Travel Blogs from Venice
... from a guide. I don't think Bob missed much - I told him all the good stories later. We did go through the Bridge of Sighs, which is the bridge that goes from the courtroom, to the prison cells. The prisoners apparently sighed as they saw the view of Venice for the last time on their way over to prison.
Other than that, we did more of the wandering that is so easy to do in Venice. We were pleased to ...
... quite long because they did a whole medley of songs from Fiddler on the Roof—ha!
I walked over to the San Marco waterbus stop and took it back to the apartment. I had an inside seat this time (behind the cutest little boy who made faces at me) and discovered the Night Landscape setting on my point-and-shoot camera. It’s amazing how it seems to add lighting to the pictures. By the way, it was after 8:00 PM by now and the shops were still going ...
... I just didn't know which exact roads to take, but that's the easy part. What surprised me was the charm and beauty of walking down narrow cobblestone roads (bad for our 4-wheel luggage) and crossing the arches that connect one part to the other (check our photos). The noontime sun was up and people were basking in it eating pasta and drinking wine alfresco by the riverside. It was the stuff of post cards.
Mom randomly picked a restaurant ...
... The buildings seem to rise out of the water and the canals they form are bustling with boats, water taxis and gondolas! We instantly lost ourselves winding our way through the maze of small alleyways, canals and piazzas....gold! The town isn't the flashiest as it gets hammered by the elements (flooding and tourists) but that's part of the setting I guess! After the jaunt we kicked back at a canal ...
... very rough, in comparison and being busy all day, i really hadnt noticed it...We kept laughing about how funny it was maintaining our balance etc, but i knew, when i was having my shower that what i was feeling wasnt pleasant - to say the least!! Anyway, i took a couple of Kwells, went straight outside into the fresh air, chatted with M, B & T and felt much better within half an hour...TG!) The weather had continued to be horrible (but beautiful to watch) and the waves ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mercurio Venice
An exceptionally well run hotel. This is an absolute gem. We had a canal view room opposite Mozart's house, a prime route for the gondolas to come down, it was large and clean, air conditioned and the atmosphere the proximity to the canal generated was truely unforgettable. The management could not do enough for you, from holding your baggage to providing a plentiful and included in the price breakfast. It is very central, and if you are bringing your bags from the boat drop off point at St. Marks, it is just one bridge to go over which makes life very easy. You can find a lot of very average hotels in Venice, but by my experience this hotel is a real gem and should not disappoint you.
Charming, great location, friendly staff
Our stay at the Mercurio in mid-July 2004 was lovely. The staff was friendly and our room clean, comfortable, and most importantly for the time of year, had a great air-conditioning system! The location is excellent. Breakfast was tasty and a nice way to start the day. Especially considering the affordable price, I would definitely stay there again!
Great location, good price, friendly staff, small room
The hotel was in a very convenient location, 5-min from St. Marco. It's in a very small street (about 1 yard wide) so it could be hard to find at first, but most Venice streets are hard to find. Our room was really small, perhaps the smallest in the hotel. It could barely fit a queen size bed and two small nightstands. But it has a cute balcony overlooking the courtyard. I took a peak into other rooms when the maids were cleaning and found they were larger than ours. So if you want to avoid this small room on the top floor, make sure to mention this.
Other than that, the staff was very friendly. I like the breakfast although my boyfriend didn't because it did not contain any meat product. We stayed for 2 nights in June and it costs 90 euros/night. I believe this is a great price for Venice.
Very good for the price
The best thing about this hotel is the location. Not only is it right near St. Mark's Square - it's easy to get to by public transportation. Yes, it could have been fancier, but it was clean and the people were friendly & helpful.
If you are on a budget (hotels in Venice are VERY expensive), this is a nice alternative.
I went to Venice with my wife for 2 days and we wanted a simple, but nice hotel, not too expensive and near everything. We decided to go to the hotel Mercurio based on previous reviews and were not disappointed.
The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the St Marks place and is located in a very quiet area. I believe it's a family run hotel and the staff was very friendly. We checked out early in the morning, around 7am, while the breakfast was normally starting at 8am. Well, the hotel staff just made sure that we didn't leave without having a meal.
Even if the room was very simple, it was not an issue for us, considering the price (we paid 90 Euros for a night by cash). We just needed a clean and simple place to stay for the night.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to those who are looking for something simple, convenient, not expensive and near everything!
Wonderful in Venice
This hotel is perfect. Staff are terrific, friendly and helpful. Location is 5 minutes from St Marks. Food is everwhere - be sure to visit Rosa Rosa around the corner. Rooms are small but that's standard in Venice. Breakfast, the staff and a cool room made the days of hiking around much easier - Thank you Monica. Stayed 4 nights in August.