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Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 12:15 pm

I was in Venice back in July 2001. I was there for my first time, andI gotta say that I love the city! Has anyone else been to Venice, Italy? If so, tell us your favorite things there. We were there for only 2-3 days, we were in Croatia for a month so we decided to hop over to Venice. It was the first time in Venice, and I was suprised to go from car, to boat, right down the Canal Grande! It was awesome! Some of my favorite places include Doge's Palace, San Marco Square, and the Grand Canal! I really want to go back there, despite the extremely high prices! So please, tell us about your Venice ventures!

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 12:27 pm

I was also there in July 2001. It was only for 2 days, I was on a cruise (Golden Princess). We took a gondola ride and also walked along the Grand Canal. The prices are very high though, it costs $45 for 4 Cokes in San Marco Square! I wish I had more time there.

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 12:30 pm

Yea I been to Venice. It smelled like sheeeeeiiit, but was still pretty cool. I wish they had a way of regularly changing the water in the canals like Amsterdam.

I remember booking a Delta flight and regestering for my fall semester 2001 classes from an internet cafe there. I also got a pretty good sandwich there too.
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 8:39 pm

Been there in September 2002, on study tour. I wouldn't complain about the prices I had to pay to get my daily 2 litre bottle of water; if you know where the supermarkets are, it's fairly cheap. Anyway, the closer you get to St. Mark's, the more expensive things will get! Had a coffe in the famous Café Florian, which was freeeeeeekin' expensive... But it's definitely been worth it.

My most favourite place? There are many of those, but a great one was the island of Burano (no, not Murano). It's far away from "main Venice", but in the lagoon. They got cheaper prices for restaurant food, for cookies and for souvenirs there. The cookies, called "Bussola", are a specialty of Burano and come in several different "designs" and weights, but they all taste really awesome. But don't be bothered by the loads of butter they use to make them!
Another great place is the Lido. When you walk from the "vaporetto" (water taxi) stop to the beach side of the island, you'll be able to have some of the greatest ice cream. Of course, the beach isn't that great in terms of waves, but anyway - I liked it.
Other place: "Giardini". It's on the far eastern end of Venice and is a less expensive area and has a really nice park; or garden, as the Italian word says.
Favourite place to look over the city: the tower on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore; it's cheap to go up, there are no lines to stand in and you get an absolutely fabulous view of the eastern end of the Grand Canal.

If only I could go there again soon... Cheers, aloges
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:56 pm

Yes...three times last year. On my way to a shipyard in Croatia.
I've always liked Venice.

And it's a great drive from Venice to Pula----except for the land mines. Slovenia and Croatia are very underrated for their beauty.
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:31 pm

Stopped in Venice while travelling from Brno, Czech Republic to Malta in September 2001. Very nice city indeed, sadly it's sinking...
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 12:19 am

Yeah, as a small kid around 15 years ago. So I can't really remember a lot  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 4:57 am

Hmmm, you weren't following me when I went there by any chance were you, Aloges?  Big grin

I completely agree, Burano and Murano are great. I found the two best ways to explore were to buy the day tickets and just hop on and off the vaporetti at random. Or walk through the city at random. You can't exactly get lost. I must admit though, I loathed St Mark's Square. Packed with daytrippers, so the only way you can see it in all its glory is in the early morning.

Don't just stick to the obvious places. Once you've seen the Rialto Bridge, or the Bridge of Sighs, go for a walk around. See as much as you can. Once you get away from the tourist traps it isn't even that expensive.

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 5:05 am

I have been there with my parents around 10 or 11 years ago, I can not remember much. Time for an other visit  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 5:10 am

Even in that city, which is the size of a town, two people can walk around without noticing each other!! Big grin Just weird it happens to two users as well!  Big grin

I completely agree with Banco, you really have to get away from the "trails". Sure I've been to St. Mark's, the Cathedral, the Palace, Peggy Guggenheim's art collection etc., but the really interesting thing to do is entering those wide avenues *cough* between the houses. Sometimes you can't even spread one arm, it's absolutely fascinating! You get to see little gardens, squares, streets, and most important: not that many tourists. As for tickets, get a "Rolling Venice" Card and hop on and off the boats just as you like it.
I haven't been to Murano, though, our city guide said it wasn't really worth it - I can't judge. But the ~45 minute boat ride to Burano can be so relaxing! Just put your sunglasses on, seat comfortably and enjoy the fresh breeze... Definitely not worse than a short airplane hop!

