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... to eat at the restaurant. When we had finished our meal the owner repaid our efforts with a lemoncello! A good led up to a nanna nap!
Friday dawned bright and sunny again and we decided to try to keep as much away from the crowds as possible. We walked from our hotel to the Rialto Bridge, to Campo St Polo to check out the markets (it was not market day!) and then to some gardens close to the Piazza Roma. We caught a vaporetta from ...
... many people here even though it is not peak season. We are still able to explore the crooks and cranines where there are no tourists. We even managed to score a cheap gondola ride with two young vanezian men. They took us round the waters to view some of the main buildings and then should is some of the local places and their hidden gardens. We leave for the cruise tomorrow which we are really excited about. A change to live in luxury for a change. Will let you know how it ...
... even tinier kitchen, cold dining table AND poor wireless signal. I think the lugging of my backpack up from San Zaccaria pier/boat stop and the steps and bridges everywhere was enough to make me exhausted. The moment I got to my room I just didn't feel like doing too much else and fell asleep pretty fast. Unfortunately that meant no dinner and falling asleep in the clothes I came in, no shower and no brushing of teeth. Pretty gross huh. SO I feel all of this ...
... into Piazza San Marco - this is the most famous square in Venice and is signposted from virtually everywhere. In recognition of it being the most beautiful square, it is the only "Piazza" - all the others are called "Campo"! It is its buildings that give it its beauty and the fact that one side of it is open to the lagoon.
It is dominated by St Mark's Church which doesn't have just one dome...it has five domes - ever seen a church ...
... 8217;s frescoed rooms which were small and intimate with a number of small tables per room. Each room was elaborately decorated from floor to ceiling with original paintings. As we glanced through the menu we were glad the girls were not with us, coffee was 9 euro per serving and there was a music charge of 6 euro per person that was automatically charged to cover the amazing orchestra playing. Our bill for 2 cappuccinos was 30 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Stella Venice
Excellent value Villa
The Villa Stella is a small very good value Guest House type accomodation. It is kept scrupiously clean by the owners and they provide a really plentiful continental breakfast. A very good price was agreed by contacting the owners directly.
I enjoyed the journey from St Marks square to the Villa "30 Minutes", the views from the waterbus were wonderful.
Some people may find the distance from Lido to Venice a small hinderance but I was glad to escape the crowds at the end of the day.
I would highly recomend Villa Stella to anybody looking for good quality accomodation at a very reasonable price.
Far from town, but a great bargain!
The ONLY negative for this hotel is its location. The island of Lido is a 35 minute boat ride from central Venice. Granted, one only has to do this ride twice each day, but one must also plan for the entire day and not rely on returning to the hotel for supplies, rest, etc... That said, the rooms were VERY clean, the bathrooms were newly rennovated, and the staff was charming. Breakfast was above average for hostel fare. I'd return again because the price far outmeasures the distance. A great value.