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Useful tidbits about Venice....

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!

Useful tidbits about Venice....

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Overview

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Everything in Venice is magical. Whether you visit the daily morning fruit and vegetable markets, seafood markets, pasta shops, meat shops, or grab a ride on a famous Ventian gondola.Quick Tips: Venice is a lovely city. Enjoy your stay there, but don't get too caught up in the tourist attractions and tourist traps. Every second store sells Venetian glass, which is most likely going to break, unless you hold it on your lap during the plane ride home! Every store, beside the glass stores, are Venetian mask stores! Shopping is good in Venice, but it is repetitive, and you may have to search around for some unique tourist shops. Personally, I would recommend searching around for a local charc...Read More

Hotel Michelangelo

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Hotel

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Even though this is a 5 star hotel, and quite expensive...it is definitely worth it. The rooms are very beautiful. Decorated in beautiful, textured wall paper, and classy Italian art. The pillows are topped with sweet chocolates, and there are complimentary items in the room, that are unsual to most Italian hotels such as bath salts, bars of soap, sewing sets, pens, postcards, bubble bath, and shampoo. 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,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2002

Hotel Michelangelo
Via Forte Marghera 69
Venice, Italy

The Rialto Market

Attraction

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The market is open from Monday to Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm (Fish on Tuesday-Saturday) I was told to go to the market by a lovely Italian lady at our hotel. You'll find this market full of Venetians, bustling with the days groceries. If you want delicious and vividly colored fruits and veggies that won't cost you an arm and a leg, arrive early.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 sight...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2002

The Rialto Market
Campo San Giacomo, Campo della Pescheria
Venice, Italy

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Gondolas are definitley an essential experience to any Venetian holiday. Unless you get personal about being ripped off, you will get ripped off. But it is worth it. 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 accordi...Read More
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We were surprised by the pizza in Venice. It may have been the wrong night, but I don't think so.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 (...Read More