Yes, the crowds can be maddening, but the rowboat-filled, crystal blue waters and picturesque cobblestone streets of Venice always make us feel like we’ve been transported back to simpler times.
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1. Welcome to Venice
“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”—Truman Capote.
No matter your feelings on Venice, it’s safe to say that this city is truly unlike any other place in the world. Yes, the tourist crowds can be maddening, but the gondola-filled, crystal blue waters and picturesque cobblestone streets always make us feel like we’ve been transported to another time. Cheers to Venice!
2. Above the Canals
They say that if you don’t get lost, you’re not doing it right. We like to get lost on Venice’s Londra Palace hotel roof—can you blame us?
3. Venice’s Outer Islands
A quick boat ride from the historic center of Venice will bring you to a series of islands scattered in the lagoon, each with its own personality and charms. Pictured here: the beautiful blue waterways of Giudecca.
4. Romantic Hotels
Venice is home to some of the most romantic hotels in the world, including the Aman Canal Grande. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin loved this hotel so much, they got married here in 2014.
5. Frittelle alla Veneziana
A visit to the lagoon would not be complete without snacking on some frittelle alla veneziana, small donuts covered in powdered sugar.
6. Beautiful Architecture
Venice was ranked no. 9 on our list of the world’s best cities for arts and culture lovers. With its plethora of cultural festivals, beautiful architecture, and legacy as an inspiration to the likes of Shakespeare and Thomas Mann, it’s easy to see why.
7. Travel Via the Canals
Venice is best seen from the water, as many locals say. Gondola rides can be pricey, so try taking one of the many vaporetti (water buses) or water taxis to your next destination instead.
8. Seafood Galore
Hello, dinner! A tangle of seafood at Da Celeste on Pellestrina, one of Venice’s outer islands, looks divine.
9. Incredible Views
If you want an escape from the main island, catch a water taxi to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca, where you’ll find an Olympic-size pool and amazing views.
10. A Spirited City
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city more romantic, beautiful, and lively at night than Venice. Take a walk along the Rialto Bridge to see what we mean.
11. View From the Water
A nighttime boat ride is the perfect way to experience the true beauty of Venice. Pictured here: the view of Aman Canal Grande from the water.
12. Venetian Sunsets
End your night with a Venetian Spritz and this gorgeous sunset view.