Venice Travel Guide

 

It’s always a delight to visit Venice. Its grand buildings, winding canals and fascinating history make it a city like no other and the desired trip for travellers from across the globe.

In February, the city comes alive with carnival spirit, making it a perfect time to discover the true Venetian experience. Here’s our guide to the best of this must-see destination.

 

Venice  Editorial credit: Shutterstock, Inc.

Grand Canal in Venice. Editorial credit: Shutterstock, Inc.


Where to Stay

The Hotel Danieli is moments away from the famous Piazza San Marco, immersing you in the heart of this iconic city. Each of its 210 rooms are traditionally furnished featuring ornate antiques, Murano glass chandeliers and rich damask curtains.

If the weather is fine, head to its rooftop dining terrace to enjoy the spectacular views of the Grand Canal and beyond.

Hotel Danieli

Reception at the Hotel Danieli


What to Do

Dating back to the 11th century, the Carnival of Venice is held every year for the two weeks running up to Shrove Tuesday. Modern day celebrations hark back to the traditions of old. Look out for live music and parades in the main squares of the city, along with the famed masquerade balls that give you chance to don traditional costume.

Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks. Editorial credit: Cris Foto, Shutterstock, Inc.

Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks. Editorial credit: Cris Foto, Shutterstock, Inc.

No visit to Venice is complete without a romantic trip on a gondola. Once the primary mode of transport, these boats are predominately used by tourists now, offering a unique perspective on the city. Ask your gondolier to take you past the Rialto Bridge – one of the most photographed views in the city, this must-see attraction is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal.

Save an afternoon to visit the island of Murano to discover the craftsmanship of the glassmakers and pick up a souvenir or two. The skilled artisans there use centuries-old techniques to create the decorative and coloured glassware that has become synonymous with this region.

Rialto Bridge in Venice. Editorial credit: My Portfolio, Shutterstock, Inc.

Rialto Bridge in Venice. Editorial credit: My Portfolio, Shutterstock, Inc.


Where to Eat

Most Venetian fare revolves around seafood, with the best restaurants sourcing fresh ingredients daily from the Lagoon. We recommend the family run restaurant Da Fiore for a chance to sample modern plates inspired by traditional cuisine and seasonal ingredients.

The evening taster menu is sure to please – or try the signature dish of wild sea bass in balsamic vinegar. Book well in advance to secure one of the two tables with a view of the canal.

Da Fiore Restaurant

Da Fiore Restaurant

After dining, head to Harry’s Bar for cocktails. Opened in 1931, this famous hotspot is the birthplace of the Bellini. Once frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells, it remains a favourite for visitors and locals alike. 

Harry's Bar

Harry’s Bar

 

What to Pack

For daytime, choose comfortable loafers to navigate the cobbled streets and tiny bridges of Venice with ease. Pair with a longline wool coat and a leather tote for a chic look that blends practicality with style. In true Italian fashion, oversized sunglasses are essential.

Come the evening indulge your carnival spirit with ruffles, lace and blouson shapes. And don’t forget that silk robe to help you relax and feel at home in the grandeur of your hotel. 

 

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Collarless Coat

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Grey Ships – Cashmere & Modal Scarf

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Rise Sunglasses

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Elixir Drops

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Red Devore Notebook

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Rose Cut Diamond Earrings

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Smooth Tactel Bra

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Sophie Corfan