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Sestière di Santa Croce

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  • Day16

    Trattoria Alla Palazzina

    September 14 in Italy

    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.
    We enjoyed a delicious Italian meal and Brad actually ordered a glass of wine with his meal - first time ever!!
    We sat out in the lovely garden bar and enjoyed the slightly cooler temperatures.

  • Day209

    Day 210: To Venice, via Milan

    September 12, 2017 in Italy

    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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  • Day17

    Venice = very nice

    April 30 in Italy

    We spent a day and a half in Venice as it was a change over day with half the ship disembarking and a new lot of passengers joining the cruise. There are three other cruise ships in port already so Venice is bound to be crowded. The port is a little way away from the main square and the only way is by water...there are no roads where we are going (to quote the Doc in Back to the Future - am I showing my age here? )

    So we arrive in Venice and the place is a sea of people ( This is also a public holiday weekend). When you think of Venice you really only think of the canals, gondolas/ gondaliers, a couple of famous bridges (Rialto bridge and Bridge if Sighs), St Marks Basilica & Square and the Grand Canal. Apart from the Doge's Palace there is not to much more to see. I guess it is the uniqueness of this place that is the main attraction.

    We had a tour of the Doge's Palace - very ornate with gold and painted ceilings and apparently one of the largest canvas paintings in the world. We crossed the Bridge of Sighs which does not have any romantic connotation associated with it as the gondoliers would have you believe as they punt you underneath. Instead it was actually the direct path to the prison. The sighs would be the sound the prisoners would make as they crossed the bridge, possibly only a one way trip.... Or so the story goes.

    It is known as St Mark's Basilica (and square) because that is where the apostle St Mark is buried. Trouble is, St Mark died in Egypt , not Venice, but as the Venetians were always competing against Rome (who had St Peter), they decided to steal the body from Egypt and bring it back to Venice. To do this they hid his body in a large basket and covered it with pork so when they passed through customs the Muslims would not touch pork and thus not find the body. True story - fascinating stuff. There is a depictation of this event on the front of St Mark's Basilica. Unfortunately we were not able to go into St Mark's as the queues were just too long.

    We didn't go on a gondola as it is quite expensive and when we looked at the faces of those travelling, nobody seemed very happy, including the gondalier. We got plenty of photos though and we also made our way to the Rialto bridge, did some shopping and bought a piece of Murano glass (another Venetian specialty) and a couple of other souvenirs. Back onboard on off to Split in Croatia.
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  • Day5

    Venedig3

    May 22 in Italy

    Die letzte Nacht gab es Dauerregen, der bis heute Mittag anhielt. Also war Aufstehen heute nicht wie geplant um 6.30Uhr, sondern erst 3Stunden später. Auch mal ganz angenehm! Frühstück im WoMo und gegen 13.00Uhr hörte der Regen abrupt auf. Spontan ging es wieder zu Fuß los zur Fährstation und 45min später waren wir wieder in den Menschenmengen. Bei "Rosa Salva" essen wir leckere Tramezzini, dazu trinken wir Aperol Spritz. Lecker! Ein Besuch im Hard Rock Café gehört natürlich auch zu unseren Zielen. Im Buchladen "Libraria Acqua Alta" gibt es unzählige tolle Bücher, die Geschichten erzählen könnten. Das Teatro Fenice, der Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, der Campanile, die Basilika San Marco, der Dogenpalast und viele der 398 Brücken gehören zu unseren Zielen. Hatte ich schon erwähnt, das es hier ständig Trepp auf und Trepp ab, durch unzählige kleine und große Gassen geht? Schließlich besteht die Altstadt von Venedig aus 118 Inseln, zwischen denen sich unterschiedlich breite Kanäle hindurch ziehen. Die Orte der Lagune wurden auf Millionen von Holzpfählen errichtet. Wir finden hier immerhin 175 Kanäle mit etwa 38km Gesamtlänge! Imponierend! Ein spannender zweiter Venedig-Tag geht nach 18Uhr mit der Vaporetto-Rückfahrt zu Ende!Read more

  • Day17

    Venice

    June 3, 2016 in Italy

    Wow! I think this city was my favourite so far!

