Castello 1207 - Corte Saresin, Venice, Venice, Italy
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Reaching Venice from Amsterdam

by karprasad

Dear All,

I have 14th and 15th August to Visit Venice from Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Could anyone help me plan my itenary ? I can leave Nijmegen on 13th Aug late evening and must be back in Nijmegen by 16th August early Morning, I saw ryanair option from Dusseldorf wheez to Venice, looks like the there isnt any flight from Dusseldorf wheez to venice on 14th August, please help me with some cheap options.


Re: Reaching Venice from Amsterdam

by Mozumbus

Through I can see Ryan Air flying for 47E from Eindhoven to Milan Bergamo departing at 20:55. The other option is Amsterdam-Venice but timings are suitable for you...

Re: Reaching Venice from Amsterdam

by Mozumbus

return flight is 58 euro same airline same route, departing at 0650

Re: Reaching Venice from Amsterdam

by Mozumbus

since you want return ticket, I would recommend you regular airlines should you get a good deal. I can see KLM return for 206E Amsterdam to Venice Marco Polo: August 13 (2010) and August 15 (1745)

I would have gone for this option...

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I liked Venice. I like the fact that it is pedestrian, old, and unusual. I didn't like the prices - very expensive. For the hotel, 4 days in Venice was the same as 8 days (6 for us and 2 for the girls) in Florence. Eating was hard - different prices for standing and sitting. On the other hand, our son is easy to feed - pizza everywhere. Hard for me - cheese and dairy everywhere! I'm glad we went. I'm not sure I'd go back, but that's not to say that I wouldn't recommend it.

Despite the hype, this place...

by hajin

Despite the hype, this place is gorgeous. There's nothing like getting lost in the streets of Venice--throw away those unnecessary maps and, if all else fails, tell them to point you to Piazza San Marco and you'll find your way...But when the sun sets, forget about 'looking' for anything and just enjoy it...

Giudecca Island

by nicolettart

From the Zattere, you can take a waterbus to la Giudecca, where the main sights are the church of Il Redentore, and San Giorgio Maggiore. San Giorgio Maggiore is located at the tip of Giudecca Island, and you can climb to the top of the bell tower, for great panoramic shots. Just don't go when the bell is about to ring!!

feed pigeons on the San Marco...

by Giulia_ua

feed pigeons on the San Marco square. It is a rule that you can feed them only with the food that is sold on the square. Food costs almost 1 USD, but it is great fun when pigeons sit on your hand and accurately take seeds from it. Do not be afraid, pigeons from Venice are very accurate, they will neither hurt you nor leave any dirt on your hands or clothes.


by suvanki

There are about 425 licenced Gondoliers in Venice, each belongs to one of 10 Traghettis (landings). Besides the licenced gondoliers there are about 100 substitutes and some Fiozzi ("apprentices") There are also about 25 Sandolisti (these are indistinguishable from the Gondoliers in uniform, but they operate the shorter vessels)
Each Traghetti has its own regulations, and each elect bancali -representatives 1 bancali for every 10 gondoliers. They serve a 2 year term. The bancali elect a President who again serves for 2 years and is responsible for meetings with the authorities and officials.

Gondoliers traditionally follow their fathers and Grandfathers into the business. A ten year apprenticeship is served under a padrone (owner) A written and practical steering test must be passed before qualifying for a licence. New licences aren't issued, a new gondolier must wait for another gondolier to retire or resign and hand over his licence. If a gondolier dies his licence is passed to his widow.

Up until the early1990's Gondoliers had to be born in Venice, but EEC regulations opened this to outsiders.

Alexandra Hai, a 35 year old Female from USA, born to German and Algerian parents ruffled a few feathers as she endeavoured to become the first female gondolier. Despite failing her exams (blaming it on the male panel) she is now employed by a hotel, to transport their passengers short distances. She hasn't been admitted to the Association or Society of Gondoliers though. This is run on the lines of a traditional guild. At one time members were required to give aid to fugitive nuns, and could be conscripted into the Venetian Army.
The Gondoliers Union offers free foreign language courses as well as Art History and History of Venice.
UPDATE Apparently another female has now broken the 900 year old Male stronghold and has qualified as a Gondolier -Giorgia Boscolo, a mother of 2, and a daughter of a gondolier has passed the stringent exam. (Although media reports concentrate on the fact that 2 other females failed, and Giorgia 'just scraped through, with minimal marks'-no mention of how many males also failed, or scraped through!)


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