With its beautiful and quintessential architecture built upon canals and a myriad of small lanes to explore and get lost in for hours, Venice represents a burst of culture and history unlike any other. From Bellini cocktails and extravagant venetian masks to magnificent sights and luxurious hotels, how would you spend an extra 24 hours in Venice? Dine, sleep, do, here are our recommendations.
Where to stay – Bauer Palazzo
Divinely located on the Grand Canal, just off St Mark’s Square, five-star luxury meets 1930s glamour at the Bauer Palazzo. Epitomizing the allure and decadence of the true Venetian lifestyle, step into a world of sumptuous interiors that transport you to a bygone era. Bask in the sublime views from the terraces and enjoy all that Venice has to offer.
This exquisite hotel is located just a few blocks from the iconic St Mark’s Square, making it enviably placed for you to delight in the many spectacular Venice attractions and soak up the atmosphere of this enchanting city. Admire the sights in the morning sun before the day trippers arrive and settle back in peace and calm when they depart. Sip a famous Bellini cocktail or a glass of fine Italian wine on the hotel’s elegant terraces, and gaze upon the Chiesa della Salute, one of the most spectacular landmarks of the city
Where to dine – Glam Enrico Bartolini
With an extra 24 hours in Venice, there’s even more time to appreciate the delights of Italian cuisine, so why not treat yourselves to an unforgettable gourmet experience at the two Michelin-starred Glam Enrico Bartolini? For food connoisseurs this is one of the ultimate things to do in Venice. In a gloriously romantic setting, with magnolia trees shading you from the Venetian sun, the Glam restaurant is a destination in its own right. And the pairing of multi-Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini and Resident Chef Donato Ascani offers striking cuisine. Admire magnificent views of the Grand Canal whilst savoring intense and harmonious flavors, utilizing a wide variety of vegetables and aromatic herbs. This is true alfresco dining at its finest.
If you prefer to dine at your hotel, the Bauer Palazzo offers two exceptional gourmet restaurants: The Settimo Cielo Rooftop Restaurant and the De Pisis. Delight in creative dishes featuring a fusion of different accents brought together by the culinary cultures of the Venetian and Mediterranean regions, all with spectacular views.
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A unique landmark of Venetian architecture, the 12th century Torre dell’Orologio or St. Mark’s Clock Tower is well worth a visit. Here you can climb the Campanile or clock tower, the tallest building in Venice at 99 meters, for spectacular views of La Serenissima. Note that this is a popular attraction and tickets must be booked in advance. Either choose a VIP ticket to skip the queues, or you’re perfectly located at the Bauer Palazzo to head out early ahead of the day visitors.
With an extra 24 hours in Venice, we highly recommend taking a day trip to the enchanting island of Burano. One of the most memorable places to visit in Venice, the island’s Kodachrome colored fishing houses are a photographer’s dream. Famous for its lace and seafood, this active fishing village has many delights to offer. If you want to experience the magic of the canals and the picturesque buildings in a much more relaxed atmosphere, Burano is the place for you.
Travel with Luxury Gold and your Travelling Concierge* will happily assist and advise you with locating and reserving tickets for sights and events.
The delicate beauty of Venetian lace is coveted worldwide, and this is your chance to source from master craftsmen. The ultimate souvenir, Venetian lace became popular in the 15th century, and the dexterity of its craftsmen can be traced back to the making and repairing of fishing nets. Lace has long been a specialty of the afore mentioned island of Burano and it’s here that you can visit the Lace Museum for a fine selection and good deals. If you are shopping in downtown Venice then the lace dealer of choice is Jesurum, on Calle Larga XXII Marzo.
Handmade Venetian masks also make for the most exquisite souvenir or gift. And, for an unforgettable outing we recommend a visit to Ca’ Macana, located at Dorsoduro 3215. Not just a shop, but a complete experience, you can touch, try on and photograph the masks freely. A memorable thing in Venice to do, learn the history and meaning of the masks and see unusual creations and unique pieces not sold anywhere else. Here you will also find the models made for Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s provocative 1999 film, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
If you are looking for the biggest names in Italian fashion; Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bulgari, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, then the elegant Calle XXII Marzo is only a few steps from Saint Mark’s Square.
Tempted to spend an extra 24 hours in Venice?
Book on our 12-Day Ultimate Italy luxury guided tour and stay an extra 24 hours in Venice, the perfect way to finish your journey. For a limited time, Luxury Gold is offering the Gift of an Extra Night on selected tours from our collection. The ultimate gift of time, imagine what you would do with an extra night in some of the world’s most exquisite hotels, at no additional cost.
*Though your Luxury Gold Travelling Concierge will not be with you for your extra 24 hours, as true connoisseurs of your destination they will happily assist with recommendations and reservations to make your extended stay unforgettable.