• St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice.

    St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice.

  • Gondolas in Venice.

    Gondolas in Venice.

  • Aerial view of Venice.

    Aerial view of Venice.

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.

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.
  • 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 one looks out the Londra Palace’s windows onto 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 168 years. The lovely interiors of its 53 rooms are coordinated with Italian silks, period art, antiques, and marble baths. The hotel is just steps from San Marco and its incredible Doge’s Palace. But save time for their terrace. Listen to passing gondoliers singing ‘O Sole Mio’ and  absorb the romantic Turner-esque light, doing it all while sipping a Campari-Orange makes it even better!