Venice City Guide
Venice is the ultimate city of romance! It’s completely unique to anywhere else in the world – you are transported to another world. It is notoriously easy to get lost in the maze of canals lined with colourful and architecturally rich houses, romantically crumbling palazzo’s, smiling gondoliers, and of course you won’t have to look hard to find some Italian flare in the kitchen for the well earned pit-stops as you wander around this magical city.
Holly Clark, Founder of Editions
Where to stay
During my visit to Venice I opted to stay at The Bauer Hotel, an opulent, iconic hotel in the very heart of the city – just two minutes from St Mark’s Square.
The rooms here are spacious and most look out over the Grand Canal, a spectacular view to wake up to. At breakfast on the waters edge, you’re greeted by humongous seagulls ready to pounce on your scrambled eggs the moment you turn your back (all part of it’s character I say!) and your evening aperitivo is spent on the roof terrace with sunset views towards the islands of San Giorgio and the church of Santa Maria della Salute.
For my first night in Venice after a jam-packed afternoon exploring, I thought it would be relaxing to stay at the hotel for dinner and I’m so glad I did. If not just for the homemade basil ice cream which the chef treated me to at the end of my meal… wow!
This hotel is for those who like to keep things traditional. It’s an institution.
My Favourite Things in Venice
Venice is a beauty… however, because it’s so beautiful a lot of people want a slice of the action! The very best way to experience Venice is to wake up before everyone else and walk the city before breakfast. Watch the sunrise from The Ponte dell’Accademia before meandering down to St Mark’s Square where you and a pigeon or two can watch the golden sunrise above the Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale. It is the perfect start to any day in Venice.
A must in Venice! My gondolier was also extremely knowledgable after 20 years of experience on the canals. He knew where to take me to for the photo opportunities and unique corners of this city and after a bit of a haggle also agreed to drop me back to my hotel.
Caffè Florian seems to be about as famous at the square it sits in! Located in the heart of Piazza San Marco, you can of course expect an overpriced coffee and a cake, but sat amongst the jazz music watching the world go by, makes it a justifiable and very memorable experience to add to any Venetian itinerary.
Campanile di San Marco
The bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica is the tallest building in Venice. For a different perspective of the city, it’s well worth a climb to the top for views of the Venetian Lagoon, San Giorgio, Santa María della Salute and if it’s a clear day, the neighbouring island of Murano too.
The food in Venice is delicious. It’s fresh, cooked with Italian passion and served with a smile! One of my favourite dining experiences has to be the Osteria alle Testiere. It’s a tiny, tiny hidden gem. It’s off the beaten track and only frequented by locals and those ‘in the know’! After lucking out with a last minute cancellation (you definitely have to book in advance) we had one of the freshest meals we’ve ever had. Luca the owner is so passionate about his food and will walk you through the small but perfectly formed menu and wine list. Whatever is freshly caught that morning – that is what you’ll eat!