An October 2002 trip
to Venice by AndrewL
Quote: Venice has to be my favorite city in Europe. It has a unique charm that you don’t experience any other place. It is quite unlike any other place in the world. Each time I go there I am awed by it.
A gondola ride is a must do on a trip to Venice. Though it a bit pricey, it is must to do at least once in your life.
Also a must of any trip is a visit to St. Mark’s Square. You should spend some time simply relaxing in the square sipping on a cappuccino. While you are there make sure you visit the Cathedral and Museum.
Make sure that if you are arriving by train that your train goes to the Venezia St. Lucia station, not Venezia Mestre. Many of the trains only go Mestre, which is main connection train station, but doesn’t take you to the city itself.
If possible buy a map of Venice prior to arriving and note the location of your hotel. Buy as detailed a map as you can find; it will be worth it.
Venice is a great city for walking around in, but it is also a very confusing city to find your way in. Even following a map it is very easy to get lost. The city full of confusing alleyways, that often end in dead ends or suddenly change directions. If you spend any time at all walking around Venice you will get lost. However, this shouldn’t stop you from exploring Venice by foot. Getting lost is part of the fun and you stumble upon a shop you would have other wise seen. If stuck simply ask one of the locals for help.
The vaporetto is a great resource to get around the city, but it mainly serves the Grand Canal and the outside of the island. So to get most places will also require a little bit of a walk. Still it will greatly speed up getting from place to place in the city. I would recommend buying a full-day or multi-day pass from one of the ticket booths. You will find it very convenient.
Hotel | "Ca' Bauta"
From the outside it does not look like much. In fact you wouldn’t even know hotel was located there. However, inside it is quite magnificent. Both the lobby and the rooms are quite luxurious. The rooms are large and well furnished. Each one has its own unique style.
The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. On a number of occasions they went out their way to help with our plans.
If you are looking for small quite hotel that is well appointed and still reasonably priced by Venice standards, then I would recommend Ca' Bauta. The only negative to the hotel is that it is a bit of a walk to the nearest vaporetto, especially at night when there is no service to the closest stop.
For more information you can visit the hotel's website.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003
Hotel Ca Bauta
CASTELLO CALLE MUAZZO 6457
Venice, Italy 30122
Attraction | "Gondola Ride"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2003
The Grand Canal
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