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Venezia! Not just for Lovers

A February 2005 trip to Venice by caromeow

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Quote: A quick trip to Venice from Bern. We visited Milano on the way down, Verona on the way back up, and spent three beautiful nights in Venice. I now have an answer to the infamous question: What's your favorite place you've been to? VENICE!!

Venezia! Not just for Lovers

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Overview

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It wasn't until my second day in Venice that I realized one possible major reason why I love the city so much - no cars!! None at all. Just feet and boats. Other great surprise for me: Italy has recently banned smoking in bars/restaurants! Woohoo! I went out to a bar and came home NOT smelling like an ashtray! What more could you want? Quick Tips: It's definitely a good idea to famliarize yourself a bit with the Italian language before coming. If the tourist office in the train station is open when you arrive, stop inside. The ladies there were very helpful. The Rolling Venice card (3€, good for 1 year) is a great deal for those under 29. It gives you...Read More

B&B Rota

Hotel | "B&B Rota"

B&B Rota Photo, Venice, Italy
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When we got to the building, we were a little put off. Especially at night it looks a bit more like something from a horror movie. Well, it IS a 600-year-old building. Once inside, we found it slightly shabbier than we'd expected from the website. Our four-person dorm actually had five beds (and people), you're supposed to mop the bathroom after you use it, etc. But, at only 20€ a night, it's the best deal in Venice, especially given the great location right near the Rialto markets. The management is very informal. Two 20-something cousins work at the hostel. It's very informal when you check in, and you just kind of pay for your room whenever. Make sure you ask for a receipt be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

B&B Rota
San Polo 1699
Venice, Italy

Bistrot de Venise

Restaurant | "Le Bistrot de Venise"

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We chose this restaurant based on its location and the thumbs-up sign in my Let's Go book. It was a great choice. The classical music and formal service made us feel a bit underdressed, but it didn't seem to matter. The food was excellent and the prices are very reasonable. We had lunch, and lunches were typically around 15€. The wine menu is excellent. There are plenty of locals eating there, but you can also tell by the extensive collection of guest books that it's a popular spot for tourists. If you sign the guest book, you can come back 10 years later and see what you wrote. Overall, it was a great experience and a nice little treat for ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Bistrot de Venise
San Marco 4685 Calle Dei Fabbri
Venice, Italy
+39 (041) 523 66 51

Trattoria Ai Frati

Restaurant

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This is a nice little restaurant in Murano with delicious food! Menus are available in Italian, English, French, and German. Plates from the hors d'oevre section provide cheap but hearty meals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Trattoria Ai Frati
Fondamenta Venier 4
Venice, Italy

Museo Ebraica di Venezia

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Attraction

Museo Ebraica di Venezia Photo, Venice, Italy
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Welcome to the very first Jewish ghetto, started at the end of the 15th century. The word ghetto actually comes from the Italian word getto, which means foundry. The first Jews in Venice came to work in the foundry. In order to see the synagogues, you have to take a tour. The actual museum isn't really worth it. It tells you the history of the Jewish community in Venice, and otherwise, is just full of old items from the synagogues. Unless you're really into seeing that stuff, I'd either take the tour or skip it all together. The tour was great. An English tour is given every hour on the half-hour. You get to see the German and French synagogues (and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Museo Ebraica di Venezia
Cannaregio 2899
Venice, Italy

Bàcaro Jazz

Attraction

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First off, as the name implies, they've got great jazz tunes in the background.

Secondly, and actually, this may be the FIRST thing you notice, there are rows of bras hanging from the ceiling as you enter. If you want a free T-shirt, wear a bra you don't mind giving away to add to the collection. The idea of this really offended me at first and maybe it still sort of does, but it's all just fun and games and the staff here is really friendly. It is a great place to hangout.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Bàcaro Jazz
San Marco 5546
Venice, Italy

Saint Mark's Basilica

Attraction | "Galleria della Basilica"

Saint Mark's Basilica Photo, Venice, Italy
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Ah, San Marco, the center of tourism in Venice. It wasn't terribly crowded with tourists when I went, as it was winter and freezing, but I've heard it suggested that this is NOT the place to start your tour of Venice, as the crowds of tourists may turn you off of the city. That said, the Basilica di San Marco is a gorgeous church. I can't tell you how much my feet enjoy walking on marble. In the high season, the lines are said to be quite long, so making an early morning visit is probably your best bet. If you have a backpack, you can't bring it inside. I have a small daypack, though, which they let me take in. When you enter, if you go up the stairs to the right of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

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

Saint Mark's Basilica

Attraction | "Basilica Di San Marco"

Saint Mark's Basilica Photo, Venice, Italy
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The basicila is the main attraction in Venice and boasts some amazing mosaics. For the best view of the mosaics, be sure to hit the Galleria. Try to go really early to avoid crowds, though I'm not sure it's possible to avoid the large groups of loud school children and teens. It's 2€ to visit the treasury (to your right as you enter the church). Although there's not much information about them, there are interesting gold pieces and relics from the Fourth Crusade. For another 1,50€ you can go up to the alter of the basilica, where the tomb of St. Mark lies. Everything in the basilica is much more interesting if you have a good guidebook to explain the history behind i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

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

Murano

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Attraction

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Murano is the island of glass-blowing. The artisans of Venice were forced to live on this island in the 13th century in order to prevent fires in the city and to help keep the secret of Venetian glass-making a secret. The boat ride to the island is reason enough for me to go to Murano. You can even see the Alps from the boat, and there are beautiful views of Venice and the other islands. We got off at Colona and headed left. There are glass-blowing demonstrations that you can pop in and look at for free. If you keep walking along the road (left from the Colona stop), you come to a gate directing you to a glass-blowing demonstration. This one is pretty nice, as there's a man who ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy

San Michele Cemetery

Attraction | "San Michele"

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This island is Venice's cemetery, established when a Napoleanic decree forbade further burials in Venice. It's amazing to see such a beautiful but crowded cemetery. There's a small, separate area where the Protestants are buried, and Ezra Pound's grave is found here marked by a plain slab bearing his name.

Open daily in summer from 7:30am to 6pm and in winter from 7:30am to 4pm. It is at vaporetti stop Cimitero.

San Michele Cemetery
Venetian Lagoon
Venice
39-041-729-2811