By Summer Brons
Venice
Italy
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With an average of over 50,000 tourists each day, Venice, Italy is one of the most prominent vacation destinations in the world. With an unparalleled history, beautiful architecture, and centuries worth of exquisite art, Venice is truly an amazing place to visit. Book your Italian vacation with EscapeWizard.com, and come experience this living museum for yourself!
   
The friendly skies of Venice are serviced by both the Marco Polo International Airport (VCE), and the nearby Treviso Airport (TSF). Secure your flight to either airport through EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) and utilizing our great low rates on airfare. We can also help with your accommodations while in Venice, simply click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and select your preferred hotel.    

One of the most well-known characteristics of Venice is its famous spread of canals and the picturesque gondolas floating along them. Although gondolas are now mostly used for tourists or special events, water transportation is a very necessary way to navigate the 117 small islands that the city is comprised of. So, what to do first? EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to the Palazzo Ducale, a stunning palace completed in 1438 that today offers tours of the building, art displays, and even a tour of the ancient prisons on the grounds. Other museums in Venice include a natural history museum, archaeological museum, navel museum, and of course, a vast collection of art museums. The city has remained an iconic location for creative talents throughout its lengthy history. Artists, writers, and musicians have been prevalent in Venice since the city's origins. Venice also played a large role in the development of printing and publishing, and all of this fascinating timeline has been captured in detail, making the "floating city" an ultimate destination for history buffs.    

Since Venice does thrive largely on tourism, shopping is also rather plentiful throughout the city. Popular trinkets include Murano glass, handmade lace, and unique masks. EscapeWizard.com advises you to keep a watchful eye out for the difference between authentic pieces and mass-produced replicas, as heavy demand tends to come with heavy tourism. One thing everyone can agree on, however, is food! Italian cuisine is vastly popular throughout the world, so what better place to enjoy it than in Italy itself? The city is packed with amazing restaurants ranging from quaint cafes to the full upscale dining experience, and thanks to its location on the Adriatic Sea, local cuisine is often characterized by seafood. Imagine an artfully prepared plate of pasta complimented by a glass of fine Italian red wine, enjoyed while looking out over a scenic canal; yes, this is Venice!    

There are many reasons why Venice continues to be one of the most highly traveled cities in the world. Plan your Venice adventure with EscapeWizard.com and discover your own reasons for falling in love with this magical city. Whether you'll find yourself captivated with the canals, awed by the art, or heartened by the history, Venice is certain to be a most memorable vacation.
Hotels in Venice
By AE Hopwood
Hotel Danieli Venice
Castello 4196 Venice, Italy
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A strong sense of history pervades the three 14th century palazzos that make up Venice’s Hotel Danieli.  Situated directly on the lagoon, adjacent to the bustling, central Piazza San Marco, this timeless hotel lies in the heart of Venice.  Many of the city’s most sought after attractions are mere minutes away by foot, from the Byzantine mosaics and bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica to the Bridge of Sighs and Palazzo Ducale, and even the Piombi prison, where famed rake Casanova was incarcerated.  Hop the vaporetto (water bus) right outside Hotel Danieli or take a water taxi from the hotel’s private dock to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano or Torcello, to Marco Polo airport, or to Santa Lucia train station.  For those driving themselves to the city, the hotel offers valet or self-park options at Piazzale Roma, the closest car-accessible point to motor-vehicle-free Venice.

Hotel Danieli boasts 216 plush and elegant rooms and suites.  Decorated with antiques and the famed local Murano glass in a Gothic style that evokes the golden age of Venice, there is no lack of modern convenience with high-speed internet access and flat screen LCD TVs available in all rooms.  Overlooking the beauty of the lagoon, many rooms feature balconies from which to marvel at the vista.

Don’t miss out on a sumptuous Italian dinner or a cocktail or two at Hotel Danieli’s rooftop restaurant and bar, which is enhanced by the impressive views over the city and lagoon.  Relax and pamper yourself with available in-room spa treatments or utilize the special Hotel Danieli guest privileges at a private Lido beach and the Alberoni Golf Club.  Function rooms are available for business meetings, dinners, parties, weddings, and other events.

For a central location full of Venetian charm, look no further than the Hotel Danieli.  Book your stay through EscapeWizard.com today by clicking the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
Hotels in Venice
By Melanie Wilcox
Gritti Palace, Venice
Campo Santa Maria del GiglioVenice, Italy
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Located only steps away from Venice's famed canals and the picturesque Piazza San Marco, Gritti Palace offers its guests luxurious Old World charm and modern conveniences in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Marco Polo airport is only eight miles from the hotel and less than a twenty-minute bus ride. Gritti Palace's concierge can also arrange private transfers from either Marco Polo or Treviso airport as well as the train and maritime stations. Guests arriving by car can choose valet parking or self-parking for an additional charge.

