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1. Posted by guiny (Full Member 143 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

We already discussed the gondola ride. We were convinced to take one. Now, about Venice. There are too much to know. We don't know what to expect about the city itself. We are going on August certainly after the 20th. How is the weather and and the prices then? Is it true that the city smells? Where not to go and where to go? What can not be missed? Any special typical meal that we can not leave venice without taste it? Is it true we should negotiate prices when buying or paying for anything? Are there any tourist traps? Any recommendations and suggestions?

2. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

When me and my mates first got off the train at the station there we had no real place to stay as we were just finding hostels along the way, when we walked out of the station we were approached by this little asian women who spoke very very and I mean very, little English. she showed us this note pad that had directions, prices, and other details of a place to stay. she told us only 20 euro a night. I did not want to but we said what the heck, we might as well at least check the place out. after a long walk through the city, across numerous bridges and down a few dark, dodgy, ally ways, we came to a 5 or so story high building, half falling apart, in the middle of the jewish ghetto. we entered the building and immediatly smelt the sewer. we walked up some concrete stairs that looked to be a century old, as they were crumbling apart. we got to the room on like the third or so floor and it actually turned out to be a not half bad of a place. it just looked like all the furniture was bought at a second hand shop or yard sale as none of the woods matched. if you did not mind taking a shower in the kitchen with only a shower curtain separating you and people eating breakfast, then its a cool place to stay. mind me, this was like 4 years ago, but there were several of these women out there offering places to stay so check one out if you run into one of these women, i would definitly stay there again.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I was in Venice last May, and although the weather was in the mid-to-late 20s, the canals didn't smell a bit. Perhaps they do later on in the summer...?

Venice is an odd, beautiful place - unlike any city I've ever seen. That said, it also relies very, very heavily on tourists - so prices are rather expensive. We found a B&B-cum-apartment for about 50 Euro each a night, which we considered a steal (and it was gorgeous and came with breakfast, to boot). You can try to negotiate where you can - especially with street vendors (NEVER pay the price they're asking). It doesn't hurt to try. A friend of mine wheeled a purse vendor down to 10 Euro from 45.

As for what to see, it's such a beautuful walking city, you can't go wrong. Be sure to see St. Marco Square and basilica, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto bridge, and perhaps an island like Murano. As for meals, just find yourself a nice little restaurant off the beaten path. Most places offer typical Italian fare - to varying degrees of tastiness. If you see locals eating out somewhere, pick that.

Enjoy your trip!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 3, 2007, at 6:16 AM by tway ]

4. Posted by guiny (Full Member 143 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Thank you very much. Any idea is welcome as we don't know anything about Venice - except that Marco Polo is from there - we are starting to getting excited about the trip. We will spend only one day in Venice so we are really interested about how to make the best of our day.

5. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi there i went to venice in april this year, and heres my list of things to do and see.

At least one day get a vaporetto tour ticket and visit barano and marano into he lagoon really cheap to get to and not so touristy great places to have lunch and really pretty. cheap day out. Also a good idea to get the vaparotto all the way up the grand canal and walk back to see all the sights.
There's no bad spots in venice as such, all of it is really pretty and unique. Aviod eating or stopping for a coffe in st marks square especially in august prices are v high and food will be crap, eat away from the square. go off the beaten track for food or get a pizza and sit on a canal and eat it. Really good pizzas there! The best meal we had, we bought fish from the rialto fish market and cooked it our selves. the fish market is not to be missed, every day exept sunday nr reailto bridge early morning till about 11am. Its up to you if you want to take a gondala its nothing special they make a lot of money from it its certailly not a dying art etc its a huge money making scheme now days but yes it is the only place you can do it i guess (exept chessy hotels in vagas).

Go to the top of st marks tower a huge que but great views.

As a cheap night out we had a bottle of wine from the shop and sat and watched the buskers outside the dodges palace really nice at sunset.

hope that helps.

6. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

i was in venice in april and didnt smell. i loved the place.

didnt take gondola ride though and dont wish i had taken. instead i had a coffee in one of san marco cafés, and think it was a good idea. cheaper than gondola but as typically venetian as a gondola ride. and classier;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 15, 2007, at 4:59 AM by Eleritz ]

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5778 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I was there about 8 years ago or so, also in August. I didn't smell anything else than wonderful pasta;)
The city is unique in his kind and just stays beautiful regardless of the tourists crowds.
Of course San Marco square, Doge Palace, Rialto Bridge etc. etc.
But especially take your time to walk a lot along the backstreets. Take a boat to some outlying parts.

And just don't take a gondola tour. Venice is one of the worst places in the western world where they just ask rediculous prices and you can actually bargain. It is very very sad, it looks like Italy is a developing country and the Italian government should forbid it and give high penalties for doing this. Come one, bargaining is something for other countries, not for Italy

8. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

haha, utrecht, last week i bargained price of my hotel stay in london;) and it wasn´t for the first time;)

9. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

lol i bargained for a hotel in australia and it worked....
why not bargain if you can save money??!!

10. Posted by italy_07 (Budding Member 22 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I was just in Venice last February. My suggestion is not to maks some big itenerary. Just wander the city, try and blend in. There are some sites to see like the Palazzo Ducale, but St. Mark's isn't that interesting and not really worth the money. When you take your gondala ride, have your camera ready at all times, perferably in Black and White because you will take some amazing pictures, whether you know it or not. Just have fun, make sure to have some seafood. Ciao