Venice hotels

Old Jul 24th, 2006, 03:52 PM
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Venice hotels

I am going to Venice early October and I'd like some recommendations for a hotel. Has anyone heard of Hotel Al Sole. Any other recommendations would be appreciate.

My friend and I start with a week of cooking at Tuscan Women Cook and then our plan is to go to Florence for 2 days and then Venice for 3 or 4 days. Is it worth taking a day trip to Siena. We will be traveling by train.

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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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Have you read over on Trip Advisor? The hotel has 29 reviews posted, they seem very mixed. Plus another dozen plus posts mentioning it.
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 05:39 PM
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If you are not familiar with the format over at TA there are two parts: one is a forum similar style to this one & also a separate place where anyone can post hotel reviews.
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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In Venice, the Pensione Accademia is excellent. I think you will find plenty to keep you busy in Venice and Florence (certainly the Ufizzi Gallery and perhaps the church of San Marco, and a bus ride up to Fiesole).
 
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I think Siena is worth the trip, if you have time- i felt like i would run into Montagues and Capulets around the corners as we walked through the town. Loved it.
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what's your budget?
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I'll be quite anxious to hear what you think of Tuscan Women Cook. I have heard that the ladies who cook are quite nice, but I've had a run in or two with the owner and found him to be a little hard to get along with. This was all outside the context of the cooking school, so I don't think you will have a problem. But I would love a review. How did you choose this school, if I may ask?
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 02:36 PM
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Have wanted to go to Italy for years and I was just on the internet playing around when I came upon their site. I called a friend and we decided to go. I liked it because it was informal and we would be taken on daily tours to different little towns. It was also a week that I didn't have to plan and now we are planning our second week. Hope it's what we are looking for.
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As far as Siena goes, my girlfriend would like to go. I checked the hotel that we are staying at during the cooking school week and they can accommodate us for another night if we wanted to take a day trip. That hotel is near Chiusi. The hotel said they could arrange day trip to Siena with a taxi driver for 190,00 euros for the whole day. Any thoughts
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