- Romantic nights per due in a boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotel
- Count all 178 bell towers that embellish the skyline
- Learn to row like a gondolier in Cannaregio
- Sip local wines in a softly-lit bacari bar
- Sample lagoon-to-table dining at aperitivo hour
A loved-up luxury trip to Venice
Two’s company in the city of canals and Carnevale…
This three-night trip is £1,249 a person (around US$1,570), based on two guests sharing.*
All of the suggestions in this itinerary for two can be customised. Whether you want to cling on to the city’s romance for just one more night or have access to a hidden palazzo – whatever floats your gondola – just say the word and we’ll make your dreams come true.
Unmask the secrets of Casanova’s city with your beloved in Venice: nip into hidden campi for stolen moments or sip a Venetian spritz at one of the city’s innumerable waterside wine bars.
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team around the clock on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
When to go
Anytime – Venice is a year-round destination; however, summers can be uncomfortably hot and crowded, so book in spring or autumn for cooler climes. Alternatively, have the city to yourself in the winter months, and get the chance to see Venice in full flood – the acqua alta is a curious phenomenon that brings a high tide and tourists in waders to the already watery city.
Venice Marco Polo is the city’s most convenient airport; flights arrive here from across Europe. If flying internationally, change at Rome or Milan and take the train or board a short internal flight. Most major European airlines fly into Venice daily; on request, the Smith24 team can arrange flights. An air-conditioned, chauffeured car will meet you at the airport for a short transfer to the Airport Boat House, where you’ll hop on a private water taxi to the hotel. Once there, make your way around on foot or by vaporetto.
- Sports shoes for rowing and navigating the acqua alta, just in case
- A glamorous gown for the opera or for dinner with the Doge
- Silky undies to entice your own Casanova
- Make like Johnny and Angelina in The Tourist with sharp Fifties styling
- Leave a space in your suitcase for lace from Burano or glass from Murano
Enduring a litany of triumph and tragedy over the centuries, Venice has risen from its marshy foundations to become a genteel city of canals and cannoli.
Its labyrinth of knotted streets and placid waterways, connected by sweeping bridges, forms a city of grand palazzi and humble bars, crowded squares and secret gardens, lip-smacking food and even better wine. You’ll spend three nights at stylish boutique stay DD724; where better to woo your lover than famed seducer (and librarian, ahem) Casanova’s ‘hood?
Hidden in the backstreets of Dorsoduro, DD724 is an ode to the contemporary in a city built on ancient history. Sleek furniture and clean lines prevail, and this boutique beauty feels surprisingly spacious. Sufficiently off the beaten track to feel secluded, yet within easy reach of vaporetto stands, trattorias, bars and shops, the hotel has a best-of-both-worlds location for your stay in the Queen of the Adriatic.
Day 1: After check-in, put your most elegantly shod foot forward to follow in Vivaldi’s footsteps or tick off some of the big-hitter sights early on: Piazzo San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace… Change for dinner and sip prosecco or Campari at Naranzarai facing the Grand Canal. For a true Venetian dining experience, work your way around the cichetti circuit with your guide for aperitivo hour. Venice’s many wine bars – called bacari – serve bite-sized morsels of whatever the chef wants to cook that day. Some of the best are tender beef polpetto and rich pâté spread on tiny toasts. Cin cin!
Day 2: Work off your indulgences by learning to row, Venetian-style. Grab life by the oars as your instructor teaches you the art of Voga alla Veneta in the unspoilt Cannaregio district. Hop aboard your traditional batele craft and pilot your way through the watery backstreets of lesser-known Venice. You’ll have the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Wander the streets of Dorsoduro and pick up some Murano-glass earrings or silk slippers – perhaps an elaborate Carnevale mask? Try to spot the city’s elusive altane: secret wooden roof terraces brimming with flowers.
Day 3: Stroll the city’s quieter streets and have a go at door-spotting: few of Venice’s grand buildings have their original ornate doors, but some are still eye- and camera-catching – start in Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
In the afternoon, you’ll sample Venice’s famous wines with an expert oenophile, tasting rare and ancient regional picks. You’ll have time to visit the paintbox islands of Murano and Burano to see a different side of Venice before heading back to the city for dinner. Try Venice’s lagoon-to-table gastronomy at Ristorante Quadri. Dine on shrimp, cuttlefish risotto, spaghetti alla vongole and zabaglione – and don’t miss the hot chocolate-and-black pepper cake to finish.
Day 4: Enjoy a leisurely last breakfast at the hotel before boarding the water taxi back to the Airport Boat House; a chauffeur-driven car will collect you and take you the short distance to the airport, where you’ll catch your flight home or on to your next destination. Buon viaggio!
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Terms and conditions
*The package includes all accommodation in a Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel and local transportation with your own driver; some activities and meals, and all applicable taxes.
Not included in your package
- International flights, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance.
- Any items which are not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
- Any increase in government taxes.
- All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel.
- All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.