Just have a long walk through...
Just have a long walk through the narrow streets in the morning, over the nice bridges and around the canals... Even though the city never gets really noisy during the day (no cars) I enjoyed it most in the morning hours. Surrounded by the quiet atmosphere you can spend your time watching the locals bring everything in by boat.
Look the Altana!
Another thing for which Venice is famous is the "altana" (Venetian roof-terrace). If you raise up the eyes to the roofs, you often see them... an altana is a terrace with a design similar to a pilework... in summer venetian people here take the sun or - if the altana is quite big - also eat :)
Inspect the details & designs on the
CLOCK TOWER: Built by Codussi between 1496 & 1499, this monument has 2 'Moors', by Ambrogio da le Anchore, who strike the hours at the top of the tower. Take note of the clockwork mechanism which indicates the passing of the seasons, the phases of the moon & the movement of the sun from one sign of the zodiac to the other. Interesting!
Most of the buildings and restaurant gardens in Venice are decorated with flowers, making the whole town more pitoresque. Even the gray and lacking character building, like this one, looks beautiful if decorated by the flowers.
I Need Help With My Packing!! ;-p
If you are going to do lots of walking and sightseeing, do remember to put the following items into your tote bag or backpack: Maps and perhaps phrase books, Your all-important Guidebook, Water bottle, Sunglasses.... etc. My rule of thumb is to take enough clothes for one week OR for the length of the trip PLUS two days, whichever is shorter.
If you are traveling on business, you can probably pack along two suits and rotate between them. Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes than you did. That's the whole idea, isn't it? ;-D
If you are going on an extended trip, pick one color and stick with it... like say black. If you are part of the Generation X (ahem!).... REJOICE! Why? Because black travels very well. You can get ketchup stains all over your black jeans or coffee stained on your black t-shirt... and nobody will ever notice! Just make sure they don't stand too close to you to catch a whiff of the...er... Well, I'm sure you know what I mean!
:-)) I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down. When when they have to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! :-)) DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your money into Euros before your trip.
DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee.
In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I'm working in a bank).
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
(1) Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos "Cirrus"?
(2) If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
(3) Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in Italy, no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
(4) If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me yet.