Lido di Iesolo Off The Beaten Path

  • Some old and beautiful facade.
    Some old and beautiful facade.
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  • Beautiful house during our hike.
    Beautiful house during our hike.
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  • The surroundings at the lagoon.
    The surroundings at the lagoon.
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    Venice - Our 'game plan' strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014

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    A painter making art in Venice.
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    Most people try to rush Venice on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Venice properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. For example: we wanted to see the Squeoro di San Trovaso (the most picturesque gondola workshop of Venice) and planned our hike in the sestiere of Dorsoduro around it. Starting at the eastern part at the Santa Maria della Salute, hiking our way via the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Ponte dell' Accademia towards it. Once we passed the gondola shop we simply wondered off via Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Lungo (where we had lunch), Calle Avogaria (visited Chiesa San Sebastiano) and met the locals at Campo Santa Margherita.

    By this 'game plan' structure we walked through the sestiere of Castello where we saw the famous Arsenale and hiked all the way up to the small island of S. Helena for the amazing San Pietro di Castello. For every sestiere we had our 'wanted to see' highlights and had lots of fun in planning the hikes in advance. Venice is simply a perfect place to walk for hours and pretending to know where you are. For the sake of the children we took the Vaporetto back to the San Marco Square. This definitely was a day well spent!

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    Venice - Picturesque corners of labyrinthine city.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014

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    To be honest, I was quite thrilled to show the amazing city of Venice to Paulien and mostly to my children. It is probably a must see location if you like to travel, Venice is unique and you must have been there once in your lifetime at least! For Venice, the canals have always been the natural means of getting around. I knew for instance that in the past centuries, there were fewer streets and boats were the only means for reaching some parts of the town. Over the past few centuries more and more canals have been filled in and today Venice is really a pedestrian city. Venetian life may be on the water, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to move around by boat. In fact some of the most picturesque corners in the labyrinthine streets of the city can only be reached on foot.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of canals and lanes is one of Venice's principal pleasures. The cluster of sights around the Piazza San Marco are heart-clutchingly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing. Maybe this is easy for us to say as I knew my way around very well and not like most of the tourists who kept on following the signs. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Venice might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs to the main areas (San Marco and Rialto) will help you in getting around in Venice. I really loved to take my loved ones to the lesser know areas indeed.

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    Venice - To roam the narrow streets and piazzas.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014
    Arriving at Venice per boat.
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    Before we visited the city of Venice I could say that I was already been to this beautiful city twice. Therefore I already knew that the best way to explore the city of Venice is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and piazzas, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately one hour. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker to take a short-cut across the water instead of following the bends of bridges and alleys.

    Paulien and I already decided that we wanted to visit Venice during our stay in Cavallino in the summer of 2013. The journey from Cavallino to Venice was only a boat ride of 35 minutes, arriving close to the San Marco Square. We both had a good look at the internet to book the correct tickets in advance. As we are from The Netherlands we are used to doing a lot by foot and we were glad that my knowledge was that Venice is a city in which everybody walks and you're truly able to explore all the sights by foot. Once we arrived in Venice our two feet were our best friends and therefore we were able to enjoy all the fascinating scenery Venice had to offer. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the majority of cities, Venice is the place to get hopelessly lost for a day. We wondered off through mysterious alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up in endless mazes of backstreets and deserted squares, the 'real' Venice!

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    Cavallino - Disapponting indeed.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014
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    It truly isn’t possible try to rush Cavallino on a budget and ending up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Cavallino properly is just parking your car at the Piazza Santa Maria Elisbeth (for free) and you don’t even have a game plan, or must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Cavallino we saw on a city map that the small town of Cavallino is divided into three areas – the small historical old town by the lagoon, the new urban improvement part with its church Sagrato Chiesa Nuova and the more residential area in the new part of the town with a lot of shops. We visited the city twice, and hiked our way through all areas.

    Our hikes were in the old part where the city has some nice monuments, a part of town where we could walk for a small time. It was quite hot that day, but worthwhile! For example we started at Piazza Santa Maria Elisbeth where we parked the car, made our way to the lagoon and finally hiked via Via Fausta into the part of the urban improved part of town and it ended at the huge square in front the ugly church Sagrato Chiesa Nuova at the other side of the city centre. During our second visit to the village of Cavallino we stayed at road of Via Fausto, but definitely not an area we recommend to visit. Overall, in our opinion, Cavallino was very disappointing indeed.

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    Cavallino - Viewpoint at the lagoon.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014
    The surroundings at the lagoon.
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    Usually when we visit a town we like to take some time to meander - losing ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. This is not what we found in Cavallino. The streets are rather straight forward and only at the little historical part near the lagoon we found some alleys that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. But anyway, after our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you will only do justice to the entire city of Cavallino whenever you visit the main sights right at the main square Piazza Santa Maria Elisabeth. The cluster of sights around the main street and square are beautiful, but we did not find any more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets.

    The only vibrant cultural scenes to see are the church established in a beautiful monumental building dating back to 1600. Right next to the church you will see a great historical building with a beautiful façade hidden behind some nice trees. Finally a statue dedicated to the casualties of the first World War stands right at the middle of the square. Via the pavement along the police station we ended up at the deserted viewpoint, which is probably the most important point of Cavallino. It lead to a great spot, right from here we could take a look out over the water of the lagoon. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pals might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

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    Cavallino - Not all that much!

    by Jerelis Written Mar 19, 2014
    Some old and beautiful facade.
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    Cavallino is a small village with a little bit of history. To me it is not clear when the small village of Cavallino was founded, but in the surrounding landscape some relics of an ancient civilization were found, dating back to 5BC. What I did find out was that around 1600 Cavallino had a bit of growth as it became a minor harbour town. Round these years it was a little bit important for the hinterland as a lot of war vessels passed by travelling to the major city of Venice and therefore the village had some prosperous trade. The remains of this historical period can still be seen right here. Besides that we heard that we had to visit the modern and new project for urban improvement and the relative new area with all the shops. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Cavallino is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam some of the narrow streets and the large main square, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 20 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts at the historical part of the village near the lagoon into two of the picturesque alleys instead of following the regular roads with all its cars. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the cars and just have a 'look around'. Cavallino truly isn’t all that much, keep that in mind though.

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