5 Grand Canal Experience The Westin Europa & Regina Ideally positioned on the banks of the Grand Canal, The Westin Europa & Regina is in the heart of the city’s artistic and theatre districts, in a secluded setting just off the fashionable Calle XXII Marzo with its many designer boutiques and St Mark’s Square just a short stroll away. Comprising five palaces dating from the 17th to 19th century, the hotel boast beautifully appointed and elegant guest rooms with marble bathrooms, some with balconies and terraces, and some offering stunning views of the Grand Canal. Dine in style at the side of the Grand Canal with gastronomic dishes that infuse traditional recipes with an innovative approach, all accompanied by unparalleled views of the Santa Maria Della Salute Basilica. Private Island Retreat JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa , Isola delle Rose If space and exclusivity are high on your priorities, then the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will appeal to those looking to take in the sights of Venice, but wanting a private island resort to escape to. This 5-star luxury hotel boasts a breathtaking location on Isola delle Rose, a private, 40-acre island estate to the south, yet just a short boat ride from St. Mark's Square. All manner of guests will appreciate the impressive facilities, a sense of space you will not find in the bustling heart of Venice, and as can be the case when you look onto the city from the right direction, spectacular views across Venice Lagoon to the historic city framed by the Trentino Alps to the north. With spacious accommodations, all of which have undergone a recent redesign by celebrated architect Matteo Thun, guests can enjoy an array of restaurants and bars, including Dopolavoro Dining Room, a Michelin-starred fine dining experience, or luxuriate in a rejuvenating massage at GOCO Spa, one of Venice's premier wellness destinations. Did you know Venice is actually a collection of 116 islands. There are 417 footbridges spanning 177 canals. There are 127 squares (piazza). There are about 400 gondoliers. Venice has over 200 churches as well as 450 palaces (palazzi) built in a mixture of styles, Gothic, Byzantine, Baroque etc. Feeding pigeons is not allowed!