La Giudecca Travel Guide

  • Houses on Giudecca
    Houses on Giudecca
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  • Santa Claus running through Giudecca!!
    Santa Claus running through Giudecca!!
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La Giudecca Restaurants

  • Local Osteria

    So what other options are there apart from the expensive Harry's Dolci. Well there are a couple of pleasant Osterias along the long waterfront of Giudecca with equally good views. We chose to sit at his one (pic 1) to enjoy the views (pic3) after our walk round and to have a coffee and snack (pic 2). I tried to decipher the name of the Osteria from...

  • Harry's Dolci

    I was tempted to have a cake and a coffee here just for the novelty, not as pricey as Harry's bar but the still extorionate prices put me off - afternnon tea in St Marks square is a better option for a treat in my opinion....but for those that want to there are waterside tables with lovely views for that special something - and prices to match!

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La Giudecca Transportation

  • Vaporetto to and from Giudecca

    I caught the number 2 vaporetto to Giudecca from San Giorgio Maggiore. A frequent service leaves San Zaccaria and it calls at the 4 stops - Zitelle, Redentore, Palanca Giudecca and Sacca Fisola (where I caught the vaporetto to San Basilo in Dorsoduro)Service 41/42 also covers these stops as well as the night be continued...

  • Getting to Giudecca

    Several vaporetta routes criss-cross the giudecca canal and its only a short jouney here - less than 10 mins from San Marco and well worth a detour to see a more local part of Venice.Several stops are made on this log thin island - from east to west these are:Zitelle (as in this pic) Rendentone, Palanca, Sant Eufemia and Sacra Fisola - note this...

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La Giudecca Off The Beaten Path

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    The Womens Prison

    by suvanki Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    I was only aware of there being prisons on Venice (Apart from the former one adjoining the Doges Palace) after seeing a sign on Giudecca, for this womens prison (There is a prison for males near the Zitelle church)

    This womens prison is a former convent.

    The main reasons for imprisonment are drug possession, prostitution and murder (Mainly of their husbands!)

    This prison recently featured on the Channel 4 series Jamie Does.... Venice, when Jamie (Oliver) visited this womens prison.
    Why? well behind the prison walls is a well stocked organic vegetable garden, where as part of a forward thinking rehabilitation programme, the prisoners tend the gardens, harvest the produce, and every Thursday morning, sell the vegetables in a small market outside the prison walls on Fondamenta delle Convertite.

    Another marketing idea, to provide an income for these inmates is the production of canvas bags, sold in kiosks around the city, depicting recipes for the Venetian Spritz in various designs -I'm going to look out for these on my next visit to Venice.

    The toiletries range ("Santa Maria degli Angeli") at the Bauer hotels (Hotel Bauer, Bauer Il Palazzo, Bauer Casa Nova and the Bauer Palladio) are also produced by these prisoners.

    Adjacent to the Redentore church on Giudecca is the Capuchin monastery,where in the pharmacy, the monks made medicines and potions.

    Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the owner of Venice's Bauer hotels was inspired by this to instigate a project, whereby as part of a co-operative,Rio Terà Dei Pensieri, the prisoners could produce toiletries such as soaps, shampoo, shower gel and body lotions. These are produced in a laboratory in the prison, Supervised by a chemist and staffed by the inmates , who are taught by skilled volunteers, who share their time and expertise, to ensure that the products are of a high quality grade.. Some of these products contain plants grown in the prison garden.

    The "Cooperativa Sociale Reiserimento Lavorativo",Social Cooperative for Adjustment through Work.) at Banco No. 10, Castello 3478, sells clothing and handbags made with luxurious silks, brocades, and velvets, created by these women prisoners.

    The prison also operates a laundry, where hotel linen is washed.

    As well as a small income, this work provides work experience, and a reference, which in turn assists them in finding work on release into the outside world.

    The Womens Prison, Giudecca The Womens Prison, Giudecca
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La Giudecca Favorites

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  • Mulino Stucky

    Giudecca is almost a forgotten place - despite being such a short ride away from San Marco , they aapper worlds apart. Soon this will be tthe place to stay or have apartments - the views over the Giudecca Canal to Zattere and Dorsoduro are a big plus This is evident by more development on on the former Molino Stucky flour mill. This huge neo-gothic...

  • Development on Giudecca

    The modern apartments towards the end of the main canal leading to the sea looked oddly out of place with a fishing community but I later learnt it was part of a private gated waterfront development - much like the London Dockland regenration projects. Guess they must have wonderful lagoon views. WI guess if you wanted to buy one ...time has run...


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