An April 2002 trip
to Venice by michaela*
Quote: Most people know enough about Venice, it's one of the most popular places to visit in the world! So I'm offering some interesting, and useful information about Venice. Such as places to avoid, typical pizza, a nice hotel outside Venice, and a few other things!
Personally, I would recommend searching around for a local charcoal artist, who can whip up a lovely picture of the Rialto Bridge, and gondolas, for about USD( CAN) This is definitely a good, vivid memory of Venice. I bought one myself, and I'm very, very glad I did.
It's a nice, comfortable hotel, and is a fairly priced, especially compared to the other hotels nearby, which are just about the same price, but not nearly as nice. Don't be shocked by the price...Venice and cities nearby are pricey!
Right behind the hotel is a bus stop, ask the hotel staff, what bus number to take to Venice, and your off on a clean city bus, in the midst of lively Italians and urban landscapes. Venice is about 8 km away from Mestre.
A continental breakfast is included (though bigger dishes, such as eggs, meats, are extra. Europeans have lighter breakfasts, and even though it may be smaller than normal, it is filling!).
For breakfast, there is fresh squeezed orange juice, which they make right in front of you! Traditional Italian cappicinos, strong, yet rich, and gentley marked with foam. Very good, and very Italian. There is really good cereal as well, with creamy milk, and fresh strawberries, it's a great start to any day. Breakfast was the best part of our stay. We were truly blown away by the large, rich breakfast layed out in the morning!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2002
Via Forte Marghera 69
Their seafood is fresh, often fished out of the Adriatic sea only hours ago. There is squid, fish, fresh anchovies, and things you wouldn't normally find in the seafood aisle of your local grocery store.
Grab an avacodo, and sit by the sea. They are nice and nutty, very creamy, and bright green - delicious! Or just walk around and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Rialto Market.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2002
The Rialto Market
Campo San Giacomo, Campo della Pescheria
They glide so gracefully, and float like a leaf along the top of the sea, tipping gently by any movement. You'll get used to the soft sound of the lapping waves against the sleek black wood, and the quiet tap of the drivers "steering stick" every so often.
A typical ride during the day, can cost about $62 USD, or $97 Canadian dollars. (Gasp, would you look at that horrible rate...) For that price, it's a 50 minute ride. Closer to the evening, it's more like $76-101 USD, or $120-161 CAN Dollars. For "musica" (singer and accordionist), it's an additional $87 USD($138 CAN ) in the day, and $96 USD( $153 CAN )in the evening. "Musica" is not necessary!!
Pizza there is not like the western world. The crust is not fluffy, and quite boring. Of course, this is not typical for all Italian pizza.
It was just flat, like a pita, except the bottom of it was slightly burnt. I just had a plain cheese pizza, with five different cheeses. It was quite an experience. There was blue cheese on the top, and even though I don't mind the taste, the burnt crust, and mold flavored cheese, did not mix well!
Just ask for a description about their pizza...and then see for yourself! Also, if you want a nice glass of coke with your pizza, check the price. I payed $4 USD ($6 CAN) for a glass of coke!!
Victoria, British Columbia