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To enable us to have the most amount of time in Venice while still being able to return to the boat on time, we started our trip into Venice early. We were up, off the ship and at the Rialto Bridge 9am. This timing was good for several reasons – we got to experience 'peak hour' and since we had decided to not partake in breakfast on board, we were able to have breakfast near the Grand Canal (twice).
Our first breakfast was ...
... to Malamocco, passing through the Piazza San Marco. Upon arriving in Malamocco, we tested our bikes then started pedaling our way to our next destination. We passed by the Malamocco town center and Lido beach. We made brief stops for coffee or gelato and to see the site of the Venice Film Festival. At lunch time, we stopped at a bar along the coast, bought spritz and beer and ate our packed lunch. We cycled on to the ...
... ways were more crowded than we would like. There are lots of boats trying to make their way through the canals, including the green trash boats. Monday is definitely trash day. After that, we visited a few churches and had pizza AND pasta for lunch. After a long day of exploring, we got our luggage and took a taxi boat to the St. Lucia train station. I have to mention that as we were leaving ...
... late arriving and as we only had 10 minutes at the next station before our connecting train we thought we wouldn't make it but thankfully that one was running late too and so after sprinting up and down a few staircases, we made it just as the doors closed! That train went from Piza to Florence where we swapped trains again and caught one to Venice. We then walked to the ferry station and caught a ferry to our hotel. We ...
... workout! We explored the city of Venice for the rest of the afternoon which was nice and did a little bit of shopping. Later that night we caught the waterbus to the train station (yes there is a water bus that pulls up right out the front of our hotel - should have looked in to the before we walked with all of our bags), sorted out our tickets to Bolzano and also did some washing at a laundromat near by. Everything was going well until the washing ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAbbazia Deluxe Venice
If you're staying in Venice for more than 2 nights, it's better to get a more centrally located hotel but for one night and arriving/leaving by train, Abbazia Deluxe can't be beat. There are two Abbazia: the regular and the deluxe. These are the two closest hotels from the train station and if you don't know where they are, you may walk past them (like we did).
Like many Venice hotels, Abbazia Deluxe doesn't have elevator and the reception area is on the second floor. The Lady Giulia helped us carry some of our luggage. Despite being 10 in the morning, our room was ready and fortunately, it was on the second floor so we didn't have to drag our bags through more stairs. Our room had a canal view and it was beautiful, especially the next morning when people started their activities. Giulia gave us a map and told us the city had not changed since the last time we were there 10 years ago.
Upon check out, the gentleman working on reception was not as friendly as Giulia (he was not rude but rather kept to himself). We actually enjoyed the breakfast. They were prepared in the lobby but no chef on duty so the only eggs available were hard boiled egg which is actually our favorite type of egg.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay but we would try something closer to the center the next time we're in Venice.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.