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Venice - very nice!

A January 2004 trip to Venice by ggcahill

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: No trip to Italy would be complete without a visit to Romantic Venice. The reality was every bit as good as we imagined. Better, in fact, as we thought the canals might be dirty and smelly. They were surprisingly clean! (We found some nice Venetian glass, porcelain masks... but no Venetian blinds... Really, every Australian home once had Venetian blinds!)

Venice - very nice!

Overview

Canal and footpath Photo, Venice, Italy
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Gondola ride with serenade. Doge's Palace tour, which also included a walk through the bridge of sighs and a peek into the prison cells. Explore some of the back streets and walkways alongside the canals. We found a wonderful shop filled with porcelain masks. Quick Tips: Things to buy in Venice - glass and porcelain masks. Get away from the main square (...an L-shaped square!!) for lunch. The smaller restaurants and takeaways were cheaper and generally better. We both had well-filled and very tasty foccacias. For those who are interested, the Golden Arches of McDonalds can be found in Venice. (We didn't bother!) Coffee and ice creams anywhere in Venice were good. Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

The Ramada Hotel Venice

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Hotel

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The Ramada was on the wrong side of the bridge to Venice, making it somewhat cheaper and a lot more convenient for check-in/check-out. Rooms were large, quiet and comfortable. The room was air-conditioned, but we chose to go for the quieter option as the night was mild. The evening meal was very good. Plenty of traditional pastas with nice fresh bread rolls. Servings were generous enough to require a couple of extra laps of whatever shopping centre we next visited! Breakfast in the dining room was excellent. A good range of cereals and good serving sizes. Also the usual range of continental food (muesli and yoghurt was our preference). Whilst it may have been nice t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 3, 2004

The Ramada Hotel Venice
Via Orlanda 4
Venice, Italy
800 559-6859

The Grand Canal

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Attraction | "Gondola Serenade"

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
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Gondola rides are part of the romance and splendour of Venice. (Although the fact that they were once used for funerals...!) To have a gondola ride whilst being serenaded by an Italian tenor accompanied by a piano accordion was simply magical. The canals were serene and looked different from the perspective of the gondola. It was interesting to see the backs of buildings, most with a "boat shed" opening onto the canal. Seems that the canals are an essential means of communication for many of the Venetians. Most people who watched us as we passed beneath bridges were suitably impressed with the whole event. Music, comfortable cushions and the loving couple enjoying the ride. (um... that...Read More

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The Grand Canal
Through the Central Districts
Venice, Italy

Saint Mark's Basilica

Attraction | "Basilica di San Marco"

Saint Mark's Basilica Photo, Venice, Italy
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Another church! This time the resting place of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. Apparently the Venetians needed something to draw in the tourists, so they took the body of St. Mark. (Well, that's what our guide said!)

Quite apart from the historical connection to St. Mark, what does this church have to distinguish itself from other churches in Europe? Golden mosaics and stunning architecture. The mosaics really were impressive, but the tour guide was just a little quick.

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

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale

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Attraction | "Doge's Palace"

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale Photo, Venice, Italy
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The building is magnificent! This building was home to the ruling class of Venice for hundreds of years. It does, though, highlight one unusual aspect of life in Venice. Jump on the floors, which appear to be solid marble, and the floor seems to move. Apparently it comes from the city being built on pylons driven into the ground to provide a foundation for building on the water. A most unusual sensation. The paintings throughout the building are magnificent as are the ceiling decorations. Unfortunately, the ceiling decorations were the end of our permission to take photos. Seems some thoughtless (and probably rather ignorant) people used flashes to take photos and this fades the paintings. Of co...Read More

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

Walking around Venice

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Hotel Danieli Photo, Venice, Italy
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Although Venice is the city of canals, there is much to see just walking around the streets and lanes of Venice. With no cars, walking is easy and safe, but take note of your bearings! It would be easy to get lost! There are many small shops off the main tourist path, including one we found that sold the clay masks typically associated with Venice. The Murano glass factory and showroom can also be found on a walk around Venice. (When I walk with my wife, I hold her hand. If I let go, she SHOPS!) Some of the lanes/walkways take you past canals, and others lead to small footbridges across the canals. In many of these side streets there are magnificent views of the old canals and the hist...Read More