Travel Blogs from Venice
Decided to catch the ferry to the Venetian Island of Murano.
This is just 5 minutes to the North of the main islands, and a lot less crowded.
It is where all the glass blowing is done and is extremely famous for its glass products.
As such, Teresa had a great time wandering through all the shops working out what to spend our money on.< …
VERY tired at the end of the day, we have done a lot of walking, not just in Venice, but so far on the holiday.
Today we walked around the main islands for about 7 hours. The architecture is brilliant, and combined with the canals and maze of laneways, it is a great place to get lost, but easily found again.
The place is littered with …
Sept. 2, 2010
We arrived in Venice right on schedule. We are getting better at reading the train station schedules and are much more comfortable with it. We met an American family on the train in La Spezia that were heading to Florence. They thought we were quite organized with our printed out train schedule of all the stops and commented …
... which water bus they were supposed to catch when Video Girl turned to Battery Boy and said, "That looks like the Piazza San Marco over there. Aren't we supposed to be on the other side of Venice."
Sure enough Video Girl and Battery Boy had managed to walk for three times longer than the anticipated time it would take to get to the vaporette station and they had also managed to walk in a huge circle and return to the same side ...
... to do a free walking tour, however, this never eventuated as we were unable to catch the campsites shuttle in town as it was full.The three of us then walked to the closest public bus station and caught the bus to Venice from there.
When we arrived at Venice we were greeted by bitterly cold winds and sporadic rain. Yet, despite the poor weather and the fact it should have been "off season" the place was flooded with tourists. We walked the pathways and crossed the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corte 1321 Venice
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Being a gay couple can sometimes bring quizzical looks from proprietors, but not here! The host was most welcoming and not the least bit judgemental.
We just spent a 5 night holiday in Venice and stayed at a wonderful B&B in the center of town- sestiere San Polo- at Corte1321 which used to be called Ca'Bernardi. (The owner Amelia told me that for legal reasons they were recommended to change their name. I guess there is another hotel with a similar name.) My husband Rick and I really enjoyed talking with Amelia about Venice and her general life story. She was funny and very patient with all of our questions. She helped arrange a Gondola tour- at a discounted rate!! Her dinner recommendations were right on and we had some excellent meals.
The Ca Bernardi was our last stop on our Italian vacation in October 2005. We were greeted by Amelia and shown our room. What a spacious room! And it had two bathrooms! The bigger bathroom had a wonderful oversized bathtub and a standing shower. Our room overlooked the courtyard and was very private and quite. The breakfast in the morning was made up of a great selection of breads, croissants, and even a donut...and of course espresso and juice. We were a bit worried with the directions to the B&B after we read...by the small tree make a left. But, we walked exactly as the directions states, saw the small tree, and turned left to knock on the door. Very easy to get there from the Vaporetto stop. The Rialto bridge was only a 5 miutes' walk from our room. And St. Mark's square was about 15. We loved the San Polo neighborhood, and found the prices a bit cheaper than those in San Marco. All together, a wonderful place to stay. Be sure to check out some of the books that they have as reference in the B&B..it helped us pick out some lovely spots for dinner and lunch.
This was the largest of any of our rooms during our tour of Italy. Our room was off a secluded, lush courtyard. The proprietor was American (I believe) and she bent over backwards for us. Upon our arrival into Venice it was pouring. We trudged through the rain from the parking garage to the water bus station (FYI - get off the water bus at the San Silvestro bus stop), to the hunt for the hotel. The map from Venere was not detailed enough to find Ca Bernardi. We walked in circles for an hour in the rain before admitting defeat and calling her. She completely understood our inability to find the place and came to the San Silvestro bus stop to fetch us. She then walked us the 2 minutes back to the B&B. Luckily our room was huge and had radiators, because we needed them to dry out our clothes (suitcases were sopping wet) and us. She brought us breakfast in our room the next morning since it was still sprinkling out. (the next morning we dined in the courtyard). Breakfast was rolls, danishes, yogurt, juice and coffee. We were extremely satisfied with our stay there. The only thing to note is that she only accepts cash for payment. There is an ATM around the corner, so this isn't a huge issue, but good to know ahead of time if you're like us and don't travel with cash.
There is no better place to start your vacation than this amazing Venice B&B! From the very first moment after we landed at the Venice Airport and made one phone call to Deborah, to let her know we finally made it. We were embraced with grace and warmth by our hostess! We were meet at the vaporetta stop "San Silverstro" which was a God send, since we had missed our connection and were extremely exhausted when we arrived
I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone who visits Venice. It was divine and luxurious, compared to other places we stayed in Italy. Probably the main reason for this bold statement is that we paid 150 euros a night, which might be high for those on a budget. But then it IS expensive in Venice.
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we loved this place.It felt like our own little private Venetian palace.A fantastic location near the Rialto but away from the throng,gorgeous little courtyard and wonderfully spacious rooms.Amelia was very helpful and even had a chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting for us,a great find.
What a fantastic gem! Our stay at Ca'Bernardi was just wonderful, from the comfortable and stylish rooms, to the fantastic breakfast in bed, to the wonderful mother daughter team who made our stay so enjoyable. The location was close enough to parking that we walked in (rather than taking an expensive water taxi or a crowded boat), yet it is close enough to all the major sights that we were able to see the city. I can't wait to come back!
Wonderful stay, large private suite
We stayed at the Ca' Vivaldi, the sister hotel to Ca'Bernardi and loved it!
We had 5 people in our party and it was by far the largest apartment we had on our 3 week tour of Europe.
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen, all centrally located to the rialto bridge, would definately stay here again.
This was one of the top places we stayed in all of Italy. It was gorgeous inside and out, with top of the line amenities - fabulous bathrooms (spacious even!), helpful owners, and a great breakfast. There were four of us and we stayed in the Gialla(?) room. Loved it.