Venice 2014 Guidebook
Favorite discoveries or tips:
Line too long to see the inside St. Marco? Ask your hotel for the mass schedule. We walked right into 9:00 am mass on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the spectacular interiors with only 100 or so souls. An English translation of most of the reading was provided. After mass we walked right into the Doge's Palace with no line. The combo ticket with the Correr Museum was also a good idea- no crowds there either.
Kathy Crown-Weber in Danville, KY USA 10/22/2013
You can book/reserve an entrance time into the Basilica for E1.50 online, even the same day. You don’t need to print the receipt, you can just show it on your smartphone (or write down the 17-digit number underneath the barcode) http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/eng/visite/prenotazioni.bsm
Travelers might want to print their own Vaporetti map at home and bring it with them since it seems impossible to pick up one anywhere.
The two places for gelato that you mention on St Mark’s square are expensive and don’t have much else to recommend them. There is cheaper gelato on the right-hand side as you exit the square under the clock tower.
The public toilets in Venice are very expensive (E1.50) and almost impossible to find. A much better option is to buy a cappuccino from one of the many “bars” (make sure it has a toilet first!) If you look around you can find espressos for E1 and cappuccinos for E1.30.
Luanne Lemmer in Bellevue, WA USA 08/24/2013
It is a VERY long walk from the Train station to San Marco. We 4 decided to spend 90 Euros and take a motorboat from St Marks Square back to The Parking lots. Best money we ever spent.. a perfect slow - private ride and the HD Video we shot was like a movie. Bravo. You only live once...
Chris Canning in Boca Raton, FL USA 05/27/2013
Olimpia Hotel. Excellent location. Very easy walk from bus depot. Easy walk to train station and water taxi location. Great staff and breakfast.
Alan Lipowitz in Peterson, MN USA 05/13/2013
Take the public water shuttle the length of the Grand Canal. Much cheaper then a gondola and you see all the sites.
Lisa M. in Amman, Jordan 02/24/2013
Bill in Venice, MD USA 02/01/2013
Discovery: cafe Rizzo is no longer in business.
Tyler in Kaysville , UT USA 10/28/2012
The vaporetto pass is terrific. Get on, get off, so you're tired, find a vaporetto and go back to the hotel to rest awhile. Without worries about how much an extra ticket costs you'll find yourself doing/seeing things you might have skipped
Marie in San Diego, CA USA 10/23/2012
We know that Rick is not big on shopping, but we tend to do some in Europe. Getting the stuff back home is a problem if you don't have one vendor shipping it for you. There are no convenient FedEx, UPS or DHL locations in Venice, so we went to the post office. Both locations were out of boxes, and when they would get more was unknown. We stopped in a glass shop and asked for a box. We got one loaded with packing nuts, filled it, and mailed it home from the post office. Pricey, though: 111 Euros for about 20 lbs. This is an option not covered in the guidebook, and may be helpful to other travelers. By the way, we are veterans of 2 tours, and used that experience to plan a week's stay in Venice at an apartment we rented, in addition to hotel stays in two other cities
Joseph Terranova in Lancaster, NY USA 10/22/2012
Campo San Stefano, a nice little square that (so far as I could tell) isn't mentioned in the 2012 guidebook. It is on the major walking route that links Accademia, San Marco, and Rialto, so there is a relatively constant parade of people moving through it, but not enough to spoil it; rather, it's fun to people-watch from any of the 3 osteria on the square.
Lindsay in San Diego, CA United States 09/19/2012
Our hotel : Palazzo Cendon in the Canarregio district, 10 minutes from train station 5 minutes from Ferrovia water taxi or Ponte Giulie, on a canal lovely view from front rooms. We had a "Juliet balcony" and a bottle of prosecco in room(for those staying more than 3 days)! Very romantic!
Also Tour company: The Other Side of Venice-personalized tour of the wine regions of Venuto combined with a tour of Verona-worth the extra money. Driven around in a Mercedes.
Fish Tasting menu (Fri and Sat nights) at the hotel Principe on the Grand Canal! Beautiful setting for dinner by canal for 60 Euros- also we found out it includes a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, coffee and a glass of Prosecco! amazing deal for the city and the food was exceptional
Clare Fannon in Newtown, PA USA 08/24/2012
We saved a lot of time with your tips to buy tickets to the Doge's Palace At the Correr Museum - we had no line to wait in while general admission line was 3 blocks long. Also to get a gondola ride at Bacina Orseolo (next to the Jard Rock Cafe) was a short line & you can meet other tourists to split the fee.
