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Old 10-20-08, 10:51 AM   #1
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Travel Tips for Venice, Italy

I have to go to Italy for work in a few weeks. I'm going by myself and have managed to get my company to spring the bill for a few extra days there. Have any foosters been there that can give some travel recommendations?
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Well, you are in decent wine country. Bardolino, Soave and Valpolicella are made in that region.
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Hotel Ca d'Oro is where we stayed last year, and it was awesome. Great location.

Our best meal in Venice was at a cafe, instead of one of the proper 'restaurants.' You'll be there at a time in the year that the tourism tides may be subsided some, which will help

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how much time do you have for sight seeing?

the academia really should be a must. i suppose the doge's palace. a vaparetto around the islands. a negroni at harry's bar has it's charms. the architecture biennale might be worth a visit, if for no better reason than to walk through the gardini, and see the pavilions.

vis-a-vis restaurants, the best one i ate at was way off the beaten path. the worst are usually by the train station, or san marco.
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Well, you are in decent wine country. Bardolino, Soave and Valpolicella are made in that region.
I will certainly be having some wine while there. Lots of it. Call me a lush.
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how much time do you have for sight seeing?

the academia really should be a must. i suppose the doge's palace. a vaparetto around the islands. a negroni at harry's bar has it's charms. the architecture biennale might be worth a visit, if for no better reason than to walk through the gardini, and see the pavilions.

vis-a-vis restaurants, the best one i ate at was way off the beaten path. the worst are usually by the train station, or san marco.
10 days total. 5 days of work. 2.5 for travel and recovery. So 4 days of play time. I will certainly try to check out the academia. Thanks for the input.
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10 days total. 5 days of work. 2.5 for travel and recovery. So 4 days of play time. I will certainly try to check out the academia. Thanks for the input.
a short trip away, in padua, is the Scrovengi Chapel, where you can see Giotto at his finest.
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I must be getting old, the name of the place we stayed 4 yrs ago is escaping me. It was a bed and breakfast type place on, I can't even remember the name of the campo, but basically 2-3 blocks from the Rialto Bridge. Around 100 euros a night, pretty cheap.

All the best food was in obscure places w/ no windows. We learned to avoid any place that only had bottled wine (vs wine on tap)
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I must be getting old, the name of the place we stayed 4 yrs ago is escaping me. It was a bed and breakfast type place on, I can't even remember the name of the campo, but basically 2-3 blocks from the Rialto Bridge. Around 100 euros a night, pretty cheap.

All the best food was in obscure places w/ no windows. We learned to avoid any place that only had bottled wine (vs wine on tap)
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