2 nights in Venice 07-14-2014
We took a boat from the Airport directly to Saint Mark's Square, and our hotel was just a 2 mintue walk from the stop. We stayed at Villa Igea, the hotel was great, and relatively cheap, $204/night. It had a small terrace, 2 rooms, and 3 beds.
It was a bit tough to find because there is no sign, just a 4x6 inch plaque on the wall with the hotel name. Our room was on the 5th floor which is really only 1 floor above ground, at first we were amazed the person showing us the room was able to hussle up 5 flights of stairs so quickly. The hotel has a terrace that overlooks the Church Campo San Zaccaria. There is a public fountain (drinking water) right in front of the hotel, and the included breakfast was right on the waterfront at their sister hotel. Breakfast was great. Free internet was super fast, A/C worked great, location is great, all around great hotel.
Piazza San Marco
At night there are several orchestras playing in Saint Mark's square. The buildings were covered in scaffolding, so I added some pictures from a prevous trip.
Near by, there is an old book store with a stair case made of books.
Penny was completely tuckered out, pushing a stroller up stairs was a bit of a hassle.
Dinner picture is from Al Giardinetto, the patio is covered under a canopy of grape vines. We arrived at 7pm, and were the first ones there.
We had dinner at the Resturante Omnibus, the Tiramisu is the best I've had. The whole area near Pier Rialto is amazing.
We had dinner at Ristorante Omnibus, I come to this resturant every time I visit Venice. It's great food, and affordable; my 5 course dinner was 30 Euro, definitely get the Tiramisu.
The glass making business was moved from Venice to Murrano out of fear a fire could spread and wipe out all of Venice. It was great to see glass blowing demonstrations, each of the three people involved is an expert in one specific process (blowing, fusing handles to pitchers...). The process involved rolling the red hot glass in gold foil and dipping in colored beads. We also visited the Museo del Vetro, a glass museum showing the history of glass making dating back to 500 A.D.
You get to Murrano via the Vaporetto (water bus), cost is 20 EU for a 24 hour pass.