Venice - Just Back

Jun 13th, 2001, 06:16 AM
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Ellen: I think you will be quite pleased with the Europa, great location and very quiet. We booked a standard room,and obviously did not get a canal view, those rooms were much more expensive. We were happy with our room on the 6th floor (top floor) plenty of light and a beautiful view of the roof tops of Venice. The room was large with a separate dressing area for suite cases and safe. There was an in room bar and a large marble bathroom with all of the standard amenities you would expect in a deluxe hotel.

The hotel is made up of 5 old palazzo's, making the main entrance hard to locate. You enter through a maze of small alleys, unless of course you come in by motorboat directly into the private slip at the Grand Canal entrance of the hotel. The lobby is all marble and wood and is very elegant. If you would like to know anything else let me know.

Chris: You will have absolutely no problem in getting to San Marco from the airport. Believe it or not, it was actually easier to get from the Venice airport to Venice than it was to get from home to JFK (traffic, traffic,). The airport is very small, you exit on the runway and are bused to the terminal. Once you go through customs, you pick up your bags and proceed through a small terminal, where we purchased our 3 day Vaporetto pass and Alilaguna tickets. You can exchange money there also. When you exit, there are lots of motorboats ready to make a deal or you can take the Alilaguna which is on your extreme right when you exit the terminal. I quess you could also take a bus to the train terminal and than a vaporetto to San Marco, but be sure to enter by water it's an experience in itself. You will have no problem at all. Any other questions, feel free to ask.

Kathy: Sorry, can't help with the car although it was my understanding there is a big parking facility near the train station, and I assume you would just get on the Vaporetto and take the 15 minute ride to the Accademia stop. I'm not sure what the policy is regarding luggage, but we did see some passengers board with luggage.

Jun 13th, 2001, 07:12 AM
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Not considering parking facilities in the continent and Lido, you have 3 options, Kathy. From the least to most expensive: Tronchetto Island, Autorimessa Comunale and Garage San Marco. When I drive into Venice, I usually aim for the Autorimessa first. Driving straight into Venice after the long bridge, The Autorimessa is the first large building on the right (keep the right lane). If there's a long queue or the garage's filled up, I turn right past the building. Just in front lays Garage San Marco. Once I never found this filled up, I never had to find my way to Tronchetto.

Anyway, if you use either the Autorimessa or Garage San Marco (both in Piazzale Roma), you just walk to the vaporreto landing stage and take boat line #s 1 or 82 running from left to right (vaporetto #1 takes longer because it stops at all landing stages). You have to step off at the Accademia landing stage. From there to the hotel it's only a 150mts walk. You'll cross one bridge (over Rio San Trovaso). A water taxi would take you to the door of the hotel.

If you prefer parking on Tronchetto, as soon as you leave the long bridge get off the highway to your right. Follow the signs till you get to Tronchetto's parking lot entrance. Just disregard eventual people in uniform (or not) offering you parking tickets before you get to the ticket booth. At Tronchetto's vaporetto landing stage, take boat line #82 running from your right to left.

Jun 13th, 2001, 07:17 AM
Chris Philhower
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Thanks John

I appreciate all the info and the time you took to give it.

I also appreciate the confidence (and yes, JFK is a nightmare -- you have my sympathies.)

Thanks again!

Jun 13th, 2001, 07:45 AM
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Chris: It's my pleasure to post, it is a great way to re-live the trip. Hope you have a great trip and look forward to your post when you return.

Ellen: We did walk through the Metropole, which was our second choice. It is directly on the lagoon but you need to cross 3 or 4 bridges to get to Piazza San Marco. The lobby seemed perfectly nice, but considering the price was similar to the Europa we felt we had made the better choice. The one advantage of the Metropole was that breakfast was included in the price. But we enjoyed trying some of the local places as a nice way of starting the day.
Jun 13th, 2001, 07:55 AM
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My wife and I will be traveling to Venice the first week in September. Does anyone have any suggestions for a clean, comfortable and (relatively) economic hotel to stay in while there? We want to be near San Marco plaza.


Jun 13th, 2001, 08:11 AM
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CTemp: We noticed a nice hotel called the Hotel ALA which was well situated close to the Piazza San Marco and directly accross from the Gritti Palace. You can get information on it at It is a 3 Star hotel and is under $200 per night. It is less than a block in from a Vaporetto stop and there are no bridges to cross if you are comming in with luggage. Keep in mind we did not go into the hotel, but the location is tops. Enjoy your trip.
Jun 13th, 2001, 03:20 PM
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Many thanks, Paolo, for the detailed information about parking in Venice. It's just what I was looking for!
Jun 18th, 2001, 06:17 AM
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