Whether you’re just in Venice for 24 hours, or are spending a couple of weeks traveling around Italy, you’re sure to want to see, do and eat the best that the city has to offer. Our Foodie Guide to Venice offers you insider’s tips on how to make the most of your visit. We’ve gathered together our favorite attractions, restaurants, bars and places to stay in Venice, as well as our very own shortlist of not-to-be-missed food and drinks! (PS. Want to be shown around Venice by a local and taste the best of the city? Then book one of our food tours!)
Essential Food and Drinks to Try in Venice
Sarde in saor
This delectable agrodolce or sweet-sour dish is definitely our favorite. Consisting of fried sardine fillets marinated in vinegar, onions, raisins and pine nuts, saor was originally conceived in the Middle Ages as a method of preservation by Venetian sailors and fishermen. With modern refrigeration, preserving fish (and other foods) in this way is no longer necessary. However, the simultaneously sweet and tangy flavors characterizing this preservation method were clearly very appealing to the Venetians’ taste buds and, as a result, the dish lives on as a modern-day antipasto or appetizer.
Risi e bisi
Our gastronomic guide to Venice would not be complete without mentioning another rice-based starter, risi e bisi or Venetian-style rice and peas. On April 25, St. Mark’s Day, this primo was traditionally served as an offering to the Doge of Venice from the peasantry from the lagoon islands. Not quite risotto nor quite soup, risi e bisi is made with vialone nano rice, pancetta, onion, butter, parsley and surprisingly enough, pea-shell broth! If you notice fresh peas gracing the stands at the Rialto markets (generally mid-to-late spring), you can be sure that it is the right time to sample this dish at a local trattoria.
Coming in at a close second is another sublime fish-based antipasto. Baccala mantecato or creamed dried cod is prepared by soaking, poaching and blending the fish into a smooth mousse seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. You may also come across parsley and garlic in some variations. It is then served spread on slices of fresh bread or grilled white polenta, a typical staple of the Veneto region.
Risotto al nero di seppia
Rice is the other commonly grown staple in the Veneto region, and few dishes are more Venetian than this seafood-based risotto. The squid ink in this primo or starter may confer a rather alarming and seemingly unpalatable jet-black color to the rice. This dish, though, wins even the most skeptical visitors over with the distinct briny flavor of its squid, wine, onion, tomato and ink braise.
Fegato alla veneziana
Offal enthusiasts will relish this main course made with calf liver and stewed onions. The earthiness of the liver is complimented perfectly by the sweet, caramelized onions. With its distinct flavor combination, this classic dish has been known to convert many a visitor claiming not to like liver. It is often served on a creamy bed of polenta.
Bigoli in salsa
Bigoli in salsa is another signature starter dish of Venice. Bigoli, or bigoi as they are called in the local dialect, are essentially long, thick, whole-wheat strands of pasta resembling spaghetti. A salsa or sauce consisting of onions and salt-cured fish (sardines or anchovies) is then used to accompany the pasta. Traditionally served on giorni di magro or lean days such as Good Friday and Christmas Eve, this simple but delicious dish is now served all year round in Venice.
The Venetian lagoon is home to all sorts of wonderful crustaceans, making Venice the perfect place for seafood lovers. Moleche, small green crabs, are a seasonal, springtime delicacy eaten after they shed their shells. Speed is required when the crabs are being harvested, as within the space of a few hours they form new shells which harden after contact with water. Delightfully soft and tender, these crabs lend themselves well to fried dishes and salads.
When the Republic of Venice was a great seafaring power, sailors needed food that would last during their often long and precarious voyages. Among their most important rations were the dry, oval-shaped and most importantly, long-lasting baicoli or ship biscuits. Of deceptively simple appearance, preparing them is actually a very long process as they require two rises and double baking. Many a Venetian aristocrat was fond of dipping baicoli in creams and dessert wines. These days, you’ll generally find them served with coffee and zabaglione.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the Carnevale (Carnival) period, then you must try fritole, which are sweet pastry fritters traditionally prepared and eaten as part of the festivities before Lent. Made with a rich batter consisting of flour, eggs, butter, milk, sugar, pine nuts and raisins, they are molded in balls, deep fried in oil and dusted with sugar. Highly recommended for those with a sweet tooth.
