Venice Journals

3 Nights in Venice

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An August 2008 trip to Venice by Joy S

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
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Venice Overview and Highlights

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The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
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Venice is a city that says adventure and sailing to distant lands. From the 13th-15th centuries it was one of the most luxurious cities in Europe and a great trading empire with the Orient. Today it is a city like no other - intriguing, disorienting and exhilarating. As Henry James said "a visit to Venice becomes a perpetual love affair."Venice works on so many levels and makes you feel as if you have escaped the everyday. It is a strange, alluring city of gently crumbling grandeur. A place for fantasy and forgetting - there is nowhere better to get away from it all.Central Venice is divided by the 2.5 mile long Grand Canal. Its 118 islands are separated by approximately ...Read More

Tips and Hints

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Every door in Venice has a number Photo, Venice, Italy
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* The patron saint of Venice is St Mark and his body is buried in the Basilica of San Marco. St Mark is represented as a winged lion with his paw on an open book - the Gospel. Everywhere you go in the city, look for the winged lion in all sorts of places - on the red and gold flag of Venice, statues, fountains, door handles, even gondolas. This is great fun for children.* There are hundreds of bridges over the canals and steps up and down each side. If you have young children, avoid bringing a buggy, as this will involve a significant amount of lugging it up and down and over each bridge.* The ice cream is delicious and available in lots of different flavours. Also try the ...Read More

Getting Around Venice

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The laundry boat - everything travels by water Photo, Venice, Italy
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We flew with the low cost airline Ryanair from the UK to Venice Treviso Airport. Apart from their luggage policy of 15kg per person, which cannot be pooled, we were impressed with the airline. The plane landed and took off on time, the aircraft was modern, clean and comfortable and the crew were helpful and friendly.Treviso Airport though is 30km north of Venice. It is a tiny little airport - we queued outside, close to the runway to go through passport control. Although small, it has everything you need and is fine. When you are leaving, do not go through security until as late as possible, as there is not much to do - no restaurant etc.. There is a nice place to eat before securit ...Read More

Savoia And Jolanda Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Savoia y Jolanda"

Savoia And Jolanda Hotel Photo, Venice, Italy
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We stayed 3 nights in this hotel. It had the most perfect location - overlooking the lagoon and less than 5 minutes walk from St Marks Square.The views from the hotel are stunning - over St Mark's Basin to the island of San Giorgio. It is on the main transportation route - San Zaccaria (number 16) waterbus stop. We had numerous pieces of luggage though, so arrived and departed on a water taxi. The stop for the water-taxi is also just outside the hotel.We booked the room directly with the hotel - it cost about £300 per night - so not cheap, but nothing comes at a bargain price in Venice. We needed a room suitable for us and our 4 year old son, so opted for a junior suite. ...Read More

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Savoia And Jolanda Hotel
CASTELLO 4187
Venice, Italy
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St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

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Attraction | "St Mark's Square"

St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco Photo, Venice, Italy
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This is the heart of Venice and one of the world's most beautiful public squares. It is full of cafes, shops, tourists and pigeons. Since the founding of the Doge's (ducal leader's) house, the Church of St Mark and the bell tower (Campanile) have been landmarks of the square.The bell tower is the tallest structure on the Venice skyline. It is a 20th century replica of the 8th century original, which collapsed without warning in 1902. You get a bird's eye view of Venice and the square below from the top. It is a great way to get a feel for the shape of the city and front this vantage point there are rooftops galore, but the network of canals is not visible.The Basilica is t...Read More

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St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy 30124

The Rialto Market

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Attraction | "Rialto Market"

The Rialto Market Photo, Venice, Italy
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Right by the Rialto Bridge, along with all the souvenir shops is a wonderful open-air market - the Mercato di Rialto.This market was once the largest and most important in the Mediterranean. The atmosphere is lively and it feels almost as if you have been transported back through the centuries. Barges arrive throughout the day loaded with fresh produce. Blood red oranges, fresh peas and colourful chillis all look amazing here. There are also little "holes in the walls" where you can buy delicious pastries.The Cantina do Mori is somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine. It is the vendor's favourite place aparently. There has been a tavern at this spot since 1462. It is pretensi...Read More

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The Rialto Market
Campo San Giacomo, Campo della Pescheria
Venice, Italy

Murano

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Murano Photo, Venice, Italy
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We took a trip to the neighbouring island of Murano. It is most famous for its glass making factories and tourists stroll along the main canalsides which have glass shops and showrooms.In 1291 Venice's glass furnaces were all moved to this island to protect the city from outbreaks of fire.Glass is still Murano's trade, although it is a tourist attraction and lots of the glass on sale comes from China! It is a good place to buy gifts though and when we went on a Monday morning, the shops were all uncrowded.A lot of the stuff for sale is hideous - the small novelty items, horses and chandeliers were, I thought quite tacky, however if you look around, you can find so...Read More

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Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy