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Taking advantage of an Air France promotion ( 80 euros round trip Lyon-Venice ) I spent 8 days in Venice I had visited many times.
I found out a 3* hotel on RatesToGo. I chose it close to Rialto bridge, in order to be able to hike easily. It's named Malibran ( 550 euros for 8 nights )
The pictures in their site correspond well even if they are advantageous.
• plus :
• Excellent breakfast : anything you want !
• Desserts at restaurant.
• Little fridge in the room (beverages have to be paid separately)
• Little safe in a wardrobe.
• 10% discount at restaurant ( only card )
• minus :
• Tiny bathroom ( 1m x 2.5m ) including toilet, washbasin, bidet, shower, hairdryer.
• Nothing special expensive meals at restaurant.
Venice is really very expensive even though it was the Sales period.
I 'm gonna tell you my thoughts and some little tricks :
Venice Card orange
You can buy it here and pick it up at tourism desk just when you get out of Marco Polo airport
( before 7PM! ). ACTV pass (vaporetto) and Museum pass are included.
Unless you are a fan of churches and museum, don't buy it. Buy only ACTV pass.
Why ? Venice card is not allowed to visit many places!!! Real con ?
Where to eat ?
Restaurants are very expensive and too many of them added 12% for service and extra charge for place setting. As many people, I seeked in forums for somewhere nice and I built a list.
I had bought a special book ... I didn't use too much.
Here are my recommendations :
• Alla Riveta.
I founded it out in a distribution list. It's close to ponte San Provolo (down below) coming from San Zaccharia church.
I advise the octopussy salad and desserts. ( Allow 20 euros/ person with wine and coffee )
• Antica Torre.
Found out as the previous, campo delle Beccarie. Coming from Rialto bridge in San Polo sestiere, go straigth to this square. It's hidden in the left corner.
Good Pizzas and fishes at same price as in Alla Riveta.
• Tian Jin.
Chinese restaurant very cheap, 649 Ruga Vecchia in San Polo sestiere close to Rialto bridge. To get there, cross Rialto bridge. At the end of a building where many stalls are, turn left. Walk about 100m and turn left in a little alley (it's well pointed out).
• Ae Oche.
Found out by chance and to be honest it's the restaurant I prefer 'cause of excellent quality/price.
( see website )
It's calle del Tintor, between campo San Giacomo del Oro and ponte del Tera ( San Polo sestiere ). Beautiful settings (american style) , lively and filled up with natives.
I did enjoy Parme ham and desserts.
If it's a question of food and beverage, go to Coop shops which are very cheap.
Concerning Venetian masks, buy only in small craftmen shops. I found out by chance a good one at 2210 calle del cristo (narrow street) close to Ae Oche restaurant I told you. Prices are good.
For instance, a 3 faces (comedia del arte) mask is sold 50 euros while in calle Ruga Ravano, close to Rialto bridge, a shop sells the same one 120 euros!
It's amazing to find out Venetian masks cheaper over Internet.
( see for instance HERE )
Not to be missed
Burano island of course ! I went there 2 times. Be aware if you want to buy some needle-point lace. Avoid 'Made in China' junks.