Venice Journals

A Trip Through Venice

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A travel journal to Venice by airynfaerie

St Marks Square at Carnevale Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
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Finding Affordable Rooms in Venice

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inside Frari apartment Photo, Venice, Italy
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Having visited Venice twice, each time we were able to find an amazing deal on a place to stay. Famously known for hard-to-find and expensive rooms during high season, Venice posed a bit more of a challenge on our budget trips. The first time we traveled to the city of canals was on a 2-week Italian vacation - backpacker style. Most cities we stayed in hostels, guest-rooms, or private bed & breakfasts (which in Italy a lot of times are less expensive than budget hotels). Venice didn't have much to offer in the way of hostels (or ones with availability), and only having two days to explore, we wanted to be in the heart of the city instead of the outskirts. I began searching through priv...Read More

Basilica di S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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Attraction | "Franciscan Church in Venice"

Basilica di S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Photo, Venice, Italy
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Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Church of the Frari)On our first trip to Venice, we stayed in an apartment in an alleyway just off the Church of the Frari. More formally known as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, this church is the massive landmark in the San Polo district of the unique city. One of the most visited religious sites of Venice after Saint Marks, the "Frari", for short, is a great stop along the city of canals.Built by the Franciscans in 1250, this church was under construction for almost a century. The bell-tower is second in height only to San Marco and the exterior is a quite unadorned facade of Gothic style brick. Supposed to signify the state of poverty ...Read More

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Basilica di S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
S. Polo, 3072
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 0415222637

Carnevale in Venezia: Part 1

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St Marks Square at Carnevale Photo, Venice, Italy
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During a week in February of 2008 when we were living in Italy, we began talking with some friends from Florence about the possibility of taking a quick trip to Venice for the last weekend of the Carnevale di Venezia...it turned out not to be such an easy task in pulling this together in a matter of days - but it did end up happening. I can't believe that we actually found an apartment for rent, for only 1 night (most were 3 night minimums), for under 400€ (ours was only 170€ split 5 ways), in the city center (right next to the Rialto bridge), and only 2 days in advance!!! Unbelievable really! So after we found this, we rushed to buy train tickets, and on a Saturday morning we were headed out of town ...Read More

Carnevale in Venezia: Part 2

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La Fenice Photo, Venice, Italy
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After an amazing and eventful first day in Venice for Carnevale, on Sunday morning (our 2nd morning there), we woke up early and decided to hit the streets before everyone else got up, hoping to get a chance to walk around the city without about a billion people in every alley. We grabbed the camera and our coats while we walked downstairs and into a quite empty street. There were a handful of people strolling about: a delivery man rolling a dolly, a little boy trailing behind a parent, and a handful of tourists doing the same thing. We had a tenative route which was to take a gondola across the Grand Canal (you can take the 2-minute jaunt for only 50 cents), then meander towards the Fenice Opera Hous...Read More

Teatro La Fenice

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Attraction | "Visit to La Fenice Opera House"

Teatro La Fenice  Photo, Venice, Italy
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After reading John Berendt's novel "The City of Falling Angels" about his time in Venice, I was very much interested in seeing one of the main characters of his book up close and personal -- Teatro La Fenice. This grand opera house was originally built in the late 1700s which was aptly named "La Fenice" (meaning "The Phoenix") as it has burned down twice in it's lifetime, yet has been rebuilt to stand glorious again as one of the leading opera houses in Europe.The last fire, which begins the story of "The City of Falling Angels" happened in January of 1996 and over five years later there were convictions in an arson investigation. Reconstruction on the current theatre began in 2001 and reo...Read More

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Teatro La Fenice
Campo S. Fantin 1965
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 (041) 786511