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About Venice

Hear the gloop of gondola paddles seeping into the streaming streets. Its riches extend far beyond that of its diverse history; the lifestyle is as charming as the people and it is easy to befriend the hospitable locals who take pride in such a glorious city. Allow the rich and dark flavours of Venice to swirl into a delicious feast for all of your senses. Each building has been carved with subtle details epitomising the peak of craftsmanship. Cultural landmarks, such as the gems packed into Saint Mark's Square, breed a sacred atmosphere whilst travelling up the Grand Canal makes you reali...
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Hear the gloop of gondola paddles seeping into the streaming streets. Its riches extend far beyond that of its diverse history; the lifestyle is as charming as the people and it is easy to befriend the hospitable locals who take pride in such a glorious city. Allow the rich and dark flavours of Venice to swirl into a delicious feast for all of your senses. Each building has been carved with subtle details epitomising the peak of craftsmanship. Cultural landmarks, such as the gems packed into Saint Mark's Square, breed a sacred atmosphere whilst travelling up the Grand Canal makes you realise how surreal and special Venice is. Every narrow cobble gives way to vast watery streets, careening through the city. Exploring these meandering streets, one is certain to discover a handful of rustic patisseries and quaint cafes nestled beneath towering, gothic structures. An abundance of fine dining restaurants sit on the Grand Canal whilst many more are hidden within the city's breathtaking maze. 

