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Updated Venice hints please

Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 06:50
by Polishgirl
I'm off to Venice next month- annual city break with my trusty gal pal. It was her choice. We went to Vienna last year and I absolutely, desperately fell in love with it, so it's a hard act to follow for me.

I've booked an Air Bnb in Cannaregio. We're also planning a day to either Verona or Padua.

I'd really appreciate hints/ tips - especially for things off the beaten track; an update on the older Venice thread.

Re: Updated Venice hints please

Posted: 21 Aug 2017, 18:08
by Positive Passion
Polishgirl wrote:I'm off to Venice next month- annual city break with my trusty gal pal. It was her choice. We went to Vienna last year and I absolutely, desperately fell in love with it, so it's a hard act to follow for me.

I've booked an Air Bnb in Cannaregio. We're also planning a day to either Verona or Padua.

I'd really appreciate hints/ tips - especially for things off the beaten track; an update on the older Venice thread.


Just wander about at night. I will see if I can find the restaurants we ate at - they were decent - my wife checked reviews on trip advisor.

Re: Updated Venice hints please

Posted: 23 Aug 2017, 13:59
by Toby
Try to learn and speak just a little Veneto - it goes a LONG way.

Don't eat in any restaurants that have a tourist menu.

This is a good place http://antichecarampane.com/it/

Re: Updated Venice hints please

Posted: 14 Dec 2017, 17:08
by Jeemo
going with David on March

Re: Updated Venice hints please

Posted: 28 Dec 2017, 18:21
by Polishgirl
We walked everywhere. It was the best thing to do - seeing the less crowded bits of the city was wonderful. The obvious bits are absolutely chockablock with tourists ( I think the number of cruise ships that calls in has something to do with that) so you have to grit your teeth and not be in a hurry. It's all worth seeing, of course, but you just have to be prepared for the crowds.

Stuff what I especially enjoyed:

The Jewish Museum, which is small but very well done, with their tour of the local synagogues- really, truly fascinating.

we did a free walking tour on our first day which was ideal for us, as I'd only been before for a day when I was 14 and my friend had never been. They steer clear of the main attractions, and give you a really good walk round some of the other districts. You don't pay up front; you just tip after. We thought it was excellent

http://www.venicefreewalkingtour.com/

The other thing we did was a sort of behind the scenes tour of the Doge's Palace. I think it was 19 euros each, but it includes entry to the main bits of the Palace anyway ( which is about 14 euros). It was fascinating- covering the prison, the mechanisms of the state, and Casnova's imprisonment and escape.

http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it/en/the-museum/layout-and-collections/secret-itineraries/

If you're looking for accomm, we stayed here, and it ticked all the boxes. Just a minute away from the boat stop where the airport boats stop, plus the normall vaporetti, a decent Co-op less than 10 minutes away, in a really interesting, not too touristy area, good cafes etc round the corner, and 20 minutes ace walk to St Mark's Square etc.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9039288

Oh! and soft drinks are more expensive than booze. I became very partial to an Aperol spritzer.