The Veneto region has a remarkably varied landscape and is home to a variety of microclimates, creating the perfect conditions for growing both quality red and white wines. The sparkling white wine Prosecco – and other concoctions such as the Bellini and Spritz that are made with it – has become quite fashionable as a pre-dinner drink lately. However, if we have to choose a white wine to accompany all the fish you’ll be eating here, then look no further than a bottle of Soave. To accompany heartier dishes, you may wish to try reds like Valpolicella or Amarone. For a taste of something really local, there are also white wines such as Orto di Venezia and Venissa. These wines are produced on the islands of the lagoon.
Venice’s Best Restaurants
Getting lost among the little alleyways of Venice is all part of the game if you go and have a meal here. Frequented mainly by a select clientele of locals and those tourists who do not like to feel as such (hence the sign at the entrance warning: “No Lasagne, No Pizza, No Tourist Menu”), this is a typical family-run inn, serving some of the freshest fish in Venice. You can choose among a typical range of Venetian dishes like sweet and sour sardines, crab salad with small artichokes from Sant’ Erasmo island, or their famous desserts like pavlova with berries and yogurt. This is considered one of the best restaurants in Venice by most of the locals.
Sestiere San Polo, 1911
+39 041 524 0165
Open: Tue – Sat 12.30 – 2.30 pm, 7.30 – 11 pm
Vecio Fritolin, which in appearance is an inn, but in fact is a high quality restaurant, takes its name from the ancient fritolini: the old places where Venetian people bought freshly fried fish served in paper cones during the Renaissance. Here, local Venetian cuisine is revisited and enriched with creativity and lightness. Owner Irina and chef Daniele devote their talent to playing with raw materials and new techniques using local, seasonal Venetian ingredients. The bread, breadsticks and pasta are all homemade. At Vecio Fritolin you will find the best cod, fresh scallops and squid served with squares of roasted white polenta.
Sestiere Santa Croce, 2262, Calle Regina
+39 041 522 2881
Open: Mon – Tue 7 – 10.30 pm; Wed – Sun 12 noon – 2.30 pm, 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Enoteca da Roberto
It might surprise you to find this place in this list of best restaurants and cafes, since technically this is neither a restaurant nor a café, but in fact what in Venetian is called a Bacaro: a small typical inn. Here you can sample the typical Cicchetti (similar to tapas) together with an ombra, a small glass of local well-made house wine. This is a special place: you can sample their famous pumpkin, bacon, cheese and potato fried balls, their large range of cured meats and cheeses, as well as a large selection of cicchetti. All the while, you’ll be standing side by side with the old local Venetian men who have been coming for a drink, day in day out, for the last 40 years. At lunch and dinner time they also offer fresh homemade pasta dishes, with homemade sauces.
Rio Terà Farsetti, 1847
+39 333 345 8811
Open: Mon – Sat 11 am – 10 pm
Al Sbarlefo San Pantalon
A vibrant and modern looking little bar/café, a stone’s throw from Campo Santa Margherita, they offer a large selection of Veneto and Italian wines, as well as cicchetti – a small selection of cold cut platters and cheeses. They have one of the best burratas in the city and they really know their wines, like all Venetians do! Al Sbarlefo San Pantalon is also one of the few places in Venice offering live Jazz music during the week.
Calle S. Pantalon, 3757
+39 041 524 6650
Open: Mon – Sun 10 am – 12 midnight
Another historic Venetian restaurant, Corte Sconta is located near the Arsenale, a very residential area of Venice. Famous for its little courtyard (hence the name), which offers privacy and quiet from the Venetian crowds, this charming family-run restaurant offers homemade breads and pasta, their own Prosecco (from the hills of Montello) and some of the freshest and best fish we have ever tasted. Try their 5-course starter, a meal in itself, which consists of 5 separate fish dishes that change according to season.
