Venice, a city guide

Drift through the famous canals on an iconic gondola or take a Vaporetti down the Grand Canal. Whichever you choose, this city is designed to be seen from the water. Linger in St Mark’s Square in the shadow of the Doges Palace before taking the lift to the top of the Campanile tower to get a birds’ eye view.

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Awesome Restaurants
in Venice

Mundana has set a high standard and hand picked these restaurants for their great food quality, good reputation, great customer service, clean environment, courteous staff and original menus.

Acquerello

Gourmet

Acquerello Restaurant is set in a spectacular location and offers refined gourmet cuisine inspired by the creativity and the passion of Chef Giorgio Schifferegger. In the preparation of his dishes he reproduces the colours and the mood of the sunset, the lagoon, the fishermen, the palaces, churches and bell towers of Venice. You have a complete sensory experience, mixing inventive food and wine with the magical setting of the lagoon. Two tasting seasonal menus are available, offering daily dishes off the menu. Each vegetable is picked from the small private vegetable garden cultivated in one of the courtyards of the hotel or brought in from neighbouring islands.

Budget $$$$

La Dolce

Mediterranean

Near the pool and in the middle of the centenary park, you can find La Dolce Restaurant. Dolce Vita personified, it is an oasis of tranquillity, privacy and relaxation. The chefs use only certified products to prepare dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, pizza and pasta and especially meat and fish. For the pizza, the chef selects only the highest quality ingredients and cooks in one of the very few wood-fired ovens in Venice. You can taste the pizza with a fresh Antoniana beer. The catches of the day surprise you, with octopus and Venetian lobster, sea bass, sea breamand prawns. Don't miss the seafood spaghetti.

Budget $$-$$$

Insieme

International

At Insieme Restaurant you can relax in a homely space. The setting is out of time: the picturesque monastery churchyard dates back to the 15th century, while the inside salons enriched with elegant decors and original tapestries. Try the famous eggs Benedict. Dishes are prepared with the freshest local ingredients, such as jams from local producers, cheese from nearby farms, herbs and vegetables grown in the Venetian gardens and in the small private vegetable garden of the hotel. A kids’ area offers delicious delicacies with Nutella, donuts, soft milk bread, candies and many other wonderful goodies for children.

Budget $$-$$$

Al Bacaro

Tapas

Al Bacaro is the ideal venue to sip a cocktail and enjoy a lovely sunset over the lagoon. Taste delicious Venetian "cicchetti" - exclusive local cold cuts and cheeses, the barbecue mini burgers and the grilled specialities of the day. All these tasty regional specialities are paired with wines, Spritz and the Antoniana craft beer. The live jazz on Fridays offers a moment of fun to live an authentic Venetian experience with elegance and exclusivity.

Budget $$$$

Cantina do Mori

Local

The oldest Bacaro in Venice, close to the Rialto market. It opened in 1462, once counted Casanova amongst its clients and now has an eclectic collection of copper pots hanging from its ceiling. the mixed local/tourist crowd makes for excellent people-watching opportunities.

Budget $$-$$$

Top Activities
in Venice

 

Doge's Palace

Once the residence of the Doge of Venice and now a museum, this is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. Nearby, in the square, you'll find St Mark's Basilica, Bell & Watch Towers, Palazzo Ducale, the Correr Museum and the Marciana Library.

Teatro La Fenice

Destroyed by fire in 1996, the Fenice Opera House reopened in 2003, beautifully restored to its former glory. This historic theatre is one of the greatest Italian temples of bel canto, attracting national and international audiences. La Fenice Opera House's rich programme of events includes performances of opera, classical ballet, symphony and theatre. Visitors can attend one of the frequent performances at the opera house, or simply choose to take a guided tour around the building. The rococo decor, glittering with gold leaf and huge chandeliers make this an essential place to visit on your trip to the city.

Rialto Bridge and Market

Built between 1588 and 1591, the Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice's shopping area. Jewellery and souvenir shops line the sides of this famous landmark, while nearby lies the picturesque Rialto fish and vegetable markets, selling fresh and locally-grown produce. Built between 1588 and 1591, the Rialto bridge crosses the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice's shopping area. Jewellery and souvenir shops line the sides of this famous bridge. Nearby lie the picturesque Rialto fish and vegetable markets, selling fresh and locally grown produce.

Best Shops
in Venice

 

Rialto Market

A stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, this lively market sells all manner of fresh produce. Watch the locals shop for fresh fruit, vegetables and fish or buy the makings of a picnic yourself.

Murano

One of the most delightful souvenirs you can pick up in Venice is the glass blown on Murano. This island has made a name for itself and the pieces you'll find there are exquisite, if a little fragile.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Tiny bookstore selling books and souvenirs backing onto the canal; known for its quirky receptacles for its stock including a gondola and a bathtub.

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Discover Venice in one of Mundana's Itineraries, getting the most out of your trip.

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