Fourteen centuries after it was founded and seven centuries since it was one of the world's great maritime powers, today's Venice, peaceful and crumbling, yet powerful and proud, remains an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others. From the first glimpses of the faded, pastel-coloured palazzi that rise ethereally out of the lagoon as your water taxi turns into the Grand Canal, to the feeling of stepping out into Piazza San Marco for the first time, the city casts a mesmerising spell, always breath-taking whether its your first or umpteenth visit. With fourteen centuries of history to recount Venice reveals its secrets layer upon layer, its rhythm is languid, the sound of footsteps by water and the smell of the sea. Rush and you may miss the all important details: gardens in unexpected places, alleyways that spill into magnificent piazzas and a miasma of wondrous architectural subtleties. "The mere use of one's eyes in Venice is pleasure enough" - Henry James.
See our collection of villas and apartments in Venice below, or contact Chiara Guidi on +44 (0)1242 787817 to discuss your accommodation requirements in detail.