Woman Traveling Alone in Venice

Aug 21st, 2006, 11:09 AM
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Woman Traveling Alone in Venice

Hello -

I will be in Venice for two days in September, staying at the Metropole (Riva degli Schiavoni 4149).

I will be traveling alone for this (short) segment of my first trip to Italy. I would appreciate any tips or suggestions about walking around alone and dining alone in Venice.

Are there any areas I should avoid?

Has anyone had a pleasant experience dining alone somewhere in Venice?

Anything else?

Many thanks.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 11:41 AM
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The Metropole is a very nice hotel. I think that you are generally safe in Venice as it is so well touristed. It is unlikely that you will wander into any deserted and dangerous areas.

One think I did once while alone in Venice was to take an "Islands of the Lagoon" tour. Very nice.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 11:54 AM
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I "did" Venice on my own a couple of years ago. Three things that made the trip memorable for me:

1) I thoroughly enjoyed the vaporetto trips and the people watching and chatting opportunites they afforded me-buy a day pass and tour according to your own wishes

2) The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a marvel, not only for its artistic merits but for the glimpses into the personal life of a fascinating woman-now there was a woman who did solo in style!

3) It may sound odd to go to Venice and not eat Italian food but the most comfortable solo dining experience I had was at Gam Gam's, an Israeli-Italian kosher restaurant in the Jewish ghetto-it was extremely welcoming to a woman alone (I am not Jewish, just liked the food and cozy atmosphere)

Have a wonderful trip!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 12:09 PM
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ms_lb...I traveled in Venice alone earlier this year. I had two wonderful restaurant experiences on my own. I pulled this from my trip report for you:

Somewhere in my research, here or elsewhere, Id read about Trattoria Vino da Arturo, and it really appealed to me, so I headed there (Calle degli Assassini) for dinner. It was tough to find, I must have passed it a few times before I realized where I was, but this was a great meal. An older gentleman owned and ran the front of the house. He seemed gruff at first but I got him talking in my limited Italian and told him he was talked about kindly on the internet. He told me that the restaurant has been around for over 30 years and the locals love it. The tourists come for seafood and to sit outside, neither of which he offers. But I had spaghetti gorgonzola for the starter and a scallopine limone as the main plate and it was tremendous. This was the best pasta Id had since Tuscany last year. There was just enough gorgonzola on it and it wasnt overpowering. And the veal just melted in your mouth. An excellent choice and a friendly chat made this a meal worth remembering. It was 49E for that and a liter of water.

Some folks from Philadelphia were talking to me this morning about a place theyd had dinner the night before and gave me the name but no location. Oddly enough, I was flipping through Rick Steves book and found a restaurant with the same name, La Rivetta. So I headed in that direction and found it pretty easily. It is nearly tucked under a bridge, so easy to miss. But when I walked in and a table of local men were sipping grappa, I knew Id hit something. Then the gondoliers came in, so this had to be well recommended. Well, the three gentlemen who were running the front of the house, the cicchetti bar and the chef himself all took exquisite care of me. They kept trying to feed me more (too thin, they say!) and they allowed me to participate in their debate on bad pasta in America, allowing me that only Barilla is worthy outside of Italy. But the meal was good as well. I had gnocchi with marinara sauce and veal done Milanese style, that is lightly breaded and fried with a squeeze of lemon. This was really excellent. I could have stayed for dessert but the place was nearly packed and I surrendered my table to yet another pair of gondoliers. The meal was 24E with water. Address: Trattoria alla Rivetta "Just behind St. Mark's Basilica at the Ponte San Provolo Bridge between Campo SS Filippo e Giacomo and Campo S. Provolo"

Other than that, I recommend just walking and walking and walking. I followed Rick Steves walking tours a couple times, but then broke out on my own and strolled. I never found a section unsavory or felt unsafe. I also took the vaporetto extensively and never had a problem, day or night. You'll be fine and have a wonderful time as long as you're not hesitant to explore and get lost, because you'll certainly get lost in the twisting streets of Venice! Have fun!
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Aug 22nd, 2006, 09:04 AM
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Thank you, tuscanlifeedit, LJ, and amyb, for sharing your experiences and for your advice.
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