Calle del Pestrin, 3886, Castello
+39 041 522 7024
Open: Tue – Sat 12.30 – 2 pm, 7 – 9.30 pm
Established in 1720, Caffe Florian is believed to be the oldest coffeehouse in continuous operation in the world. Located in Piazza San Marco – Venice’s most famous square – Caffe Florian is one of the symbols of the city, and a must when visiting Venice. This is where Casanova, Hemingway, Goethe and Goldoni used to come for a coffee and chat with their friends. Yes, it is expensive, but it is all about the experience, the history and that feeling of luxury – especially if you decide to sit inside, in the beautifully decorated rooms of the cafe.
Piazza San Marco, 57
+39 041 520 5641
Open: Mon – Sun 9 am – 12 midnight
Gran Caffe Quadri
Established in Venice in 1775, the Gran Caffe Quadri is one of the oldest historic cafés in Italy, located in the Procuratie Vecchie of Piazza San Marco. The restaurant (the only one in the square) offers a wide range of refined seasonal dishes made from absolutely fresh raw ingredients which can be enjoyed while looking out at the panoramic views. Their historic recipe is the gelato al forno: oven-baked ice cream with a foam of amaretto, almond and burned meringue. In winter, don’t miss their hot chocolate with whipped cream – so thick and creamy, it’s to die for!
Piazza San Marco, 121
+39 041 522 2105
Open: Mon – Sun 9 am – 12 midnight
One of two kosher restaurants in Venice, located in the oldest Ghetto in the world in a very residential area of Cannaregio district, Gam Gam is famous all over town for their amazing hummus and their selection of traditional Jewish starters served with matzah, unleavened bread. Vegetables are the main element of many dishes, and for this reason Gam Gam is particularly suitable for vegetarians. But don’t forget that they also serve excellent meat and fish dishes!
+39 366 250 4505
Open: Sun – Fri 11.30 am – 10.30 pm; Sat 7 – 10.30 pm
This is a great restaurant serving Greek and Arab cuisine, set in a beautiful location directly opposite the church of the Frari. You can enjoy delicious meals ranging from the couscous, which comes with a variety of sauces including vegetarian, mutton, chicken or seafood, to the mansaf (rice with chicken, almonds and yogurt). All the while, you can sip on a refreshing retsina wine. The restaurant is very small, so it is better to book. They are also able to offer gluten-free meals.
San Polo, 2558
+39 041 720050
Open: Mon – Sun 11.30 am – 3 pm, 6 – 10.30 pm
L’Osteria di Santa Marina
This is one of the restaurants most appreciated by local Venetians. On entering, you can already sense the atmosphere of a typical Venetian tavern: trussed ceilings and tiled floors are the setting for innovative and refined fish dishes, prepared and seasoned with fresh local products. During the summer, the Osteria’s delicacies are often served in the little square where it is located – a strikingly beautiful and quiet place away from the tourist crowds.
Campo Santa Marina, 5911, Castello
+39 041 528 5239
Open: Mon 7.30 – 10.30 pm; Tue – Sat 12.30 – 2.30 pm, 7.30 – 10.30 pm
The brainchild of Alfredo Depietri, one of the most established restaurateurs in Venice, Vineria All’Amarone is located in a quiet alleyway near Campo San Silvestro. A meeting point for local Venetians and tourists alike, the informal setting and excellent quality of its food and wines always draws crowds to its tables. Vineria All’Amarone is famous for its selection of fine cheeses served with truffle oil and honey, aromatic cold cuts, large selection of Italian wines, tiramisù (the best in town!) and Sgroppino, a local concoction of Prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet. Best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Calle Sbianchesini, San Polo 1131
+39 041 523 1184
Open: Mon, Tue & Thu – Sun 10 am – 11 pm
Bistrot de Venise
This historic winery and restaurant is a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco; it doesn’t need much introduction as it already appears in most tourist guide books. Bistrot de Venise is famous for the revival of historic recipes, which the owner Sergio and his chefs are careful to adapt to today’s palate. All dishes served are homemade, from the bread to the desserts – even the ice creams and sorbets. And the selection of wine, mostly from the North of Italy, is of excellent quality.
