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October 30, 2007updated Dec 14, 2015

4 Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Venice

By Chris Boyle


We asked Venice’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for a perfect day in the floating city



“After breakfast at the luxurious Cipriani Hotel, begin your tour of Venice with a private guide who will help you discover many of the city’s beautiful palaces. Stop for a lunch at a typical Venetian ‘bacaro’ (coffee house / restaurant) before continuing your tour.”


Trattoria Santa Marina

Cuisine: Italian

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Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice


Cip’s Club

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 520 7744

Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca 10, 30133 Venice


Locanda Cipriani

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 730 150

Piazza Santa Fosca 29, 30142 Torcello, Venice


Ve-Nice Boutique in the Hotel Cipriani. Many high-end boutiques are situated along Calle Larga XXII Marzo in the city center.


Islands tour

Take a private boat tour of the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano island is the center of the city’s famous glass-making industry, while Burano is well known for its lace-making.

Torcello was once the busiest island yet is now largely deserted. However it is worth visiting for the magnificent Byzantine-Italian cathedral, which dates back to 639 AD.

Secret gardens

They are part of the intimacy of the city, nestled behind the façades of ancient palaces, behind the surrounding walls of buildings, allowing only glimpses of treetops, jealously hidden from indiscreet eyes.



+39 041 241 3111


Best to do

The taste of Venice in your own hands

Cooking classes

There’s nothing quite like preparing your own food under the guidance of a professional chef.


Visit the historic Rialto Food Markets

Discover Chef Klostermaier’s best-kept secrets, follow him along the calli across the Canal to the historic Rialto Markets and learn how to choose the best local produce.


Dining with the Chef

Don’t miss the chance to savor the flavors, textures and seasoning of superlative Italian cuisine, and be waited on by our attentive staff.


Gondola Picnic with the Chef

Treat yourself to a tailor-made gourmet picnic with Chef Kostermaier – all in a Gondola.




+39 041 34281

Best RestauRants

Ristorante Ai Mercanti

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 523 8269

San Marco 4346/A Calle dei Fuseri Corte Coppo, Venice


Trattoria Antiche Carampane

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 524 0165

San Polo, 1911, 30125 Venice


Trattoria La Furatola

Cuisine: Seafood

+39 041 520 1192

Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro, 2870 Venice


Best sHopping

Ca del Sol (mask shop)


+39 041 528 5549

Sestiere Castello, 4964, 30122 Venice


Best to do

“The best way to experience Venice is onboard a luxury boat tour of the Grand Canal. Sip champagne and savor canapés as you take in the beautiful architecture of the ancient Venetian palaces along the banks of the Canal and smaller waterways.”

“Take a luxury motorboat to Murano island and enjoy a private tour of the glassmaking factory”



+39 041 272 3311


“In the morning, take the Secret Itineraries tour at the Doge’s Palace located on Saint Mark’s Square. The tour of the behind-thescenes rooms will give you a glimpse into the inner workings of the once powerful Venetian Republic.

After lunch, take a tour of the Grand Canal on board a luxury private boat. Many of Venice’s important sites line the banks of the Canal, so this is an excellent way to get a feel for the the city.”


Best RestauRants

Met at the Metropole Hotel

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 524 0034

Riva degli Schiavoni 4149, 30122 Venice


Ristorante Al Covo

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 522 3812

Castello 3968, 30122 Venice


Trattoria Altanella

Cuisine: Italian

+39 041 522 7780

Sestiere Giudecca 270, Calle delle Erbe, Venice


Best sHopping

Calle XII Marzo ( XII March Street), high-end fashion boutiques.

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