Deluxe rooms at Gritti Palace are tastefully decorated with antique furniture and Murano glass lighting fixtures as well as decorative details unique to each individual room. King beds are fitted with luxurious cotton sheets and a plush down comforter to ensure a comfortable retreat after sightseeing in Venice. Each room comes equipped with a 40" flat screen TV, satellite channels and complimentary wireless internet. Several suites are available and boast views of the Grand Canal and Palazzo Canal although every guest room at Gritti Palace has a view of at least one of the surrounding canals.

Culinary enthusiasts will appreciate the hotel's restaurant, Club del Doge which features classic Venetian dishes and an abundance of local seafood. The restaurant's picturesque view of Grand Canal makes it an ideal location for a relaxing lunch or a romantic dinner for two. Guests seeking a day of pampering can visit the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Spa which features two Turkish baths and two suites for massages and other treatments. In addition to these on-site amenities, Gritti Palace is conveniently located near a number of museums, historical sites and boutiques.

Venice, the city on the sea, offers something for everyone, from historic architecture to premiere boutique shopping. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to Venice, the Gritti Palace will exceed your expectations, and booking through EscapeWizard.com will make it easy and affordable to plan your Venetian holiday (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Venice
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Europa & Regina, Venice
San Marco, 2159 30124 Venice, Italy
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Step off of the boat and into the beautiful Westin Europa & Regina, Venice, with a private entrance right on the Grand Canal in the center of Venice. This hotel will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty, history and culture of this unique city, and allow you to walk to some of the most famous sights. Stroll through the narrow passageways and over bridges to the Basilica di San Marco, built in the 12th Century and home to amazing art and architecture, or head to the Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia to learn all about the natural sciences and view fossils. The Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale are both just a short walk away.

As you stroll around the city, where you will never see a car, you will also find many cafes and restaurants serving delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Right at the hotel you can visit Restaurant La Cusina, an upscale restaurant serving Venetian cuisine and offering views of the Grand Canal. La Chic chetteria ia a more casual option, which serves small plates, cocktails and delicious wines. If you prefer admiring the view outside, you can enjoy Bar Tiepolo, offering cocktail and light fair with a stunning view.

After enjoying a glass of wine, you can head to your well appointed guest room or suite. Choose from five different kinds of guest rooms or three different kinds of suites, including some with private terraces, Grand Canal views and separate living areas. All of the rooms have luxurious, Venetian style furnishings, as well as the Westin Heavenly Bed and chandeliers made from Murano glass. You will also find a 32-Inch LCD TV and internet access is available for a small extra cost. Complimentary bottled water is provided.

The Concierge desk is available to assist you in planning tours, booking a water-taxi ride to the Venice Golf Club or planning a wine pairing dinner. The hotel also offers a fitness center and a business center. Discover everything this gorgeous city has to offer through EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Venice
By Danielle Swink
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Giudecca 810, Venice, 30133, Italy
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Tucked away on Guidecca Island, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is a short five minute boat ride to a plethora of Venice attractions. Before heading out to explore, read a paper from the newsstand while you get your shoes shined, visit the gift shop, or the foreign currency exchange to ensure you have enough funds to get you around town. If you arrive ahead of the 2 p.m. check in time, the staff will hold your luggage while you attend to other business.

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice offers a variety of rooms to suite your needs. Enjoy your stay in a standard guest room, an executive guest room or a suite. Bedding options span the range from twins to separate bedrooms yet each room boasts an environment planned to enhance the relaxation and comfort of guests. Whether you need to keep up on business or just want to rest, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice makes it possible with a 32 inch plasma TV in each room, high-speed internet access, and I-pod docking stations. Executive room and suite guests have access to the Executive Lounge which offers drinks and snacks. That’s Amore Suite offers Prosecco wine and strawberries to enhance your romantic getaway while children will be delighted to find a present just for them if the family is booked into the King Family Suite. Small touches add to the delightfulness of the Hilton Molino.

Dining and drinking options abound with six options onsite which include; enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet at Il Molino, grabbing lunch poolside during the summer months at Skylunch Pool Restaurant, or enjoying the nightlife at Skyline Rooftop Bar. Business travelers will be pleased to find a fully equipped business center with a variety of services and equipment rentals to ease business transactions. If you need to rejuvenate after a workout in the fully equipped fitness center, visit the wellness center where a wide range of treatments await or take a dip in the rooftop pool all while enjoying stunning views of Venice.

Utilize the complimentary boat service to enjoy sightseeing around Venice such as St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace before checking out at 12 p.m. Get away and enjoy this historic hotel; let EscapeWizard.com help book your travel today! (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).