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The 9 best markets in Rome

The 9 best markets in Rome

In our opinion, one of the top things you can do in Rome is check out a market. That’s partly because there’s a hell of a lot of them, selling everything from fresh groceries to secondhand furniture.  Come Saturday, Sunday and sometimes weekdays, you’ll find flea markets for nabbing designer clothes and antiques, and indoor food markets for cheese, meat, fish and more. Some are touristy, some only locals know. Here are the best markets in Rome.  RECOMMENDED:🍕 How to eat like a local in Rome🍝 The best restaurants in Rome🍦 The best gelato in Rome🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Rome Elizabeth Heath is a writer based in Rome. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 15 best places to go shopping in Rome

The 15 best places to go shopping in Rome

There’s a reason Rome has a reputation for being one of the coolest places on the planet. Everyone there is really, really cool. And between the endless bowls of pasta you’ll devour on your trip, you’ve got to mix it up a little bit, right? So you might as well go shopping. And luckily, Rome takes shopping very seriously indeed.  At first glance, you might just expect designer boutiques and jewellers on the pricier end, but although the designer offerings are second to none, you’ll be able to source a ton of vintage finds as well. And if you’re only interested in a spot of window shopping? This is the place. Rome’s best shopping streets are a beauty to behold. Here’s where to go shopping in Rome.  RECOMMENDED:🏛️ Unmissable attractions in Rome🍝 The best restaurants in Rome🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Rome🏨 The best hotels in Rome Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

The 10 best things to do with kids in Venice

The 10 best things to do with kids in Venice

Sure, Venice is the most romantic city on earth and all that. But don’t write it off for a family holiday. The Floating City is actually as kid friendly as it gets, not least because when you think about it, the whole thing is pretty much a massive playground. From its fascinating history to its winding streets and its iconic waterways, Venice is like one huge theme park. And we love it.  And if you’ve got kids in tow, we’ve got you covered. Grab a map and help them explore, watch glass-blowers at work, or take the infamous boat ride along the lake. There’s snacks, gelato and masquerade shows galore here, and the best part? No dragging them around on buses and trains. Everything you need is a short, scenic walk away. Whatever the little ‘uns want to try out, we’ve got it all here. Here are the best things to do in Venice with kids.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Venice🏛 The best museums in Venice🍴 The best restaurants in Venice🛶 How to experience Venice like a local Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts. 

Where to stay in Venice to experience the city like a local

Where to stay in Venice to experience the city like a local

What does it mean to be a local in Venice? It isn’t as simple as ‘someone from the place’. People flock to the city for inspiration or riches, adding to a diverse bloodline that has helped shape the city into a magical place. The traders of yesteryear are now the tourists of today, with the latter outnumbering full-time residents by a figure that makes ‘outnumbering’ feel like an understatement.While experiencing Venice as a local is nigh-on impossible, visitors can put themselves in the locals' shoes by staying in a charming neighbourhood, one that offers something different to tourist-filled streets, from cosy restaurants to curious bars and beyond. Here's our list of the best neighbourhoods in Venice to book your stay in.  RECOMMENDED:🛏️ The best Airbnbs in Venice🏨 The best hotels in Venice This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 10 best beaches in Rome

The 10 best beaches in Rome

Rome is, obviously, known for its attractions – the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, to name a few. But although Italy’s capital is as Metropolitan as they come, don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a city break. If you’ve got your sights set on lying on a wide open beach, we’ve got good news. Rome has it all.  Most of Rome’s fabulous beaches are just a short day trip from the main city, easily reached by public transport. They’re mostly free, often lined with gelato stands, and family-friendly. Most important of all, you can swim at them, and they’re all very beautiful. From Terracina to Sperlonga, here are the best beaches in Rome.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Rome🏛️ The best attractions in Rome🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Rome Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

12 cheap hotels in Venice for a budget-friendly getaway

12 cheap hotels in Venice for a budget-friendly getaway

Venice, Italy is often associated with exorbitant prices, from gondola rides—singing costs extra—to the news of a trio of British tourists charged €526 for lunch on Piazza San Marco. While there’s no doubt that Venetian restaurants and merchants are creative when it comes to finding ways to separate tourists from their euros, hotels in Venice offer a refreshing surprise. Thanks to a market oversaturated with Airbnbs and other non-hotel type lodgings, there are more beds than ever in Venice. For travelers, that means some true bargains can be found, particularly if you visit in the off-season or book at the last minute. Here are some of Time Out’s picks for the beast cheap hotels in Venice. Note that by "cheap" we don’t necessarily mean bargain-basement, but rather hotels which, based on some combination of location, amenities and vibe, offer great value in La Serenissima; leaving you with more cash to spend on the city’s top attractions, best restaurants and a tipple or two.

