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We took an 8 AM train to Venice which only took 1 hour 10 minutes. It was the most dramatic train ride because the train was a Milan - Venice train that only stopped for 2 minutes in Verona. We stood on one end of the platform hoping that the first class cars would be on that end, it turned out that they were on the other end so we started running …
... Italy does have a bit of a rep for this sadly! That night it was one of the girls birthday so everyone had a few drinks. As one of the oldest on the tour, I can't handle quite as many hangovers as this lot so I didn't drink quite as much this time, determined not to spoil my day in Venice which I was so looking forward to. So I had a relatively early night and left them to it by about midnight. Sadly the weather was awful! Raining grey ...
... bright and comfortable but not hot. There were lots of people around but no unmanageable crowds. Good time to come.
We dodged the Doges and simply walked and rode the vaporettis ( water taxis) around the city and through all the neighbourhoods. Mike said he thought perhaps they designed the city based on a hotel he was in in Las Vegas.
Venice is really a jewel and today it was beautiful. It is a city that just begs to be photographed - so colourful and ...
... by our apartmento.
Although I have lost track of the days, I believe it was four days ago that we left Verona headed for Venice. Our journey didn't start as smooth as we would have like but it certainly did get better. As we left Verona we boarded one end of the train only to find someone else sitting in our seats, as it turned out we were on the wrong end. You can imagine the fun we had trying to lug our suitcases ...
... as the city is sinking, and floods for up to a month of each calendar year. The paving in St Marcos square and in the basilica is where it is most obvious being very uneven with areas starting to sink and collapse. It is believed the city will only have around 80 years left in existence. A privilege to be able to see it in our lifetime but also sad to hear that our children's children will not experience this unique place!
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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.