Venice Journals

For the Love of Venice

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An August 2000 trip to Venice by kimca

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Quote: Venice is a city doused in water colors-the building in their soft pastel pinks and yellows reflected in the glow of the sun sinking into the sky behind the canals. Some might say that Venice has been taken over by tourists but no one can deny that it is possibly one of the most unique cities in the world.

For the Love of Venice

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Overview

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Get off the beaten track and explore the smaller canals. Walking along the main canals, you will find it packed with tourists. Make a slight detour and you will find yourself all alone to wander the canals with your beloved. Eat in an authentic Italian trattoria. Soak up the sounds, sights and smells of Italy and watch the people go by. Have a glass of Italian wine and congratulate yourself of having the great idea to visit Italy. Find an out of the way bridge over a canal to watch the sunset. Have a gelati and enjoy the scenery. Quick Tips: Unless you have your heart set on it, give the gondola ride a miss. For for a 45 minute ride, it's extre...Read More

Casa Gerotto

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Hotel

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We were trying to find a budget room in Venice. Little did we know that they don''t exist! We decided to go with the cheapest accomodations we could find, which was Casa Gerotto. We were a bit nervous as the places that are the least expensive usually leave a bit to be desired. Casa Gerotto was a welcome surprise. Our double room was plain but clean. It was the last room at the end of the hall and the window looked out into a backyard area. The room contained a double bed, small wardrobe and, thankfully, a fan. The bathroom we shared on our floor was cleaned once a day in the mornings. There was never a wait for the shower, and there was never a probl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2001

Casa Gerotto
Campo San Geremia 238
Venice, Italy
71 53 61

Taverna San Trovaso

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Restaurant

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I have to admit, when I saw the Traverna San Trovaso, it didn't look like much. It was crammed into the corner of a building and I wasn't all that sure about it. I was pleasantly surprised, however. The food was tasty and they had a good variety of pasta, pizza and fish. I had the margarita pizza which I enjoyed, but then again I have yet to eat bad pizza in Italy. The pizza was about $6; however, the other things on the menu were a bit more. A "catch of the day" meal might cost you $12 or $13 dollars, which for Venice is still very reasonable. There are two floors-an upstairs area as well as a smaller downstairs layout. Both are fine but for a large group, you may wan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Taverna San Trovaso
Fondamenta Priuli
Venice, Italy
+39 520 3703

St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

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Attraction | "Piazza San Marco"

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Piazza San Marco is definitely the heart of Venice. In fact Napoleon called it "the most beautiful drawing room of Europe", which sums it up nicely. Most likely you will find it by following the "Piazza San Marco" signs tacked on to the sides of buildings. Maybe, however, you will be like us-try to follow the signs, get lost, give up, then stumbled upon it! (Venice can be like that at time, just when you are about to give up, it gives you a reprieve.) Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale which lie inside Piazza San Marcos are two of Venices most historic sites. The Bastilica is beautifully ornate and the aritechure and detail are not to be missed. You will b...Read More

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St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy 30124

Surviving the Supermarkets

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Story/Tip

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Food in Italy is a whole different experience. You can buy your produce off large docked boats in the canals-ripe red tomatos or sweet, juicy grapes piled high waiting for you to take them away. Point to what you want and they will weigh your fruits and vegetables for you. They don't encourage you to touch the goods-if you get a bad look or string of angry Italian, don't say I didn't warn you! If you want a traditional Italian breakfast, buy yourself a cornetto (croissant) that is filled with jam. Add a strong coffee and you are ready to start your day. For lunch, pick up fresh bread, cheeses and meats from their perspective sections of the store an...Read More

Romance in Venice

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It was close to dusk now and the cool air was a welcome relief from the hot day that had sweltered around us. Wanting to get away from the crowds, we picked a street and started following its winding canals. Weaving in and out of alleys that seemed to lead to nowhere, we found ourselves in a residental area of Venice. The buildings were an array of solid colors but the paint was chipping and the colors were faded. From an apartment somewhere, we could hear the strains of a radio playing, the announcer alternating music with news. From another window, sounds of an Italian mother talking to her family and smells of dinner cooking wafted into the air and settled around us...Read More