- Inform yourself: do you know the prices of transport and waterbuses? Do you have a map? Do you know how to get to St. Mark’s Square? Ask our reception at the Hotel Centrale for a map and all the information. Have no fear, from the Hotel Centrale it is very easy to visit Venice 24 hours a day.
- What to visit: the cultural offer of Venice is so vast that it becomes difficult to answer in a few lines. The unmissable places are definitely St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. The main museums are the Museums of St Mark’s Square, Ca’ d’Oro, Venice Guggenheim, Palazzo Grassi, the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Museo del 700 at Ca’ Rezzonico. There are also other museums, the Basilica della Salute and the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, the Venetian Painting Schools and more than 120 other churches, some of which contain important works of art inside, the Biennale Exhibitions and more.
- Tour of the Lagoon Islands: We recommend a tour that includes Murano, with a visit to the workshops of the master glassblowers, and Burano, to breathe in the sparkling atmosphere of the most beautiful island in the Venice Lagoon. The tour can be done by public vaporetto from Piazzale Roma and takes half a day. There is a good choice of restaurants in both Murano and Burano. If you wish, you can also add the island of Torcello, the first Venetian island, to the tour, which is located close to Burano.
- Saving money in Venice: Venice can be a not particularly expensive city with some shrewdness. There is a wide choice of bars, restaurants and gelaterias with prices and offers comparable to other Italian cities. To avoid nasty surprises, always ask for the price list before ordering. Keep in mind that some restaurants and cafés, such as those in St. Mark’s Square, are high class establishments with high prices.
- Venice by night: we recommend an evening outing in Venice, the magical atmosphere, the unreal silence and the lights reflecting on the canals make the city even more special than by day.
- How many days are needed to visit Venice: There is no universal answer to this question, for some people a one-day visit is enough to see the ‘postcard sights’, others in 15 days cannot see everything they would like to. We advise you to choose a number of places to see appropriate to the time available. Those who visit Venice for one or two days are better off concentrating on some attractions leaving others for the next visit.
- Visit other attractions in the Veneto: from Hotel Centrale you can visit other interesting locations very easily by train from Mestre station (5 minutes’ walk from Hotel Aaron) or by car. In less than 1 hour you can reach Verona or the medieval towns of Bassano del Grappa and Asolo. In less than half an hour you can reach the beautiful cities of Padua and Treviso. Other interesting places to visit are the thermal baths of Abano and Montegrotto (45 min.), the Prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene (45 min.), the Riviera del Brenta (20 min.), the city of Vicenza (40 min.), the seaside resorts of Jesolo and Caorle (45 min.) and even the magnificent mountains of the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site, as you can reach Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1 hour and 45 min.