much splendour, enthused. The most important painters of the 16th century, in particular Tintoretto, Titian and Paolo Veronese, were involved in decorating these rooms. Their paintings, the majority of which are extremely large-scale, depict the most important events in the city's history from the myths around its foundation to its great military victories. The most overpowering impression is created by the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, a room measuring 54 x 25 m, in which the Great Council with up to 1800 members voted for high-ranking officials and men of the Signoria. What most captivates the eye in this spectacular room is Tintoretto's painting of paradise on the front wall which, measuring 7 x 22 m, is the biggest painting on canvas in the world. The tour concludes by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs to the New Prison.






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Great hotels in Venice

Hotel Concordia

Location. Located in central Venice, Hotel Concordia is steps from St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, and St Mark's Campanile. Nearby points of interest also include Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Hotel Features. This 4-star property offers a meeting/conference room, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. For a surcharge, shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and an area shuttle. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. Guestrooms. 50 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Concordia feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. LCD televisions have satellite channels. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.
 

Antico Panada

Location. Antico Panada is located in Venice's Venice City Center neighborhood, close to St. Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Square. Nearby points of interest also include St Mark's Campanile and Doge's Palace. Hotel Features. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Antico Panada features multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and currency exchange. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include express check-in, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a porter/bellhop. Business services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. 50 air-conditioned guestrooms at Antico Panada feature safes and windows that open. Bathrooms feature bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered daily, and guests may request wake-up calls. The Lido, a slender, 11-kilometre-long island facing the Adriatic Sea lies a 15-minute water-bus ride east of historical Venice's centre. In summer it becomes the city's playground, when beaches and water sports draw visitors and Venetians alike. Year-round, visitors rent bicycles to explore the island, take horseback rides, and play golf, tennis, and volleyball. Deep-sea fishing is available in the Adriatic Sea. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 

Hotel Al ponte dei sospiri

Location. Hotel Al ponte dei sospiri is located in Venice's Venice City Center neighborhood, close to St. Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Square. Nearby points of interest also include Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Campanile. Hotel Features. Hotel Al ponte dei sospiri features a restaurant. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary full breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities, a porter/bellhop, and concierge services. Guestrooms. 13 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Al ponte dei sospiri feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request hypo-allergenic bedding and wake-up calls.
 

Hotel Dona Palace

Location. Hotel Dona Palace is located in Venice's Venice City Center neighborhood, close to St. Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Square. Nearby points of interest also include Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Campanile. Hotel Features. For a surcharge, shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a train station pick-up service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Hotel Dona Palace features multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and a garden. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a porter/bellhop, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Guestrooms. 27 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Dona Palace feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. LCD televisions are available in guestrooms. Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered daily, and guests may request wake-up calls. The Lido, a slender, 11-kilometre-long island facing the Adriatic Sea lies a 15-minute water-bus ride east of historical Venice's centre. In summer it becomes the city's playground, when beaches and water sports draw visitors and Venetians alike. Year-round, visitors rent bicycles to explore the island, take horseback rides, and play golf, tennis, and volleyball. Deep-sea fishing, boat rentals and cruises are all available. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 

Best Western Albergo San Marco

Location. Best Western Albergo San Marco is located in Venice's Venice City Center neighborhood, close to St Mark's Campanile, St. Mark's Basilica, and Rialto Bridge. Nearby points of interest also include Squero di San Trovaso and St. Mark's Square. Hotel Features. Best Western Albergo San Marco's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Guestrooms. 56 air-conditioned guestrooms at Best Western Albergo San Marco feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms feature handheld showerheads. They also offer bidets, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Also included are ceiling fans and windows that open. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 



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