A major maritime player founded in the fifth century, Venice is a collection of more than 100 marshy islands on the Adriatic. This watery, fabled city is a wanderer’s dream. Cross cobbled foot bridges and sneak down hushed alleyways that open up into grand piazzas and campos framed by domed basilicas and crumbling palazzos. Explore hidden chambers where Doges once trod, masked revelers waltzed, and artists and artisans created lasting works. A grand patron of the arts through the ages, contemporary museums continue that tradition today.
Combining convenience, supreme comfort and a magnificent atmosphere, Hotel Danieli occupies an excellent location on Riva degli Schiavoni.Venice
Venice isn’t famous for its high perspectives. Admiring the city from above is such rare scenery. However, Venice keeps a few and secret places that will allow you to take in all its beauty. The Gritti Palace and the Hotel Danieli offer some of the best city viewpoints. This is a must-see, especially at sunset and sunrise.
Hire a boat and zip across the lagoon to the island of Murano, and explore some of the world’s most remarkable handicrafts. Marvel at the renowned Venetian mouth-blown glass chandeliers and decorative pieces at Ars Cenedese Murano. For a modern spin on this ancient art form, browse Marina e Susanna Sent for contemporary glass jewelry and object d’art. Continue onto the quaint island of Burano. Photogenic brightly colored homes line the narrow streets of this fishing village known for the art of lacemaking.
The scuola (confraternity) in the Dorsoduro was formed by a group of lay women in the 13th century to stitch scapulars for the Carmelite brothers. These humble works were performed in lavish surroundings by Giambattista Tiepolo and Baldassare Longhena with gold-leafed stairways, intricate woodwork and painted ceilings.
For panoramic city views without the crowds, climb the skyward-reaching bell tower at San Giorgio Maggiore. The 16th century Benedictine church designed by Andrea Palladio in the classical renaissance style is the centerpiece of the eponymous island a the tip of Giudecca Island. Wander inside the massive church and spy two important paintings by Tintoretto.
Once the home of Mariano Fortuny, the renowned Spanish interior and fashion designer, the 13th century Gothic-Venetian palace has found new life as a museum. Tucked away among the alleyways of the San Marco District, this one-of-a-kind collection features the artist's sumptuous silk gowns, rich textiles, fascinating photographs, and paintings.Learn More
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni was the former private residence of art collector Peggy Guggenheim, and it now serves as a museum displaying masterpieces of 20th century art. Works by Max Ernst, Joan Miro, and Constantin Brancusi are just a few pieces from Guggenheim’s personal collection that fill the palace's former library, where she received her guests. Admire work by Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Andy Goldsworthy in the canal-gazing sculpture garden.
Steps from the Rialto Bridge locals can be found filling their shopping baskets year round, at the Rialto Market. Crate-laden boats wait to be unloaded, while nearby fishermen display their fresh, Adriatic catch at the Pescaria, and farmers arrange their vegetables at the Erbaria. Open Monday through Saturday, near the fabled Rialto Bridge, the market has witnessed the sale of everything from silk to scallops since 1097. Follow the lead of the gondoliers on break and duck into one of the intimate bacari in the area for the day’s cicchetti and a glass of regional wine.
Steeped in history, yet still entirely in step with the times, one of Europe’s oldest cafes in continuous operation opened its doors near San Marco Square in 1720. Cafe Florian has long been a place for artists from Cassanova to Charles Dickens to Andy Warhol for gathering over house-made pastries with an espresso or an aperitif.Learn More
Japanese architect Tadao Ando reinvigorated a palazzo and neglected 17th century customs house as two extraordinary 21st century temples of contemporary art. The first exhibition was held as part of the 2009 Venice Art Biennale, and the permanent works from François Pinault’s private collection.
Follow a maze of streets and canals to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, one of Venice’s best kept secrets tucked away near the Campo Manin. Tour this petite palazzo renowned for its external multi-arch stairway and the mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine architecture.
Founded in 1932, paparazzi bulbs flash brightest for the world’s oldest and most renowned film festival.
This annual road race follows a scenic and winding course and was first held in 1986.
A world-renowned affair, this 10-day parade showcases dramatic masks and elaborate costumes.
The annual New Year’s Eve celebration is a festive affair with a bold fireworks show that lights up the basin of San Marco.
This three day annual event celebrates the maritime past of Venice with boat rallies, sailing regattas and food fairs showcasing regional food and drinks.
Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale showcases contemporary art, architecture, dance, cinema and theater from artists around around the world.
A festival of food, wine and games in honor of Saints Peter and Paul held throughout Italy. In Venice, head to the piazza of San Pietro di Castello where the festa culminates with a massive community Bingo game.
The Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer is an ancient festival marking the end to the plague of 1576. Residents celebrate together in boats festooned with garlands in the Bacino San Marco as the sky explodes with fireworks.
The most traditional of Venetian events dating to 1315, this event celebrates the military victories of the Serenissima and features a colorful parade of historical boats on the Grand Canal.
Venues throughout Venice host headlining and emerging artists on the international Jazz scene.
Take a Riva boat ride to see all of the fantastic palaces overlooking the Grand Canal.
Experience the very best of Venice when you explore the city on a private tour of cultural favorites from ornate churches to local bakeries.Learn More
Stay in a Venetian Suite with a lagoon view and enjoy sparkling wine and sweets upon arrival. Top it all off with a buffet breakfast and a three-course lunch at the hotel's rooftop restaurant.Learn More
Call upon the expert concierge service at any time to arrange everything from private boat and museum tours to tee times and hard-to-get restaurant reservations.Learn More
Explore the lagoons of Venice aboard a sleek Riva speedboat, reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Service is available from May to October, weather permitting.Learn More
Visit the markets to shop for seasonal ingredients and learn Venetian recipes at a themed course with Executive Chef Daniele Turco at this exceptional culinary school.Learn More
After an intense day spent discovering the wonders of Venice, relax with signature treatments and soak in the Turkish baths at the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo SPA.Learn More