Calle dei Fabbri, Sestiere San Marco, 4685
+39 041 523 6651
Open: Mon – Sun 12 noon – 3 pm, 7 pm – 12 midnight
Generally known for being the vegetarian restaurant in Venice par excellence, this restaurant is not actually a vegetarian-only place. Even though La Zucca primarily offers a wide range of dishes prepared with locally grown vegetables, they also serve some meat and fish dishes which are just as good as their vegetarian ones! Of course, their specialties are dishes prepared with pumpkin, hence their name. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Santa Croce, 1762
+39 041 524 1570
Open: Mon – Sat 12.30 – 2.30 pm, 7 – 10.30 pm
Osteria da Alberto
If you’re looking for down-home Venetian fare, then this osteria might be the place for you. Like many restaurants in Venice, the menu focuses heavily on seafood, like baccalà (cod) cooked in a variety of ways for a second course, or spaghetti alle seppie nere for a first.
Calle Giacinto Gallina Cannaregio, 5401
+39 041 5238153
Open: Daily 10 am – 11 pm
Ristorante al Covo
For refined and elegant seafood and other Venetian specialties, make Al Covo a necessary stop while in Venice. Everything here is made with attention to detail, from the ingredients themselves to their presentation. This is a good place to try baccalà mantecato, or whipped cod served on toasted polenta.
+39 041 5223812
Open: Fri – Tue 12.30 – 11.30 pm
Cross over to Giudecca Island for a tasty lunch at Alla Palanca, where the view across the canal would be worth it even if you weren’t being served some excellent food. Come here for more seafood-based fare, and don’t leave without trying dessert like their classic tiramisu.
Fondamenta Ponte Piccolo
+39 041 528 7719
Open: Mon – Sat 7 am – 8.30 pm
Bottega ai Promessi Sposi
Getting a real Venetian experience while in Venice is not the easiest part of being in the magical city on the water. But you’ll be getting close to tasting what the real Venice tastes like at the Bottega ai Promessi Sposi. It is a cozy restaurant where you can dig in to local dishes.
Sestriere Cannareggio, 4367
+39 041 241 2747
Open: Tue & Thu – Sun 11.30 am – 2.15 pm, 6.30 – 10.15 pm
This modern cafe is a great place to pick up a sandwich in the afternoon or dinner at night. It is open all day and so it can also serve as a place to go for that midday snack or drink. Located near the Ca’ Foscari University, there is always a lively atmosphere at this restaurant/cafe.
Calle Crosera, 3815
+39 041 275 0386
Open: Mon – Fri 7 am – 2 am; Sat 8 am – 2 am
Osteria-Enoteca ai Artisti
This notably tiny restaurant in the Dorsoduro area of Venice boasts some of the freshest food in the city that comes straight from the Rialto Market. So tuck into a small table and get comfortable as you prepare to be delighted by the very best in Venetian fare, like spaghetti with prawns.
Fondamenta della Toletta Dorsoduro, 1169/A
+39 041 523 8944
Open: Mon – Sat 12 noon – 3 pm, 7 – 10 pm
Osteria alla Ciurma
Located near the bustling Rialto Market, the Osteria alla Ciurma is the perfect place to stop by for a break from the tourist maze. Like many osterie around town, this one features what the Venetians call cicchetti – something like the Spanish tapas – and can comprise anything from the traditional baccalà mantecato to marinated anchovies.
Calle Galeazza, 406
+39 340 686 3561
Open: Mon – Sat 9 am – 3 pm, 5.30 – 9.20 pm
For one of the best cups of espresso or cappuccino in the Cannaregio, squeeze up to the bar at Torrefazione Marchi and prepare to be overwhelmed by the selection of freshly ground coffee. If the fast pace of the cafe won’t let you linger, be sure to get some ground coffee to go.
+39 041 716371
Open: Daily 7 am – 7.30 pm
This classy restaurant on the canal might be the place to go for a romantic night out. Like most menus in Venice, this one also centers on seafood, and all the dishes are elegantly presented and cooked. Though the restaurant is a bit far from the main tourist center, reservations should still be made, especially on the weekend.
