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Venice, Italy

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There are in fact two cities in northern Italy called Venice. On the face of it, they have much in common, and topographically speaking might be twins. In each case more than 400 bridges span 28 miles of canals to connect a jigsaw of 118 different islands, on whose sodden belly a succession of intrepid architects took turns to embellish a smorgasbord of architectural flamboyance unsurpassed in the history of the western world.

Images of both cities are seared on mankind's collective consciousness, the pigeons and their palaces each contributors to what has been referred to as a "shared inheritance". The two, you think, might be as one. I did, and millions still do. Only the luxury of a prolonged encounter has proven me wrong. These are, I now know, two very different cities...

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“Ten places to take children in Venice:”

By Pamela Goodman for The Telegraph First published: July 18, 2008 1. Head to Piazzale Roma It's a good place to buy vaporetto passes and you can also jump on vaporetto No 1. This takes you the entire length of the Grand Canal, underneath the Rialto B… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from 'The Telegraph' website

“Going Solo”

By Sheila Hancock for The Observer, First Published Sunday 21st September 2008 ...Venice is such a cornucopia of delights that it is easy to miss the detail...Carpaccio, who before this visit was just raw meat to me, has become my all-time favourite Ita… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Observer, 21st September 2008

“Venice: Wandering Hushed, Dimly Lit Passageways”

By Elisabetta Povoledo Published April 20, 2008 Venetians don’t generally do Venice by night — most restaurants tend to shut their kitchens early and the smattering of pubs that stay open past midnight (several in the Campo Santa Margherita… Read more...

Written by press. Continue reading on travel.nytimes.com

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A long weekend in Venice...

a city so beautiful and majestic that it literally takes your breath away.

We suggest a private tour of the Accademia (Art Gallery) and to The Frari Church, followed by lunch at a lovely family-run trattoria near the Rialto Bridge.

Or set out across the lagoon in a private motor launch bound for the islands of Torcello and Burano for coffee & pastries at a favourite haunt of Winston Churchill. In Burano, you will find many fishermen’s cottages, lace-making and wonderful fish restaurants.

Centrale Lounge Restaurant

It's a designer restaurant between Saint Mark's Square and La Fenice Theater. I really appreciated the excellent ancient Venetian recipes, the chic and contemporary ambience and the great service.

Hotel Santa Marina

It's a charming 4 star hotel near to St. Mark's Square and Rialto's Bridge where you will found Venice's traditional 18th century style, romantic atmosphere and comfortable rooms.

Venice cannot be seen in 2 days, 5 days, a week, or even two. I am returning for two more weeks, bringing my time in Venice, without side trips, to seven weeks. Go, explore, ditch the guides, wander the small streets, engage the people. I never had a disappointing day, and yes, I did avoid Murano, a tourist trap, and buy my Murano glass IN Venice, in the small shops, and even a restaurant, where the owner and I haggled for four days before I caved. Avoid the summer, high tourist times, and try September and October.

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I agree, high season in Venice is a nightmare!

I visited in December - everyone said it wasn't the best time to year but with all the lights and the mist on the water in the mornings it was beautiful. One of my favourite places...

Venice

Wonderful experience visting one of the most wonderful cities in the world.

You will need at least 2 days to see everything.

Where to stay in Venice

I'm going to Venice in May and have been offered a great deal in Mestre. Does anyone know this area of Venice? Is it a good area to be located?

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Mestre is the first city next to Venice. It is not really one of the major tourist destinations in Italy but offers a convenient and cheap opportunity to visit Venice and its lagoon. There are many connections by the train and by the bus that provides a service throughout the night. For example I enjoyed my stay at the hotel Paris, a 2 star hotel just behind the Mestre train station and the bus stop of "Linea Notte".

Mestre offers cheap accommodations but you will spend time and money to reach Venice. So, if you plan to spend a lot of days there you can afford to lose some time moving to Venice; but if you plan to spend there just some days, I suggest you to choose an accommodation in the historic center of Venice near the main attractions.

For example take a look to Hotel Ai Due Principi www.hotelaidueprincipi.com

It's a couple steps from St. Mark's Square and in Mestre you cannot found any room with the same view of the canal.

San Sebastiano church

Close to the south facing Zattere promenade - where there is a beatiful views over to the Giudecca island and higly recommended ice-cream shop Nico's - there is a little known Renaissance jewel: the Church of San Sebastiano. This church displays the most extensive collection of Veronese paintings ever assembled in a single location. The ceilings and the nave, chancel, organ panels and high altar are decorated with richly coloured frescos. The result is astonishing and not to be missed.

We stayed in a lovely holiday apartment near by: www.viewsonvenice.com/ca_san_sebastiano.html

Venice the Great?

Venice is a fantastic place very different to anywhere else i have visited. Some say there is a smell of stagnant water in the streets but i went in mid August and this was not the case. I stayed there for 14 hours and felt this was enough. We walked around the narrow streets with picturesqe views of canals and gondalas. We found the gondalas a little over priced so decided not to go on one. There were many street sellers trying to sell crap to the tourists but we declined thier offers. We wondered around many shops selling vey intricate (very expensive) Venitian masks then stopped for a pizza and a beer and watched the world go by. We finished our day sat on the steps outside the train station looking at the stars and watching the lights reflect on the canals, would highly recommend this place.

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