Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Venice

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Enjoy a tipple in Byron's Venice

Caffè Florian
Bars & pubs

Florian sweeps you back to 18th-century Venice with its mirrored, stuccoed and frescoed interior. Rousseau and Byron hung out here.

Art collected by Mrs Max Ernst

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Big names include Picasso, Pollack, Giacometti, Duchamp and Peggy's husband, Max Ernst.

Most luscious cup of coffee in town

Caffè del Doge
Restaurants & cafés

Try the speciality coffees, for which a portion of each sale goes to assist children who work on coffee plantations worldwide.

Major attractions

Basilica di San Marco


An expression of the city’s independence, St Mark's basilica is encrusted with trophies brought back from the sack of Constantinople in 1204.

Torre dell'Orologio


James Bond sent a villain flying through the clock face of this 15th-century tower in the film Moonraker. There's a fine view over piazza San Marco from the roof.

Doge's Palace


Venice's one-time political and judicial hub. A tour of the state rooms and criminal courts offers a fascinating insight into the workings of past powers.

What's on in Venice

- Tobias Rehberger. Site-specific intervention, mixed media, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Giardini della Biennale, Venice 2009

Venice's global-scale extravaganzas include La Biennale di Venezia's art, architecture, theatre, music, dance and film festivals; and Carnevale, the world’s largest and most famous masked ball.