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
Ve-Nice Boutique in the Hotel Cipriani. Many high-end boutiques are situated along Calle Larga XXII Marzo in the city center.
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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.
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.
RAFFAELE LO MASTRO
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The taste of Venice in your own hands
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.
Ristorante Ai Mercanti
Trattoria Antiche Carampane
Trattoria La Furatola
Ca del Sol (mask shop)
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“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”
“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.”
Met at the Metropole Hotel
Ristorante Al Covo
Calle XII Marzo ( XII March Street), high-end fashion boutiques.