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"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants
"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants Courtesans and Painters""In a city where west met the east exotic items like silk and oriental spices were traded along with copper and wood. Many of the courtesans lived in sumptuous apartments and were accomplished musicians and brilliant conversationalists. They were even secretly used as spies for the state.The second part of this tour allows you to admire the Gothic Frari church which dwarfs the eastern section of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in around 1250 it is one of the city's largest places of worship. You will admire its striking interior
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour
"A secret walking tour that will allow you to know the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals beautiful squares and churches.Discover the areas of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and experience the authentic Venice following routes more peculiar than the classic tourist tours. There are numerous examples of places that bridges and facades.The tour departs from the top middle section of Rialto Bridge and explore the secret spots of Rialto and San Polo area. The route can be customised according to your personal wishes."""Discover the authenticity of Venice and visit those hidden pathways and secret spots like a local. Explore the city's streets during this 2-hours walking tour with the help of knowledgeable local guide.title=Highlights&1=%3Cp%3E2-hour+private+walking+tour+of+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&2=%3Cp%3ESee+the+hidden+side+of+Venice+only+locals+know%3C%2Fp%3E&3=%3Cp%3EGet+away+from+the+crowds+to+see+authentic+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&4=%3Cp%3EChoose+a+morning+or+afternoon+tour%3C%""
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Islands of the lagoon Tips (31)


Favorite thing If you're at all interested in Venetian glass, you probably already know that the nearby island of Murano is the place to go. This is where all the glass factories were moved centuries ago, when it was determined that they posed too great a fire hazard to remain in Venice proper. Most people come here to tour a glass factory or the glass museum and to buy glass - shop after shop line the main canals.

Even with all the people who come here for the glass, though, it's still more like a small town, especially compared to Venice. I came here just to relax for half a day while my friend shopped for glass, and it was nice just boating across the Venetian Lagoon to get here. Vaporetti leave from Venice's Fondamenta Nuove, in the Cannaregio District.

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Jan 24, 2005


Favorite thing To the north-east of Venice, about 10km from Saint Mark's, four little islands make up Burano. Canals, narrow houses painted in pastel colours or decidely contrasting with the single shades of the lagoon, interweave with sails and fishing boats.
The island was already known in antiquity for the trade in fruit and vegetables which the people of Burano plied with the mainland, but what really brought fame to the island was the craft of lace-making.

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Mar 29, 2005

San Giorgio

Favorite thing San Giorgio or the island of the Cypresses is situated opposite the piazzetta of Saint Mark. In 982 it became the site of a Benedictine monastery by order of Giovanni Morosini. The earthquake of 1223 destroyed part of the buildings on the island, but the reconstruction began immediately under the doge Pietro Zani, who was buried here in 1929.
In the 15th century the island became the focal point of the artistic-cultural revolution that was ragging in Italy.
In 1559 Palladio built the Refectory, which today contains a Marriage of the Virgin by Tintoretto, and in 1565 hebegan building the church, completed in 1610 by Simone Sorella.

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Mar 29, 2005

Lido di Venezia

Favorite thing Lido lies in the lagoon, about 1,5km from Saint Mark's, forming an ideal barrier between Venice and the Adriatic. Today it is a famous and elegant bathing resort, but in the middle of the last century there was nothing here at all, apart from Malamocco, the convent of San Nicolo and the military district.
The church of San Nicolo, originally from the 17th century, was the former convent of the Benedictines, today used by the Franciscans. There are two 11th century Byzantine capitals at the entrance to the convent and, next to the 16th century cloister, part of the older one from 14th century.
Nearby to the convent is the 14th century Jewish Cemetery.

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Mar 29, 2005
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Giudecca Island

Favorite thing 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!!

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Oct 11, 2003

So Many Islands to Explore

Favorite thing There many islands to explore, not just the main island that most people visit.

Fondest memory The boat ride to Murano to see the glass factory. I visited the factory there on my first trip, but now the factory has moved to the main island of Venice due to the rising water.

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Feb 28, 2003

The Colorful Island of Burano

Favorite thing Burano is another island to explore.

Fondest memory Burano is one of my favorite islands, I love the colorful houses and miniture canals and bridges. You can read and see more about Burano on my Burano page.

Look for the sign in the picture near St. Mark's Square - these are the boats that go to Burano.

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Mar 08, 2003

The truth about the islands...

Favorite thing When we were in Venice we went on one of those three hour excursions that take you to the islands around Venice. They take you to Murano, Burano and Torcello. The one island we wished we could've spent more time in was Burano. Murano is all about trying to be sold one of the beautiful glass items that are made in one of the factories and that is it. Torcello is nice but you should know that there is about a fifteen minute walk from the dock to where you go see the old church where they say there is one of the nails from the cross that Jesus was nailed to.

