Parco Savorgnan

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  • Day17

    Beautiful Venice

    August 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    It’s raining in Venice! After a slow start to the morning we headed off to use our hop on hop off water bus pass. It was much cooler today which was great for walking around. Our first stop is St Marks! So many people. We ended up getting tickets to explore the Doges Palace and only had a short wait to get in. Absolutely fantastic and the history was amazing. We spent about two hours wandering through the palace and then the Bridge of Sighs which led to the prison area.

    When we finished we were going to wander around but there were way too many people so we jumped back on the bus and went to Murano. It is a beautiful place and much quieter and less tourists. Interesting that some shops had signs saying not Chinese glass, which it wasn’t and it would have been a shame to destroy the local industry with Chinese imports.

    Had a yummy pizza on a canal and then looked at the many shops with amazing glass sculptures and jewellery. I was lucky and got a pair of Murano glass earrings. The ride back passed some beautiful buildings and sights!

    We got back to the start and then found a little bar for the expected refreshments and then we found a wonderful little restaurant where Pete says he had the best Seafood pasta ever! We shared some yum mussels and made short work of the bowl!

    Walked home after Pete had the best Tiramisu ever! We are off to Rome tomorrow.
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  • Day16

    Trattoria Alla Palazzina, Venice

    September 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    We ended our day at a lovely restaurant just around the corner from where we are staying. We needed somewhere close to home so we wouldn’t have to walk far. And I had been hanging out for authentic Italian gnocchi since our last visit to Italy.

    Unfortunately I was very disappointed with my meal, it tasted like little potato pellets with tin tomato sauce. Brad on the other hand was exceptionally pleased with his seafood pasta, piled high with fresh seafood. He was not disappointed at all. The biggest thing for the night was Brad actually ordered a glass of wine with his meal - first time ever!!

    We sat out in the lovely garden bar, Brad enjoyed his meal, we both enjoyed the Italian wine, and we really enjoyed the slightly cooler temperatures.
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  • Day15

    Revisiting Venice

    September 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After yet another delicious breakfast (this is going to be a hard habit to break), we made the train to Venice - just. One thing about Italians, they are never in a hurry but at least we made it.

    It was yet another extremely hot day and thankfully we were able to check into our accommodation early. Because of a change of plans we were spending one extra night in Venice but could not extend our already booked accommodation so had to book somewhere else. And I have to say thank goodness we only had to spend one night here. While it was clean and the air con was amazing, it was the smallest room we have ever been in. And the room rules state you cannot eat or drink in your room. This is a hotel for goodness sake. Very odd. We also had to leave the keys with reception when we went out. I will say again - air con was amazing.

    We cooled down in our room for the afternoon then headed out to reacquaint ourselves with Venice. I fell in love with Venice on our trip last year and was looking forward to revisiting. Unfortunately it wasn't as "sparkly" as last time. Some places were a lot more touristy and the authentic feel was missing. There was also a lot more graffiti in places and some areas just felt run down. It is still a very unique city and I am glad we get to visit again.

    The great thing about visiting a second time though is that we were able to find our way around a lot easier with less wrong turns. Although you can never take a wrong turn in Venice. Everywhere you look there is something to see and admire. Due to the heat it was still extremely hazy, even late afternoon, but we still got to admire the Venice charm. We are looking forward to our next few days in Venice.
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  • Day209

    Day 210: To Venice, via Milan

    September 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Off to Venice we go! Excited to finally be heading here, as it's just one of those places everyone needs to visit. But first, the travel. We packed up and left quite early, around 8am, as we needed to return the car in Milan by 10:30am and it was a 2 hour drive.

    The reason we'd done a return rental was because (from memory) the hire to do a return journey was about 80 euros, while the one way journey was 250-ish. A bit of a difference! Even once you factor in 40 euros for train tickets Milan->Venice, an extra tank of petrol, 12 euros in tolls. But the other consideration was that our Airbnb wouldn't be ready until mid-afternoon, so driving from Vicenza to Venice and arriving with all our luggage at 11am wouldn't be great.

    So we drove back to Milan. Drove through a couple of super heavy rainstorms where I had to go quite slowly, though the local idiots were just plowing along at 150km/h like usual. The drive was about 2 hours 20 minutes, back along essentially the same route we'd taken over the past few days. Not much of note. A bit stressful getting through Milan with the traffic and the drivers, but we made it in one piece and with no incidents.

    Once again the car hire company was super slow, and it was nearly 45 minutes before I finished dropping off the car (literally all they needed to do was check it over and trade a couple of signatures, but whatever). Shandos used the time to buy food and tickets, then we hopped on the 11:25 train with about 15 minutes to spare.

