Entries Tagged as 'W EUR- IT, Venice'

Venice- A Night Walk

Taking a walk in Venice at night is a treat.  All the day trippers are gone, and you have the streets largely to yourself.  The towers and cathedrals of the city are illuminated.  The light from the street lamps shimmers on the water like in an impressionist painting.  The streets are flooded ever so slightly.  It is truly a magical experience.

It is also obvious that the city is in a state of decay.  It is a decadent decay, though.  The bricks on ancient mansions crumble, but they are still mansions.  And just wait until the patrician owner decides to restore it.  Now that is a sight I'd like to see!

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Venice's Lesser Canals

Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world.  It has canals that act as streets, and boats that act as cars.  Boat lovers take heed, and if you wind up moving there, tell them I sent you!

Upon arrival to, or departure from Venice with your bags, take a vaporetto, or much better, a water taxi to your destination.  If you don't, you may find yourself hauling those heavy bags over six bridges, all with steps, to your hotel.  That is exactly what I had to do, and by the time I arrived at my hotel, I thought I was going to have a heart attack!

No matter.  I survived to enjoy the serene city of Venice, with its beautiful canals and grand mansions.  Your gondola awaits.

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Venice- Dorsoduro Neighborhood

Sometimes when I'm on vacation, I just want to relax.  The Dorsoduro Neighborhood in Venice is just the place to do that.  It's an unhurried place, dotted with casual restaurants, camera-toting tourists, and students wearing backpacks. 

First, I headed for Ae Oche Pizzarie on Zattere 1414, where I ordered a delicious calzone stuffed with ham and mushrooms.  My friend, on the other hand, decided to get spaghetti with a light meat sauce, which, she said, "Hit the spot."

After I finished my meal, I took a long walk on the promenade, water to my left, and beautiful old mansions to my right.  As day turned to evening, I enjoyed watching all the people come out of their houses to chat with family and friends.  I also saw boats both large and small rushing across the water from island to island.

In the evening, I had dinner at Casin dei Nobili on Zattere 924.  It was located right on the water, and I could hear the sound of waves hitting the shore.  Watching the evening turn to night at this restaurant was magical, and the pepporoni pizza I ordered was one of the best I'd ever had!

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Venice- The San Polo Neighborhood

Be forewarned as you embark upon this excursion: you must be physically fit, patient, and not afraid to ask locals to point the way(because you will get lost).  If you are willing to do this, you will be rewarded.

My first stop was Cantina do Mori Bar(Sotoportego do Mori 429 San Polo), which had been open since before Columbus discovered America.  It had large brass pots hanging from the ceiling, wooden barstools, and stone floors.  I myself grabbed a killer glass of wine and chicchetti(bar snacks), which included a meatball, roast beef, and cheese, each skewered on a toothpick.

Then I headed for Mauro el Forner de Canton(Ruga Vecchia di San Giovanni 603 San Polo), which was known for its excellent cookies and pastries.  Here I bought a chocolate pastry, which more than satisfied my sweet tooth.

After taking some time to check out the ancient environs, I stopped at Trattoria Locanda Poste Vece(Rialto Pescheria 1612 San Polo) for dinner.  This was the oldest and most delightful restaurant in Venice.  There were beautiful paintings and decorative plates, as well as rich brown wood covering its walls.  Here I ordered ordered a juicy steak covered with just the right amount of gravy on top.  Delicious!

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Venice- Shopping on the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is a white, arch-shaped structure that spans The Grand Canal in Venice.  It is one of the most beautiful, graceful, and romantic bridges in the world.

There are delightful, small shops on and around the bridge.  Some sell leather products, such as purses, handbags, and backpacks.  Others sell silver earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  And for dessert?  Why gelato of course!   

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