Where to stay in Venice?

In the heart of north-eastern Italy lies Venice, a one-of-a-kind city that draws travellers with its irresistible charm. Renowned for its captivating canals, which serve as roads and reflections of architectural marvels, Venice weaves a unique tapestry of art, history, and romance. When in Venice, embrace the enchanting ambiance of the city and create unforgettable memories by gliding along its picturesque canals in a gondola, immersing yourself in the timeless allure of this iconic experience.

Our favourite places to stay, towns and villages:

  • The best neighbourhoods and places to stay in Venice
  • Activities on the islands around Venice
  • The gastronomical delights of Venice

In this sublime city, Secretplaces has carefully handpicked a selection of luxury hotels in Venice as well as a curated list of the best boutique hotels in Venice, to assure you a lavish experience, as the place asks for. Or, you can choose from our stylish bed and breakfasts in Venice, located in perfect spots of the city. But, if you prefer to self-cater, we have chosen an array of charming holiday apartments in Venice.

The best neighbourhoods and places to stay in Venice

We have visited Venice often and put together a unique selection of the best romantic and boutique Venice hotels, bed & breakfasts and palazzos for you to choose from. If you need asistance, just contact us and we’ll help you find that perfect getaway.

Activities in Venice

It is not just the city of Venice, the highlight of the region, that should captivate all your attention. You can also explore the nearby islands, where a variety of well-known sites and unforgettable experiences are waiting for you. Visit Burano, a kaleidoscope of vibrant houses. Discover the fine artistry of lacemaking at the Museo del Merletto while strolling the lovely neighbourhoods.

In Murano, observe as expert craftsmen turn molten glass into incredible sculptures as they practice the longstanding craft of glassblowing. Investigate the Murano Glass Museum to learn more about the history of glassmaking on the island.

Escape to the Lido, where you can enjoy the sandy beaches and the laid-back seaside atmosphere. Swim in the Adriatic Sea, enjoy the sunshine, and rent a bike to tour the island's luxurious Art Nouveau houses and avenues lined with trees. If visiting in September, attend the renowned Venice Film Festival, where cinematic masterpieces are shown.

Find more about Giudecca, a serene haven just across the Grand Canal. Admire the palazzos while strolling along the waterfront pathways and taking in the panoramic vistas of Venice's skyline. Visit the Church of the Redeemer, a masterpiece of architecture that offers peace and time for contemplation.

Travel to Torcello, one of the Venetian Lagoon's oldest towns. Explore the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, which is covered in fascinating Byzantine mosaics that symbolize biblical scenes in precise detail.

Venice gastronomy

Venetian gastronomy is a true delight for food enthusiasts, and a reflection of the city’s historical influences and unique geography, offering a rich culinary tradition influenced by both land and sea. The cuisine of Venice is characterized by its emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, simple yet flavourful preparations, and a harmonious blend of flavours.

When travelling to Venice, there are some staple foods that you need to try, and prepare to be mind blown! Starting from Bigoli in Salsa, a thick, whole-wheat spaghetti-like pasta, typically served in a simple sauce made from onions, anchovies, and olive oil. Or, Risi e Bisi, a creamy risotto made with fresh peas and sometimes includes pancetta or prosciutto for added flavour.

Again, make sure to try the Baccala Mantecato, a creamy spread made from whipped cod, olive oil, and garlic.

But, most importantly, when in Venice, you need to absorb the culture of Aperitivo and Cicchetti, treasured traditions, where locals and guests assemble in small wine bars, called Bacari, and engage in a pre-dinner ritual. Enjoy the art of Cicchetti, delicious bite-sized bites that are coupled with a refreshing beverage, such as Aperol Spritz, while taking in the lively conversation and joy of the aperitivo hour.