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What to See and Do in Venice
What to See and Do in Venice

Venice is a city unlike any other. With seemingly endless waterways and canals, architecture that would take months, maybe even years, to fully explore and appreciate, and an enviable arts scene, Venice holds its status as a cultural haven for a reason.

Tempting Venice

A hugely popular destination for visitors from all over the world, it is not a surprise to learn that Venice is home to many shops, however, many guests might find it pleasing to discover the quality of retail therapy that is on offer in this small, almost floating city.

There is no denying that the Italians truly understand style - and that is precisely what is on offer in Venice, too. Head down the glorious cobbled side-streets and discover some hidden gems in the independent Italian fashion design world. Expect craftsmanship of the highest order, stunning designs, and you might even find some pieces can be picked up at a more affordable rate than Milan.

Clothing, jewellery and homewares are all well-represented here, so feel confident browsing a boutique if one catches your eye - just be mindful that some smaller shops on the edge of the city might close between 12 and 2pm. All the high-end designer brands are well represented in the city too.

Visiting Venice

If you are keen to explore Venice, the easiest way to arrive in the area is by plane. Venice is served by three major airports, so you shouldn’t have many issues in finding a flight to bring you to this stunning city. Once you are here, this is where the transport fun truly begins.

Given that Venice is a lagoon city, water taxis are a popular and efficient way of both arriving in the city, and for travelling from one side to the other once you are here - this is thanks to the incredible canal network that the city sits around. The centre of the city itself is modest in size, which makes it ideal for exploring on foot, too.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Venice, visit us at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, a luxurious five-star resort on its very own private island, just a short boat ride away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. It offers a luxury spa, six outstanding restaurants and bars, and a private dock for those travelling with their own boat.

Venice’s cuisine

As an Italian city, Venice’s cuisine is made up of the Italian dishes you know and love, but prepared and served at their peak. In short, though the flavours might feel familiar, you won’t ever have tasted meals quite as delicious as these.

Given Venice’s location, can expect to see plenty of seafood featured on the menu. If you are a fave been marinated in a mix of onions and vinegar. If you prefer something a little more subtle, choose the bigoli in salsa for a satisfying tomato-based spaghetti-style dish which brings sardines and anchovies to the palette too.


There is a large amount of art-based activities to see and do in Venice, but that doesn’t mean to say that’s all that is on offer however.

Basilica di San Marco

Architecture, art and history fans alike will be impressed with Venice’s most famous attraction. The Basilica di San Marco combines its exquisite domes and columns, with meters of incredible and intricate mosaic artwork.

Canal Grande

There are few sights as quintessentially Venetian as the city’s main waterway, the Canal Grande. Lined with stunning renaissance-period houses, here is the place to go if you want to experience Venice in the best way possible - from the water in an authentic gondola.

Ponte di Rialto

Whether you decide to explore it on foot, or from the water beneath, no trip to Venice is complete without a visit to the beautiful bridge that is the Ponte di Rialto. Easily recognised by its impressive 7.5-metre arch, the bridge is over 400-years-old and is still largely constructed from its original wooden materials.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

Art lovers and historians unite here at the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Tracing Venetian art back century after century, this gallery explores the works of the regions most famed artists. Housed in what was once the Santa Maria della Carita convent, a trip to this gallery is sure to put a visit to Venice into cultural context for you.

If you are intrigued by the thought of Venice, we are certain that you will love this beautiful and unique city. Our expert team at San Clemente Palace Kempinski are ready to welcome you in to our own little piece of Italian paradise. If you would like more information, or to book a stay, contact us today.

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