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ABOVE: This vintage Kodachrome slide shows one of Venice's many pampered dogs.


Plan your trip to Venice, Italy

Maggie the Bearded Collie in Venice, ItalyVenice for Visitors has offered unbiased advice to more than 30 million travelers since 1997. PC Magazine has called our site "The premier visitors' site for Venice, Italy."

Venice and Italy have reopened for tourism, albeit in fits and starts. Whether you hope to enjoy winter in Venice or visit in 2022, you can jumpstart your plans by browsing the list of topics below or using our comprehensive Main Travel Guide Index.


Arrow Introducing Venice

Venice street sign

Learn about the city, including how to arrive by plane, train, car, or ship.

Don't miss our Venice Q&A, our list of Top 11 Tourist Mistakes (and how to avoid them), our information on acqua alta flooding, our tips on walking in Venice, and our warning about tourist fines for "forbidden behavior."

We also have guides to Mestre and the  Lido di Venezia, plus advice on luggage storage and baggage porters.

Finally, our Accessible Venice article has advice and resources for mobility-impaired visitors.


Arrow Hotels, B&Bs, and Vacation Rentals

Hotel Ai Codega photo

Location matters in Venice, so begin with our No. 1 Venice hotel warning. Also see 10 hotels near airport buses, 17 hotels near cruise ships, and 43 hotels on the Grand Canal.

Our Venice hotel directions for 200+ hotels will save you from getting lost. For a "home away from home" stay, see Venice apartment rentals.


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ACTV motoscafo and vaporetto on Venice's Grand Canal

We provide up-to-date information on the vaporetto (water bus) network, including fares, routes, buying tickets, and transportation passes.

You'll also find guides to airport buses, Alilaguna airport boats, water taxis, land taxis, gondola rides, ACTV water bus stops, parking, Venezia Santa Lucia railroad station, bicyling, and the Piazzale Roma transportation hub.


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Sightseeing on the Grand Canal

Read about the Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Venetian Ghetto, the glassmaking island of Murano, and more.

Two other articles, Bridges of Venice and Canals of Venice, are packed with photos and useful advice.

Don't miss our Top 11 Free Sights in Venice, our do-it-yourself Grand Canal cruise and Venice islands tour, our Fisheye Venice photo tour, and tips on public toilets.

If you're a Venetophile, you may enjoy the captioned Kodachromes in Vintage Venice: 1999.


Arrow Venice for Cruisers

Silversea SILVER SPIRIT at San Basilio pier, Venice

We describe the Venice cruise terminals, hotels near the port, how to reach your ship with the People Mover, and roundtrip cruises from Venice.

We also discuss the Italian government's  suddenly announced restrictions on most cruise ships in Venice, which is already having a major impact on cruise passengers, Venice businesses, and port workers.


Arrow About Venice for Visitors

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

Learn who we are, and what our readers say about Venice for Visitors.