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  • Luxury tailor-made hotel holidays to Venice

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    Luxury hotel holidays to Venice

    Venice, or ‘La Serenissima’ as it has been known for centuries, is truly unique and must be visited at least once in a lifetime. It is essentially a floating museum and was the main centre of trade for the north of Italy from the 13th century right through until the 17th century. The Venetian Republic was one of the richest in Europe and was presided over by the Doge who was elected by the Council of Ten, or the most powerful members of the governing families. The art and architecture that can be seen throughout the city is really a tribute to centuries of patronage and wealth. The Venetian lagoon also has numerous other islands, inhabited and uninhabited which used to grow crops and produce to feed Venice itself and which also used to house some of the cities’ industries such as glass making and lace making.

    Local highlights

    Cultural highlights St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, The Grand Canal, Accademia, Museo Correr, Rialto Bridge, La Fenice theatre, The Church of the Redentore, The Church of Santa Maria della Salute. Festivals Venice’s most famous festival is the Carnevale in February, the actual dates of Carnevale vary from year to year, but it generally spans three to four weeks ending on shrove Tuesday. Costumed and masked people parade around the streets of Venice and there are numerous private parties and dances, but the atmosphere on the final night of Carnevale itself is electric. Alternatively, there is the Regata Storica on the first Sunday in September, when boats and gondolas race against each other along the Grand Canal, or the Feast of the Redentore in mid July to celebrate the end of the plague in the 16th century. A makeshift bridge is constructed to link the Giudecca island with the Dorsodouro island and there is a huge firework display. Gastronomy Venetian food is naturally fish and sea food orientated and popular dishes include the sweet and sour ‘sardee in saor’ or sardine salad, cuttlefish risotto with its black ink and ‘caparossoi a scota deo’, which are large clams cooked with lemon and pepper. Liver is also popular as are several sweet fried delicacies or ‘fritole’, popular particularly around festival time. This area is famous for its Prosecco and is the home of the ‘Bellini’ cocktail.

    Getting out and about

    Gondola rides are always popular, but are expensive. The vaporetto and motoscafo services are good and will take you from A to B and are essential to reach the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello in the lagoon unless you hire a private water taxi. The services can be disrupted at high tide or ‘Aqua Alta’, which usually occurs in the autumn, or if the lagoon is particularly choppy. To cross the Grand Canal the precarious ‘traghetti’ are like large Gondolas, but you are expected to stand up in order for the maximum number of passengers to board, so it is an art, as well as an experience to remember!

    Travel arrangements

    How to get there British Airways flies direct to Venice daily and Easyjet also has low cost options on a daily basis. You can get a private car transfer from the airport to the main Piazzale Roma square opposite the station and from there you can get a water taxi to your hotel. Alternatively, the most stylish way to arrive at your hotel from the airport is by water taxi across the lagoon. You can arrive in Venice by rail to Santa Lucia station and the ultimate in luxury is to arrive on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London or Paris to Venice

  • Ca'Sagredo - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    Ca’Sagredo is a grand and elegant palazzo hotel overlooking Venice's Grand Canal.

    Hotel Bisanzio - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    The Hotel Bisanzio is the perfect place from which to explore Venice,

    Belmond Hotel Cipriani - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a legendary hotel in an exquisite location in Venice.

    Hotel Flora - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    The 3 star Hotel Flora is an oasis of Venetian charm and character.

    Baglioni Hotel Luna - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    The Baglioni Hotel Luna is a popular 5 star hotel in a splendid location near St Mark's Square in Venice, o

    San Clemente Palace Kempinski

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    The San Clemente Palace offers elegance and luxury, Venetian style and charm, in an island location.

    Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli - Luxury holidays to Venice

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    A four-star superior hotel on the Grand Canal, Venice.
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