The Waterways of Venezia

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Oct 23, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, October 4, 2009

We arrived at our hotel on the Venetian Lagoon at dusk yesterday... via water bus, of course. Fortunately, our hotel (a converted Palace) was nearby.. imagine us trying to lug suitcases over bridges and along the cobbled alleyways.

Venice is a very touristy city, as cruise ships drop off their passengers for the day. Nevertheless, getting lost in the streets and enjoying a caprisi panini was still exciting and romantic.

The first evening we enjoyed dinner at da Galleon, in a neighborhood that much less touristy where the bambinos ride around on their little scooters, up and down the vias late at night. The food (with emphasis on fish, of course) was delicious, particularly the antipasti clam soup. We enjoyed pleasantries with a man who dined next to us, who ended up being Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Klein, he was in from Milan that day to visit a CK factory and he shared with us many places to dine in Milan and Portofino 

We took a water taxi out to the Island of Murano and toured the art glass factory of Marco Polo.. amazing to see these glass masters at work, spinning and blowing hot pieces of sand and turning it into detailed pieces of a chandelier... we're very excited to have purchased our first souvenir, a unico (unique) vase with a background of specs of silver and many vibrant Venetian accent colors.

Our walking tour throughout Venice took us to Piazza San Marco, along duckboards, as the tide was high today and the water flowed into the entryway and over the mosaic tiles of the Basilica. The piazza was filled with beautiful detailed architecture, funny tourists and mille pigeons.

Our favorite excursions took us around the streets, through tight alleyways, and over pedestrian bridges as we watched gondolas and boats pass by.

The gondola ride took us to places we never would have seen on foot and gave us a new perspective on this different community and way of life... truly a unique destination in the world.
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gfmueden on

Baggage service in Venice
I don't lug my bag 'over bridges and along the cobbled alleyways'. I take the #5 bus from the airport, getting on at the baggage friendly wide door, to Piazzale Roma, and take my bag to the Cooperativa Trasbagaglia in the SW corner. They deliver it to my hotel and I get there on the vaporetto. Cost about forty Euros, not cheap, but for me, it is worth it, and the combination beats a taxi from the airport to the hotel (100+).

I don't see the alleyways as 'cobbled'. Venice is paved with rectangular stones of more than a square foot in area, and while not always perfectly laid, are no problem for bags with wheels.


gfmueden on

Re: Baggage service in Venice
Oops, SE corner, not SW. Sorry. ===gm===

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