Through centuries worth of breathtaking architecture, gondola rides back in time and a beautiful appreciation for the good life, Venice never fails to enchant its visitors. Tethered to the artistic riches of its past, Venice is every bit as magical as you’ve heard – something that rings true whether you’re floating by marble palaces along the grand canal or stumbling upon quiet squares and art-filled churches in the narrow back streets. Comprised of 150 enchanting and atmospheric canals, Italy’s famed fairy tale city sets the mood as one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
Where to Stay
Boasting a prime location in the heart of it all, the Gritti Palace overlooking the grand canal directly towards the Santa Maria della Salute church, one of Venice’s iconic landmarks. This is a place where you can experience Venetian history and culture in a contemporary manner. The palazzo itself dates back to the 15th century as a noble palace and private residence for illustrious families before opening its doors as a luxury hotel in 1895. After undergoing extensive renovation projects, the palace’s authentic character and appearance continue to shine, while providing all the modern day comforts and amenities you could possibly need. The 61 rooms and 21 suites feature lush fabrics, timeless antiques, marble-clad bathrooms and beautiful frescos, whereas the exceptional location provides respite away from the crowds. After a day spent soaking in the wonders of Venice, the exquisite Acqua di Parma spa has been designed with meticulous attention to detail and offers a list of treatments based on local traditions and the power of aromatherapy. Be sure to take a look at our Luxury Hotel Guide to Venice for a complete breakdown of the top accommodations in the city.
Where to Dine
Building upon the enriching Venetian culinary legacy with its own contemporary edge, Club del Doge is the gourmet restaurant that takes advantage of the local and seasonal flavors supplied by the bountiful Italian coastline. Alongside attentive service, the prestigious establishment offers a refined interior that’s decorated in classical style with thick linens and splendid tapestry. Overlooking the grand canal, the spectacular Gritti terrace is one of the best spots to soak up Venice’s magical atmosphere over expertly-mixed cocktails and light daytime bites. When the sun goes down, the fantastic location and intimate atmosphere make for the ultimate gathering spot, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or reunion of long-time friends. Check out our Restaurant Guide to Venice for an expanded list of the city’s most refined eats.
Illusion V Yacht Charter
Representing the epitome of elegance, the Illusion V from Benetti is the ultimate yacht for anchoring near Venice. The yacht sports graceful exterior lines that give way to beautiful outdoor decks that are perfect for entertaining at sea, housing a large Jacuzzi surrounded by loungers, sunpads, bar and barbecue. An expansive selection of water toys includes a Jetovator, a Flyboard, Snuba and Scuba gear, fishing equipment and inflatables for any and all water activities. The top-notch comfort is heightened by the noise reduction technology that delivers a peaceful charter experience, whereas a seasoned crew of 13 ensure complete onboard privacy throughout. Elsewhere, the incredibly spacious interior incorporates exotic materials and beautiful fabrics throughout, sleeping 12 guests in 6 luxurious cabins. Read about chartering the Illusion V yacht in further detail.
Looking for an unforgettable way to see the city? Imagine lifting off from your yacht’s helipad aboard a VIP helicopter tour and heading out for an exciting day of sightseeing over Venice and along its coastline. You couldn’t do any better than the Airbus Eurocopter H130, a lightweight, single-engine helicopter that makes for the perfect superyacht complement thanks to its small frame, quiet ride, luxurious interior and safety features. Superyacht helipads are becoming increasingly popular as travelers look for new ways to take their vacations to the next level and surprise their family and friends with memorable adventures to the world’s most iconic landmarks. Airbus, while known for its military and civilian fixed wing aircraft, also manufactures some of the best lightweight helicopters for VIP transport, sightseeing, medical emergency airlift and law enforcement. Be sure to check out our breakdown of the Airbus Eurocopter H130 for more information.
What to Do
Although it may be somewhat cliché, a gondola ride down tight-knit ancient waterways and passing by some of Europe’s most majestic sights is an unforgettable experience that allows you to really appreciate everything that Venice has to offer. When you want to get off and explore on foot, you could almost spend an eternity in Piazza San Marco, which is known as the drawing room of Europe. You could spend an eternity wandering the streets of Venice and exploring famous works of art through its collection of world-class museums and galleries. If you want to escape the city for an afternoon, the island of Lido is just a 20-minute water journey away from Venice, offering visitors a lovely beach to relax, its own picturesque canals and a handful of restaurants, cafes and bars.