Must see/do in Venice

#1
As this is the font of all knowledge (along with a cesspit of decrepitude of course) I thought I would see if the worldy wise denizens of Arrse had an useful input.

I am taking the Missus for a short 3 day trip to Venice. This is the first visit for both of us and I was wondering what was considered the must see/do things on a short trip.

Suggestions with a bit of decorum gratefully received.
 
#3
#4
Worth wandering down the platform at the main railway station to look inside the Orient Express carriages. Tezinis is a great shop for underwear. Oh and the Grand Canal is worth a look too. The Bellinis are bloody expensive in St Mark's Square ...
 
#5
Worth wandering down the platform at the main railway station to look inside the Orient Express carriages. Tezinis is a great shop for underwear. Oh and the Grand Canal is worth a look too. The Bellinis are bloody expensive in St Mark's Square ...
Train spotting and buying knickers plus looking at a canal?

Living the dream or what :)
 
#6
I think it is quite a tourist 'trap' and in fact that place helped me really understand what it means. I've been a few times as can visit as part of work trips.

Shop around, get a good room and book in advance.
Decide in advance what you are going to shell out for and go and visit too. So that you can relax and enjoy what you have decided to do/pay for. eg a gondola tour is/was about €60 with a bit of haggling.

Be prepared to queue for things like going up the towers etc. Or learn when to go to avoid it.

Personally I'd try and stock up on basics like water, soft drinks etc as the local shops are rip-off-city man. stuff like that annoys me personally. Look on tripadvisor etc to find a good hotel and get/check recommendations about restaurants.

It is part of an archipeligo. Get out on the ferries and visit some of the islands. The whole place is meant to be seen by water. See crafts like glass-blowing etc. Learn some of the Venetian history which is impressive.

Don't, even if its the last room you can find, book a single room on one of the tiniest islands, arrive on the last ferry, and have a surly Austrian receptionist refuse to let both of you in ie only one, give the room to your bird and she go in, have her chat to him later and sneak back in whilst he was distracted with her questions, then let yourself down from the rooms iron balcony using your leather belt to the street below the next morning to avoid detection. Just saying, in case you are tempted. :eek:)
 
#7
Train spotting and buying knickers plus looking at a canal?

Living the dream or what :)

Absolutely. I got to run over the canal on a specially constructed pontoon then round St Mark's Square. They even gave me a medal !



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#11
Don't be tempted by a cappicino in St. Marks Square, €15 or so about 10 years ago as I recall. I had the best spagetti vongole of my life in some little hole in the wall near the Campo St. Angelo, buggered if I can recall the name of the place though.
 

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#12
I'd disagree. It may be a bloody fortune but sitting in the sun in St Marks is one of those things that has to be done. I agree about the prices, but it's what you pay for the experience.

Visit the glassblowing out on the islands (there's a bus).
 
#14
I spent a couple of months there on a NATO exercise. Don't buy anything from the cafés that line St Marks, you only have to go round the corner and the prices are a fraction. Your Mrs will love Murano and the glass factory is well worth a visit. Whilst I was there, there was a huge Communist Party rally, two of us wondered into it by mistake but they collared hold of us and insisted we had some grub and some beer. We ended up having a brilliant time.

Try to find unobtrusive out of the way cafés and restaurants if you want authentic food well prepared and cheep red to wash it down with. Walking round and looking at the architecture is fantastic with so many beautiful buildings and just jump on the water bus to island hop, take your camera. Palace of the Doges and the Roof of Leads are high on the tourist agenda. Take advantage of having taken her to one of the most romantic cities in the world and enjoy! Gondolas are very expensive but they do kind of set the mood!
 
#15
So far it's been, look at trains, don't drink the water and beware of being ripped off for a coffee.

Sounds like it is going to be a real fun weekend :)

Or at least a very expensive weekend.!
 
#16
So far it's been, look at trains, don't drink the water and beware of being ripped off for a coffee.

Sounds like it is going to be a real fun weekend :)
ok..have wonderful hot sex with your girlfriend and lots of romantic walks around the beautiful city filled with rare sights to talk about and enjoy. kiss her and tell her she is very special to you. make her laugh by doing terrible impressions of people you meet. have some more hot sex together.

do we have to tell you bloody everything??!!!
 
#17
ok..have wonderful hot sex with your girlfriend and lots of romantic walks around the beautiful city filled with rare sights to talk about and enjoy. kiss her and tell her she is very special to you. make her laugh by doing terrible impressions of people you meet. have some more hot sex together.

do we have to tell you bloody everything??!!!
We have been married 27 years which should give you some idea of just how useful your advice has been so far.

Ok all right but in between the hot sex and the sweet nothings what bits of the city are worth the time and effort to go and visit?

Or did you spend your visit shagging and abseiling out of windows and can't actually remember if the city was full of boats or not?
 
#18
What MiT said pretty much sums it up. The wife and I just followed a couple of local workmen when they knocked off for lunch, the food was fantastic, and not too dear.
 

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LE
Book Reviewer
#19
When I was there one could see the petrified thumb of St Timothy and an old genuine chastity belt in St Mark's but I don't know if they are there now. I thought the glass was crass and tasteless. Peggy Guggenheim's art collection was amazing (Dali, Ernst - she had been Max Ernst's mistress).

I gather nowadays one needs wellies. Or waders. Or a diving suit.
 

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LE
Book Reviewer
#20
Frankly you'll be hard pressed to find a bit of Venice that's not worth seeing. Ignore the curmudgeonly poor people and accept that you need to be a tourist, see the tourist sights and be ripped off by the locals. It's all part of the experience. Forget the "little place round the corner where the workmen go" - it'll be a small pokey restaurant full of workmen. Go to the places with a nice view and a grand menu. it'll cost, but you'll probably never go back to venice again so enjoy it.
 

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