Fondamenta de la Sensa, 3272
+39 041 720744
Open: Tue 6.30 pm – 12 midnight; Wed – Sun 10.30 am – 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm – 12 midnight
Top Places to eat Risotto
Al Gatto Nero
One of the most historic restaurants in Venice, Al Gatto Nero is run by chef Ruggiero and his sommelier son Massimiliano. This is perhaps where you will eat the best risotto of your life. Ruggiero’s Risotto di Go is famous worldwide. It is a risotto made with a typical Venetian little fish and it’s so creamy and delicate that one plate simply won’t be enough!
Via Giudecca, 88, Burano
+39 041 730120
Open: Tue – Sat 12.30 – 3 pm, 7.30 – 10.30 pm; Sun 12.30 – 3 pm
Vini da Gigio
This cozy typically Venetian restaurant is run by Paolo and Laura, a brother-sister team, who make you feel just like you’re at home. They make some of the best risotto in town: the variety is strictly linked to what’s in season, so in winter be sure to try their Risotto with Radicchio di Treviso and Shrimps. Ask Paolo to match your risotto with the best available wine: he runs the biggest cellar in town, so he should have no problem helping you out!
Calle della Stua, 3628a
+39 041 528 5140
Open: Wed – Sun 12 noon – 2 pm, 7 pm – 10 pm
Even though many people walk into Antico Panificio for their pizza, this is the place to eat one of the best fish risottos in Venice: creamy and full of flavor, just as it should be. Risotto di Mare is one of the classic dishes of Italian cuisine, excellent when prepared with good quality fresh fish. And here it was: simply perfect.
Campiello Del Sole, 945
+39 041 521 0137
Open: Mon – Sun 11 am – 12 midnight
Ristorante Agli Alboretti
A lovely restaurant just by the Accademia Bridge, run by Niccolo and his staff, this is a little place which never fails to enchant – especially if you go during the summer and manage to enjoy your meal in their beautiful garden (book ahead!). Agli Alboretti has a particularly good chef, which is an extra plus-point when eating in Venice: you can taste the great passion and care in all the dishes he prepares, but above all in his risottos, which are always made with seasonal ingredients.
Rio Terrà Antonio Foscarini, 882
+39 041 522 9937
Open: Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun 12 noon – 2.30 pm, 7 – 10.30 pm
Osteria al Portego
This place is very famous among students and locals for their cicchetti, Venice-style tapas, and their cheap wines, available only at the counter. But many people do not know that this is also a lovely cozy restaurant, with only 6-7 tables, where you can eat one of the best risottos in Venice. It is not always available on the menu because it is only prepared with seasonal ingredients, but if you are lucky to find it prepared on the day, then you will be glad you made an effort to book a table! A must-try is their Risotto di Nero di Seppia, black squid-ink risotto.
Calle della Malvasia, 6014
+39 041 522 9038
Open: Mon – Sun 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5.30 – 10.30 pm
Our Favorite Things to See and Do
Sample the cicchetti and tramezzini
If you want to really learn about local Venetian food, the first thing to do is to start sampling the city’s famous cicchetti – little snacks (the Venetian answer to tapas) available in bars called bacari. Having mastered the chicchetti, try a tramezzino, or as the Venetians call it, a “tramesin”. It is a sandwich prepared with soft sliced bread, cut in a triangular shape, stuffed with all sorts of goodies and finished off with layers of mayonnaise. The peculiarity is the amount of stuffing in each tramezzino! Try those at Rosa Salva in Campo San Giovanni e Paolo – some of the best in town.
Explore the markets and specialty food shops
Visit one of the oldest markets in the world, Rialto Market. Head there first thing in the morning and mingle with the locals trying to grab the best bargains for fish, fruit and vegetables. The atmosphere is exhilarating and the smells and colors fascinating. Afterwards, head for some of Venice’s most interesting specialty food shops, like Casa del Parmigiano near Rialto Market, a shop full of the best local cheeses. Or check out Pastificio Rizzo, near San Grisostomo church, which has been employing ancient techniques for 4 generations to work fresh and dry pasta by hand. Alternatively, take the guess work out of it and let us be your local guide to Venetian food on our walking tour!
