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Venice: Prosecco, Gelato and la Giudecca

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An October 2008 trip to Venice by sararevell

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Quote: Words can’t really do justice to a place like Venice. It has to be seen to be believed. With just four days to explore, we tried not to be intimidated by all it had to offer and instead resolved to punctuate our days with espresso and Prosecco.

Prosecco, Gelato & la Giudecca

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Venice Photo, Venice, Italy
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Highlights:We hadn’t had much time beforehand to read up on Venice but in terms of sights, shops and restaurants we knew we would be spoilt for choice. Arriving into Piazzale Roma reveals very little of what Venice has in store. As the bus flies across the Ponta della Liberta towards Venice, the lagoon on either side was dead calm and shrouded in a light mist. Small boats skimmed the surface of the water and you become aware of the fact that you’re now leaving dry land. On our very first evening we made our way to Osteria Alla Bifora on Campo Santa Margherita. Bifora came recommended by the representative who met us at our apartment and we couldn’t have asked for a nice...Read More

Truly Venice - Apartments

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Hotel | "Self-catering on la Giudecca"

Molino Stucky Apartments  Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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As there were three of us traveling together, we had decided to stay in self-catering accommodation as it looked like it would be a cheaper option for our four nights away. We found Truly Venice through an online search and the price seemed quite reasonable (490 Euros for 4 nights) in a city that’s notoriously expensive. The apartment we booked was located in the Stucky building on the island of La Giudecca. Molino Stucky was built as a mill in the late 1800s. It once churned out 125 tonnes of flour a day but by 1955, it had closed. The majority of the development is now a vast Hilton Hotel but there are also a number of adjoining apartments.Our fifth floor apartment was clean,...Read More

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Osteria Alla Bifora

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Restaurant | "Prosecco and Tagliere"

Osteria Alla Bifora Photo, Venice, Italy
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If you want to get off the tourist trail and settle into somewhere comfortable and welcoming then a visit to Bifora is mandatory. From the outside, this Osteria looks like fairly unremarkable with its dated red and gold awning and dirty white paint job. One step inside though and you’ve arrived into a small medieval banquet hall. Osteria Alla Bifora’s owner is Franco Bernardi, an ebullient Philippe Noiret look-a-like who conveniently, is a capable English and Spanish speaker. He has only been running the bar since 2006 but the way he inhabits it you would think he’s been there all his life. The ‘Truly Venice’ agent had given us Franco’s name and if he’s in, it’s worth asking for him person...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

Osteria Alla Bifora
Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 2930
Venice, Italy 30100
041 523 6119

Saint Mark's Basilica

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Attraction | "Mosaics and the Museum"

Saint Mark's Basilica Photo, Venice, Italy
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No visit to Venice would be complete without a peak inside its crown jewel, the Basilica di San Marco. Its many golden spires, arches, columns and splendid mosaics dominate the eastern side of the Piazza San Marco by day. By night it sits in its corner looking a little sinister, faintly illuminated by the rows of lights along the Sestiere San Marco. Obviously the Basilica is a busy place and while you have to resign yourself to some crowd jostling the lines tend to move at an even pace. For any adult with a camera, being inside St. Mark’s is akin to a kid in a candy shop. Photo opportunities are infinite and everyone, myself included, ignores the ‘no photos’ signs, which are dotted around ...Read More

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

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

Attraction | "An Oasis of Modern Art in Dorsoduro"

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In a small corner of the Dorsoduro district sits a small oasis that provides a cocoon to a beautiful collection of 20th century art. As the museum’s name suggests, it was founded by Peggy Guggenheim, a champion of modern art and resident of the unfinished Palazzo Venier. The Palazzo dates from the 1750s but the reasons for it remaining unfinished are unclear. Peggy Guggenheim purchased the palace in 1949 and lived there for the next thirty years up until her death in 1979. In the early 1950s she decided to open up her home and art collection to the public, so it seems a fitting tribute that her family’s foundation opened it up as a full time art museum after her death. The core collection...Read More

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Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
Dorsoduro, 701
Venice, Italy 30123
+39 0412405411

La Giudecca

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Attraction | "A Quiet Walk on la Giudecca"

