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Villa la Tartana
Positano, Italy

Comfortable rooms,
on the coast,
lovely views

Wish you were here?

King John Inn
Wiltshire, U.K.

Friendly country pub,
apartments available,
fresh seafood

Wish you were here?

Hotel du Lac
Lombardia, Italy

Endearingly old-fashioned,
lakeside position,
activities nearby


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Our places to stay in Venice and the Veneto are not only charming but as varied and interesting as any you'll find on the internet. Most of the Venice hotels have great central locations in the city itself, but there is one, the Quattro Fontane, across the lagoon on the Lido.

Room prices in Venice are undeniably steep, but if you choose carefully and secure a room with a canal-side or lagoon view, you can have a memorable stay. Several of our recommendations, such as the Hotel Paganelli or Locanda Fiorita, have fair prices.

On the mainland within reach of Venice by car or train we have a handful of listings which might make an interesting alternative to staying in the city itself. Some discerning travellers enjoy retreating here each evening, escaping the tourists after a day's sightseeing in the city.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Venice and Veneto offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: pensioni, alberghi, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Agli Alboretti

Rio Terra Foscarini, 30123 Venezia, Dorsoduro 884, +39 041 5230058
Charming proprietor, family atmosphere

Al Gambero

Calle dei Fabbri, 30124 Venezia, San Marco 4687, +39 04152 24384
Great location, friendly staff

Albergo Bel Sito

San Marco 2517, 30124, Venice, +39 041 5223365
Good location in Venice


Via Dolada 21, Plois, 32010, Pieve d'Alpago, Belluno, +39 0437 479141
Family run, Michelin-starred locanda - perfect for food lovers

Foresteria Serego Alighieri

37020, Gargagnago, Verona, +39 045 7703622
Beautifully converted apartments on historic estate

Hotel Paganelli

Riva degli Schiavoni 4182, 30122 Venice, Veneto, Italy, +39 041 522 4324
Former convent; splendid lagoon views

Hotel Villa Patriarca

Via Miranese 25, 30035, Mirano, near Venice, +39 041 430 006
Relaxing base for exploring Venice

Locanda Fiorita

Campiello Novo San Marco 3457/A, Santo Stefano, 30124 Venice, Italy, +39 041 523 4754
Good prices and a quiet, central location

Pensione Seguso

Zattere ai Gesuati, 30123, Venezia, Dorsoduro 779, +39 041 5286858
Good location in Venice, traditional and comfortable

Quattro Fontane

Via Quattro Fontane 16, 30126 Lido, Venice, Italy, +39 041 5260227
Dignified, comfortable, full of charm

Santo Stefano Venezia

Campo Santo Stefano 2957, San Marco, 30124, Venice, +39 041 520 0166
Town hotel in San Marco, Venice

Villa Alberti

Via E. Tito 90, 30031 Dolo, Venice, Italy, +39 041 4266512
A real gem the Brenta River

Villa Cipriani

Via Canova 298, 31011, Asolo, Treviso, +39 0423 523411
Well-known, luxurious, fabulous views

Villa Soranzo Conestabile

Via Roma 1, 30037, Scorze, +39 041 445027
Aristocratic villa in hardworking town
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