“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” ~ Alexander Herzen
A Dream wed to the sea…
It is called La Serenissima or “the most serene,” a reference to the power, majesty, and wisdom of this city that was, for centuries, the unrivaled leader in trade between Europe and the Orient. “The most serene” also refers to the way in which those visiting have looked upon Venice, a miraculous city floating on its calm blue lagoon. Built entirely on water by men who dared defy the sea, Venice is like no other place in the world, more dreamlike than you could ever imagine. Shimmering sunlight and silvery mist soften every perspective here, making it easy to understand how the city became renowned in the Renaissance for its artists’ rendering of color. It’s a place full of secrets, inexpressibly romantic, and at times given over entirely to pleasure.
- What you’ve heard is true: there really are no cars in Venice. You get around primarily on foot, but with occasional trips by boat on the famous canals that lace through the city.
- The Grand Canal, Venice’s incomparable main street, testifies to the genius and expertise of its builders and the desires of its nobility, who had their showcase palaces built one after another. Float past the imposing facade of Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, and the baroque cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute. Pass under the Rialto Bridge and as you catch sight of Palazzo Ducale you’ll want to turn the boat around and do it all over again. Wait until nightfall, and sail across magic Venice under the moonlight.
- A trip to Murano, home to Venice’s glass-blowing industry, will introduce you to this centuries-old art by means of a well-arranged glass museum and the many free demonstrations that the smaller furnaces use to draw visitors to their showrooms.
- What Mardi Gras is to New Orleans and Carnaval to Rio, Carnevale is to Venice. For the 12 days leading up to quaresima (Lent), the city is given over to feasting and celebration, with more than half a million people attending masquerade balls, historical processions, concerts, plays, street performances, fashion shows, and all other manner of revelry.
Situated in a 17th century palatial building that previously served as a French and Savoy embassy, just minutes from the center of Venice, the Dei Dogi occupies an exclusive spot overlooking the Lagoon and close to the Rialto. The Dei Dogi is the only hotel in Venice with its own historical garden: a unique, 2,000 square meter space lush with luxuriant plants and blossoming flowers that has been splendidly preserved to create unique parkland amidst the narrow alleys of the city.
An architectural landmark on the Grand Canal just steps from Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice offers an ideal combination of traditional elegance and modern technology. New rooms in the magnificently restored centuries-old hotel feature the Grand Canal views that inspired Monet, who painted the city while visiting.
Take the time to truly discover amazing Italy. From its regional cuisine, fine wines, and romantic atmosphere, Italy offers an experience like no other. The regions are so distinct that a even 12 day tour will give you just a flavor of all that is Italy, and leave you wanting to know her even more.
2 days in Venice, 3 days in Florence, 3 days in Rome, 3 days in Sorrento, final day in Rome
TOUR FEATURES * Air transportation is available upon request. Check with Traveline for rates and availability * First-Class hotels for 12 nights * 25 included meals consisting of 12 buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners at hotel, plus 8 dinners and 3 lunches at popular restaurants * Wine, mineral water & coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner meals * Touring by private air conditioned motorcoach * Professional tour director * Sightseeing as indicated, including local guide and all entrance fees * All transfers and baggage handling (Land-Only rates do not include airport transfers at arrival and departure city) * Travel bag, one per person * Document holder and luggage tags * Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance * Hotel taxes and service charges
Bonus Sightseeing * Doge’s Palace in Venice * St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua * Balsamic vinegar tasting * Michelangelo’s David in Florence * Excursion to Pisas Leaning Tower * Visit Assisi * Visit Anacapri * Wine-tasting excursion to Torgiano * St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome * Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel * Guided tour of ancient Pompeii * Excursion to Capri by jetfoil * Visit Positano & Amalfi * Visit Ravello * The Abbey of Monte Cassino
Combine the best of Italy’s culture and history with time to enjoy la dolce vita. Float among the canals of Venice, meander cobblestone paths in Florence, and discover antiquities in Rome while creating memories that will last a lifetime in just 8 days.