La Giudecca Photo, Venice, Italy
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Arriving on the island of la Giudecca as we did at the start of our trip meant we had a very sedate introduction to Venice. It’s a sleepy neighbourhood at any time of day, with only the well-heeled guests of the Hilton Hotel, and the even more well-heeled guests at the Cipriani at the opposite end of the island offering sporadic injections of energy (and cash). In Southern Italy, "la Giudecca" referred to a district inhabited by Jewish families and businesses. However Venice’s counterpart was apparently named for the "giudicato", or condemned nobles, sent into exile here in the 19th century. Walking around la Giudecca today, you will see that asides from the transient tourists, the island ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

La Giudecca

Venice, Italy

La Cantina

Restaurant | "Late Lunch Near Strada Nova"

La Cantina Photo, Venice, Italy
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Friends of ours who stayed at the nearby Ca’Gottardi hotel a few months prior to our visit suggested La Cantina. They warned us that the service is far from fast but if you’re happy to sit and watch the world go by then you won’t notice the wait (well not too much).Our madcap waiter (who may well have been the owner) kept us all entertained in a way the Marx brothers may have done. A couple of girls sat next to us asked him to take a photo and he promptly turned the camera on himself, posing with a big smile. He did oblige them though before handing back the camera. We ordered a beer and a couple of glasses of prosecco and three ham and cheese panini. The drinks arrived in good...Read More

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La Cantina
Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689
Venice, Italy
39 041 522 8258

Osteria ae Botti

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Restaurant | "Squid and ink dinner"

Osteria ae Botti Photo, Venice, Italy
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Arriving back on La Giudecca very tired and hungry one evening, we decided to check out one of the few restaurants on the island. Mistra (off Fondamenta San Giacomo) had been recommended to us but the menu looked quite pricey and with an above average cover charge (2.50 euro) we felt it wasn’t really a risk worth taking. We walked back along the waterfront and stopped instead at the quaint Osteria ae Botti. On a lovely sunny day I imagine there’s nothing nicer than dining on their terrace, which looks over the Canale della Giudecca. On a calm but chilly evening though everyone was sitting inside the osteria. With wooden beams and booths lining the long, narrow room, Botti had more the appe...Read More

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Osteria ae Botti
Giudecca 609
Venice, Italy 30133
39 041 724 1086

Muro Pizza e Cucina

Restaurant | "Venetian Pizza"

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Venice apparently isn’t renowned for its pizza but Muro came recommended again by the friendly agent from Truly Venice (who we rented the apartment from) so we thought it was worth checking out. Plus being in Italy we felt compelled to try out as many national dishes as we could.Although it was a pleasantly warm evening, a rather sour aroma forced us to an indoor table. I don’t know if the smell was coming from the canal but it was suspect enough that we knew we wouldn’t enjoy our meal very much if we sat outside. Also the patio area around the restaurant isn’t as expansive as it is at some of the other places (definitely not like it is at Osteria Alla Bifora at Campo Santa Margherita for ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

Muro Pizza e Cucina
Campiello Dello Spezier, Santa Croce, 2048
Venice, Italy 30135
+39 041 5241628

Trattoria Busa Alla Torre

Restaurant | "Pasta Lunch on Murano"

Trattoria Busa Alla Torre Photo, Venice, Italy
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Don’t be fooled by the cheap plastic chairs set out in Campo San Stefano, this trattoria may look modest but it serves very decent, and very decently priced food. I was slightly worried that we had arrived at Busa alla Torre too late in the afternoon for lunch as it felt like most of Murano was taking a siesta. Fortunately for us, while the rest of the island fell quiet, the kitchen at Busa alla Torre was very much awake. We took a table outside. The indoor seating is quite limited so we were grateful for the clement weather. From the corner of the small piazza we could sit and admire the slender brick clock tower and a more modern, spiky blue glass sculpture in front of the canal. A clust...Read More

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Trattoria Busa Alla Torre
Campo S. Stefano, 3
Murano, Venice, Italy
041 739662

Bar da Gino

Restaurant | "Quick Lunch Stop in Dorsoduro"

Bar da Gino Photo, Venice, Italy
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I wouldn’t necessarily encourage you to go out of your way to visit Bar da Gino but I would recommend stopping by if you’re in the neighbourhood. It’s conveniently close to the Zattere, Ponte Accadamia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and strikes me as a good place to stop and write postcards or read a newspaper. The food and service is nothing outstanding. The paninis we ordered were average but this quiet, modest corner café-bar caters to the small Dorsoduro community and that on its own is something to appreciate in a city that is so tourist oriented. We took an outdoor table next to a group of two mothers and their lively brood of seven children. The youngest of the bunch were very ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

Bar da Gino
Calle Nuova Santa Agnese
Venice, Italy
041 528 5276