Gondolas in Venice

Gondolas in Venice Not just a rowing boat - how it's built, traditions and "the gearbox"... A Gondola can be up to 11 metres long and 600 kg in weight, but still only needs one man with his single oar to propel it along, albeit in a stately fashion. Not many people … [Read more...]

Arriving by plane in Venice

Arriving by plane in Venice: Transport from Marco Polo Airport to Venice: Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Marco Polo Airport "reflects the uniqueness of Venice. The airport's architectural features highlight the lagoon environment and are suggestive of the city's civil and industrial … [Read more...]

Arriving by train in Venice

Arriving by train in Venice Don't get off at Venice, Mestre (unless you're staying there!), S.Lucia (Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Lucia) is the name of Venice's train station and it's the end of the line. The station is a modern building in the sestiere of Cannaregio in Venice's west, and is … [Read more...]

Arriving and Departing Venice

Venice Transportation Choices Arriving in Venice is different from arriving in other cities, because there are no roads in the central city area where you'll probably be staying - hotel transfers and downtown transportation are a bit different in Venice! That said, until that last stage, things are … [Read more...]

Dorsoduro, Venice

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 … [Read more...]

Gay and Lesbian Venice

Gay and Lesbian Venice: In February, Carnevale is a meeting point for gay people, but apart from that, although it's a marvellous city (and in spite of Truman Capote's famous quote: "Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go"), if you're looking for gay-specific … [Read more...]

Restaurants on the Islands in the Venice Lagoon and elsewhere

Restaurants on the Islands in the Venice Lagoon and elsewhere Restaurants on the islands of the Venice lagoon are often not open in the evenings, so be sure to check on opening hours and rest days! Trattoria "Da Romano" Via San Martino Destro, Burano This restaurant has an impressive … [Read more...]

Restaurants in Giudecca and the Lido, Venice

Restaurants in Giudecca and the Lido, Venice It's important to check that the restaurant at which you're interested in eating is open! Restaurants in Venice do not all close on a Monday, rest days vary, and not all open at night. Booking is highly advisable, especially when you want an … [Read more...]