2 days in Venice, 3 days in Florence, and 3 days in Rome
TOUR FEATURES * Air transportation is available upon request. Check with Traveline for rates and availability * First-class hotels for 8 nights * 16 included meals consisting of 8 buffet breakfasts, 1 dinner at hotel, PLUS Dining plan of 5 dinners and 2 lunches at popular restaurants, featuring regional cuisine * Wine, mineral water & coffee or cappuccino served with included lunches and dinners * Touring by private air-conditioned motorcoach * Professional tour director * Sightseeing as indicated, including local guide and all entrance fees * All transfers and baggage handling during tour * Travel bag, one per person * Document holder and luggage tags * Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance * Hotel taxes and service charges
Bonus Sightseeing * Doge’s Palace in Venice * St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua * Balsamic vinegar tasting * Michelangelo’s David in Florence * Excursion to Pisa’s Leaning Tower * Visit Assisi * Wine-tasting excursion to Torgiano * St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City * Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
The Hotel overlooking the Grand Canal is located in one of Venice’s most charming and atmospheric areas. The Hotel Monaco has majestic views of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute and the island of San Gi orgio. From 1638 the building, originally belonging to the Dandolo family, hosted the first Ridotto Pubblico, a place to which nobility and people from all walks of life (adventurers, courtesans, swindlers, and travelers) would retire for pleasure and intrigue. Giacomo Casanova considered this place the ideal backdrop for his conquests.
Located in the heart of Venice, right on the Grand Canal and just a 20-minute stroll away from Saint Mark’s Square.
Admire the luxurious 18th century décor in what was once an aristocrat’s home: the gleaming marble, exquisite Murano glass chandeliers, elegant brocades and silk, and freshly cut flowers.
The Hotel Concordia enjoys a felicitous position in the beating heart of the city, in the midst of the finest shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, art galleries and most important sights in the city. But the Concordia has something else that no other hotel in Venice has: it affords a wholly unique view of St. Mark’s Square, with its windows overlooking the most famous square in the world. Thus, a strategic location, an exceptional view, and the genuine hotel tradition kept alive for four generations in a 17th-century Venetian home.
This is one of the oldest hotels in Italy, dating back to the 13th century. This restored hotel features tastefully decorated rooms in typical Venetian style, which are equipped with all comforts. The bar with terrazzo floor and window views of gondolas moored in the basin, is a popular place for snacks and drinks.
This elegant hotel is characterized by its 100 windows overlooking the famous Grand Canal with its magnificent palaces. It offers a tasteful blend of a stylish selection of pastel shades, Venetian stuccoes, lamps made of Murano glass, and functional furnishings that recall the glorious times of the Republic of Venice. The restaurant with its refined style and ambiance, boasts in its menu a balanced mix of innovative cuisine and the authentic delicacies of the region.
The hotel located in a enclave of tranquility, only two minutes walking distance from Piazza San Marc. This 16th century building transformed at the beginning of the 1900’s into a hotel, has again been recently renovated considering the actual needs of today’s modern traveler while taking care to maintain its Venetian charm. The main entrance is located beside a typical Venetian canal, which allows for pleasurable and convenient arrival by water taxi or traditional gondola.
Hotel Principe, a majestic Venetian structure, is perfectly located on Venice’s world famous Grand Canal, extending to St. Mark’s Square, and has its own private landing stage.
The Hotel Principe’s location could not be more convenient: On the Grand Canal, in one of the most authentic areas of historic Venice, only 5 minutes from the train station at Mestre, and 30 minutes by motorboat taxi to Venice Airport. Abundant public transport is available on the canal, taking you to Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square with St. Mark’s Church, its four Bronze Horses and its Campanile, the Ducal Palace with wall and ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and Veronese, the Bridge of Sighs and all other sights on and near the Lagoon.
Situated in the cultural and artistic heart of the city among craftsmen’s workshops and snug cafés. Near to the main arrival points at Venice and with the Grand Canal just round the corner, the Hotel Capri has always been appreciated for its convenient yet quiet location, which affords quick access right into the heart of Venice. The Hotel Capri is very close to the Scuola di San Rocco, which houses the most renowned works by Tintoretto, and also to the Frari Church, where you can admire such paintings as the Assunta by Tiziano. It’s also within easy reach of the Rialto bridge and St. Mark’s Square by following Venice’s traditional alleyways or calli.
This canal side Venice hotel, surrounded by gardens offers guestrooms featuring typical Venetian decor with chandeliers and delicate brocades. The breakfast room serves complimentary buffet breakfast each morning with views over the canal. The bar offers cocktails in a brightly-coloured environment.
The beauty of Hotel San Zulian’s surroundings will enchant you. Just a few step’s from Europe’s most beautiful living room – Piazza Sa n Marco – and Rialto bridge, it’s nestled in a maze of narrow stree ts and tiny squares where you will can admire traditional Venetian sty le. Built in the 19th century and recently renovated, the hotel featu res 22 rooms, of a variety of types, some including views. The hotel covers 4 floors and has elevator service. Our hotel is known for its refinement, elegance and warmth. We take great care in the details, emphasizing our love for Venetian art.