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2006 Trip - Italy - Venice - Doges Palace

Thursday 5-18-06

Headed over to Palazzo Ducale for our Doges Palace Secret Itineraries tour, which we booked thru TicketItaly.com. The building was the headquarters of the ruling Doges and also the site of the prison used in those days. The Secret Itineraries tour took us thru the prison where an infamous prisoner (and ladies man) named Casanova was housed and from which he escaped. Very interesting tour.

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We then walked over to what most people consider a tourist trap - Harry's Bar. I know, I know, but I just had to see the place where the Peach Bellini was invented. We paid dearly for the privilege - 32E for two drinks! Here's Wikipedia's link for Harry's.

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Dinner this night was on Calle Largo S. Marco - called Ristorante All Angelo.

We chose a prix fixed menu for 16E each. For antipasto, I chose bruschetta with tomatoes and basil, and Bill had mushrooms with polenta. For primi, Bill had asparagus soup, and I had penne pasta with peas and tomatoes. Secondi for me was veal scallopine and chicken for Bill. Desserts (all flaming) were very expensive (14E), so we declined. We had two half litres of house wine (white and red), and the total cost was 57E.

Friday 5-19-06

Another wonderful breakfast at Locanda Orseolo. What can I say - they do a great job. Always willing to help with a reservation or directions or recommendations for something. A really class operation.

Slight crimp in our plans for the day. We were going to use our Venice Cards to go to Murano-Burano-Torcello today. But Matteo told us last night that a one-day strike had been announced and no vaporettos would be running. Sort of made the Venice Card not worth it!

Oh well - we went thru the Basilica di San Marco and then shopped for Murano glass over by the Rialto Bridge. Not quite the same but maybe it's a good reason to come back.

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I came back to Locando Orseolo to write my Florence trip report (before it completely faded from my memory), and Bill did his long walk all over Venice.

We didn't walk too far to dinner, though - just around the corner to a very casual restaurant that advertised not just one but several prix fixed dinners for 10-14-18-36E, Ristorante Al Gallo d'Or.

We chose the 14E version (at least I did because I wanted to try liver Venice-style). At this price, there was no antipasto. I had lasagne for the primi and the liver with fried potatoes for the secondi. Bill had a really thick vegetable soup (with lots of spinach which he loves) for his primi and pork loin for his secondi. The pork loin was like none I have ever seen, as it was completely flat like it was pounded and grilled. He said it was very good though, and the price was right! Only 39E with two half litres of house wine - the least expensive dinner we have had so far!

Comments (5)

Love seeing all these photos! Twice now I've been in Venice on the day of a vaporetto strike and while it's inconvenient if you want to go to the islands, it's kind of nice to see the canals with only small boats in them.

And yes, Murano/Burano/Torcello are worth going back for. Esp. Torcello - what a beautiful and magical island.

Great photos, Nancy. That's a lovely shot of you on a bridge. Love the ones of the piazza; it looks like there was some work being done on two of the horses in the Basilica.

Last October I had to change my plans to go to the islands because of a vaporetto strike. I ended up going to Burano but missed Torcello.


Amy:

I'm enjoying these reports from Venice!

jgk:

For the money, I think there's no place better than Locanda Orseolo. I wish I was back there now!

I have also been there during a vaporetto strike. I was just glad it wasn't the day I needed to get to or from the train station with my luggage. Your hotel sounds wonderful. I have bookmarked it for my next visit there. Your photos bring back so many memories. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Venice.

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