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Report 1820: Seven Wonderful Nights in Venice

By Monica Pileggi from Frederick, Maryland, Spring 2010

Trip Description: This was a seven-night solo trip to Venice - May 31st through 7 June 2010.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Venice

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Attended GTG; Foodie Trip; Opera; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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Page 1 of 9: Arrival in Venice, Italy

photo by Monica J. Pileggi

Venice, Italy

31 May 2010, Venice Italy

I arrived in Venice on an overcast day, but by 11:00am, the clouds broke up and the sun came out. My flight landed about 30 minutes early despite our one-hour late departure out of Philadelphia (lots of air traffic). I purchased the seven-day VeniceCard prior to leaving the USA, which supposedly allowed me to take the water boat to Venice. Not so, so I took the local bus to Venice and then the vaporetto to the Zattere stop (#2), which was close to my hotel.

My room at Pensione La Calcina was very small. You walk in and took two steps down to the area where the twin bed, night table, and desk were located. To the right from the entrance were two steps up to the bathroom. There was a nice small balcony with a table and chair and a view of a small side canal. While the room was very small, it was charming with its high ceiling, hardwood floors, neutral wall paper and tile in the bathroom.

I met my friends Ann and Kirk along with Candice, who were in Venice for the day. We met for lunch at Alle Zattere, which is located just down from my hotel. Three of us enjoyed pizza (mine with prosciutto) and Kirk had a pasta dish. It was great meeting friends for lunch. The restaurant is right on the water, so we enjoyed the views of the Giudecca canal.

After lunch, the three went their way and I went out to explore the area. It was great to be back in Venice. The day was beautiful and there were many tourists all around.

I tried to get money from three different ATMs, but for some reason, I couldn’t get any money. I wanted to get euros while at the airport, but a note posted at the ATM stated "maximum €250." Well, I didn’t want to do multiple transactions, so I decided to wait till I got to Venice. I later realized I was using my bankcard instead of my debit card. Both are blue cards.

Being tired from a long flight and no sleep, I rested in the room for a while before going out to dinner.

I went to a grocery store, Billa, a five to seven minute walk from my hotel. I purchased an inexpensive bottle of red wine for just €3.99 (and it was quite good!) and a bottle of limoncello (€3.59).

I made my way to a vaporetto stop and headed to dinner. I met up with the three from earlier today at La Zucca. I had dined here two years ago. Delicious food (tagliatelle with pistachio nuts and a Gorgonzola sauce; and baked eggplant – shared a liter of wine), and a fun evening. The place was packed, as it’s a popular place.

After a short walk around the area, I took the vaporetto back to the Academia stop and walked back to my hotel. Anne Kirk, and Candice took the train back to Verona.

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