As you create your travel plans for this summer, make sure Venice holds a spot on your itinerary. The Venice Biennale, or La Biennale di Venezia, is back again for the 57th time with its one-of-a-kind, summer-long art fair. Of the 120 featured artists, 103 of them are exhibiting at the Biennale for the first time. It opened to the public on May 13 and runs through November 26, 2017, so get your tickets and follow our advice to make the most of your trip to Italy.


Where to Stay 

Al Ponte Antico Hotel

photo // courtesy of Al Ponte Antico Hotel

Live like royalty and stay in this actual palace from the 1500s, right on the Grand Canal. Recently renovated and restored to perfection, this hotel captures the rich and luxe Venetian style of the past.



photo // via @wonderlustevents

If you’re looking for a more modern setting with the same beautiful view of the Grand Canal, we recommend this boutique bed and breakfast. We’re in love with their beautifully designed and romantic “secret garden” tucked away from the touristy bustle of Venice.



Where to Eat

Osteria alle Testiere

photo // via @lizzieamunro

This cozy restaurant only seats about 20 people, and the menu varies to offer the freshest seafood possible. So what are you waiting for? Book a reservation while you still can and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.


Ai Tre Archi

photo // via @my_real_venice

Cross two things off your Venice to-do list with a trip to this ristorante: Italian pizza and canal-side dining. And don’t worry — if you’re not in the mood for pizza, there are other options on the menu that are just as delicious.


Boutique del Gelato

photo // via @cravemavens

Of course, you can’t leave Italy without tasting its gelato! This local shop will satisfy all of your cravings and give you the sugar boost you need in between visiting Venice’s attractions.



Where to Drink

Bacaro Jazz

photo // via @holdbavcktheriver

With hundreds of bras hanging from the ceiling, this bar is also lovingly known as the Bra Bar. Stop by for happy hour and, at the very least, a fun photo.


Cantina Do Mori

photo // via @kellylandolina

If you’re looking for an authentic experience, look no further. This charming wine bar has been serving wine and cichetti since 1462.



What to Do

Il Bragozzo Gondola Tour

photo // courtesy of Il Bragozzo

Catch a ride during the day to admire the rich history and beautiful architecture along the North Lagoon, or wait until dusk for a romantic sunset and wine tour.


Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Plaza)

photo // via @alanisko

This plaza is flanked on all sized by Venice’s must-see attractions, including Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the famed clock tower Torre dell’Orologio.


Peggy Guggenheim Collection

photo // via @sophie_.official

This modern art museum will feature the innovative work of Mark Tobey all throughout the summer. After your visit, take a long walk along the Grand Canal and soak in the sights.


top photo // via @georgiepuddingnpie