Enjoy a fantastic 5 nights break at the Duodo Palace Hotel. This exclusive deal includes a FREE Venice Gondola Ride.
Venice, gateway to the Orient, is one of the few cities in the world that can be truly described as unique. Over an extraordinarily long period, the city was embellished with monuments of rare splendour that today make it a tourist attraction like none other in the entire world.
Venice is without doubt one of the most beautiful and popular cities in the world, and is always admired by the many tourists that visit throughout the year. There are several tourist information branches operated by the Azienda di Promozione Turistica, located on the Piazza San Marco, the Piazzale Roma, the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, the Lungomare Adriatico, the Venice Pavilion and the Stazione di Santa Lucia. A further tourism outlet is conveniently situated in the arrivals hall at the Marco Polo Airport. If you have time for day trips, there are also many interesting towns to explore, such as Burano, Murano, Padua, Torcello, Verona and Vicenza.
Gondolas are one of Venice’s most famous symbols worldwide. This typical Venetian boat is extremely ancient and is the result of a series of extremely complex craft techniques. A gondola is 11 meters long and weighs 600 kilograms. In spite of its considerable weight it is quite ease to manoeuvre by just one person using a single oar. We recommend you visit the Squero (boatyard) at San Trovaso where gondolas are still made today by the master craftsmen using the ancient techniques.
A Gondola tour of Venice is one of the quintessential things to do and a must for all visitors to this historic city. Avoid haggling over inflated prices with the Gondelieri and enjoy a tour at a fixed time when the waterways are at their most peaceful and relaxing.
Gondolas are synonymous with Venice and you cannot leave this beautiful city without taking a relaxing sojourn along the Grand Canal and the minor canals that crisscross the heart of the city. Gondolas were once the main means of transportation for Venetian nobility and as you glide silently along the waterways enjoy views of the majestic Venetian Palaces and historic buildings that line the canal sides. You will be accompanied by an experienced Gondeliere who will point out all the famous landmarks along the route. Among the many highlights you will see the glorious Baroque Salute Church that was built to commemorate the end of Venice's most severe and devastating plague, the ill-fated Ca Dario Palace, La Fenice Opera House, the beautiful San Moise Church, Mozart’s home in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum & Peggy Guggenheims former home and a selection of Byzantine Palaces that reflect the great prosperity enjoyed by Venetians during the times of the Serenissima Republic.
1) 35-minute ride aboard a traditional gondola
2) Experienced Gondeliere
Details of the Tour:
1) Departure Location - The tour starts near St. Marks Square.
2) Departs - Daily 11 March-12 November; Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 13 November-31 December and 10 February-10 March. Does not operate 1 January-9 February.
3) Start Times - 1 April-29 October: 3.45pm Monday to Saturday and 1.00pm on Sundays; 30 October-10 March: 1.45pm; 11-31 March: 3.45pm Monday to Saturday and 1.00pm Sundays.
4) Duration - 35 minutes.
Dress Code/What to Bring:
Casual. Dress according to the weather for that day.
This is a shared Gondola Ride. There is a maximum of 6 persons in the gondola.
Ideal residence for a splendid vacation in the heart of one of the most romantic cities, 4 star Duodo Palace Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the historic centre of Venice, a short distance away from Teatro La Fenice and from Piazza San Marco. With elegant rooms with views of Venice's rooftops and of its picturesque canals, the Duodo Palace Hotel's staffs is highly professional and offers the most modern of services in rooms characterized by a refined Venetian style of great charm and beauty.
The strategic location of the Duodo Palace Hotel is one of its strongest points. This hotel is surrounded by the charm of the Sestiere di San Marco, where you can see and visit the city's most important museums and attractions.
Close to the hotel you can visit the Teatro La Fenice, go shopping along Calle Larga XXII Marzo and enjoy the splendid open spaces of Piazza San Marco, with the incredible facade of the basilica and the famous bell tower.
A short distance away from the piazza, the gothic outline of Palazzo Ducale has wonderfully decorated rooms and a museum filled with treasures, whilst closeby you will find the famous Ponte dei Sospiri and the Riva degli Schiavoni, facing onto the Bacino San Marco and the Island of San Giorgio.
Embraced by the charm of Venetian customs and styles, the hotel with an age-old, classic refined and noble atmosphere. The staff is kind and efficient and will help you discover the secrets of the historic centre of Venice.
A short distance away from the Teatro La Fenice and close to Piazza San Marco, Duodo Palace Hotel offers its guests carefully kept rooms tastefully decorated with sober furnishings, modern services and comforts that make it a welcoming and functional facility.
The common areas, embellished with original elements such as the seventeenth century well-curb in the Well Room or the original hearth in the Fireplace Room, are inviting and cozy, taking guests back into time in the magical atmospheres of an ancient noble home.
The Duodo Palace Hotel also has a small berthing area allowing water taxis to directly access the hotel, a small meeting room and a bar open 24 hours.
You will find elegant and refined rooms at the Duodo Palace Hotel, equipped with all kinds of comforts and perfect for the vacation that you have always dreamed of in Venice, close to San Marco and to the city's wonderful historic centre.
The rooms of the hotel, decorated and furnished in pure Venetian style with antique paintings, ceiling beams and traditional architecture, all face the monuments of Venice on a picturesque canal where gondolas quietly float by on the water.
The rooms come in three different types (Classic, Deluxe and View of the Canal) and all have marble bathrooms, satellite TV and internet connection.