The Romantic poet Lord Byron described Venice as “a fairytale city of the heart”. And in those few words captured what this improbably-positioned city is all about.

La Serenissima (“The Most Serene”) does a have storybook charm. It feels a bit like it’s been dreamt up, richly imagined and something you can only fully experience when you’re actually here – no film or photograph could ever do it justice.

But Venice is as set in stone and mortar as any other city: just delicately perched across 116 islands, and bisected by evocative canals. Alongside stand High Renaissance palazzi converted into galleries or luxury hotels, exquisite seafood restaurants and ancient stone steps that lead down to the water’s edge. Back from the canals, a labyrinth of alleys, courtyards and passageways hide little bacari (wine bars), family-run trattoria, and traditional artisan stores selling Murano glassware.

As for matters of the heart, Venice is a city founded on romance as much as it’s founded on water. Its old-world charm and fragile beauty can stir passion in even the most pragmatic among us.

Due to the total absence of cars and traffic, Venice earns its “Most Serene” nickname (all transportation uses the canals here). However, unsurprisingly the city is a massively popular holiday destination and does become crowded sometimes. This is why a luxury, tailor-made Venice holiday from Lightfoot Travel is the best way to go. We’ll accommodate you in small, quiet boutique hotels close to all the sights. Our specialists use their inside knowledge and impartial advice to create your perfect itinerary; so you can experience the city in peace – as it should be!

Magnificent St Mark’s Square remains the first port of call for any holiday in Venice. It’s among the most beautiful city squares in the world and home to the stunning Basilica with its five huge Eastern-influenced domes fretted with gold. The Campanile (bell tower) is the tallest building in Venice, offering breathtaking panoramic views across St Mark’s.

If you’re on a romantic holiday in Venice (or a honeymoon), you can’t leave without a peaceful gondola ride down the iconic Grand Canal. Sure, it’s a bit clichéd, but who cares when it’s such an unforgettable experience?

For art-lovers, the Galleria dell’Accademia (founded by Napoleon) houses a stellar line-up of paintings by the European grand masters. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection has Italy’s finest modern art collection, including works by Picasso, Dali and Pollock.

When booking a luxury holiday in Venice with Lightfoot Travel, our experts will use a concierge-style service to tailor your itinerary to your exact needs.

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Baglioni Luna Hotel

Italy, Venice

Reputed to be the oldest hotel in Venice, the Baglioni Luna is steeped in history and you may well feel that you are staying in a living museum. The palazzo dates to 1118, and throughout th…

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Bauers Il Palazzo

Italy, Venice

When in Venice, choose the Bauers Il Palazzo and you’ll be staying in a beautifully restored 18th century Venetian house on the Grand Canal, just around the corner from St Mark’s Square.…

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Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Italy, Venice

Part hotel, part museum, Ca’ Sagredo is a true masterpiece in the heart of Venice. Ca’ Sagredo Hotel occupies a meticulously renovated 15th century palace, its lavish pink façade standi…

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Centurion Palace

Italy, Venice

Set at the mouth of Venice’s Grand Canal, this former 16th century monastery has been transformed into a chic boutique hotel complete with its own pier. Centurion Palace’s magnificent Ve…

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Palazzo Sant’Angelo

Italy, Venice

Situated in a prime position between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square on the Grand Canal, this charming boutique hotel offers elegant 18th century heritage and a warm and intimate a…

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