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Aman Grand Canal Venice

Aman Grand Canal Venice

George and Amal Clooney spent their wedding night at this ultra-luxurious 1500s palace hotel on the Grand Canal, so it’s probably safe to assume that it’s fancy enough for the rest of us. Even the most basic of rooms are anything but, with sleek midcentury modern furnishings set against vintage floors, wall coverings, ceiling paintings and in some cases, priceless works of art. Several rooms and suites have canal views. Food and drink options include a gourmet restaurant, a clubby bar, or a garden lounge for cicchetti and a spritz. Time Out tip: Room prices are sky-high, but consistent year-round. If you’re looking for a luxury Venice hotel in high season, you might find the best rates here. Nearby:Comune di Venezia: For the waterfront city hall where George and Amal tied the knowEstro: For modern cicchetti in a wine bar with a young, stylish vibeOsteria da Fiore: For Michelin-starred dining in a low-key setting

Ca’ Maria Adele

Ca’ Maria Adele

There’s more velvet, gilt and mood lighting in the 12 rooms of Ca Maria Adele than in most of the rest of Venice, as this boutique property makes no secret of the fact that it’s made for romance. Each room and suite has a playful title, like “dirty weekend” and a (unenforced) dress code—as in the “sumptuously naked” Doge’s Suite, with its wall-to-wall, blood-red décor. It’s clear this is not the place to bring the kids, but rather for a crazily romantic retreat in the heart of Italy’s most romantic city, where you don’t worry about the price tag. Time Out tip: The hotel’s minipalace is a deluxe apartment on three floors, with a private terrace overlooking La Salute and Giudecca island. Book it. Nearby:Santa Maria della Salute: For a look inside one of the most recognized churches on the Venice skylinePunta della Dogana: For a celebrated modern art collection in the former customs houseRistorante Riviera: For fine dining, heart-soaring views and attitude to spare

Palazzo Venart

Palazzo Venart

In a city of stone and brick built over water, gardens are a rarity, and Palazzo Venart has a delightful one right on the Grand Canal. Each room is different in this 15th-century palace, with décor themed to match an aspect of Venetian history and literature, and adorned with damask wall coverings, period artworks and Murano glass. Suites are befitting of royalty, and many have views of the Grand Canal. GLAM, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, offers al fresco dining in good weather. It, along the GLAM bar, are open to non-hotel guests. Time Out tip: If you splurge on two nights in a luxury category suite, round-trip water taxi service from Santa Lucia station is included (or one-way from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport). Nearby:La Zucca: For elevated, much-celebrated, mostly vegetarian cuisineMocenigo Palace Museum: For a museum of fabric and costume, with an exhibit on the history of perfumeGelato di Natura: For innovative flavors and all-natural ingredients

La Biennale

La Biennale

Since its inception in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most important and influential events in international contemporary art. The visual art exhibit is held every two years in odd-numbered years, while in even-numbered years, the focus is on architecture. More than 70 countries have permanent pavilions at the Giardini della Biennale, the main event venue located on the SE end of the Castello district. Other events take place at the Venice Arsenal and at sites across the city. The biennale runs from May to November. Time Out tip: The biennale is vast, spread across dozens of pavilions, the Aresenal, palazzos, museums and public spaces throughout Venice. Don’t expect to see it all in even a few days and if there are installations you don’t want to miss, be sure to make a plan and map out your route in advance. Nearby:Ristorante Paradiso: For an Aperol Spritz and views to die for, right in the Biennale gardenVia Giuseppe Garibaldi: For restaurants galore and a slice of working-class VeniceParco delle Rimembranze: For a surprisingly tranquil green space steps from the national pavilions

Murano Glass Museum

Murano Glass Museum

In an elegant canalside palazzo, this museum comprehensively and elegantly recounts the history of glassmaking, with special emphasis on Roman glass, and how the artistry and technology developed in Venice. For example, did you know the first clear glass was invented on Murano, and not until the 1400s? Before you start shopping for glass on Murano, make the museum your first stop, to better understand the intricacies and process of the island’s handmade treasures. Time Out tip: Buy a combined ticket to the Murano Glass Museum and the Lace Museum on Burano, and save a few euros. Both museums are also included under the Venice Museum Pass. Nearby:Church of Santa Maria e San Donato: For 7th-century mosaics and dragon bonesVetreria Artistica Colleoni: For exquisite designs and glass-blowing demos La Perla Ai Bisatei: For casual dining elbow to elbow with local glassmakers

Carnevale

Carnevale

Almost every city in Italy celebrates Carnevale—the equivalent of Mardi Gras—in the two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, but no place does it with the pomp and pageantry of Venice. You’ll find costumed revelers heading to and from boat parades, street fairs and formal balls, and the atmosphere in the city is festive and a tad mischievous. The action centers around Piazza San Marco, but there are events in every sestiere. Carnevale dates vary from year to year, depending on the timing of Easter.  Time Out tip: Do Carnevale up right by buying a handmade mask from one of Venice’s dwindling number of authentic mask-making workshops—try Ca’ Macana or Ca’ del Sol for the real deal. Nearby:Attend a Costume Ball: For over-the-top glamour with a touch of Eyes Wide ShutBasilica San Marco: For Ash Wednesday services and post-festival atonementHotel Monaco Restaurant: For an uber-fancy meal, right on the Grand Canal

