A tale of two Venices

[Updated from a previous 2007 post — not much has changed.] 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,...

Venice's Chorus Pass — a path to revelation

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. A simple mandate like “Just do it,” is difficult to follow for tourists who have no idea of...

Photos: The colors of 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. When we focus on the colors it presents a...

Boat, museum and church passes

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...

Venice guidebook reviews

Whenever we travel, we hope to find the perfect guidebook that fits our interests and speaks to us. Unfortunately, those guidebooks are hard to find and rarely exist. In the case of Venice, with literally centuries of guidebooks to choose from, decisions are harder....

Venice: myths and summer discoveries

I’ve been in Venice for about two weeks now and several bits of travel article lore have been falling by the wayside. Specifically, those that claim Venice is impossibly hot, the canals are full of trash and that they stink. And Venice has a new discovery around...