Taste some Venetian wine
The Veneto region produces the largest amount of wine in Italy, has more than 40 varieties (not blends) of whites and reds, and has the highest number of DOC wine areas – a wine tasting is a must! Some of the local wines to try: Prosecco, Ribolla Gialla, Lugana, Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave, Raboso, Refosco and much more. Book a wine tasting in one of the many enoteche (wine shops). Pop into Vineria All’Amarone and you’ll be able to taste some of the best wines in Italy. If you loved the wine during the wine tasting, why not discover how it’s made? Take a wine tour in the Veneto region; you can choose from tours in the Prosecco area as well as the Soave or Valpolicella areas.
Visit one of the region’s islands
Take a trip to one of the islands and have a meal in some of the best restaurants in Venice. Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Pellestrina are all islands where you’ll find some of the most amazing local food cooked by great chefs. Another island to visit is Sant’Erasmo, also known as the vegetable patch of Venice. This is where most of the vegetables for sale at Rialto Market are produced. The most famous are the castraure, violet artichokes – the main ingredient of many Venetian recipes. If you make it to Giudecca island, pay a visit to Harry’s Dolci, Arrigo Cipriani’s second restaurant in Venice. As the name implies (dolci meaning desserts), the cakes are the main call here.
Enjoy a special coffee or hot chocolate
First up: go for a special coffee in San Marco Square. Defined as the “best looking sitting room” in the world for its beautiful setting and atmosphere, the square offers 3 historic cafés where you can enjoy a coffee while taking in the most amazing view. Secondly, visit Torrefazione Cannaregio, a coffee roaster in Strada Nova. It is a meeting place for regulars and passers-by, from the old ladies who stop for a chat with friends, to the local shopkeepers taking a break from their business – an interesting insight into the social life of Venice. And finally, if you like hot chocolate or simply love chocolate, be sure to go for a chocolate tasting in the best artisanal chocolate shop in Venice. Vizio Virtu Cioccolateria is a feast for your eyes, your nose, but above all for your taste buds!
Drink an aperitivo
Make sure to try the famous spritz (which actually originated in Venice itself) – a bitter cocktail made with Prosecco (or sparkling white wine), soda water and a bitter aperitif like Aperol or Campari. Some of the best places to drink it are situated at the bottom of the Rialto Bridge, near the Rialto Market, where the place is full of locals standing, drinking and chatting. Make your way to Naranzaria for an aperitivo in the early evening and enjoy a spritz overlooking the Gran Canal. Alternatively, have an aperitivo and take in a bird’s eye view of Venice from the Hilton Roof Top Bar. Located on the top floor of the Molino Stucky Hilton Hotel on the Giudecca Island, you will be able to sip on a Prosecco or a fancy cocktail while admiring fantastic sunsets.
Watch the world go by at Campo Santa Margherita
There is no place more Venetian than Campo Santa Margherita. This is a popular meeting spot for students and young people – a buzzing square filled with bars, osterias, takeaways and ice cream parlors. This effervescent Italian piazza is the meeting point of the Dorsoduro neighborhood, and there is always something to see or do at any time of day. This is the place to grab a drink, munch on some cicchetti and just watch the world go by!
Learn about Venetian cakes and pastries
The use of sugar in cooking was actually discovered in Venice; that is why there are so many cake shops, bakeries and patisseries around the city. The best season to sample sweet treats and cakes is at Carnival time. The typical Carnival desserts are frittelle (deep-fried dumplings filled with cream or zabaione) and galani (deep-fried thin strips of short-crust pastry). All bakers and cake shops pile them up from January 7 until the end of the Carnival, on Fat Tuesday. Once you’ve tried all the cakes and desserts in Venice, why not learn to prepare them so you can impress your friends and family? Among the top culinary activities to do in Venice, taking an Italian pastry cooking class is a must.
Relax on a boat cruise
Looking for something romantic but a bit different? Ride a boat while having dinner on a Galleon Dinner Cruise, organized by the Jolly Roger. You will enjoy your dinner by candlelight while cruising past the famous islands of Burano, Torcello, and Murano. Alternatively, take a mini cruise from Venice up to Padova, via the Brenta River. The Burchiello is a mini cruise boat which will take you to visit amazing Palladian villas and stop in a local fish restaurant to sample typical Venetian recipes.
