Quiet canal at night in Venice

Why You Should Always Splurge on an Overnight in Venice

Most tourist destinations change quite a bit from day to night, thanks to the large numbers of day trippers who head back out of the city in the early evening. There are few that change quite as much as Venice, however, and it’s the nighttime city that is most appealing. This is why, even though hotels in Venice cost more than comparable hotels in other Italian cities, it’s always worth it to stay overnight in Venice.

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February 10, 2016 by
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Costumed revelers in Venice for Carnival

Venice Carnival 2016 Masked Balls

One of the things for which Venice is most famous is its annual Carnival celebrations. The two-week revelry is known the world over, but because the dates change every year it can be easy to forget it’s coming right up. In 2016, in fact, it’s quite early – January 23-February 9.

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January 8, 2016 by
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January is Venice at its Quietest

A foggy, quiet piazza off St. Mark's Square in Venice

Venice is a popular tourist destination year-round, and because of that it can be more difficult to find the quiet parts of the city. If you visit in January, however, you stand a good chance of finding that peace.

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December 4, 2015 by
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Harry’s Bar and the Legacy of the Bellini

Harry's Bar's famous Bellini

Although Venice isn’t known for its cuisine, there’s a small bar and restaurant in the city that’s an institution – Harry’s Bar near the Basilica di San Marco. One of its claims to fame is as the place where the Bellini was born.

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November 6, 2015 by
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The One Day a Year When the Grand Canal Has Five Bridges

Temporary bridge for the Festa della Madonna della Salute

Venice is a city of small waterways, more than 100 islands and countless bridges. But the Grand Canal, the big S-shaped canal that winds through the middle of the city, has only four bridges that cross it. Except, that is, for the one day every year when there are five.

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October 2, 2015 by
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DIY Scavenger Hunt in Venice

The Bovolo Staircase

Venice is a mystical and romantic wonderland for grown-ups who enjoy long walks with no particular destination, or wandering in and out of churches just to see what’s inside. For kids, however, it might not be as enticing – which is why you might want to create a DIY scavenger hunt for your kids before you get to Venice.

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September 25, 2015 by
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Venetian Luxury: Cipriani Hotels

Exterior of Hotel Cipriani in Venice

Most Venice visitors are familiar with the legendary Harry’s Bar near St. Mark’s Square, but may not know about the family history tied to that landmark – or the two Venice hotels that bear the family name to this day, Hotel Cipriani and Locanda Cipriani.

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September 11, 2015 by
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Fruits of the Lagoon: Seafood in Venice

Seafood on display at the Rialto Market in Venice

Venice is surrounded by water, so it’s only natural its cuisine is largely centered on seafood. Fishing may not be as bountiful in the Venetian lagoon as it was hundreds of years ago, but the Rialto Market is still bursting with locally caught fish, and restaurants throughout the city serve dishes featuring Venetian seafood. Here are some of the things to look for on a menu in Venice — but don’t forget to take a stroll through the Rialto Market to see what’s fresh; that’s the best way to know what to order for dinner.

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August 14, 2015 by
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Running Tour in Venice

Running over a Venetian bridge.

Most of us know that there are no cars in Venice, which means sightseeing is done on foot or on the water. But active travelers don’t need to limit themselves to merely walking around Venice – why not go on a running tour instead?

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August 7, 2015 by
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Exploring the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

A view of San Giorgio Maggiore island

Venice is made up of more than 115 islands, connected by countless bridges. You can walk between most of the islands, but to reach the island of San Giorgio Maggiore you need to take a boat.

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July 17, 2015 by
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