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... through narrow enclosed streets, eventually to the main spot, St Marks Square.
Here stands St Marks Cathedral, the Astronomical Clock, St Marks Tower, thousands of tourists and gutter birds (pigeons). Just around the corner, we paid a visit to the Bridge of Sighs. Leaving the square, we stopped in at a spot for beer and pizza. Now, the long journey back through the streets towards our ship. ...
... were the Doges Palace in Saint Marcos Square and finally discovering The Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Last time we were searching...it was freezing, pouring and closed! The Guggenheim Museum was exactly as we had hoped...an immersion into modern art. It is the renowned small museum of Modern Art in the world. I was stoked to see first hand the works I had studied during Art History...Picasso, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Klee and Chagall to name ...
... places with Zoe in the boat I was one of the few still keen to jump in and swim. That's when I got pushed in by the hot raft man. I got water up my nose and the water was just as freezing as the first two times. I took so many scenic shots of Austria while on the bus continuing to Venice. Rafting definitely took it out of me and I fell properly asleep on the bus, mouth open an everything. There was definitely pay back photos. We had ...
... strawberry & coconut, YUM! Eventually we ended up back at all'amarone for some sgroppino. It's delicious and a great "digestive". Here is how you'd make it: "What do you need? For 4-6 Scroppinos: Start by putting 4 to 6 champagne glasses in the freezer. Now beat 200 grams lemon ice cream, 200 ml vodka and 200 ml sparkling white wine with a hand mixer to give a light and airy mass." As we enjoyed digesting our food we met a couple from Canada (yes, they're all ...
... wandering around and sitting in the fleeting sun to hear about the different historical buildings.
I watched the Moore figures donging the bell repeatedly at the top of the clock tower at midday, and the bell ringing on the top of the tall bell tower. I particularly enjoyed listening to the four piece orchestras playing at the historic Cafe Florian, which I also peeked inside, and one opposite on the other side.
Hungry, I walked to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Colombina Venice
Toronto - Canada - loved the Colombina
July 19, 2004. Stayed here for two nights and loved the hotel. We thought the location was great because it was central enough not be on top of all the masses of tourists. Our room was a good size with a lovely bathroom with shower and bath. The staff were fabulous and exeptionaly helpful. Lovley breakfast room with fresh fruit and very nice breakfast.They aranged a water taxi (no charge) for us to visit a Murano glass factory - did not do the tour of the factory and felt a little under pressure to do so by the factory. We are pretty fussy and would stay here again.
We arrived to be shown one nice room and one room in the attic. The ceiling sloped so severely you could not even stand up in parts of the SMALL room. We asked for another room and we were told we could move both couples to a suite. The suite had 1 bath, 1 bedroom and a sofabed and was located in a building next to the hotel. This was not acceptable so we asked if one couple could stay in the suite at the room rate we had already paid until an acceptable room came availabe. They refused. We had to pay an additional $200 over the normal room rate for the suite for 1 night until another room came available even though the suite would have remained empty. The entire staff was beligerent and unhelpful. They overcharged us for a bar bill and mysteriously could not speak english when I requested the details. I would NEVER stay here again and would recommend that you do the same!
stayed here for 2 nights in march 2004. excellent location. short walk to st marks square, but it was in a quiet location and away from the masses of tourist. gorgeous view of the bridge of sighs. small rooms but very nicely appointed. staff was fantastic. friendly, helpful and professional. nice breakfast room and very good breakfast. a real gem. highly recommend the colombina
We stayed at this Hotel in August 2003. When we arrived they upgraded us to the large upstairs suite. Our room had 3 floors!! with a private balcony overlooking Venice. This place is perfect for couples, very romantic. The staff was excellent, one steward even personally escorted us to a near by resturaunt only frequented by locals. We will definalty stay there again!
The rudest staff ever
stayed here 3 nights at the beginning of jan .the room was nice but SMALL.the ceilings were cool.great view of the bridge of sighs and a few other small bridges.but the staff was horrible i asked for a map and he got mad .wouldnt let our friend come up to our room for a few minutes .served us warm becks?beers in the bar warm?turned th lights out on is in the lounge area the only person who was nice was the bellboy mario
WOW! The Columbina is breathtaking!
Our room had a wall of French doors with a breathtaking view of the water. The room was beautiful with a Venician chandelier over the bed.
The bathroom was five star with nice ammenities. The staff was very professional and recommended a wonderful little Italian restaurant for dinner. They suggested we go to the glass blowing factory. It was very interesting, but beware it is very expensive. Upon leaving you have a choice to take the public water taxi which is 3.50 euros or a private water taxi which picks you up at the hotel dock and takes you straight to the train station with no stops. However, it is 60.00 euros, but well worth it on your last day.
Love this Hotel!
We stayed here on our honeymoon in September 2003. We absolutely loved it! The rooms were so beautiful, although small. Our room was right on the canal which could be noisy if you didn't close the window coverings.I would recommend this hotel to everyone!
We stayed for 4 nights. We booked through Hotel Connect £414. We arrived late and the staff were superb. The room overlooked the canal and we could see the Bridge of Sighs. The breakfast was good and was served in the small dining room. The fittings in the room were wonderful. The bathroom was all marble and Murano glass. The bed was comfortable and the room was well sound proofed. We were less than 50 yards from St Marks but the bells did not bother us. Overall we thought this was a great place to stay especially since the restaurants around this area were not expensive and were good value for money. Quiet location and good service.
Rivers of Romance
Venice is a ancient, magical city. The maze of quaint shops and restaurants captures a traveler's imagination! The only problem that we encountered in Venice was the inability to resist going "around the next corner" to find something else new and wonderful! Luckily it is impossible to get really lost in the little corner of Italy. Hotel Columbina was magnificient with an amazing staff. Early mornings were the best time to mingle with the friendly locals and piazza pigeons! Would love to spend MUCH more time in the future.