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Most popular areas in Venice for 4-star hotels

Legend has it you need to spend a lot of money in Venice for high-end accommodation, but that’s not true. Savvy visitors can enjoy 4-star accommodation at reasonable prices, with a little a research. While you’ll find plush pads in San Marco, the most popular area of the city, it’s well worth looking to outlying districts like Cannaregio and Giudecca to find 4-star hotels offering stylish guestrooms, sleek facilities, and historic courtyards where you can soak up the magic of this romantic, dream-like destination.

Top 4-star hotels in Venice

The B4 Bellini Venezia resides within a lavish 18th-century palazzo in Cannaregio. Here, you’ll bask in rooms lit by Murano glass chandeliers, relishing an authentically Venetian experience. If you want to be in the thick of the action, try the Hotel Rialto. True to its name, it faces the iconic arches of the Rialto Bridge, and you can breakfast on the terrace while watching gondolas go by. The Carnival Palace Hotel overlooks the Cannaregio Canal and is a true romantic hideaway, complete with gold and black aesthetics and a suite with its own hot tub.

Where to find the best restaurants in Venice

There are more places to eat in Venice than you can shake a gondolier’s oar at, whether you’re in the mood for traditional pizzas topped with gooey mozzarella, or traditional Venetian dishes involving cuttlefish, saltcod, and fish caught in the lagoons. Explore San Marco to find hidden gems among the tourist traps, or head out to areas like Castello and Dorsoduro for tucked-away restaurants where you can sit among locals and tuck into local cuisine.

The most popular things to do in Venice

In a city so filled with flamboyantly gilded houses, the Doge’s Palace stands out. Immense yet delicately pretty, thanks to its intricate Gothic windows and pink marble exterior, it was once the seat of power in the region, and is bedecked with art by the likes of Titian and Tintoretto – not to mention the much-photographed Bridge of Sighs. Afterwards, sit outside at the Caffè Florian, which has been serving customers since 1720, and has counted the likes of Lord Byron and Charles Dickens among its diners. If that makes you feel poetic and thoughtful, take a short waterbus ride to San Michele, the atmospheric cemetery island that’s covered in cypress trees. You can wander amid the ornate mausoleums and seek out the resting places of poet Ezra Pound, and world-changing composer Igor Stravinsky.

Best ways to get around Venice

Want to make the most of Venice? Make the most of your legs as much as possible. While the vaporetti (waterbuses) certainly make for the quickest way to get from area to area, and are essential for visiting islands like Murano, the real charm of Venice can only be experienced by wandering on foot. These winding, decaying, beautiful streets are like something from a fairy tale, so it’s easy to enjoy getting lost in the city’s embrace. If you need to cross the Grand Canal and don’t fancy walking to the next bridge, try the special traghetti gondolas instead.

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