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Nov 20th, 2013, 10:09 AM
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Venice 3 days Itinerary.

Here is my 3 days Itinerary for Venice, I may go in February, I want to know if its good, also any suggestions for food attractions or activities are welcome. Suppose my Hotel is Palazzo Stern in Dorsoduro:

Day 1: Ca' Rezzonico, Gallerie dell'Academia, Cantinone già Schiavi (Lunch), Peggy Guggenheim, Santa Maria della Salute.

Day 2: Campanile di San Marco, Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Al Portego (Lunch), Ponte di Rialto, Mercato di Rialto, Frari Basilica, Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Day 3: I actually don't know what to do in day 3, I leave it to you, I want some suggestions except the islands of Murano etc.
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Nov 20th, 2013, 10:30 AM
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I enjoy exploring areas of Venice totally devoid of tourists, like the eastern tip of the main island where you see school kids playing and real neighborhoods. Take a public boat thru the old Arsenal - really remarkable old port and ship building area there.

Spend some time wondering about other quiet areas without having to see any single site - many tourists miss much of Venice because they stick only to the main sights.

Not sure why you are aloof to go to the islands - yeh Murano is sadly overrun with glass blowers catering to tourists but Burano and Torcello farther afield are quiet and interesting - check out the feral cats that run about on Torcello - coming from afar across the lagoon by boat going back to Venice is a great thing IMO - imitating ancient mariners who got their first glimpse of what was once one of the world's most opulent and greatest cities from across the lagoon - anticipations growing as the city hovers ever closer over the water.
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Nov 20th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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One must thing in Venice I do not see penciled into your days are a boat ride down the Grand' Canale at night - seeing all the impressive ancient and a bit crumbling facades of old villas and palazzos silently slip buy at night - being lovingly illuminated to me is one of the most surreal things I have ever done.

Public boats go down it regularly - go down at night and in the day as well. Lord Byron famously swam down the Grand; Canale but that is not suggested.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 05:26 AM
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I love these thoughts!! We are there over Christmas and making notes!!

PalenQ, what public boat through the arsenal? Not sure how to get that, but my boys would love it, as would we!!

Looking for a boat tour in general, not just public transport or a gondola ride, any clues?? I see Context travel offers one, but iffy at that time of year.

Thanks OP, great post all!
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Nov 21st, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Too much art on day one. Move one of these to day three.

Also, day two may be a bit busy as well, because the stuff around Piazza San Marco will take a lot of time to see properly. Maybe do that plus the Peggy Guggenheim on day three?

Or as suggested, go to Torcello, which will take about half a day. That's by far the best of the islands in the lagoon, IMO.

Mmmoommm--one of the vaporetti runs through it. or used to anyway. Don't see it on the current vaporetto map, though. My experience was the that ride was much too fast for my degree of interest in the Arsenal.

One bit of advice is to see about buying in advance either a Venice Travel Card, that you can get for various time periods, or a Venice Connected pass that gives you both transportation and entrance to certain museums.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 09:30 AM
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I notice that you have the Rialto market after lunch. Go first thing in the morning. Much of it is closed by the afternoon but, whatever else you do, don't miss the market.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 10:41 AM
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mmmooo - are you aware that there's a naval museum in Venice? It's called the Museo Storico Navale, located near the arsenale, just before Via Garibaldi.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Mmmoommm--one of the vaporetti runs through it. or used to anyway. Don't see it on the current vaporetto map, though. My experience was the that ride was much too fast for my degree of interest in the Arsenal.>

Yes last time I was in Venice I indeed took a public boat thru the depths of the Arsenal and yes so so evocative.

Holly mentions Via Garibaldi and that is my favorite street in Venice - a real street! a wide commercial street filled with just about anything you'd see in a typical Italian town - kids playing all over - small groceries, bakeries, caffes, etc. And best of all no cars or mopeds like in most Italian towns - a very unique street.
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Just some possibilities, in no particular order of importance:

A visit to a gondola workshop. If memory serves, there's one in the Dorsoduro.

Boat to Burano. You can stroll around the main area and wander through some neighborhoods.

Palazzo Grassi, on the Grand Canal. Has some interesting modern and pop art.

Rialto Market. You can pick up some cheap gifts and souvenirs.

If you're interested in a gondola ride, I suggest you visit a local travel agent or a hotel concierge to get on a group gondola tour. It's not as private as the usual gondola ride, but I think it's a lot more interesting, especially if you're traveling with children. Goes down the Grand Canal and through some back-alley waterways.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 01:41 PM
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great info, yes, i will check into the public boat thru the arsenal...gotta get ON the water as much as possible!!
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Nov 21st, 2013, 03:19 PM
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PalenQ, what public boat through the arsenal? Not sure how to get that, but my boys would love it, as would we!! >

the vaporettos that form Venice's public transportation system - including one to and from the airport. they go on all the main canals and at least used to go right thru the Arsenal.

Another water trip by public vaporetto goes to the Lido - Venice Beach though not so hot an attraction in February - you can get some really really cheap hotel deals there though in off-season and it is not that far from San Marcos by boat.

By all means buy day or longer boat passes - last time I was there a single ride was about 9 euros but a day long pass was only a few euros more - buy them at the boat docks.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 07:42 PM
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Great info. We are planning a trip in May. Thanks.
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Nov 21st, 2013, 07:53 PM
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There is no vaporetto through the Arsenale. You can take one on the northern lagoon and go past it - which is pretty impressive, just to see the walls - and kind of see inside. But that vaporetto going through hasn't run, as far as I know, in over a decade.

If you take the vaporetto to San Pietro, and walk to the church there and around that area, you will see some of the walls of the Arsenale and modern day boat builders. It is a wonderful area to walk around in.
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Dec 9th, 2013, 06:30 AM
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Thanks guys!! Very hepful advices
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There are no cars on any street in Venice, not just the Via Garibaldi.

Please tell me what vaporetti go to and from the airport because I only know of the alilaguna lines that do so.

There is no vaporetto the goes through Arsenals that is listed on any vap. map I have of Venice.

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Dec 9th, 2013, 10:43 AM
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PS

One of the most beautiful palazzi in Venice is Querini-Stampalia. It is located in Campo Santa Maria Formosa.

The interior is exquisite. A plethora of paintings by the great Pietro Longhi.

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There are no cars on any street in Venice, not just the Via Garibaldi.>

What other main streets lined with shops, caffes, small stores and anything you'd see in other Italian towns are there in Venice - none that I know of - just small lanes hemmed in by canals. What other streets are you talking of - wide streets like in any town?
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Strada Nova is similar to Via Garibaldi, but longer I think.
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Lista di Spagna, Rio Terra San Leonardo, Strada Nova are all wide streets with shops and restaurants on both sides.

There is also Rio Terra Foscarini that runs from the Zattere to the Academia Bridge.

There are also wide streets around the Frari church.

There is also a wide street somewhere between Scuola S. Rocco and S. Pantalon.


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