Key facts

Carnival

February

Architecture

Visit the Basilica and Doge's Palace

Art and Culture

Visit Accademia gallery and San Rocco Church

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AMAN CANAL GRANDE VENICE
Off the hectic crowded slits of cobble which make up Venice's streets, perching on the sumptuous curve of the Grand Canal lies the Aman Hotel. So secluded in its privacy it is nearly impossible to find on foot due to the minotaur like maze surrounding it; nevertheless, its presence amongst the other palaces on the Grand Canal is regally dominant. View details
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Cipriani
Belmond Hotel Cipriani is located on the tip of Giudecca Island a quiet oasis away from the congestion of central Venice yet easily accessible by motor launch. Facilities at the hotel include four restaurants with both indoor and outdoor dining - an Olympic size heated swimming pool and 20,000 square meters of private gardens. View details
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PALAZZINA G
Palazzina G is a member of Design Hotels, a 16th century historic building overlooking the Grand Canal that hosts the first hotel designed by multifarious creator Philippe Starck in Italy. Its "tailor made" hospitality mixes the highest international standards with the will to offer ad hoc experiences and emotions to live the true Venice life. View details
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Bauer Il Palazzo
The Bauer Il Palazzo is situated in a fantastic location overlooking the Grand Canal and only two minutes walk away from the majestic St Marks Square. The current owners bought the original Palazzo building and then built the 1940s Bauer hotel on the back of the original palazzo.  The Bauer and Bauer Il Palazzo hotels share facilities. View details
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Centurion
Overlooking St. Marks Basin at the mouth of the Grand Canal, Centurion Palace is housed in the former convent of Palazzo Genovese. Rooms and suites have a contrasting modern influence and there is a private garden, butler service and gourmet restaurant. Expect peace and tranquillity next door to Santa Maria della Salute.  View details
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Danieli
Murano glass chandeliers, ornately carved pink marble columns, stained glass, and high ceilings decorated with golden leaves lend an opulent air to Hotel Danieli, Venice. Local culture comes alive in the masterfully restored 14th-century palace of Doge Dandolos family, steps away from Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. View details
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Bauer
The Bauer hotel is a 1940s Italian rationalism style building which was built by the current owner as an extension to the Bauer Palazzo 19th Century building that overlooks the lagoon.  Although only 2 minutes from St Marks Square it is in a quiet street adjacent to the San Moise Church. It shares facilities with the Bauer Il Palazzo. View details
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Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa
Five minutes from Piazza San Marco by private shuttle, Palladio Hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Gently removed from the bustling streets of Venice this converted 16th Century convent on Giudecca successfully preserves the grace and beauty of its historic past, with modern state of the art facilities. View details
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CA PISANI
Ca’ Pisani Hotel, fully renovated between 1998 and 2000, was the first Design Hotel in Venice. With the help of two exceptional professionals, this boutique hotel came alive with style, comfort and personality. The architectural elements have remained untouched, and the building is still the typical 14th century Venetian palace View details
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Ca' Sagredo
Located in the very heart of Venice, Ca Sagredo Hotel is a magnificent 15th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. The exceptional and thoughtful design within the interior of this palatial national monument has resulted in a hotel of uncompromising style and beauty, creating the sense of a bygone era. View details
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Hilton Molino Stucky
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is just a short boat-ride from St. Mark's Square by complimentary shuttle and easily reachable from Venice Marco Polo airport. Marvel at the spectacular views of the city and the lagoon as you enjoy a drink in the contemporary 8th floor Skyline Rooftop Bar or spoil yourself in the unique panoramic rooftop pool.  View details
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Excelsior
A symbol of majestic heritage, the Excelsior's location makes it completely different from Venice's inner city hotels. Although still in close to Venice's intoxicating culture, the facilities are impressive: boasting 178 double rooms and 19 luxurious suites, the hotel still retains the architectural sensibilities found on the Grand Canal.  View details
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Hotel Boscolo Venezia
The Boscolo Venezia, Autograph Collection, housed in the old and prestigious Rizzo-Patarol noble palace, is an excellent location for completely immersing yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Venice. The hotel's XVII-century façade has a portal and loggia on overlapping levels and is hidden a secret garden. View details
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Londra Palace
The Londra Palace is a truly opulent hotel with over 100 windows verlooking the lagoon and just 53 unique rooms. It is a Relais and Chateaux hotel located in the heart of Venice, right on the Promenade of  Riva degli Schiavoni, just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and is easily reachable by water taxi or by public boat. View details
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Luna Baglioni
Located just a few steps from Piazza San Marco in the very heart of Venice a short distance from the City's most famous Attractions and Shopping Area. This is the Oldest Hotel in the City in a beautiful aristocratic setting. Thanks to significant restoration the Luna is a real Boutique Hotel with an enchanting and relaxing atmosphere View details
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Palace Bonvecchiati
With contemporary interior design, a wellness center, and the most modern services, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati proposes a new hospitality concept in the historic heart of Venice: at 200 meters from Saint Mark's Square and from the Rialto, with an international flair and authentic modern art plus very luxurious amenities View details
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Metropole
The Metropole ia a truly unique luxury boutique privately owned hotel in Venice.  Ideally located facing the lagoon only a two minute walk from St Marks Square home to the Doges Palace and the Basilica.  The Metropole is a smart choice for anyone wishing to immerse themselves into the history and culture of the City. View details
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VILLA FRANCESCHI
Overlooking an extensive park with impressive antique statues, the Villa Franceschi is a 16th-century villa standing on the River Brenta, in Mira Porte. The hotel offers all modern comforts, whilst maintaining the original rustic atmosphere of the ancient building. The hotel is only 10 km from the famous art city of Venice. View details
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Westin Europa And Regina
With its private entrance on the Grand Canal, the hotel is at once both centrally located and utterly secluded. The astonishing Piazza San Marco and spectacular Palazzo Ducale are a short walk away, as are countless boutiques and restaurants. Drink in sweeping views of the Grand Canal while dining al fresco on our terraces. View details
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San Clemente Palace
A destination of hospitality since 1131, an exclusive private island is home to The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace. A ten-minute boat ride connects guests with St. Marks Square, from whence they may discover the citys architecture, attractions, and boutiques.Six hectares of manicured gardens afford family-friendly outdoor activities View details

Meet the Venice Experts

Most recently Julie and Matthew visited in February 2015.  Staying at the Metropole and Ca'Sagredo, taking in many of the historical sites and undertaking site inspections of the Aman Canal Grande, Gritti Palace, the Danieli and the Bauer Hotel and Palazzo and new St Regis resort properties.  Joanne and Iain visited Venice in 2014.  Joanne staying at the Palace Bonvechiatti, Bauer properties and the Danieli.  iain meanwhile stayed at the Cipriani and visited the Gritti Palace.  For detailed hotel or room information we are all available to speak to on our free phone number or you can email us info@pureluxuryhotels.co.uk and we can email you or call you back.  If you want to find out more about combining your trip to Venice with another location both Joanne and Iain can also provide you with travel details in or out of Venice via the fast train or the more glamourous Belmond Orient Express.