Charming House DD724

Charming House DD724

Stylish contemporary décor isn’t the norm for Venice hotels, but Charming House DD724 (and its sister property, Charming House DD694 is 1 minute away) makes it work, with sleek, understated furnishings and color schemes offset by bold shots of color. You won’t be overwhelmed with amenities at this boutique property, but a glass of prosecco at check-in, art-filled common areas and a generous hot and cold breakfast buffet are nice added touches. In-room extras include Nespresso machines, bespoke toiletry kits and natural mosquito repellant—a welcome amenity during Venice’s humid summer months. Time Out tip: For a quieter stay, ask for a room overlooking the Rio de lo Toreseie canal or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection sculpture garden. Nearby:Gelateria Nico: For a cup or cone with a waterside view of GiudeccaAi Gondolieri: For a celebrated meat dishes in a city famous for its seafoodIl Pavone: For Venetian handmade paper stationery, books and gifts

Hotel Flora

Hotel Flora

There’s something about Hotel Flora that evokes the Venice of yore, when the city was filled with small, affordable family-run hotels. Flora is an inviting sanctuary in the thick of San Marco, where longtime staff members offer a warm welcome and go out of their way to accommodate families with small children. An petite, enchanting garden offers a shady respite for tea or a cocktail from the bar. There are few hotels in Venice providing this level of comfort and service at this price point, and Flora is filled with repeat guests. Book early. Time Out tip: Frequent guests to Hotel Flora say that standard rooms can run on the small side, and that it’s worth paying extra for a larger room, particularly one facing the garden. Nearby:Teatro La Fenice: For Italian opera on one of the world’s most famous stagesSanta Maria del Giglio ferry stop: For a short-cut over to Punta della Dogana and La SaluteBar Longhi: For pricey cocktails and Grand Canal views

Ca’Bragadin Carabba

Ca’Bragadin Carabba

Casanova called this palace home while he carried on his trysts in 18th-century Venice, and while his rooms were probably slightly more grand than current ones at this budget hotel, the association with the notorious lothario is good fun all the same. Ca’Bragadin’s location, near the point where the San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello sestieri all meet, means you got both well-traveled and less-explored Venice right outside the door. Rooms, while not fancy, are bright and airy, and some are quite modern. Amenities include a tiny courtyard and free breakfast. Time Out tip: Economy rooms are a real bargain here, but note that while they have private bathrooms, facilities are not en suite Nearby:Santi Giovanni and Paolo church: For Doges’ tomb and a Veronese ceilingSuSo Gelatoteca: For artisanal gelato made with fresh, seasonal ingredientsLibreria Acqua Alta: For books piled everywhere in the “world’s most beautiful bookstore”

Burano Island

Burano Island

You’ve probably already seen photos of Burano’s colorful houses, painted in those bright hues so that returning fishermen can find them in the fog. Though Burano’s age-old traditions of fishing and lacemaking are waning as time marches on, you can still find traces of them on a daytrip here, and you’ll get away from some of the craziness of Venice. Lots of people combine Burano with a stop at Murano, but do take at least a few hours to explore this quieter side of life in the Venetian Lagoon. Time Out tip: Consider spending the night on Burano so you’ll be there in the evening, when fishing boats pull in for the night, neighbors lean out of their balconies chatting, and the day-trippers have gone home.  Nearby:Museo del Merletto: For a fascinating look at Burano’s lacemaking traditionsTrattoria al Gatto Nero: For a memorable fresh-off-the-boat seafood dinnerTorcello Island: For a look at where Venetian history began

Museo del Merletto

Museo del Merletto

The women of tiny Burano island have been making lace since at least the 1400s, and this small, interesting museum tenderly recounts their history and traditions. Lace from Burano has long been a luxury item and at one point, hundreds of women were employed—often in sweatshop conditions—in the production of lace. A handful of lacemakers still live on the island today, and you can see them at work in the museum, which is in the former lacemaking academy.  Time Out tip: Real Burano lace is expensive, and cheap counterfeit products abound in Venice, most of it machine-made in factories nowhere near Burano. For a list of lace shops selling the real thing, check online. Nearby:Panificio Pasticceria Palmisano Carmelina: For homemade cookies from a postcard-pretty storefrontVia Baldassarre Galuppi: For a wander down Burano’s “Main Street”Trattoria da Romano: For risotto that is the stuff of legend

I Tre Mercanti

I Tre Mercanti

Tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert of mascarpone cream over espresso-soaked ladyfinger cookies, wasn’t invented in Venice, but I Tre Mercanti make some of the most creative varieties you’ll find anywhere—like mango, salted caramel (yes, please) or matcha green tea. At this elegant café and gourmet shop, you’ll also find gorgeous macaroons, plus cheeses, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars, all great gifts to take back home as souvenirs of your trip to Venice.  Time Out tip: There’s really no place nearby here to plop down and enjoy a picnic, but I Tre Mercanti is a great place for stocking up on provisions if you’re heading to Lido, Giudecca or the Biennale Gardens for the day. Nearby:Osteria alle Testiere: For excellent seafood dining in an unpretentious settingMuseo di Palazzo Grimani: For modern art, plus period furniture and costume in a former Doge’s mansionLe Mercerie: For getting lost in the retail bliss of Venice’s fashion shopping area