Fondest memory Burano was the island that I wish we could've spent more time on. It is so cute. You really feel like it is a place that is behind the times, in a good way. The different colored buildings, the little shops, restaurants. I'm dying to go back to this little island. I hope the next time we go back we can just go to Burano!

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Aug 28, 2006
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"Wandering around Venice with Suvanki"
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"Amore eterno per Venezia la Serenissima :-)"
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Venice _ Islola di San Michele

Favorite thing Isola di San Michele is the island of the dead. This is the cemetary for Venice and that is all that is there, no life, maybe only the afterlife. I imagine it is very quiet there at night.....The water bus that we took did not pass real close, but thats okay..

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Nov 06, 2003


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Aaah.... the vaparetto to Burano.... I don't want to show you any pics of Burano in these general tips. Those photos are all in the 'off the beaten path' section. Hmmm, but the boatride is wonderful, and Burano.... just breathtaking! The colours of this place will amaze you.

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Oct 09, 2002

Murano when you need to escape

Favorite thing When Venice becomes too much and you need some space, head for Murano. It's like Venice but with a vastness of sky above it ,which on a hot June day made a wonderful change from the humidity, bustle and oppressiveness of the city. It's sleepy and laid back - ignore the herding of tourists towards the glass factories as you get off the vaporetto and head in the other direction. The little squares have amazing glass sculptures in them. The Glass Museum is quite interesting and will only take an hour or so to look around at most. The glass shops are varied - trinkets to fine art. Manin56 my favourite. We found the shops with the most interesting and unique glass were also the least pushy. Always visit the local cemetry when on holiday abroad - always interesting and a peaceful haven in an oft busy holiday schedule - Murano was no exception - I have never seen such a colourful graveyard!

Fondest memory I miss most standing at bars drinking espresso, or prosecco, watching the locals pop in and out, chatting to each other. Middle-aged venetian ladies going out at 6pm for a spritz and swopping gossip. I just loved how people live there.
Also - the best meal we ever had - Restaurant B on Murano not far from Colonna Vaporetto stop. Sitting in a shady campo, we told the manager we would eat anything and what did he recommend? It's the best thing you can do - they love to show off their food skills and we had a fantastic 4 course meal with wine and complimentary drinks, coffee etc for about £30 a head. So many people turned away from restaurants because the menu is not in english - don't make the same mistake. They will help you, they speak good english and you are abroad - so embrace the experience!

Jul 09, 2008

Free tour to Murano from 4 and 5 star hotels

Favorite thing The 4 star Amadeus Hotel in Cannagerio pleasantly surprised me with a free round trip private boat ride over to Murano with a private tour (one on one ) of one of the "furnaces" there, complete with a history of the art of glassblowing. They do not advertise this feature , so before paying for transportation or private tour of Murano just ask your hotel.(if its 4 or 5 stars) ps. you dont have to buy anything - they will still give you the tour... Also the Amadeus Hotel is immaculately clean with a huge hot breakfast and a great location. Another tip for a cheap transfer from the Airport is to get on the nbr 5 bus (actv) only 3 euro and take it to Piazale Roma then its a 10 min walk to the Amadeus. You really dont have to pay USD100.00 or more to get from the Airport to any hotel. Research the local transportation. The 10 minute walk had 2 bridges with lots of stairs to climb but a teenage boy saw me struggle a little and asked if he carry my bag over the bridge but only if he could practice his English!! He refused money and I was thrilled with my 1st introduction to the Venetian people!!!!

Fondest memory I am a single, mid-aged pretty woman who has always traveled alone. While on my way to my Doges Palace Tour I was rushing through St. Marks Sq and right in front of the 4 pc orchestra,who were playing a waltz, an Italian man (older) just grabbed me by the hand and I started waltzing with him. The crowd applauded us and kept saying STAY ---but I yelled back "The Doge awaits me...."
After much laughter, the Italian man kissed me hand in a very gallant way.
Everything is so ancient there. After Sunday Mass in St. Lucy's Church there was a local bake sale and the priest took me through the "secret passage way" to get there because the rain was coming down hard. It really was the secret way with a spooky hidden staircase... I absolutley loved my trip to Venice. But stay away from buying a coke at St. Marks sit- down restuarant - 8 euro -($11.20) Stick with the water - only 4 euro better yet buy it from a grocer only 1.5 euro....

Sep 20, 2006

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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