Venice is a unique city, and unique will be your holiday thanks to this itinerary tailored for all those who want to immerse themselves in the luxury of one of the world's richest cities in history, art and culture.
After all, Venice is the quintessence of luxury holidays and thousands of people from all over the world set off to discover this extraordinary city!
An itinerary in stages, the most essential ones, that will take you through the narrow streets of Venice amidst memories of the ancient glories of La Serenissima, whose wonders can still be admired in every corner.
In addition, to make your stay a true luxury, rely on the Venice Pass, a single pass that gives you access to the main transport services in the metropolitan city of Venice, including entrances to the main tourist attractions and to a large number of restaurants and wine bars at a competitive price, saving you a great deal on the public prices of the same services.
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Luxury shopping in the streets of Venice
Venice, as the elegant city that it is, has always been the centre of fashion. After all, a city that bore the name 'La Serenissima' (Serene) could only be the realm of glamour, savoir vivre, fun and lightness.
It was a rich and influential kingdom that also showed its power through dress: Venice has always been fashionable, and during its glorious years it was who dictated the rules of costume, of elegance.
For those who love shopping, Venice offers more than they expect: all fashion brands have a shop in the lagoon city because people from all over the world have always come here.
Just as in the past, Venice remains at the centre of world trade and commerce, ensuring that products and objects from all over the world can be found here: the great fashion houses, spices, textiles, jewellery and precious glass, antiques and design.
Essential stops for luxury shopping are the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and Calle XXII Marzo.
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi, built to house German merchants with their wares, is now a luxury hub housing the most important brands of international fashion and local luxury craftsmanship.
Entrance is free and the beautiful building has three floors: one dedicated to accessories, one to women's fashion and the upper floor to men's fashion. There is also a wonderful terrace on its roof that allows you to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Venice.
Calle XXII Marzo, near St Mark's Square, is instead the street of Made in Italy fashion. All the big names of Italian fashion can be found here: Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bulgari, Valentino, Giorgio Armani.
Local Venetian handicraft
Handicrafts in Venice shine among ancient and unknown crafts. Buying precious original handicrafts is a true luxury.
Let yourself be carried away by the folklore of this city and stop to admire the craftsmen at work. From their hands you will witness the creation of marvellous objects that encapsulate centuries of history.
The mascareri are among the most famous craftsmen in Venice. They are literally the makers of papier-mâché masks and shields, one of the oldest crafts in the Serenissima. Thanks to the Venice Pass, you will be able to access various discounts and concessions in affiliated activities, such as the Bottega dei Mascareri, a magical workshop visited by collectors and the curious from all over the world.
At this point you must set off to discover Murano. Since 1291, the Venetian furnaces were moved to the island of Murano, and since then the art of glassmaking has reached such high levels of quality that it is known throughout the world.
Towards the middle of the 20th century, the first great Murano glass masters emerged, whose works, given their value, are even exhibited in several museums.
Anyone who has the chance to see a glass artisan at work remains enchanted by the mastery with which, in just a few moments, he transforms a shapeless mass into an art object.
Don't miss this opportunity and visit one of the various furnaces on the island not only to visit their showroom but also to take part in a glassmaking course.
If you want to learn more about the history of this art and its craftsmen, don't forget that Murano has a very in-depth museum: the Glass Museum, included among the attractions of the Venice Pass.
St Mark's Square Museums
The true luxury of Venice, however, lies within the walls of its historic palaces. Behind simple doors lie the great treasures of what was once the great Republic of Venice.
Frescoes, paintings and golden splendour cover the walls of the palaces that imposingly overlook the Grand Canal, the city's artery.
The palaces best known for their great history and magnificence are certainly the museums in St Mark's Square: the Doge's Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Thanks to the Venice Pass you will have free access to all museums in the Marciana area.
A masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture, one of the symbols of Venice, the monumental Doge's Palace was the seat of the Doge, the highest office of the Republic of Venice. Built in the year 812, the Palace followed the entire history of the Republic of Venice, from its beginnings to its fall.
Among the various rooms you will find the Sala del Maggior Consiglio: the largest and most majestic room in the Doge's Palace, which at 53 metres long and 25 metres wide is one of the largest in Europe.
What are you waiting for to cross the threshold of one of these museums and be catapulted back in time?