My guide to Venezia

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Venice is a unique, magical place , three hundred and sixty five days a year, but at summer’s end , it transforms into a mini Hollywood with the film festival and The Venice Biennale.

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Things to do:

No trip to Venice would be complete without a ride down one of the city’s picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola.

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A visit toT Fondaco dei Tedeschi: Venice’s most beautiful new department store is a must,you can see the most spectacular view of all of Venice from the rooftop.

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When in Venice you must go to the Peggy Guggenheim’s canalside home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, showcases her unbelievable collection, with works by up to 200 artists, including her ex-husband Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock (among her many rumoured lovers), Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

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If you love Venetian slippers as much as I do be sure to stop by Pied à Terre and Choose from velvet, brocade or raw silk in vibrant shades of lemon and ruby, with optional piping. Don’t see your size? Shoes can be custom-made and shipped.

Address – Ruga dei Oresi, 60, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

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Where to stay in Venice.

The Aman Canal Grande is probably the most beautiful hotel in the whole of Venice and is located In the San Polo district, within a short walk of the Rialto Bridge and close to the Traghetto San Tomà for access to Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square).

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Novecento Boutique Hotel is a delightful boutique hotel run by the Romanelli family they have worked in tourism for almost half-century. http://www.insidevenice.it/en/ copy this link and read their monthly magazine on Venice updates.

Hotel Metropole is an 8-minute walk from Saint Mark’s Basilica, a 9-minute walk from Piazza San Marco and 1.5 km from the Grand Canal. Rooms and suites are filled with elegant furniture and come with seating areas; 1 suite has a rooftop terrace.

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Where to eat in Venice.

Alle Testiere – Castello, 5801, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

if you’re looking for somewhere special then head for this ever-popular seafood restaurant near Santa Maria Formosa, which seats just 22 people in an elegant dining room. Be sure to book as it can get very busy!

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ALL’ARCO – Calle dell’Occhiale, San Polo 436, Venice (00 39 049 887 1339)

There’s standing room only in this tiny, lunch spot but worth it grab spread of cicheti bar snacks, which range from ‘fusion’ creations such as asparagus and courgette-flower rolls stuffed with ricotta and ham absolutely delicious!

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Caffè Florian –  Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

For what the locals claim is the best espresso in the Piazza San Marco, with the most elegant and traditional decor it is truly breathtaking.

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