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Review: Venice

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Italy

A day in Venice

  • By SilverTraveller Timetraveller

    30 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Jun 2014
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We arrived in Venice by cruise ship and I was up early on deck to see the sail in which was truly magnificent. The large cruise ships now dock on the outskirts of Venice but the sail in still took us past St Marks Square. To get into the centre of Venice, we first walked to the new People Mover, a monorail, which took us along one stop. We then had to walk to St Marks Square. This was well signposted but we really enjoyed looking at the back streets and canals. In one area, we stood on a bridge and watched the gondolas, pleasure boats, water taxis, delivery boats and dustboats all manoeuvring for positions on the water. It was just like a busy London street except that it was on water! Brilliant. There were restaurants on route, gift shops and clothes shops but eventually we came to the famous Rialto Bridge. At that point, we decided to take a gondola ride which cost 80 Euros for half an hour. You have to do a gondola ride in Venice and it was really good fun. Our gondolier took us through some really narrow canals and showed us the oldest building in the city. He didn't sing to us though! Our walk continued across the Rialto Bridge on which I was surprised to see a parade of shops. We eventually arrived at St Marks Square which was very busy with tourists. There was a long queue for St Marks Basilica and we decided to give it a miss. My clothing was also unsuitable as I had no sleeves and I was wearing shorts. We decided to go up the very tall Campanile Tower. Thankfully it had a lift! The views from the top were amazing and it was well worth waiting in the queue (about 10 minutes). Prices in St Marks Square were rather high so, for lunch, we found a little cafe in one of the back streets where we had a very enjoyable hot dog and a ciabatta sandwich. A stroll back across St Marks Square took us to the waterfront and we found the famous Bridge of Sighs. We took the local water taxi back to the ship which was just like being on a local bus at home. We enjoyed the back streets of Venice as much as St Marks Square. The whole place had such a lovely atmosphere and we would really love to go back there again.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 6 Comment(s)

  • Su
    over 6 years ago
    Venice remains my favourite city, and even though we've been lots of times, we always find areas that are new to us.
  • sandra_42
    about 7 years ago
    Please see my posting about the impact of cruise ships and day trippers on Venice and consider staying there for a longer period and arriving by a different form of transport. You need to stay for several days to do this amazing city justice........we have stayed for 7-14 days every year for the last ten years and still see new things. You'll also be contributing more to the local economy.
  • Cruzeroqueen1
    over 7 years ago
    There doesn't seem to be an edit facility on here - for some reason my date of 1973 didn't show up.
  • Cruzeroqueen1
    over 7 years ago
    Enjoyed that TT. I'd love to go back again some time. I was there in 1973. Didn't take a gondola ride though - out of my price bracket then , although obviously a lot cheaper that €80 (gulp) - I' have needed to bring it home at that price!:)
  • coolonespa
    over 7 years ago
    Enjoyed your review Gail, thanks. Venice is one of those fascinating cities where there is endless hours of enjoyment and fascination just watching it operate from the water, rather than roads as most of us are used to. Definitely a place worthy of a return visit.
  • Barrowman
    over 7 years ago
    Nice review Timetraveller, Venice is a place We've always wanted to visit but unfortunately none of the cruises we have done yet - and we've done a few have not visited there - one day soon hopefully.....