Gateway City

Venice

Venice, La Serenissma, historically was once the city of intrigue and innuendo. How else could a tiny island-nation-state become the reigning world power in the 13th, 14th  and 15th centuries? The Most Serene Republic of Venice dates to 827, when a Byzantine duke moved its seat to what is now the Rialto. For the following 970 years, Venice thrived on trade and the military power of a Roman-style Senate headed by the Doge. In 1797, the city was conquered by Napoleon and never recovered. It soon became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire then ping-ponged between Austria and a nascent Italy. But today Venice remains a monument to the Renaissance’s glory days and its historic culture still flows in Venetians’ veins.

  • Venice (Italian: Venezia) is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world.

  • St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice.

    St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice.

  • Gondolas in Venice.

    Gondolas in Venice.

  • Aerial view of Venice.

    Aerial view of Venice.

Hotels in Venice

  • Front of Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • View from Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • View from Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Buffet in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Restaurant in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Bath in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Room in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Room in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Room in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.
  • Attic room in Hotel Londra Palace, Venice.

HOTEL LONDRA PALACE

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As you look out one of the Londra Palace’s windows to Venice’s lagoon, you take in one of the world’s most glittering and fabulous views. The hotel’s white marble façade has reflected these glorious sights for more than 140 years. The lovely interiors of  its 53 rooms are coordinated with silks, period art and antiques. The hotel is just steps from San Marco and the incredible Doge’s Palace; but save time for their terrace. Spend it listening to passing gondoliers sing ‘O Sole Mio’ as they pass by and absorb that romantic Turner-esque light. Doing so while sipping a Campari-orange makes it even better!