Tony Page reviews Bianca Reyes’ “Venice for rookies” eBook

Venice for rookies ebook

A Venice insider’s view on the best hotels, restaurants, shopping and places to see We’re off to Italy in August, with a couple of stops in Venice, so I was especially interested in reviewing Bianca Reyes’ “Venice for rookies” eBook. Let’s hope you think my words are worth your time reading them! A Ten Year […]

Venice Hotel Accommodation Guide

Venice Sestieri Map

Venice Hotel Accommodation Guide Hotel Location: Cannaregio Castello Dorsoduro San Marco San Polo Santa Croce Lido Giudecca Hotel Rating: 5 star 4 star 3 star 2 star 1 star You can get anywhere in Venice by foot or Vaporetto pretty quickly. So apart from getting your luggage to and from your hotel on arrival and […]

Venice and the Lagoon

Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Venice and the Lagoon: Introduction An ever-growing range of features, links and practical information to help you plan and enjoy your visit to Venice, including guides to hotel accommodation, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, city neighbourhoods and getting about. There’s a lot here already and we are hard at work adding the sections to complete the […]

A Brief History of Venice

Palazzo Ducale, Venezia

A Brief History of Venice Brief History | Interesting facts | Famous people Where it started According to tradition, Venice was founded in 421 AD on April 25th, St. Mark’s Day (St. Mark is now the patron saint of Venice) when to escape the Barbarian invasions, refugees from the Veneto took shelter in the Lagoon. […]

Cannaregio, Venice

Ca' d'Oro

Cannaregio, Venice – Good Food and Fine Palaces Above: The municipal Casinò of Venice, housed in the beautiful renaissance Palace of Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, on the Grand Canal Cannaregio is Venice’s second largest sestiere, stretching across the north-west of the city with its main thoroughfare, the Strada Nuova, lined by shops, bars and restaurants and […]

San Marco, Venice

Venice Gondolas at San Marco

San Marco, Venice: “The Drawing-room of Europe” Let’s face it, there can be few visitors to Piazza San Marco in Venice who have not experienced an almost magical feeling when, standing on the Piazetta with the Doges’ Palace on their left, the Campanile to their right, they first gaze out between the two slender pillars, […]

San Polo, Venice

Rialto Bridge - San Polo

San Polo and the Rialto, Venice Running to the east of the Rio di San Polo as far as the Rialto, San Polo is the smallest sestiere, and is the oldest and most mediaeval part of Venice, a maze of tiny streets all eventually leading to some part of the Grand Canal. The Liveliest Quarter […]

Dorsoduro, Venice

Venice Museum

Dorsoduro, Venice’s “Hard Ridge”: Dorsoduro‘s (literally ‘hard ridge’) refers to the character of the land in this part of Venice, which is a bit higher and rockier – or at least, more solid – than the other less firm areas of land that emerged from the lagoon over the centuries. It’s a sprawling sestiere that […]

Castello, Venice

Vivaldi's Church and Riva Schiavoni

Castello, Venice: A Sestiere with a Split Personality Castello is Venice’s largest sestiere, extending from the Rialto to Sant’Elena at the eastern tip of the city. Its name is believed to derive from a fortress on the island of San Pietro, one of the earliest inhabited sites in the lagoon. It was one of the […]