The idyllic Italian hamlet of Marcon surrounded by rural countryside is perfect for those seeking a tranquil city break within reach of one of the world’s most iconic cities, Venice. Located on the mainland, just a short drive from the town of Mestre which boasts excellent bus and road links directly to Venice, Marcon provides guests with the best of both worlds. Hotwire customers are invited to take advantage of exclusive online deals on beautifully furnished double en-suite guest rooms in this highly regarded 4* Hot Rate hotel. With free high speed Wi-Fi internet and a complimentary continental breakfast as standard, hotel guests are also free to make use of the extensive onsite business centre and fully-equipped meeting rooms; as well as the modern fitness suite and restaurant which specialises in authentic Italian cuisine.
Although not located on Venice itself, this exceptional Hot Rate hotel is within close proximity to the coastal town of Mestre which links the only motorway to the ‘Floating City’, as well as numerous ferries or Vaporetti. Mestre is preferred by those on a budget for its cheaper restaurants, bars and nightlife scene compared to mainland Venice, and also boasts excellent rail links to other nearby popular touristic cities such as Padua and Verona.
Upon visiting Venice for the day, tourists are advised to visit a selection of the city’s must-see architectural wonders and historic landmarks. Undoubtedly one such attraction is the St Mark’s Square and Basilica which lies to the south of the island near the mouth of the Grand Canal. As the city’s main public piazza, the square is a bustling hive of al fresco cafes, gelaterias and souvenir shops, set majestically against the backdrop of the church’s imposing campanile. Known as the ‘Church of Gold’, St Mark’s Basilica is adorned in ornate gold leaf frescoes and gilt mosaics, making exploring its awe-inspiring interiors a breathtaking experience for any visitor. Sitting adjacent is the Doge’s Palace, an opulent palace in the Venetian Gothic style which now serves as one of the city’s most popular museums.
Connecting the former interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace to the prison over the Rio di Palazzo is the world famous Bridge of Sighs. Given the name by Lord Byron due to the fact that the prisoners who crossed over would get their last view of Venice through its small barred windows, the intricately carved white limestone bridge is visited by millions each year.