72 Hours in Venice

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Curator’s statement

Venice is one of those cities that ticks all the boxes - there's culture, art, fantastic food, even more fantastic hotels. It's a true "city" break but has a feeling of not being a real city, perhaps because you're surrounded by water. There's so much to do, that you could easily be there for a week and not see or do everything, but here are some of my top tips.

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Where to stay

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Hotel Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice

It’s hard to rival the glamour, history and setting of this Giudecca Island icon, prized for its lagoon views, famed cocktail bar, enchanting gardens and pool.

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The Gritti Palace

Gorgeous palazzo dating to 1475, with knockout views of the Grand Canal and a sublime spa.

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  • Daily full breakfast, for two guests per bedroom

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Ca Maria Adele

This boutique hotel with 12 elegant, traditional suites celebrates the romance of Venice.

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  • A bottle of Valpolicella wine.

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Day 1: Arrive in Venice

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Arrive, head over to Saint Mark's Square. Don't miss the Basilica, the Bell Tower (you can climb to the top to see the most spectacular view of Venice), and of course, the Doge's Palace.

Highlight is to walk across the Bridge of Sighs and see the largest standalone room in Europe.

Lunch at Aqua Pazza and afternoon spent wandering the sculpture gardens and the rooms packed with Picasso's and Calder's.

If you have time, pair with the Accademia for an afternoon of both superlative examples of Modern and Renaissance artworks.

Finish with a Bellini and dinner at Harry's Bar, because, why not?!

Day 2: Murano & Burano

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Get picked up at your hotel for a day spent touring the pastel colored islands of Murano and Burano with stops at glass factories to see how famous Murano glass is created.

Long, lazy lunch at the famed Locanda Cipriani (note: not related to Cipriani branded restaurants), with an afternoon spent by at your hotel's spa - if you're at Cipriani, highly recommend an afternoon lounging at the city's largest pool.

If you're up for a truly Venetian adventure, do your own Bacarro tour! The best spots to hit are Da Lele, Al Merca, Il Mercante, Gia Schavi and Osteria La Vedova.

Day 3: Art and aperitivo

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Start at the Rialto Bridge, make your way to the market to see all the fish caught freshly in the morning!

Walk over to the Frari Church and Titian's masterpiece inside.

Lunch at Enoteca Ai Artisti.

Spend an afternoon at Palazzo Grassi to see the Pinault Collection and Ca D'Oro.

After aperitivo at the Riva Lounge at Gritti Palace, walk over to Antiche Carampane for a spectacular local-favorite dinner alla Veneziana, full of delicious seafood!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, Nadine's Favorite Amalfi Coast Hot Spots.

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This is part of our ongoing series on travel to Venice, and our longer series on travel to Italy.