    Our campground wasn't actually in Venice, but a short ride over by water taxi. The mosquitos (mozzies, in Aussie-speak) were noteworthy, but the bug repellant helped.

    Venice is actually made up of 118 islands that are connected by hundreds of bridges of various types and sizes; everything from the opulent Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs to a regular footbridge. St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice and the Basilica named in his honour is quite spectacular and the only works of art inside are mosaics. The basilica opens up onto St Mark's Square, which is quite large and home to thousands of pigeons.

    We started off our full day in Venice bright and early with a walking tour led by a really terrific tour guide that lives in Venice - she even pointed out her house. There are over 120 churches because, historically, each island had at least one church. There are no cars or bicycles permitted in Venice, which is great for walking around, buy it's an extra challenge to move goods (and even garbage) around the city, so everything is moved using hand carts (definitely contribute to the high cost of Venice).

    We had free time after our walking tour ended in St Mark's Square, so a group of us hit some of the high points (Rialto and Sighs) and went exploring. In case of emergency, we had a Mario, but it was fun just walking around the tiny streets, looking in shops, gelato and food multiple times. A few of us found a little restaurant and spent a couple of hours with pasta and vino, then we meet up with the whole group for gondola rides.

    Gondolas are pretty much exclusively for tourists at this point and I'm glad to have experienced it. There were six of us per gondola and our gondolier was one his cell phone almost the entire time, which kind of stunted what I'd pictured, but it was near anyway.

    I'd mentioned to Cobey and Amelio how much I enjoy bringing back art from trips because it's something that I can display at home and bring back memories from travels. As we were walking back from the gondolas, they came across a man drawing with charcoal and they brought me over... His pieces were amazing! It was a tough decision, but I decided on a charcoal sketch of the Bridge of Sighs. Perfect, since I was definitely hoping to find something in black and white for home. It won't smudge and is sandwiched in cardboard to keep it safe until I get home! I took a photo with the artist and Cobey took a time-lapse of his sketching while I was deciding... Amazing!

    It's hard to explain, but I really enjoyed the vibe of the city as a whole. I'm glad I found a terrific souvenir from this terrific city!
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  • Day20

    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 10pmRead more

  • Day21

    Walking along the canals..

    October 5 in Italy

    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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  • Day26

    Venice hotel

    June 30, 2016 in Italy

    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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  • Day5

    Explore Venice

    June 23 in Italy

    We had an extremely late start. We originally planned to eat breakfast at the Rialto Fish Market but by the time that we got there, the vendors had already started closing down. Instead, we had brunch at a Pizzeria, Farini, where the pizza was simple but delicious. After our meal, we crossed over the famous Ponte di Rialto (Rialto bridge). It was extremely crowded and honestly, it looks better in the photos. There was, however, a great view of the Grand Canal and a great photo spot. After we crossed the bridge we were confronted with the grand St. Mark’s Basilica. This was one of the few Basilicas we went to that was as grand on the inside as the outside. Since the tickets were free there were enormous lines. It took at least 30 minutes to get in. Once we entered we were greeted with the huge murals that covered all the walls. We also laid out eyes upon the Basilicas most precious treasure, a nail from Christ’s cross. After our adventure through the Basilica and it’s terraces we decided to just walk by Doge’s Palace without entering it. We were tired and thirsty and decided to stop at a cafe for Coffee and gelato. After our quick snack, the plan was to go back toward the apartment. On the way, however, we joined a line for a gondola ride, since we knew we could not leave without doing one. It was a wonderful experience since it wasn’t that hot. We took a lot of photos, relaxed, and enjoyed Venice by boat. After our quick detour, we still headed back to the apartment and took a nap. That evening we had planned to eat dinner in the Cannaregio area but decided to eat close to the flat and call it a day.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Sestière di Santa Croce, Sestiere di Santa Croce

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