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Destination Venice Italy hotel suggestions basic information and travel assistance

Unforgettable
Venice is a city to be savored. Let a gondolier serenade you as you glide past graceful palazzos.

Dine by candlelight beside the Grand Canal. Shop for carnival masks and Murano glass on the Rialto Bridge. Wander through the quiet backstreets of the Dorsoduro. Enjoy a gelato on Piazza San Marco, and experience the Doge’s Palace, which once held legendary lover Casanova.

I am one who believes, everyone should go to Venice at least once in their lifetime. Avoiding the inevitable crowds is key to enjoying your stay. Getting off the standard touristy pathways and venturing into the smaller neighborhoods is what makes Venice a treasure trove.

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Destination Information for Venice Italy

Venice does suffer from Over Tourism

Venice does suffer from “Over Tourism”. Sadly, if additional fees are to help control it a bit and add funds to enhance the infrastructure, than so be it.

As of July 1, 2020, Venice will be assessing a Visitor’s Tax. The price of the tax will be established closer to the date, but a law establishing it set a range of $3.30 to $11 (3 to 10 euro) a day. I will update when more details are announced.

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 Destination Venice Italy Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice

Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Giudecca Island
Hands down my favorite Hotel in Venice, this is a must for your first-time in the city.

Set on Giudecca Island, a five-minute ride by private launch from St Mark’s Square, Belmond Hotel Cipriani captures everything La Serenissima is famed for. An oasis of calm in vibrant Venice, this most exclusive property offers privacy and peace to all who stay here. It’s little wonder that its guests include the world’s most photographed film stars such as Mr Clooney—along with politicians, writers and designers. What’s important is that each of our guests—famous or not—receives the same personal attention.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani is set amid lush gardens and vineyards on peaceful Giudecca Island, just five minutes from St. Mark’s Square via the courtesy private launch. The sumptuous accommodations capture the essence of Venice with Murano glass, antique mirrors and fabrics by Fortuny and Rubelli. Dine on the wooden terrace of the Cip’s Club Restaurant, facing the Doge’s Palace, or in the stunning Michelin-star Oro Restaurant. Swim in the Olympic-size pool or enjoy a massage in the Wellness Centre; children love the Kids’ Club, with its special activities and a dedicated mini pool.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani Website

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Aman Venice

Aman Venice
Palazzo Papadopoli
My time at Aman Venice I must admit… I was much more impressed than I was expecting by the care of the restoration and beauty of the hotel. Jean-Michel Gathy’s interior work superbly subdued and highlighted the original grandeur of this monumental Grand Palazzo. Service & hospitality was impeccable.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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Aman Venice Website

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The Gritti Palace a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Grand Canal
Overlooking the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace boasts one of the most enthralling views of the lagoon city, spanning from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore past Punta della Dogana and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

This Luxury Collection Hotel is a historical treasure where heritage and culture have blended with renewed Venetian style. With attentive service, a delectable culinary experience, and new avenues for relaxation and pleasure, The Gritti Palace is a refined version of its iconic self.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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The Gritti Palace Website

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Hotel Palazzo Stern

Hotel Palazzo Stern
Grand Canal
A true gem of a Boutique Hotel in a wonderful neighborhood just a short walk to the main attractions. All the rooms are unique, restored wonderfully with all the modern touches you would hope to find. Roberto and his staff are wonderful. A perfectly enjoyable stay at a rather reasonable cost. Sells-out quickly, I would suggest having me book this as far in advance as possible.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

Hotel Palazzo Stern Website

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Online Tours Activites Attraction Providers Venice Italy

A few good resources for easy tours, advance tickets & activities planning.

GET YOUR GUIDE
A curated source of Tickets, Tours and Activities.

VIATOR
A wide variety Tickets and Tours from the people who bring you Trip Advisor.

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My Venice Italy Information Page at Virtuoso
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.

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page updated: October 2019

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