Where to stay in Venice
Venice is the place to come for delicious food and wine, wonderful museums, and a tranquil atmosphere. It is why so many of the hotels in Venice do so well with their clientele because they offer the same high standards people expect when they visit Venice.
The types of hotels Venice has
There is no one place in the city where you will find any hotel Venice has situated in an undesirable area. All the areas in Venice, wherever you stay, have something to recommend them. The sheer number of hotels Venice possesses is incredible, considering its size. It is not that surprising however, considering lovers and art-lovers have been wanting to stay in the hotels Venice offers for centuries.
The pricier hotels Venice offers are the ones right in the centre near Piazza San Marco, often in re-developed palaces. For the slightly cheaper hotels Venice offers, you have to go into the outlying areas.
If you are looking for cosy family-run hotels Venice will not disappoint either, and then there are the best hotels Venice offers, from ones right on Grand Canal to others providing a garden courtyard or frescoed public rooms.
The art in Venice
Everywhere you look, even at some of the hotels Venice has, there is artwork - whether that be the stonework on an amazing Byzantine construction, the swooping shape of a gondola, or the many masterpieces in the museums. It is the reason why so many visitors flock here year after year.
One of the great places to see art in all its glory is the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the largest collection of Venetian art in existence. From Byzantine influences to early Renaissance and Baroque landscapes, the gallery charts 500 years of the progression of Venetian art. It is recommended to visit on a bright morning as many of the paintings depend on the natural light.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection showcases pretty much every modern art movement in some form, with many striking works by Picasso, Pollock, and Kandinsky. Also included are works by Max Ernst, who happened to be Peggy Guggenheim’s second husband.
Works of art do not always have to come in the shape of paint and canvas. Venice is littered with gems of all mediums and periods that hold the viewer’s attention and linger long in the mind after they have left.
The graceful curves of the Basilica di San Marco with its mix of east and western influences delights today as it has always done since 1094 when it was completed. Inside magnificent mosaics cover the walls and floor for that extra ‘wow’ factor.