Take a ride on board a gondola
You can’t come to Venice without taking a ride on board a gondola, right? Make the most of Venice’s reputation for romance and enjoy a Gondola Serenade, a tour of the Venetian canals aboard a wonderful gondola accompanied by songs performed by two musicians, all organized by Bucintori Viaggi.
Top Picks for Florence Hotels
If what you’re looking for is a romantic break, Venice is the ideal city to visit and the 5-star Hotel Ca’ Sagredo is the perfect setting for your holiday of luxury and refinement. Ceilings with original frescoes, antique furnishings and magnificent marble staircases are all part of this hotel which is situated in an ancient noble 14th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal, right across from the Rialto Market. The hotel is home to much of the art collection of the Sagredo family, so be sure not to miss a single detail of this Renaissance palace. Do also take the opportunity to sample the delicious Venetian cuisine in their open-air restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Grand Canal.
Campo Santa Sofia 4198/99, Ca’ D’Oro
+39 041 241 3111
Rooms start from around €190 per night
If you want to experience Venice but at the same time get away from the summer crowds, the Hotel Excelsior on the island of the Lido of Venezia is the perfect location for you. Built in 1908 on what, at the time, was just a sandy islet on the edge of the city, this exclusive 5-star Moorish-style hotel blends luxury, history and tradition to give you an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by golden beaches and lots of trees, it combines an atmosphere of the Belle Epoque with a sophisticated modern ambiance. This is the location also of the Venice Film Festival in September, and is the hotel in which many famous Hollywood stars love to stay during this important event.
Lungomare Marconi 41, Lido di Venezia
+39 041 526 0201
Rooms start from around €250 per night
Generator Hostel Venezia
Generator Hostel Venezia is located on the island of Giudecca and is a converted large grain store that has been very recently renovated. It is a very contemporary hostel that offers budget hospitality associated with high standards of service and design. The hostel offers private rooms as well as shared dorms, with stunning views of the lagoon of Venice. They also have a café and restaurant.
Fondamenta Zitelle 86
+39 041 877 8288
Rooms start from around €15 per night
Palazzetto Pisani Boutique Resort
A newly renovated 16th century palace, Palazzetto Pisani Boutique Resort is the ideal location for a stylish holiday, overlooking the Grand Canal. When stepping out onto one of their balconies, you can admire the Accademia Galleries on your right and the Basilica Della Salute and the Guggenheim Museum on the left. The ambiance and comfort coupled with the delicacy of the service always make guests feel like they are at home. The rooms are simple and refined at the same time.
San Marco 2814
+39 041 523 2550
Rooms start from around €150 per night
Hotel Palazzo Abadessa
Located in the heart of Venice, in a characteristic area near Ca’ D’Oro, Palazzo Abadessa is a Venetian boutique hotel, built at the end of the 1500s, surrounded by a lush garden dotted with statues. It offers the enchantment, magic and charm of its 4 centuries of history, bringing you back to the glories of the golden age of Venice. Each suite is originally and exclusively decorated with silk fabrics, antique mirrors and period furniture.
Calle Priuli, Cannaregio 4011
+39 041 241 3784
Rooms start from around €150 per night
Venissa boutique B&B is located on the island of Mazzorbo, a small island which is home to sports facilities, gardens and fields, closely connected to Burano via a long wooden bridge. The property has a restaurant and 6 double rooms, all with hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and views of the vineyards and orchards on the Venice Lagoon. The rooms, all doubles, are all different and named after the islands of the North Lagoon. They offer 2 booking formula options: Comfort or Hostel. A Comfort overnight stay includes breakfast, a private bathroom and wifi; a Hostel stay includes the use of a shared bathroom.
Fondamenta S. Caterina 3, Mazzorbo
+39 041 527 2281
Rooms start from around €100 per night
Stay in Venice with a unique view: sleep on a boat! Ideal for those with the spirit of adventure and who like to try new experiences. Spend a few nights on a boat docked on the island of Giudecca: Sarah Cruise is a modern motor cruiser, finely furnished in an antique, predominantly wooden, marine style of yesteryear. What better way to see Venice from the water?
Via Trento 1/B, 33080 Fiume Veneto – Pordenone
+39 329 702 2269
Rooms start from around €85 per night