Venice is an incredable site in October on a sunny Sunday when people are out for their Sunday walk. If you decide to explore the streets of Venice on a cloudy day beware. To do this you need a very good map of the city , not just a tourist type map. You also have to pay attention to the street names and make sure you know where you are. Otherwise you can become lost in 15 minutes, and it may take you a few hours to get out. This happens to a lot of people.
One of the best experiences in...
One of the best experiences in Venice is just walking around. I found this wonderful produce and seafood market near the Rialto Bridge. They have the best seafood I have ever seen. Wonderful textures and freshly caught marine delights!
If you like churches – get the Chorus pass
Again, depending on how long you will be in Venice and what you like to see, the Chorus Pass might be of interest for you. It costs only 8 Euro (as of May 2007) and allows you free entrance into 16 churches on Venice’s main islands (S.M. = Santa Maria):
Cannaregio: S.M. dei Miracoli, Madonna dell’Orto, Sant’Alvise, San Giobbe;
San Marco: S.M. del Giglio, Santo Stefano;
Castello: San Pietro di Castello, Santa Maria Formosa;
Giudecca: Santissimo Redentore;
San Polo: San Giovanni Elemosinario, San Polo, S.M. Gloriosa dei Frari;
Santa Croce: San Giacomo dall’Orio, San Stae;
Dorsoduro: S.M. del Rosario (Gesuati), San Sebastiano.
The pass is not including the following churches:
Basilica San Marco, Santa Maria della Salute, and San Giorgio de Maggiore (on Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore)
But if you want to visit more than 3 of the a.m. churches, the pass pays off already. Single entry for all these 16 churches is 2,50 Euro. However, if you intend to buy the Venice Card Orange (2 or 7 days), you won’t need the Chorus Pass, as these 16 churches are included in the Orange Card.
Again, this is a simple price calculation and consideration of interests. Who won’t spend too much time in museums but likes to visit churches, lives cheaper when buying the Blue Card and the Chorus Pass.
The Chorus Pass, by the way, is valid for 1 year. It can be purchased at every church with the red Chorus sign.
Discounts or special deals:
Students up to 29 (with ID card): 5 €;
Family pass (2 adults and children up to age of 18): 16 €;
Opening hours of the churches:
Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please see also their website:
Associazione chiese di Venezia
Even in Venice...Just The Transport is Different
I am sure you have been told that everything in Venice moves by boat and ultimately this probably is correct. But, not everything at every point along the way travels on the water. Case in point are these unfortunate but none the less indispensable necessities.
As we walked along a narrow calle in the eastern end of Cannaregio we began to pass the open doorways to many small woodworking workshops. Just ahead we were startled to see what appeared to be two unattended departed souls. With some relief we realized that the caskets were, in fact, new (and unused) and parked outside a local casket shop. No bronze sarcophagi these. These were finely crafted, hand made and wooden. Beautifully finished and ready for delivery...via hand cart.
Pack Lightly! I repeat...Pack Lightly!
Warning! Do not take a huge heavy suitcase like I did. Lugging a 50lb bag from the train to the bus stop over the bridges to your hotel isn't fun. Remember, you will have lots of stuff to take back too. Light & heavy clothing required. Good walking shoes. Bring your own washcloth.