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Introduction

Venice, on the Adriatic Sea in Italy's northeast, is a floating treasure-trove containing more works of artistic and historical significance per square metre than any other city in the world.

Venice has continuously enchanted travellers, painters, musicians and poets with its maze of narrow calli (alleyways), profusion of luxury hotels, exquisite fresh seafood, finely-wrought architecture... and most of all, its incomparable sense of romance. When you visit Venice, prepare to lose yourself in the warren of cobbled alleys and narrow canals that connect the neighbourhoods, or sestrieri – it's all part of the experience.

Venice comprises 118 small islands, making the best way to explore the ‘city of water' a water taxi or water bus (vaporetto). Gondola rides down the famous Grand Canal, which weaves through the heart of Venice, are an iconic way to travel – though locals tend to stick to public transportation.

Venice has an abundance of attractions, but the must-sees include the magnificent Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), the spectacularly carved Rialto Bridge with its vibrant markets, the bustling Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) and the Basilica San Marco, which is said to contain the bones of St Mark, the founder of Venice. There is an abundance of five-star hotels in Venice, including the opulent 12th century Luna Hotel Baglioni, former home of the Knights of Templar, and the Hotel Daniele, a 14th century restored palace on the waterfront.

For a day trip, take a ferry from the Lido to the artisan islands of Burano, a pretty island in the northern part of the lagoon famous for the production of delicate lace, and Murano, the centre of Venice's glass blowing trade.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Travel to Venice in style aboard the world's most elegant and legendary train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, for a romantic journey across Europe to some of Italy's most beautiful destinations. Leave London and cross the channel before boarding this luxurious train, which will take you to the medieval city of Verona, near Lake Garda in northern Italy, famous for its ancient opera house the Verona Arena, and then on to Venice.

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Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel from £480 pp

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Stay 3 pay 2 – Save up to £140 pp
Book by: 31 December 2018

Just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, Baglioni Hotel Luna looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and the San Marco Basin in Venice.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £3,280 pp

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Early booking discount - must book 45 dys prior to departure – Save up to £60 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made journey from £2,855 pp

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Free upgrade to Cabin Suite – Save up to £1115 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

This 4-day journey is the just-as spectacular reverse of London to Venice onboard the esteemed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll start in Venice’s Gothic splendours, staying in a charming canalside hotel, before enjoying white-glove service as you speed through the picturesque Austrian Alps.

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Top itineraries in Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £3,280 pp

Special
offer

Early booking discount - must book 45 dys prior to departure – Save up to £60 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Luxury Venice City-Break

4-day tailor-made city-break from £1,255 pp incl. flights

Explore Venice and its island surrounds in style while staying in Grand Canal luxury. Along with flights, private transfers and a choice of hotels, we've included a host of experiences, from gondola rides and lagoon cruises to an expert-led city tour.

The Italian Job

6-day tailor-made journey from £1,475 pp incl. flights

Explore the iconic sights, fabulous architecture, gourmet restaurants and world-class museums and galleries of Rome, Venice and Florence on this classic tailor-made holiday.

Golden Eagle Danube Express Sicilian Odyssey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £9,490 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Italy on this 12-day luxury rail journey from the waterways of Venice to Pompeii’s ash-laden streets and Bologna’s culinary delights. Then, cross the water by rail ferry to Sicily's hilltop towns, idyllic coastlines and crumbling Roman ruins.

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Top places to stay in Venice

Hotel Danieli, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel

Spread over three palaces – 14th, 17th and 19th century iterations – art and antiques ensure a historically luxurious stay worthy of the Venetian aristocracy.

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Historic hotel from £680 pp incl. flights

This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Luxury train

Hark back to the golden age of travel with opulent private berths, fine dining experiences and stunning scenery.

Hotel L'Orologio, Venice

Historic hotel

Rest your eyes from Venice’s Baroque grandeur with L’Orologio’s impeccably minimalist style, host to innovative art works, an elegant theme and Grand Canal views.

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When to go to Venice

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Most visitors to Venice will encounter rain at some point, though the famous acqua alta (high water) floods tend to occur in the months of November and December. The summer months see a sharp spike in temperature, as well as tourist crowds, so we recommend that for many the best time to visit Venice will be in the spring or autumn. Winter travellers may encounter snow, but it rarely lingers on the ground for longer than a few hours.

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Venice articles

  • Living La Dolce Vita: A cultural guide to Italy

    The art, music, food and festivals that have helped make Italy one of the world's most enduring holiday destinations. Read our guide to how to living the sweet life, and make the most of this beautiful country.

  • The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – a cabin guide

    Don't know your twin cabins from your grand suites? Product manager Andy Austen takes a closer look at the different cabin types on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to make sure you select the one that’s right for you.

  • New Grand Suites for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    The exciting new additions to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and how they’re set to elevated the experience to true ultra-luxury with the likes of en-suite shower rooms, private dining and free-flowing champagne.

  • The world’s best journeys by rail

    Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

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