Thursday, November 17, 2011

Travel Advice: Venice

Venice, once known as one of the most romantic places on the planet, is a tourist crowded Italian island now.  If you ever plan to visit the city on water, avoid November and December, because it is known to flood at the time.  And definately avoid high seasons.  At the time of my visit it wasn't even a high season but the place was crowded with tourists that you feel bad for the Italians.  Its so noisy and its far from romantic.  And always be on the watchout for pickpockets! Its so crowded you will never be aware of who's trying to rob you.  Venice is very famous for glass and mirror making since the 16th centure, so you have to visit some of the Murano glass shops and factories made into museums.

In my opinion, 2-3 days is more than enough to stay in Venice, nothing more than that.  And avoid bringing more than one bag per person, as you will have to be taken on top of a boat to visit the main land, plus if your hotel is not directly on the banks, then you will have a hard time carrying your bags all the way to your hotel.  Plan ahead with your travel agent on hotel location.

Recommended hotels:
Hotel Danieli - of the Luxury Collection Hotels (Starwood Hotels) and its where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie stayed in the movie "The Tourist".  Perfect location, and within walking distance of the famous San Marco Piazza and the luxury shopping brands like Chanel, Hermes, Prada and other well known big names.
Ca' Nigra - modern and Venetian with a beautiful garden and is easy to acces.
The glass used in street lights is Venetian Murano glass

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