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Most popular areas in Venice for 5-star hotels

As one of Europe’s most ravishing destinations, Venice has hotels to suit every kind of visitor. And if you’re really looking to spoil yourself, the 5-star hotels will tick every gilded box. They can be found dotted throughout this unique city, with a good few to be found on the Riva degli Schiavoni, a busy promenade overlooking the lagoon. High-end accommodation can also be found on Giudecca, an island where luxury pads are set against the backdrop of Venice’s more serene, less tourist-filled streets.

Top 5-star hotels in Venice

The Westin Europa & Regina is a 5-star hotel housed within 17th-century palaces, which should give you an idea of the deluxe decor you can expect to find inside. It also happens to boast a refined cocktail bar with views of the Grand Canal. On the other hand the Hotel L’Orologio Venezia is great for those with more contemporary tastes – its dark wood aesthetics offer a sleek, modern counterpoint to all the historic grandeur outside. On the other hand, Baglioni Hotel Luna is regal, decadent Venice at its best, featuring period furnishings and a restaurant serving Venetian cuisine amid candlelit oil paintings.

Where to find the best restaurants in Venice

You won’t be able to walk for more than a few minutes without passing a restaurant in Venice, and the central San Marco and San Polo districts have eateries on every street. The trick is to avoid the obvious tourist traps – check the menus for real Venetian dishes like cuttlefish in ink, seared liver with caramelized onions, and pasta with langoustines. Doing your research beforehand pays dividends, although the restaurants within 5-star hotels are always a safe bet for a romantic, sophisticated dining experience.

The most popular things to do in Venice

It may be permanently packed with tourists, but St Mark’s Square absolutely demands to be seen, particularly if it’s your first time in Venice. Wander this vast space, take in the Gothic architecture on all sides, and look out for the bronze Lion of Venice statue. Later, take a boat trip over to the island of Murano. It’s just minutes away, and is renowned for its decorative, multi-colored glassworks – there’s no better place to pick up a souvenir. Art lovers might want to make a beeline for the Gallerie dell'Accademia, which was founded in the 18th century and includes immortal depictions of Venice by artists such as Bellini, Canaletto, and Carpaccio. If you fancy a change of scene, try the Lido – it has more of a “resort” feel than the rest of Venice, and boasts long beaches popular for generations.

Best ways to get around Venice

Walking is one of the main activities in Venice, and you will get lost. That’s no bad thing. Exploring the endless labyrinth of narrow, shabbily ravishing streets and little bridges is part of the pleasure of visiting Venice. Just go with it and enjoy it. Waterbuses, or vaporetti, are also available if you need to get to one of the islands quickly, while you can cross the Grand Canal using a traghetto – essentially a large, fuss-free gondola which is cheap and still used by locals as well as tourists.

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