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Venetian Easter Break

An April 2003 trip to Venice by raycarstairs

Doges Palace/Palazzo Ducale Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: There's no getting away from it - Venice is a real treat and culturally has so much to offer the discerning traveler. However, be prepared because a few days could do some serious damage to your wallet, albeit a price worth paying!

Venetian Easter Break

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Overview

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
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There is so much to see and do in Venice. For serious culture vultures with only a day St Mark's Basilica, the Palazzo Ducale, Grand Canal, and Peggy Gugenheim Gallery are must-see. However, to do Venice justice you really need three to four days minimum to get a feel for the city and Venetian lifestyle which is as much a part of visiting the city as seeing the historic sites. Exploring is the name of the game as you will get frequently lost amongst the myriad streets and canals which scatter the city. Quick Tips: If you fancy a day out off Venice, Verona is a wonderful day trip away and it's wide open spaces can be a welcome relief from the sometimes oppressiveness of Venice...Read More

Hotel Alla Salute da Cici

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Hotel

Hotel Alla Salute da Cici Photo, Venice, Italy
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Hotels on Venice Island are not really in the budget traveller's domain. However, to experience Venice, you really need to get a taste of it at dusk . . . and later. When all the hordes disappear to their hotels on the Lido or in Mestre, Venice becomes a very different creature, more docile yet mysterious. During the evening a stillness comes over the canals - whatever you do, don't watch Don't Look Down until you come back or the atmosphere might leave you a bit daunted. The streets do tend to be badly lit so stick to the main routes and with a bit of clever navigation you can discover the nocturnal pleasures of Venice. This tiny hotel lies in the Dorsoduro district, a pretty Bohemian ne...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Hotel Alla Salute da Cici
Fondamenta Ca Bala
Venice, Italy
041 523 5404

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale

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Attraction | "Palazzo Ducale"

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale Photo, Venice, Italy
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The first things which strikes you about the Palazzo Ducale is how unusual it is. Architecturally, it's a real curio, the exterior boasting a hotchpotch of Gothic and Middle Eastern design whilst the inside is much more European. Initially, I was a little put off at the prospect of spending a couple of hours exploring a stuffy museum on a sunny day. However, it really is worth taking the time to visit as it's one of the most unique buildings of it's type in Europe . . . and beyond. There are tours but I would recommend arming yourself with a copy of a good guide book and following the route as signposted. The Rough Guide to Venice has an adequate section with enough detail to ke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2003

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 0415224951

Saint Mark's Basilica

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Attraction | "Basilica di San Marco"

Saint Mark's Basilica Photo, Venice, Italy
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The best way to arrive in San Marco is by boat. As you approach the piazza on the vaporetta, nothing prepares you for the spectacle - the Bascilica and Palazzo Ducale totally dominate the view. If your hotel is on Venice island, try to get round to San Marco around 8am when the square is empty. The first crowds start to arrive around 9 - 9:30am and the hustle and bustle can detract a little from the main prize. Whatever your religious persuasion, it's worth spending an hour or so in St Mark's. If you don't have time, make sure you have a good wander around outside. The Basilica's architecture is very interesting if a little confusing. It's intriuge lies in the various additions and whi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2003

Saint Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 0415225205