Steve Denman in Sarasota, FL USA 08/19/2012
We stumbled across a lovely new restaurant - the manifestation of the owner's design sense and food fantasies:Locanda Restaurant Avogaria, Dorsoduro 1629-30123 Venezia, tel +39 0412960491 www.avogaria.com firstname.lastname@example.org The tastings menu at Euro 80 per person was a splurge - but worth every cent. From the RAW! Raw! Raw! mixed seafood antipasti, throught the "pennette" pasta with pecorino cheese, poppy seed and lemon right ton the the tuna fish with sesame and sweet red onion jam. I have a photo of the dessert plate. We were thrilled with the discovery, and dismayed by the lack of fellow patrons
Karen Kendrick-Hands in Madison, WI USA 07/10/2012
The vaporetto. It was affordable, easy to use, and a great way to see the Grand Canal. You told us to avoid a gondola ride and we were glad we did. I spent the extra money on some nice glass instead.
Rachel in Denver, CO USA 07/03/2012
No scaffolding noted on the Bridge of Sighs...
Carolyn Holt in Hinesville, GA USA 06/03/2012
Using the Vaporetto
Susan Silvera in Los Angeles, CA USA 04/15/2012
My husband travels in a wheelchair. The vaporetto was free for him and I paid 1.3 euros compared to 6.5. All very helpful to him.
Rory Robb in Kittery Point, Me USA 04/01/2012
We were only in Venice for two nights, but the first thing we purchased upon arrival was a 48-hour vaporetto pass. Well worth the money. Anytime we had 30 minutes free, we would buy a gelato and get on a watertaxi for a scenic ride on the canal.
We found an adorable hotel off an alley between the Rialto bridge and San Marco, called Ca' San Marco (on Calle dei Fabbri) - cute and cozy with only six rooms, breakfast included, desk staff who are fluent in English. A superb location.
Marlys in Mahomet, IL USA 01/11/2012
Please address what to do if the Vaparetto service is on strike. Although staff sold me a multi-day ticket at the train station, as soon as I had purchased it, I asked the cashier where to catch the boat and was told they were on strike on all weekdays; therefore I had just paid 30-some euros in cash for something I could only use for two weekend days, not the 72 hours I had paid for. I was then worried about finding my hotel on foot rather than from a vaparetto stop. It was actually easy; all of Venice is accessible by foot and travelers should be reminded only to travel with what they can comfortably carry over many bridges.
Suzanne in San Diego, CA USA 12/27/2011
In the Scuola de San Rocco: there is no mention of the lovely, outstanding wood carvings all around the walls underneath the paintings, in the main upstairs hall, 17th century, by Francesco Pianta. They focus on various allegories, with beautifully carved, playful details. Highlight is the carving of a library, with eye glasses, wrinkled books, a safe etc.
Be careful with the mirrors supplied to see the ceiling paintings: they weigh a ton and could do serious damage to your feet if you drop them!
A restaurant recommended by the Hotel Campiello: the Wildner Pensione restaurant on the nearby Riva. Fabulous seafood, and great service. Expensive, but worth it for that rare special occasion.
Elizabeth Bamberger in Portland, OR USA 09/26/2011
The gelato place recommended in the book was awesome!
Kenneth in Redmond, WA USA 09/18/2011
For those who love Venice, or would like to, we highly recommend Donna Leon's 20-novel mystery series starring police detective Guido Brunetti. The descriptions of Venice are very precise and enticing. There's even a guidebook to Brunetti's Venice, with many walking tours. We were able to cover a couple of them on our recent visit.
Ron in DeWitt, MI USA 06/30/2011
Domus Orsoni, a small hotel in the Cannaregio that doubles as a mosaic museum: Valentina and staff were very friendly, and my breakfast hot chocolate was dreamy!
Roxanne in Seattle, WA USA 06/20/2011
The St. Mark's to Rialto walk from the guidebook. I had really wanted to see the Scala Contorini del Bovolo and we never would have found it without the book. We also found a great open air market and bought the most amazing marzipan!!
Allison Garth in Little Silver, NJ USA 05/24/2011
We found a day trip from Padua by train to Bassano del Grappa with a stop at the walled town of Cittadella on the way back to be delightful. Just be sure to turn right at the T intersection after leaving the train station at Cittadella, since there are no signs directing you to the old town. (Given a 50/50 chance, we always seem to get it wrong.)
Bill Bozo in Springfield, VA USA 04/13/2011