The Art Biennial turns the city into a chic showcase
for contemporary art, even the crazy kind. It’s centred
on the Arsenale and Giardini, with 85 national pavilions: Venice on steroids.
Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco 1364A
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Set on Giudecca, overlooking Saint Mark’s, this sleek spa comes complete with hamman and views back across the water. You can even have a massage in the hotel’s glorious gardens, once part of a sixteenth-century convent.
Escape the stifling city crowds for this Palladian church, a short hop across the water from St Mark’s (Ferry 2 from San Zaccaria stop). Enjoy the best vistas of Venice from the belltower, along with serene views of monastic cloisters.
This sybaritic spa overlooks St Mark’s square so follow a massage with an organic lunch
of shrimp risotto in L’Ulivo restaurant, set in the Palladio’s 16th-century cloister gardens.
For a beach break, stay in Jesolo. This swish Richard Meier-designed hotel has a Miami buzz, from the cocktail bar to cool spa.
Lap up the 15km-long sandy beach before
a bus-and-boat combo to Venice.
This arty, central, Philippe Starck-designed spot is cool but warm-hearted, perfect for sipping cocktails in style, maybe nibbling on crab salad, beef tartare or Venetian sushi.
Dine on spaghetti with clams or truffled parmesan risotto in a secret courtyard, ideally before sampling Thursday’s live music and cocktails on the romantic rooftop terrace.
La Fenice, offers a variety of concerts, operas and ballets during the winter season. On top of that, the renowned opera house offers also private tours, to learn more about the history of the theatre.
This rooftop summer bar belongs to the Splendid Venice hotel, and is a cool spot beloved by Venetians. Sip a Bellini while listening to live music on Thursday or end up watching passing gondolas in the canalside lounge bar.
The Skyline Rooftop Bar, located at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, provides a breathtaking view of the Venice skyline. This popular destination, which is definitive worth a visit, offers an extensive selection of wine, beer and delicious cocktails.
See the “shadow-palace” via a secret door, disappearing into a den of passageways to the state inquisitors’ rooms, torture chamber and prisons linked to Casanova’s escape in 1755. Spot the “mouth of truth” letterbox where citizens posted secret denunciations.