Advice for Venice/Rome Trip

Mar 26th, 2015, 05:30 PM
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the Biennale Art exhibition starts May 9 in Venice. there are various venues, and exhibits, its worth while to look at the events calendar.

for a different type of Venice experience you can learn to row a gondala..

the st regis is on a separate island..get over yourself and stay in Venice proper.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 12:28 AM
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another vote for the Brenta Canal for biking or boating
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Mar 27th, 2015, 01:02 AM
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The Danieli IS in the centre of things, hence the busyness of the area around it.

Staying on another island is not a good idea for such a short visit.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 03:49 AM
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>>I wouldn't stay at the Danieli -- you will be in Venice such a short time I personally wouldn't stay that far from the center of things.<<

I think this poster is confused and may be thinking of the Cipriani. It doesn't get much more central than the Danieli.

>>The St Regis gets superb reviews but would we be shortchanging ourselves somehow on authenticity? Or should I just get over myself?<<
The latter. You're overthinking this.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 07:22 AM
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Oops. I did a copy/paste from your post and meant to refer to the St Regis not the Danieli . . . total brain freeze. If I'd done a 'preview I would have caught my mistake. Of course the Danieli is a terrific location.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 08:27 AM
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I think we're going to go with the St. Regis. We'll be in the middle of things in Rome (at the Westin). Based on that and the various reviews I have read, it might be good to have the retreat.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 08:32 AM
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IMO you really don't want a 'retreat' in Venice -- you need to have convenient access to the rest of the city. There is no public transport to the St Regis. Either waiting for its own boats or very expensive water taxis every time you want to go somewhere.
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Mar 27th, 2015, 09:33 AM
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Another vote for 5/3. Even if you get tired of history when you are in Rome, you can just wander the streets for your next gelato stop! Venice is great for walking and people watching along the canals. We were in Venice for four days last year and I can't wait to go back!
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Mar 27th, 2015, 10:01 AM
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Do not think you are shortchanging yourself if you choose the Danieli. My SIL stayed there ten years ago and is still raving about the experience. While we have never stayed there ourselves, I can certainly vouch for it's centrality and ease of access. Besides, it might be much easier for your children to go out on their own if they don't feel the same need for a retreat...

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Mar 27th, 2015, 10:01 AM
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definitely stay in the centre of Venice. That doesn't necessarily mean San Marco but on the main island. there is nothing like being able to get up early in the morning and watching Venice waking up, or wandering the streets late at night after a digestif at your favourite bar. or just being able to wander around at will ,hopping on and off the vaporetti.

The experience of Venice is so different to Rome that you won't be yearning for a retreat, you'll be feeling frustrated that you aren't in the thick of it!
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Mar 28th, 2015, 07:38 PM
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Oh, I wouldn't stay at the St Regis. So time consuming to get around for such a short stay. I agree with the others. Definitely the Danieli ! Such a beautiful hotel in a convenient and central location. It's so perfect to just walk out the door and be IN Venice proper. So little time being central makes the most sense.
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Mar 28th, 2015, 07:53 PM
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I'll probably get shot for this, but if you're choosing the St Regis in Venice because you'll be "in the thick" of things at the Westin in Rome, I can tell you that the location of the Westin isn't my idea at all of the center of things in Rome.

All your hotel choices are quite upscale and very nice, but I think only the Danieli comes close to giving you an authentic feel for being in the center of either Venice or Rome.
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Apr 1st, 2015, 02:01 PM
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I was using the term "thick of things" perhaps a little more in a negative sense than a positive one. If I were staying in a New York hotel, I'd rather stay on the Upper West Side than in midtown. I get the sense that the Westin is conveniently located but right in the middle of tourist central.
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May 11th, 2015, 08:14 AM
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So our trip is rapidly approaching and I am working on restaurants. We are pretty confident of our choices in Rome. Venice, however, is proving a bit more challenging because most of the better-regarded restaurants seem to focus on seafood and, in particular, shellfish. Two members of our family will not eat shellfish at all and the other two will not venture beyond shrimp. We have already made reservations at La Zucca; does anyone have recommendations for restaurants in Venice that do not focus on seafood?
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May 11th, 2015, 10:00 AM
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A lot of restaurants in Venice tend to be heavy on seafood, for obvious reasons. Still, most have non-seafood dishes.

We like Trattoria Da Fiore (not to be confused with the much more expensive Osteria Da Fiore). Lots of seafood on the menu, but also steak, veal and good calves liver if that's in the range of your tastes.
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May 11th, 2015, 10:23 AM
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Osteria ai Promessi Spossi in Cannaregio off of Strada Nuova.

Antica Besseta. Near Zucca.Walk through Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio towards Scalzi Bridge.

I really like a beccafico in Campo San
Stefano. Lots of seafood, but many other things on menu. $$$$

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