Help with trip to Venice!

Mar 30th, 2007, 01:50 PM
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mnwinship -- sorry about the threadjacking.

I've been to Verona too, but clearly Padua is a favorite.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 03:29 PM
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Girlspytravel......I feel the same way you do re: Venezia....she is truly amazing....thanks for the additional great info. I spend many weeks a year lost in her charms.
The vaporetti do run all hours...just a much slower schedule in the early morning hours.....I've caught the 2something #82 from Guidecca to San Zaccaria many times.
Check out the night schedule on ACTV's website.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 05:12 PM
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I would suggest a short 2 day trip to Verona. It's very beautiful and might even end up being a highlight of your trip.

Also Murano is a great day excursion to see how the venetians make glass.

Good Luck

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Mar 30th, 2007, 06:00 PM
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discussion is of some use to you)

SCRB-there's an excellent Venetian website called

Click "English" and then click the link to the side that you want-"shops" then look at the drop down box-internet-it will show you, with an interactive map-exactly where all the internet points in the city are located.

It does NOT show Casanova-Fodor's please remove it from your destinations tab-it's been gone for over a year!

Tries-I'm going to go back to Padova (luckily, I have a friend in Venice who will let me have his apt. for FREE-at certain times of the year! (located in a very Venetian neighborhood next to San Giovanni and Paolo Basilica-I like the apt. and neighborhood (around Miracoli) very much). I want to see more -I'm sort of obsessed with Giotto recently-he was very far above the rest of the artists of his time-way far above-as both an artist and architect-Dante was right to pay him homage in la Divina Commedia.

Bailey-I know from your posts that you love Venice as well-and as for the late night vaporettos-we were at "Piccolo Mondo" disco at Accademia, and our Venetian friends said, "no vaporettos" -it was about 2am. We walked, all the way from Accademia, to Piazzale Roma, to the train station, and then from there down the Strada Nova to our respective abodes. Long walk, but not too bad, actually. We weren't about to wait for the vaporetto-but next time, I will look at the night schedule- so thanks for that!

Theresa-I've got to take you on-WHAT, exactly is so great about Verona that it would be "the highlight of your trip?" Seriously. It's a very spread out town-there's the blah Arena, there's the Piazza del Bra, and a couple of spread-out churches, San Zeno, etc., -and Giulietta's balcony-it takes well over an hour to get there from Venice-where's the astounding art that you will find in Padova, and the many other sights all within walking distance? I felt I had gained a better understanding of the medieval world after seeing Padova and its art. Verona bored me. As I stated, it's a trade fair town, -but an art city? Not to my mind.
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Apr 6th, 2007, 05:41 PM
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I just wanted to update my post here about the Punta della Dogana in Venice. Yesterday, the Venice City Council awarded the entire point of land where the Punta della Dogana is located to? Francois Pinault of SPA, owner of Gucci, owner of the Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal. The mayor said that the Guggenheim did not comply with one of the required criteria-that it provide a listing of exactly what modern art pieces would be shown in their museum proposal. Because they did not come forward, they were excluded, and Pinault will commence almost immediately with his Japanese architect to transform the Punta della Dogana into Venice's Museum of Modern Art.

The art world, it's fair to say, is a bit shocked. The Guggenheim, is speechless. They got very emotional in the competition early on, thinking that the Venice City Council would not be fair to them-it is no secret that the Mayor of Venice, Massimo Cacciari, wanted Pinault to have and develop the Punta. Pinault got what he wanted, and what he did not get in Paris- , space to build his museum- which is why he came to Venice in the first instance.

Very interesting this.
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Aug 5th, 2007, 11:51 PM
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Topping - many thanks!
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