    Train ran to schedule which was nice and a little unexpected for Italy! Very crowded though, and we ended up sitting in separate seats (normally we'd occupy an inward-facing four-seater). Had to change trains at Verona, where quite a few people got off so we had much more space for the final leg into Venice.

    Arrived into the bustling main station at Venice, got our bearings and started on the short walk to our apartment. We're staying in Cannaregio which is slightly less touristed than other parts of Venice. Apparently. We'll see. About a 10 minute walk to our building, a palazzo fronting onto the grand canal just near the casino. Though of course we're staying essentially in the attic, at the rear with only views of rooftops. Comfortable room, though a lot of it has a sloping ceiling which limits its utility.

    Rested up then headed out for a walk around! Very busy and lots of people around but that seems quite normal. The street just near us is a pretty main street, so we just followed it around slowly as it ran parallel to the grand canal. Eventually we arrived at the Rialto Bridge and took a few photos.

    Decided to find somewhere for dinner and eventually decided on a place down a backstreet that we'd noticed, a small wine bar selling chiccetti, essentially Venetian tapas or pintxos like we'd had in San Sebastian. After a few of those and a couple of drinks we wandered back home via a pizza stand where we filled up the corners of our stomachs.

    Off to bed early, busy day tomorrow!
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  • Day2

    Arriviamo a venezia

    August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After another technical issue (computers this time) we finally leave Chicago - 4+ hours late. Stretch out on seats and fitfully sleep for most of 8 hours. Easily slide through security and hop on the slow bus to Venice. Find our hotel, shower and out to explore the city. Give up any hope of knowing where we are going but manage to get to San Marco, drink Aperol spritzes, have a nice dinner and eat gelato. Pretty successful 7 hours of touring.Read more

  • Day26

    Venice hotel

    June 30, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Here is the view from our room in the hotel. Not a bad place to be stuck for 2 days, eh?

    It is a very old fashioned hotel with big clunky room keys that you leave at the desk when you go out. That is a first for hotels on this trip. There is also a cord hanging in the shower that you can pull to ring an alarm if you fall. It is so tempting to use as a clothesline that I suspect it has been disconnected, but I am not going to test it out.

    Speaking of accommodations here are some interesting things I have noticed about European bathrooms so far (some I knew and some were news to me):
    - every single bathroom, every single public toilet stall has its own toilet cleaning brush. Heaven forbid there would be cross contamination.
    - (almost) every single full bathroom or women's toilet stall I have been in has a dispenser for little plastic bags hanging on the wall
    - we didn't see bidets until we got to Italy and have seen them in both hotels so far
    - washcloths are rarely found in hotels. Evidently many Europeans would sooner use someone else's underwear before using a public washcloth.
    - Italian hotels provide bath towels and towels I would liken to linen dish cloths. No other small hand towels. I think it goes along with the bidet thing.
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  • Day20

    Arriving in Venice: City of Canals

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    From Florence we took the Frecciargento speed train to Venice. We arrived in this beautiful city at around midday the hotel checking was at 2pm so we left the bags in custody and went for lunch.

    For a break we had Chinese food and then went to have a look at the canals.

    After checking in we had a rest in the afternoon and then went for dinner at 6pm. At 7 we were on the Vaporetto cruising along the gran canal with some glimpses of the sunset. We disembarked at Piazza San Marco and check the beautiful architecture of the campanille and the dodge palace. We wonder around some canals and then rode back to the hotel in the Vaporetto at 10pm
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  • Day21

    Walking along the canals..

    October 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We planned to get to Piazza San marco early but we were so tired that instead we slept through. By the time we had breakfast we ended up going to the Vaporetto at 9am... of course the boat was full so we had to let a couple of boats before we got in.

    We left the boat at Rialto bridge and after climbing to the top and getting some photos we walked to Piazza San Marco and the bridge of sights.

    Instead of catching the Vaporetto back we decided to walk with no specific route, looking for that hidden canal.... and we found many spots, off the beaten path with great photo opportunities.

    We ended up having a relaxed lunch in a restaurant away from all tourist places.

    Interestingly, when we passed by piazza Santa Maria Formosa there was debris everywhere ans police so it was a bit scary but soon we realised that was all set up for a film..what we didn't know ia that it was for Spiderman.....
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  • Day25


    October 12, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Took the train from Munich to Venice , passing though Verona , got to see the country side change from little hamlets near the Alps to countryside vineyards. We arrived in the evening and took a Vaporetto ride up the Grand Canal while listening to Rick Steves audio guide , then we went around St. Marks square while also taking in an audio tour. Had dinner in an Italian tapas restaurant and roamed the practically empty but safe streets at night.Read more

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