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Harbour at Venice
by Jesse Andrews

Siteseeing in Venice
These day long and half day tours and excursions offer an opportunity to penetrate the surfaces of this remarkable city.  You  can spend  time exploring the alleys and colles of the city, or settle back into a Gondola for a serenade and gelato!

Gondolier in Venice
by Jesse Andrews

The Grand Canal of Venice
by Jesse Andrews

Venice - Store


A 3 day itinerary
hings to do and see in Venice

Day 1
  • Piazza San Marco with the Basilica di San Marco
  • Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs
  • Have a Stroll in the "Mercerie" a shopping streets the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco.
  • Visit the Rialto Bridge at dusk, or even by night (very evocative!)

Day 2

  • Jewish Ghetto (the first to be set in Europe)
  • Santa Maria della Salute church
  • San Trovaso Squero (area where gondolas are made)
  • Zattere walk (one of the most romantic and prettiest area in Venice)
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Campo Santa Margherita
  • Gondola Ride (before 6.00PM)
  • Canale Grande with Vaporetto, at dusk, or by night.

Day 3

Baccaro Tours
We can even organize a "Baccaro Tour" with an English-speaking guide and stops in 2/3 bars in Venice to enjoy "Cicchetti & Wine" - a fun thing to do in this fantastic city!

Welcome to Venice
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy

Population: 271,251 (2004)
Official website:

Map: Venice

This sublime, interesting, complicated, amazing northern Italian city, is comprised of over 100 islands, many of them linked by bridges and the largest criss-crossed by blue-green canals to facilitate the endless traffic - all of it floating.

Located in the Venetian lagoon, a large inlet on the Adriatic Sea,  Venice was founded in 421 AD.  From 1000 AD to about 1630 AD, it was a powerful maritime empire controlling the spice trade and ruled by a succession of toughminded, and sometimes bloody, Dukes - or Doges as they were called locally.

The city's incredible wealth found expression in gilded palaces and merchant villas lining the main thoroughfare, the Grand Canal. The  personal wealth of the powerful  enabled them to commission works from the finest Italian and foreign artists including Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Veronese and many others for the decoration of their palazzos, guild halls and churches. It is the legacy of this civil munificence which attracts art-loving tourists today.

The city has not only inspired gifted artists.  Many writers including Henry James, Thomas Mann, Ernest  Hemingway, who spent a lot of time in Harry's Bar - Bellini's, have found themselves enthralled with Venice.

Venice is one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Italy, along with Rome, Pisa, Florence and Siena, so it is a crowded place particularly in the summer months.  It is best to be mentally prepared to deal with them.

You will want to see the standard attractions: first and foremost Basillica san Marco (St. Marks's Basilica), with its bell tower (Campanille San Marco) and immense pigeon-filled square (Piazza San Marco).  Don't miss a gondola ride up the Canale Grande (Grand Canal).  Visit the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) and walk over the Ponte de Sospiri (the Bridge of Sighs).

In its twisting and intersecting alleyways, you will see the city abounds with cafes, restaurants and shops to suit every taste and meet every budget and appetite.  You wil enjoy the place all the more if you  take your time and simply submit yourself to the city.

Frommers Tourist Attractions in Venice

Know this, however: the tourist trade extends an iron-grip on the city, everything and everyone seems to be involved in the industry.  Tourist traffic only seems to abate during the chilly winter months, before it starts up again with the fanfare of the Carnivale in February. Whatever their numbers, however, they do not seem to diminish the lasting, sultry and moist charm of "La Serenissima" - the Divine Republic.

For our money, the best time to visit Venice is in spring or autumn when you will have fewer fellow tourists to contend with, and the benefit of more moderate temperatures and fresh ocean breezes.  Visit earlier or later and you will enjoy crisp winter weather but also the chill of icy winds and mists.

Venice is a maze, so it can be very interesting to explore on your own without a guide.  Letting your self get "lost" in the narrow streets is probably the best way to visit the "real" Venice. 

If you would like a guide, however, the estimated cost for a "tour escort" who accompany clients for 8 hours would be about 250 Eur; or 150 for a half day. Local guides who will take you through a museum will charge you about about 150 Eur for 2 hours.

The importance of tourism to the modern Venician economy has produced a number of positive actions on the part of the local and regional government. The waterways of Venice, once closed to licensed boaters only, are opening-up so visitors can hire and drive their own boats. The Fenice Theatre, victim to a mysterious fire, has been restored and re-opened.  And most importantly, the Moses Damn, which will prevent the recurrence of frequent flooding - Aqua Alta - is under construction.

Other islands in the Venetian
lagoon are also being blessed with new life. Lazzaretto Vecchio for
example, once a home for stray dogs, is now a huge sports complex. The isle of San Servolo, formerly a Benedictine monastery, now hosts an international crafts centre and San Clemente has recently opened an exclusive high-end hotel whose pampered guests have the island to themselves.

A word of warning for travelers and tourists who dress casually in the British or North American style:  recently, the Mayor and Council  have imposed "10 commandments" that regulate "indecorous" behaviour.  Breach a rule and you could be forced to pay an on-the-spot fine.  Among the rules: No midriff-baring clothes or bikini tops (even in June-August when temperatures can easily reach 25C and humidity levels are perspiringly high).  Do not bathe in fountains or picnic on church steps.

Well, why not?  If you are respectful to Venice, Venice will pay you back in wonderful, life-long memories.

Veneto Region

4526′N 1219′E


Padua - 46 km;
Treviso - 36 km;
Vicenza - 70 km;
Trento - 213 km;
Verona - 121 km;
Trieste - 160 km;
Milano - 280 km

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