Venice

Venice is known as “the jewel of the Adriatic” and there are good reasons for this: almost everywhere you turn there is something wondrous to gaze at. Few cities anywhere have such a wealth of artistic and architectural treasures. Venice was home to figures such as Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese, Titian and Palladio and they have left a priceless legacy in the form of their work. In this city of canals the public transport system is based on the vaporetto or water bus and daily tickets can be used to take you to any destination throughout the Venetian lagoon.
Greatest Hits St Mark’s Basilica Doge’s Palace Bridge of Sighs Grand Canal Rialto Bridge Accademia Gallery        Murano Burano Torcello San Michele The Lido Padua  Out of Town Worth a Look Ca d’Oro San Zaccaria La Salute Scuola Grande di San Rocco Madonna dell’Orto The Ghetto

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Abbazia Belle Epoque La Forcola LaGare Abbazia Belle Epoque La Forcola La Gare Click to enlarge
Hotel Abbazia  Website Trip Advisor Page My hotel of choice in Venice. Two minutes walk from the station, 10 minutes from Piazzale Roma. Former Carmelite monastery associated with the adjacent Scalzi church. Beautifully-appointed hotel with a small bar and lounge - check out the pulpit! Can’t recommend it highly enough. (Calle Priuli dei Cavaletti, Cannaregio, 30121 Venice) Hotel Belle Epoque  Website Trip Advisor Page A budget option 5 minutes walk from the station. Decor is a little tired but breakfast is better than average. Rooms are comfortable enough and the air-conditioning is very effective. (Rio Tera Lista di Spagna, 30120 Venice) Hotel La Forcola  Website Trip Advisor Page A basic hotel on the main route between St Mark’s and the station. The decor is a bit tired these days and the rooms are small. Similarly-priced to the Belle Epoque, but only preferable if you want to be a bit closer to St Mark’s Square. (Rio Tera de la Maddalena, 30121 Venice) Hotel LaGare  Website Trip Advisor Page A stunning new hotel in Murano. Has a bar, cafe and restaurant. The staff are terrific and the breakfast is first class. Has its own free shuttle to/from the airport and to/from Venice. Murano gives the visitor a different perspective on Venice - away from the bustle (but only 15 minutes away!). (Rivalonga 27, Murano, 30141 Venice)
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Marciana Serenissima Ai Vetrai Alba Nova Gam Gam Ai Vetrai Alba Nova Marciana Serenissima Gam Gam Click to enlarge
Ai Vetrai  Trip Advisor Page A nice little trattoria beside one of the main canals in Murano. Good quality, simply-presented food at reasonable prices. The staff are attentive without being intrusive and the restaurant has a cosy atmosphere. (Fondamenta Manin 30, 30141 Venice) Alba Nova  Website Trip Advisor Page A small, family-run restaurant in the maze of streets on the Santa Croce side of the Scalzi bridge. Good quality, authentic Venetian food served by helpful staff. More expensive than it used to be, but still good value. (Lista Vecchia Dei Bari 1252, 30135 Venice) GamGam  Website Trip Advisor Page A kosher canal-side Jewish restaurant on the edge of the Ghetto. Interesting menu - Jewish with just a hint of Venetian. Good quality and freshly- prepared food. A nice change from pizza and pasta. Can be crowded at times. (Fondamenta Cannaregio, 30121 Venice) Marciana  Trip Advisor Page A nice little restaurant in the narrow street facing you as you cross the Scalzi bridge towards Santa Croce. Appetizing, inexpensive food and interesting decor inside with framed sketches on the walls. (Calle Lunga, 30121 Venice) Serenissima  Trip Advisor Page Typical, bustling pizzeria on the main route between St Mark’s and the station - almost opposite Hotel La Forcola. Decent standard of food, especially the pizzas, served by jocular waiting staff. Sit and watch the world go by. (Rio Tera Della Maddalena, Cannaregio, Venice)

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Venice
Venice
Venice is known as “the jewel of the Adriatic” and there are good reasons for this. It is a unique city, consisting of 118 islands (with 160 canals and 400 bridges); it is a strangely quiet city due to the absence of traffic; and almost everywhere you turn there is something wondrous to gaze at. Few cities anywhere have such a wealth of artistic and architectural treasures. Venice was home to figures such as Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese, Titian and Palladio. They are no longer with us but they have left a priceless legacy in the form of their work.
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Hotel Whispers
Hotel Abbazia  Website Trip Advisor Page My hotel of choice in Venice. Two minutes walk from the station, 10 minutes from Piazzale Roma. Former Carmelite monastery associated with the adjacent Scalzi church. Beautifully-appointed hotel with a small bar and lounge - check out the pulpit! Can’t recommend it highly enough. (Calle Priuli dei Cavaletti, Cannaregio, 30121 Venice) Hotel Belle Epoque  Website Trip Advisor Page A budget option 5 minutes walk from the station. Decor is a little tired but breakfast is better than average. Rooms are comfortable enough and the air-conditioning is very effective. (Rio Tera Lista di Spagna, 30120 Venice) Hotel La Forcola  Website Trip Advisor Page A basic hotel on the main route between St Marks and the station. The decor is a bit tired these days and the rooms are small. Similarly- priced to the Belle Epoque, but only preferable if you want to be a bit closer to St Mark’s Square. (Rio Tera de la Maddalena, 30121 Venice) Hotel LaGare  Website Trip Advisor Page A stunning new hotel in Murano. Has a bar, cafe and restaurant. The staff are terrific and the breakfast is first class. Has its own free shuttle to/from the airport and to/from Venice. Murano gives the visitor a different perspective on Venice - away from the bustle (but only 15 minutes away!). (Rivalonga 27, Murano, 30141 Venice)
Restaurant Whispers
Ai Vetrai Alba Nova Gam Gam Marciana Serenissima
Ai Vetrai  Trip Advisor Page A nice little trattoria beside one of the main canals in Murano. Good quality, simply-presented food at reasonable prices. The staff are attentive without being intrusive and the restaurant has a cosy atmosphere. (Fondamenta Manin 30, 30141 Venice) Alba Nova  Website Trip Advisor Page A small, family-run restaurant in the maze of streets on the Santa Croce side of the Scalzi bridge. Good quality, authentic Venetian food served by helpful staff. More expensive than it used to be, but still good value. (Lista Vecchia Dei Bari 1252, 30135 Venice) GamGam  Website Trip Advisor Page A kosher canal-side Jewish restaurant on the edge of the Ghetto. Interesting menu - Jewish with just a hint of Venetian. Good quality and freshly- prepared food. A nice change from pizza and pasta. Can be crowded at times. (Fondamenta Cannaregio, 30121 Venice) Marciana  Trip Advisor Page A nice little restaurant in the narrow street facing you as you cross the Scalzi bridge towards Santa Croce. Appetizing, inexpensive food and interesting decor inside with framed sketches on the walls. (Calle Lunga, 30121 Venice) Serenissima  Trip Advisor Page Typical, bustling pizzeria on the main route between St Mark’s and the station - almost opposite Hotel La Forcola. Decent standard of food, especially the pizzas, served by jocular waiting staff. Sit and watch the world go by. (Rio Tera Della Maddalena, Cannaregio, Venice)
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La Forcola LaGare      Abbazia Belle Epoque Greatest Hits St Mark’s Basilica Doge’s Palace Bridge of Sighs Grand Canal Rialto Bridge Accademia Gallery       Murano Burano Torcello San Michele The Lido Padua Out of Town Worth a Look Ca d’Oro San Zaccaria La Salute Scuola Grande di San Rocco Madonna dell’Orto The Ghetto