Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since May 2010
50-64 year old male
Travel economically alone on business, comfortably with the wife on holidays
, Flea & Street Markets
Bus Transportation, Mass Transportation Systems
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities
Bars & Clubs
Churches & Cathedrals
The night manager at the Hotel was warm, friendly and very helpful. He helped take our bags to our room on the second floor. After unpacking and returning to the reception he gave us a summary on things to see and recommended some places to eat. His suggestion of the nearby restaurant, Al Cassa Mia, was good. Our room was fairly basic, consistent with its 2 to 3 star rating, and was ornately decorated in Venetian style. The bathroom and room were clean and we had a good night’s sleep on the bed despite some early reservations on the firmness of the 2 single mattresses that made up the double bed. The room is air-conditioned. The size of the room was OK for us and our luggage as we really only slept there after spending all day and most of night about town. The free WiFi did not work that well in the room but then again nether did our mobile phone and its data roaming (we had a Eurosim with Vodaphone Italy). We were lucky to get G, let alone 3G, inside the hotel. However, the WiFi is strong in the breakfast room and reception area, where there are some lounges and you can even buy a drink from the bar.
A must see - always crowded but there are some good shops along it. It is also the main bridge to the Rialto market and San Polo district.
The fresh produce was amazing - particularly the fish, tomato varieties and meat.
Most cost effective way to travel by water from the airport. Also great to see the main canal - catch the vaporetto from Rio Novo, near the train station to St Marco. The trip from St Marco to Murano Island is also very enjoyable.
Interesting and less crowded part of Venice which we walked through on the way to the ghetto area, crossing several scenic bridges on the way.
A quite local area. The buildings are relatively well maintained and the area is very clean compared to most other parts of Venice.
Don't bother if you are a tourist and expect good service. Based on the overall good reviews of this restaurant, the menu and its location along a Venetian Canal we thought we in for a treat for lunch. After being seated in a nice scenic spot next to the canal and given the menus it took quite some time before the wait staff came back to take our order. We ordered salmon with spicy tomato sauce, a matzo soup and sides of latka and artichoke and some drinks. The drinks arrived promptly but things went downhill from there. First to arrive was the matzo soup, which was tepid , not hot as it is supposed to be. After some time, the latka arrived. The latka was burnt and was barely edible. After my wife had nearly finished her soup my salmon finally arrived. To their credit the salmon, with a spicy tomato based sauce, was good. No idea of what happened with the artichoke, which never arrived but was included in the bill (check). The neighbouring tables of Italian speaking clients seem to be able to get all their food served promptly and all dishes served at the same time. When I paid the bill, after alerting them to incorrectly charging me for the artichoke dish that never arrived (no apology offered for this) I politely commented about the tardy service and was given a story about their computer not working. I responded that this didn't seem to affect the service at the other tables and left. I notice on trip advisor that the computer seems to often cause a problem in this place. We were polite to the staff and tolerated the third class service and food without complaining until the end when I was fed up with being charged for something that we did not receive.
After a bad service experience at the Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant at lunch (see my previous review of this) we were pleased to have a friendly welcome at this restaurant and excellent food as well. We had a sea bass, where a whole fish is baked and served for 2 people. The bass was presented to us before the staff filleted and plated it. The fish was superb in texture and taste. The cost was 18 euro per person for this superb dish and was excellent value. The deserts were also very good. Overall cost for 2 people was 75 euro which included side dishes, wine and other drinks. We thought this was very good value for the quality of food and presentation.
Although the most crowded spot that we visited in Venice it is a must see for the interesting shops in the area and is also a hub for catching the vaporetto to other locations.
Less than 1 kilometre east of St Marco. The eastern side of Venice is an interesting area to experience a typical "suburb" where Venetians live, complete with parks, playgrounds but not too many shops and restaurants.
The museum was not open but looked interesting from outside. We walked along the canal to the west of the museum to see the naval academy and were fortunate to witness a naval parade.
Located well to the east of St Marco are and away from the tourist area this local cafe which serves good coffee, tea and food at a reasonable price. They also serve alcohol, which everyone else was having with lunch. For coffee, tea, and a nice lunch of eggplant and tortellini the cost was 18 euro. Given that their (clean) toilet was free the net cost for 2 was only 15 euro compared to the tourist areas, where you have to pay 1.50 Euros to "spend a penny".
We caught the ferry from St Marco to Murano as a cost of 4 Euro each one way. The island has a number of glass makers who have spectacular displays of their wares. We bought some small items but would have loved to be able to afford some of the spectacular chandeliers that were on display. The island was uncrowded on the day we visited and there are many interesting site to see.
Excellent food and service - best we had in 5 days at Venice The service at this restaurant is a cut above the other restaurants that we visited in Venice. The staff were very professional and treated all customers equally. We were attracted by the interesting menu and a short conversation with the head waiter. For lunch we had lobster with spaghetti on a warm salad and gnocchi with duck ragout. For the main course we had grilled tuna with vegetables and salmon "burger". All courses were delicious, well presented and made from fine ingredients. Cost was 87 euro for two that included mineral water, coffee and tea. We felt we got what we paid for. The restaurant is located along a main canal at Murano and you can sit outside to enjoy the view or, as we did, sit inside in a sumptuous interior with a central bar and exotic Murano glass light fittings. The decor and cleanliness of this restaurant was also a cut above the rest. After lunch we caught the ferry back to St Marco (cost 4 euro each).
One of the few steel bridges in Venice. Fantastic views of the main canal.
The church is located on the south-eastern island of Venice. On the main island just follow the walking directions to L'Accademia to get to the Ponte de Academia bridge that crossed the main canal. There are toilets under the southern part of the bridge. From the bridge just walk in an easterly directions past the Guggenheim museum. The walk in through an interesting and relatively uncrowded part of Venice. Entrance is free and you are allowed to take non-flash photos in most areas. One of the most impressive churches in Venice with massive paintings in the pulpit and interesting paintings and sculptures throughout. Well worth visiting.
This bar is located at Venice airport. The Trip Advisor community mostly advise you avoid this place like the plague. Our experience is described below. After being seated and waiting for about 10 minutes a waiter finally came towards our table but then went to attend to a table of Italians next to us who has just arrived. I had to insist the waiter serve us first. We ordered cold platters of finely sliced beef with roast vegetables and prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and a coffee and tea. The food arrived promptly, as it was pre-prepared but our coffee and tea never arrived. The food was good but service extremely poor and unprofessional. This place is like the rubbish service we got at Maxims at Paris airport for which I wrote a similar poor review. I can't believe that I didn't check other reviews for this place. I noted that even the Italians disliked this place. At Venice airport just go to one of the many bistros and avoid dissatisfaction.