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A gondolier in Venice, Italy.

Venice is situated in the Veneta Lagoon, on an archipelago of 120 islands, separated by 160 canals,which in their turn are spanned by 400 bridges. The city, connected to the mainland by both a rail and road bridge, is divided into six districts (sestieri): San Marco, Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, Castello, Santa Croce and San Polo. These zones are divided up by a dense network of canals (rii) and an intricate system of narrow and windy streets (Calli and Salizade) which open out onto the canals and campielli (small Venetian squares). The historic centre borders the Grand Canal, which is crossed by the Academy bridge, the Ponte di Rialto and the Ponte degli Scalzi. The centre is split into two unequal parts with a thorough fare which starts at the railway station and leads to Piazza San Marco.

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Hotels and lodgingEdit

In venice historical center you can find a lots of accommodation and choose between apartments, any kind of Hotel category, bed and breakfast and Inns. Normally you can find always an accommodation, but in high season and for special occasions ( new year, carnival, Biennale, Film Festival, etc..) it's a suggestion to book an accommodation early, in order to find your best sleeping place. There are also many websites about tourist informations and hotel reservation in Venice.

We Crociferi is a former monastery, located on the main island in Venice. It is a remarkable place with great atmosphere, clean and neat design, and even the rooms come with a canals view. You can get as well a 5% discount with the promo code "Hostelgeeks2017".

Bed and Breakfast Venice Ca' del Pozzo: San Marco 2612. Ca' del Pozzo is a new bed and breakfast, completely restructured in 2003 and situated in the characteristic Campo San Maurizio, a couple of steps from the famous La Fenice Theatre and just a few minutes from St. Mark's Square.

B&B Venice Ca' delle Acque: San Marco 4991. Ca' delle Acque is a well situated Accommodation, just 2 minutes from S.Mark's square and Rialto Bridge. Rooms from 69 EUR.

Be trilled, book Venice luxury hotels : Ex. Hotel Gritti Palace Venice Italy: The famous writer Hemingway stayed in this 15th-century hotel located on the Grand Canal.

Canal Hotel Venice Antico Fiore: San Marco 3486. An eighteenth-century building which has been carefully restored. Easy and quick access to the vaparetto and located near charming shops and old churches. Really great gelato nearby.

Antica Locanda Sturion, Calle del Sturion, San Polo 679, Venice, Tel +39 041.5236243, Fax.+39 041.5228378, The hotel Antica Locanda Sturion, age-old hospitality tradition on the Grand Canal, a stone's throw from the Rialto bridge.

Casanova ai Tolentini b&b, F.ta del Gafaro, Dorsoduro 3515, 30135, Venice Tel +39 349.8782995, Fax. +39 041.915567, B&B Casanova ai Tolentini, residence offering comfort & quality services, only 2 minutes from Piazzale Roma station.

  • B&B Al Palazzetto Santa Sofia Cannaregio 4057, tel. +39.041.2750897, fax. +39.041.2750375, [1]

Faronhof b&b, Via seriola veneta sx, 51, Oriago di Mira, Ve, Tel +39 041 428363, Fax. +39 041 563 9755, English family run bed and breakfast.

  • Hotel Acca - Venice, Italy San Polo 2160 tel. +39 041.2440126, fax. +39 041.2440126. In the enchanting setting of San Polo, Hotel Acca is a 1-star hotel in Venice able to offer unparallelled comfort and services.

Ca' Leon, Fondamenta Dei Tolentini - Santa Croce 608 Tel +39 041 2750803, Fax. +39 041 2750803, [2]

  • Hotel Airone, Via Santa Croce 557, 30135, Venezia, tel. +39 041.5204800, fax. +39 041.5204991, [3]

Hotel Amadeus Lista di Spagna, Cannaregio 227, tel. +39 041.2206000, fax. +39 041.2206020, [4]

Hotel Becher, San Marco 1857, 30100, Tel. +39 041.5221253 Fax +39 041.5212685, [5]. A 3 stars hotel in the heart of Venice.

Hotel Castello, Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo, Castello 4365, 30122, Tel. +39 041.5234545 Fax +39 041.5211023, [6].

Hotel Gardena Santa Croce 239, tel. +39 041.2205000, fax. +39 041.2205020 [7]

Hotel Giorgione, SS. Apostoli, 4587, Tel. +39.041.5225810, Fax +39.041.5239092 [8]

Hotel Kette, San Marco, 2053, Tel. +39 041.5207766, Fax +39 041.5228964 [9]

Hotel San Giorgio, Rio Terà della Mandola, San Marco 3781, tel. +39 041.5235835, fax. +39 +39 041.5228072

  • Locanda Antico Casin Corte Contarina, San Marco 1520/a, tel. +39 041.2410384, fax. +39 041.5212460

Locanda Ca' San Marcuola, Cannaregio 1763, 30100, Tel. +39 041 716048 Fax +39 041 2759217. Near the San Marcuola church and the ferry stop, located in the heart of the Cannaregio district.

  • Palazzo Rosa Venice Cannaregio 5590/A tel. +39 041.2960188, fax. +39 041.2447630. 5 minutes walk from Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's square, in the heart of Venice.

San Luca B&B, Campo della Chiesa, San Marco 4066, 30124, Tel. +39 041.2412614, [10].


