Venice Travel Guide & Information

Venice, lovingly coined "Queen of the Adriatic" and “City of Water" is located in northern Italy. The city described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities, is world-famous for its canals, built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by around 400 bridges; which brings us to another nickname for Venice - “City of Bridges".

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Travel to Venice, a unique city, renowned for its artistic diversity and natural environment, as well as its unique layout. With flights to Venice, you can enjoy numerous attractions in this mesmerizing and quintessentially European destination. People have been intrigued by Venice and traveling to this incredible city since the 18th century due to its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness and vibrant musical and artistic heritage.

Today, there are numerous sightseeing opportunities for travelers in Venice, such as St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal and Palazzo Ducale, to name a few. Whether you choose to stroll through the romantic back streets and residential quarters of Venice, or take a romantic ride in one of the famous gondolas, Venice is a world class destination and a “Must-Visit” for every traveler.


Things to do in Venice


The city of Bridges has several world class museums with abundant collections depicting Venice’s history.

Biblioteca Marciana: Is a library and Renaissance building in Venice and one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories in the country, holding one of the greatest classical texts collections in the world. Today, besides having a million printed books, the Biblioteca Marciana contains about 13,000 manuscripts and 2,883 incunabula and 24,055 works, printed between 1,500 and 1,600. There are many illuminated manuscripts as well.

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Museo Correr: Is the civic museum of Venice. The Museum contains art, documents, artifacts and maps that chart the history and daily life of Venice through the centuries. The Napoleonic Wing has extravagant Neo-classical decorations and houses a noteworthy collection of works by Antonio Canova.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Is a small museum on the Grand Canal in Venice and one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The works on display include those of prominent American modernists and Italian futurists. Pieces in the collection embrace Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. These include notable works by Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Brancusi and Pollock.

Prominent Attractions:

Venice is home to other prominent “Must See” landmarks and attractions that are well worth adding to a traveler’s itinerary.

St Mark's Basilica: Is the cathedral church of Venice and the most famous of the city's churches, one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies on Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. The building was known as Chiesa d'Oro or “Church of Gold” for its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics and status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power dating back to the 11th century.

Piazza San Marco: Is the principal square in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists and photographers. It was the location of all the important offices of the Venetian state and has been the seat of the archbishop since the 19th century. The site is also the focus for many of Venice's festivals.

Doge's Palace: Is a gothic palace in Venice. In Italian it is called the “Palazzo Ducale di Venezia”. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice. Its two most visible facades look towards the Venetian Lagoon and St Mark's Square, or rather, the Piazzetta. The use of arcading in the lower stories produces an interesting "gravity-defying" effect. There is also effective use of color contrasts.


Where to Stay in Venice

Venice is a world class destination with scores of visitors flocking to this city year round. Choose from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, quaint Bed and Breakfast Inns, Hostels and other types of hotels.

Lido: If you are staying in Venice and wish to avoid touristy, expensive areas, Lido is definitely the place for you. Lido also offers great budget hotels, hostels and Inns, away from the tourist-filled San Marco and the Rialto, but is still close enough to all major attractions and transportation, then Lido won't disappoint you. The area has several hotels that would fit your budget and choices.

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San Marco: San Marco has six districts and is the central location in Venice. Nesting on a big curve formed by the lower half of the Grand Canal, San Marco is most notable, of course, for San Marco, i.e. St. Mark's Basilica and the surrounding areas. A very large proportion of Venice's grand hotels are in the San Marco area. It's a good place to visit and spend your vacation, as it’s packed with sightseeing opportunities and he city's luxury hotels.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Venice, the city is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Rome for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Rome.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Venice.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Venice

Venice sees tourists throughout the year, primarily due to its unique location, below sea level and amazing canals. The most popular time to visit is during the summer. Lots of festivals in Venice happen during the summer.

Budget travelers might want to consider visiting during the winters. However, there is a big carnival in Venice during the winter, so if you want to participate, be sure to plan your trip around it. Conversely, if you’re looking for cheap airfares and budget hotels, any time before or after, but during the winter would be a perfect time to travel.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June to August)

Low season: (November to February)

Venice Weather

The Adriatic Sea has a profound impact on the weather in Venice. It rains throughout the year

* Venice experiences very high humidity, with hot weather in July and August, the height of summer. Due to its location on the Adriatic coast, Venice often experiences thunderstorms and rain showers, particularly in spring and autumn.

* Winters are cold, but sunny. Daylight hours are short.

Currency and Language:


ATMs are available in many parts of Venice. Be sure to let your bank know where and when you’re traveling to Venice. Also, find out about the cost for ATM withdraws in Venice.


* The official language is Italian.

* Though some of the population speaks English, knowing a few phrases to get around won’t hurt.