Thanks to its plum position in the heart of Venice, your first vision of this 15th-century jewel is of its rose pink façade reflected in the Grand Canal. As the gondolas meander past towards the nearby Rialto Bridge, you can't help feeling as if you've stumbled onto a film set.

Once only the privilege of guests of the wealthy Sagredo family, a stay at this former palazzo immerses you in Venetian luxury. As well as the sweeping marble staircase, each of the 42 rooms offers a taste of Ca'Sagredo's glorious past and a view of the bustling canal or sunny rooftops.

If Gucci and Prada are your thing, the chic boutiques of Venice are on your doorstep and when your wallet needs a rest, you can't beat a glass of prosecco on the hotel balcony as you watch the world float by.

Wow factor: The oh-so Venetian interior is crammed with beautifully restored frescos to rival those in any art gallery or museum.

Flight time: Two hours 10 minutes.

Go: Doubles from £165 ( British Airways (0844 493 0787; flies to Venice from £107.80 return.