The Academy in Campo Carita in the Dorsoduro district, houses the finest collection of over 500 years of art from the Venetian school, including Medieval Byzantine to renaissance, from Baroque to Rococò. The paintings are displayed in chronological order with the exception of the last hall, which houses Renaissance works. The first 11 halls house Byzantine art, international Gothic, early and late Renaissance with masterpieces by Bellini, Mantegna, Giorgione and Veronese.This section is followed by Baroque paintings, on a landscape theme with works by Tiepolo and Longhi. Finally in the Sala dell'Albergo, there's the 14th century room with the ' Maria al Tempio' by Tiziano. The Guggenheim Collection is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. This museum of contemporary art contains 200 paintings and sculptures, some of which are placed around the garden ( Giacometti, Brancusi, Marini) All the major artistic movements from the 20th century are represented, in particular the surrealist movement ( Bacon, Braque, Magritte and Modrian ).


Shopping lovers should take a stroll along the elegant portico in Piazza San Marco, or visit Calle dei Fabbri, Calle Vallaresso and the streets to the north of Campo Santo Stefano. Art galleries, antique and craft shops and low priced goods, can be found in Venice's side streets. Good quality shops offering low priced goods, can be found beyond the Gran Canal in those streets to the south west of Rialto towards Campo San Polo, and along the Strada Nova in Cannaregio. In these zones there are in particular first rate food shops and shops selling leather goods. Venice has a strong tradition of handicrafts in glass of masks and paper. The best glass products can be bought on Murano island. Certain shops including Ca' Meccano, in Dorsoduro, allow the visitor to do the mask production which can be of a fantasy or comedy of art theme. Legatoria Piazzese or the Vallese- Ebru laboratory in San Marco are ideal for paper purchases.

Maps and transportationEdit

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Getting to VeniceEdit

Exploring VeniceEdit

A wider view of Venice can be had by taking one of the many boat trips to the islands or around the lagoon. There are a total of 40 islands sprinkled throughout the lagoon, including naturally the famous Murano Island, the obvious choice for anyone wishing to purchase a Venetian glass object. The island's main sights include the Architectural jewel the Fondamenta Giustinian, the Giustiniani Palace, site of the Glass Museum and the Santa Maria and Donato Basilica. The island of Burano is noted for its traditional activities of fishing and pizza production. The island is very picturesque with its brilliantly coloured houses. The roads lead from the quay to Baldassarre Galluppi, the heart of the town, where it is possible to eat the freshest fish in open-air restaurants. A visit to Torcello, permits the visitor to see the ancient monuments during the Santa Maria Assunta Byzantine Cathedral, the Santa Fosca church and the Estuary Museum.
There is a wide choice for those who wish to take a boat trip. tickets are available from all the boat stops and in some bars, shops, and tobacconists who show the ACTV sign. The steamboats run the entire length of the Grand Canal, with departures every 10–20 minutes. Line N° 1 is the slowest and runs along the Grand Canal to the Lido. Line 12 goes to Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Line 14 which departs from the Paglia Bridge, arrrives at the Lido and Punta Sabbioni, from here it is possible to catch the number 12 which continues on to Burano and Torcello .Line 13 leaves from the dock at Fondamenta Nuove and travels to Vignole and Sant'Erasmo. N° 10 and 20 motorboats leave from the San Zaccaria quay to San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni. It is possible to catch a ferry boat to arrive on the Pallestrina Island. The ferry departs from the medieval borough of Malamoccou. The hydrofoils are the fastest means of transport and can be caught at 16 different points around the city, including the airport, station, Piazzale Roma, San Marco and the Lido. Venice Guide . A gondola can hold up to 5 people, however it is advisable to agree the price beforehand. Venice is relatively small and the majority of the city is easily reached on foot. Using a street guide makes it impossible to get lost in the maze of streets. All the buildings are numbered, based upon the district to which they belong and not to the street. Each house is indicated initially with the name of the district followed by the number.

Jolly Roger Boat excursions in venice, Via delle Meduse, 10, 30016, Tel. +39 0421.380006 Fax +39 0421.386259, [11]

Practical information and resourcesEdit

Currency : Euro Electric supply: 220 Volts, a two or three pin plug is used Climate : The humidity in summer is oppressive and the low temperatures in Winter are biting. The two best season to visit are spring and autumn. The wettest months are March and November. During December and February, there is the increased risk of high tides. Opening hours : . Shops are open from 9am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm, except Saturday and Sunday afternoon and the week period around the 15th of August. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1.20 pm and from 2:45pm to 3:45 pm. The post office and other offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 1:20pm. Restaurants are open from 12:30 to 3.30pm and from 8pm to midnight. Telephones : the code for Venice is 041


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Venice is the site of numerous artistic exhibition, including the bi-annually Art Exhibition in the month of June, the Film Festival at the end of August and the Campiello literary prize in October. The Carnival takes place in February and lasts for ten days. The Ascension Festival is held the second Monday in May and includes the Vogalonga, e 30 km. rowing race. The ancient marine republic Palio is held between May and June. The festival of the Redeemer with its banquets and its mid-night fireworks display to thank the Redeemer who saved the city from the plague in 1576, is held in the month of July. The Opera season is held in a pavilion on one of the islands in the lagoon during winter. The most frequently visited rooms in the pavilion, where it is possible to listen to classical music, are La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Frari, the Pietà, the Cà Regonico and the Ducale Palace courtyard. There are two casinos in the city. The Municipal Casino in Palazzo Vendramin in Cannaregio and the Casino Palace in the Lido on the Marconi Promenade. The summer night life is concentrated around the Lido. Information about Venice can be obtained from the tourist office in Piazza San Marco and at the Santa Lucia main railway station. The quarterly Venice Pocket is rich in useful information. The monthly Leo gives detailed information about city life. During the evening, you can found a lot of people and some bars in Campo Santa Margherita near Piazzale Roma and in Erbaria near Rialto.

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