Villas in Venice

Discover the iconic sights of Venice, where romance, art and history collide to create an elegant maze of endlessly charming delights.  The renowned city, which is also known as La Serenissima, overflows with some of the finest architecture and cultural treasures in the world, making Venice villa holidays a must.  As you glide along the Grand Canal in a gondola you can admire masterpieces from the Renaissance and Gothic periods.  Staying in a villa in Venice ensures that you will have plenty of time to take in all the many facets of the astounding city, whilst also indulging in Italian cuisine and of course some relaxation.

The majestic cathedrals, shimmering waterways and grand piazzas of Venice are astounding throughout the year, meaning that you can visit in summer, winter, autumn or spring.  The city is built on an archipelago of over 100 islands, in a shallow lagoon, with a network of many canals running through the streets.  It is the largest car free area, so during a Venice villa holiday you will move around the city by foot, bus or water taxi.

There are over 400 bridges connecting the islands of the city, with the most exquisite and historical ones becoming some of the city’s most renowned landmarks.

The Bridge of Sighs, which was said to be the last thing that convicts saw before their imprisonment, is a must see for many people on Venice villa holidays.  There is also a myth that if a couple kiss under the bridge on a gondola at sunset they will be in love for the rest of their lives.  During a holiday in a villa in Venice you will most likely cross the Ponte di Rialto which is the oldest bridge in the city and was built to replace a wooden bridge in the 16th century.   

Art lovers staying in villas in Venice are spoilt by the many different galleries in the city, with a spectacular range of exhibits.  For modern art head to the 18th century Palazzo Grassi, which house pieces by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of the city’s most popular exhibitions due to its array of masterpieces by Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Braque.  As you visit some of the city’s churches and cathedrals during a Venice villa holiday you will witness mesmerising paintings and frescos, such as the huge painting of the Assumption by Titian in Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The 14th century church itself is a remarkable piece of art and considered to be one of the best examples of Italian Gothic architecture in Venice.

Whilst staying at a villa in Venice you will no doubt want to see the famous sights of St Mark’s Square, which was called “the finest drawing room in Europe” by Napoleon.  The stately Basilica of San Marco which features beautiful artwork, intricate mosaics and several domes dominates the east of the square.  Also make the time to climb (or take the elevator) to the top of St Mark’s bell tower for spectacular views.  One of the sights that most tourists have heard of before they arrive at their villa in Venice is the extraordinary Doge’s Palace.  This Gothic palace faces Venice’s lagoon on two sides and is built in the typically exquisite Venetian style.