I love Venice, Italy. And, I love to save money in Venice. I have been lucky enough to spend a month at a time in this dreamlike city four times in the last decade. And, I return as often as possible. This weekend, I head back again to the city of boats and bells. I can’t think of another place I would rather spend time than in Venice. The entire city is a piece of art and a symbol of endurance. It was the home of the longest lasting empire in history, the first assembly line, the first electricity in Italy, and its treasures and islands fascinate and inspire tourists, scholars, artists, writers, and poets.
Walking home to our apartment while exploring Venice, we share a wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving for […]
I just finished a trip to Venice, one of my favorite cities. Here is an updated version of a story about churches in Venice that […]
Too many churches – not enough time. While I haven’t actually researched the figures, after more than two weeks in Venice I’d be willing to wager that Venice probably has more churches per square kilometer than any other city in Europe, including Rome.
At the end of the Giudecca island a massive brick structure, looking almost Germanic, presides over the wide canal looking north towards the tourist heart of Venice. In these remains of one of Europe’s largest flourmills, electricity was introduced to Italy, the first Italian elevators began operation and Venice’s largest hotel and convention venue stands.
I’ve been in Venice for about four days now, enough to feel like an entitled local. Already, I have begun to define “my Venice” from “tourist Venice.” That is, the beautiful, tranquil, Venice where one can hear the small wavelets lapping at the sides of gondolas and the crowded, tour group packed Venice where “Joanie, Hank, Honey, Walter, come look at this!” drowns out the other city noises.
Venice is a tourist town and ice cream stands seem to be on every corner, but after visiting this unique city for years and staying here for extended periods of time, I have come up with my two favorite spots to enjoy what I consider the best gelato in Venice — Gelateria Il Doge and Gelateria Alaska. Both are worth going out of your way to experience.
A perfect way to uncover the back canals and secret campos of Venice is to buy a Chorus Pass and use it as a tool to create a random visit to this unique city. This pass provides just enough structure and a collection of specific destinations to facilitate discovery or Venice.
I got off the train in Venice and stepped into a photographer’s dream. Only trouble, it seems, is that every other photographer has been there. Here’s my camera’s look at the sparkling colors of Venice.
Visitors to Venice have a couple of basic questions to answer when arriving. Do I purchase an unlimited boat pass? Do I buy any of the museum passes offered by the various museum and church organizations? The answer is yes to all the questions, but I’ve learned that there are more considerations.