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 7:35 am

Ren41: What days were you there?

Greg: Land mines on the way from Venice to Pula??? I went from Cres to Venice via Rijeka then direct to Venice. Where would the land mines be?? Anyway, you are right, the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia are definetely underrated! The beauty must not be underrated in Cres, I go there a lot, and stay at my grandparents house in Podol with a population of 4 including my grandparents and uncle! Tourists from Germany, France, everywhere stop by, THEY CROWD THE ROADS!!

-Anyway, anyone else see when the Japanese go there, the leader holds up a Japanese flag, and tons, I mean tons of Japanese people are following him! Hehe! I also noticed all the black folks who sells those handbags, or the middle easterns who sell things. The funniest thing I saw for sale was an imitation mickey mouse and minnie, whenever he'd turn on the radio, it'd dance, and jump off the wall. Seemed too good to be true.......

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 7:43 am

I went for my 16th birthday last year with my mum. All I can say, it was one of the most whimsical cities I have ever been to. We spent countless days just wandering around the city in the backroads, and we ate at tiny family owned trattorias. My best memory was eating at a TINY place owned by the sweetest old lady who kept pinching my cheeks. The public transportation (the vapporetos) are wonderful. Much more exciting than a subway  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Would I go back?? HECK YA! The rich culture was extremely stimulating. Every evening we went to a concert (including one with a cello player who jumped up on the stage late during the warmup haha). The museums were incredible. I spent 8 hours in L'Academia. It's amazing what one beautiful work of art can do for the soul. I found Venice a place where outside stresses are left behind at the airport, and you enter in a world that is so much slower than what most people are used to. The food, oh yes the food, was positively delectable. I was a total pig only because I knew I would never find food like that here in Florida (not even half as good haha). Homemade pasta is so good -)
It was also wonderful to have my birthday flying over the Alps in an Alitalia MD-11  Smile
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 4:09 pm

I was there back in 1996 for only a day and we didn't even spend a night there. We were on a special group tour with my father's colleagues. We took a water taxi or whatever it's called from a pier to Venice. In Venice we visited the Doge's Palace and a glass factory, browsed the shops, and hung out at San Marco Square, also had a coffee at the famous cafe along the square. Venice is truly beautiful and I wouldn't refuse to go on a honeymoon there someday. The only downside was it was raining cats and dogs for the whole day so we rode the gondola in the rain.
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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Fri Feb 07, 2003 7:53 pm

Seems my Venice experience is the oldest: September 84 - I LOVED it.

Then I had a magnificent view on Venice from 37,000 ft a few weeks ago - brought back old memories, I want to visit again!

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Sat Feb 08, 2003 3:19 am

I was there July 4-7, 2000 while driving around Italy w/my family & loved it!

We parked at a parking garage, took a water taxi to our Best Western (nicest one I've seen) & let loose. I liked the Doge's Palace, the square & tower, although we wandered around the island quite a bit. It did smell pretty bad & I wouldn't have wanted to fall into the water (as I was fearing during our gondola ride), but I enjoyed it & want to go back. We also went out to the Murano glass factory & bought the piece we saw being made- kinda cool!

Did anybody notice the tiles in the ground near St. Mark's square advertising Alitalia?

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Sat Feb 08, 2003 3:27 am

I went to Venice in Spring of 2000. It's sad how the whole place is sinking and you somtimes have to walk on those wooden planks. Luckily when we were there the water wasn't too high. We walked around the city all day, and also took a side trip to that other island with all the bright colored houses , I think it was called Burano. Also we took a gondola ride. Venice is a great place to visit.

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RE: Anyone Else Been To Venice?

Sun Feb 09, 2003 9:57 am

Deltarules: i noticed that.

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