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Venice, Italy

June 2015 – I LOVE Venice!! No cars, just your feet and boats to get around! Yes there are tourists, but there are ways to see this wonderful city and forget about them!  Here are a some of my favorite things to enjoy The Serenissima:

Arriving by boat from the airport : a lot more special than arriving by train! Plus, you get a “tour” and a great view of Venice, its neighboring islands and, weather permitting, the Alps!

Walk and get lost! Forget the Merceria! Take a quiet street and get lost! We walked for a couple of hours in the Dorsoduro, alone most of the time, ended up at a nice little restaurant on a quiet piazza, had a great meal and then found out we were only a couple of streets away from the train station!

Campari Bitter : a drink I discovered in Venice a few years ago while watching what the locals were drinking. I find it just taste better in Venice, especially on a terrace, at “apéro” time, perfect for people watching! Campo Santo Stefano is a good spot for that!

Eat! If you want to splurge, without breaking the bank, take a vaporetto to the Giudecca. Right on the water, you will find Harry’s Dolci, a less expensive version of the famous Harry’s Bar. Indulge in the famous carpaccio, have a Bellini and enjoy the view from the terrace!

Hotel recommendation : you must sleep in Venice to fully enjoy it! The city gets very quiet in the evening with all the tourists gone back to Mestre or their cruise ship. My favorite hotel in Venice is Ca’Pisani, a family-run hotel in a renovated palazzo, steps from the Accademia bridge, in the Dorsoduro. It is a bit of a splurge, but the hotel and rooms are beautiful, the breakfast is unbeatable and the owner is absolutely charming!

I have many more “favorite” things to do, eat and drink in Venice : I will need more posts to cover them! Stay tuned!

J’adore Venise! Voici quelques idées pour vous permettre de tomber sous son charme, tout en évitant les touristes : arriver en bateau depuis l’aéroport (unique!); marcher dans les petites rues tranquilles et s’y perdre (la civilisation n’est jamais bien loin); prendre un verre sur une terrasse (un Campari Bitter); manger au Harry’s Dolci (le petit frère du Harry’s Bar, moins cher, plus une belle terrasse avec vue). Il faut dormir à Venise pour en profiter le soir (où les touristes ont disparu). Mon hôtel préféré : le Ca’Pisani, un palazzo magnifiquement rénové dans le Dorsoduro, à 2 pas du pont de l’Accademia, un déjeuner imbattable et la propriétaire la plus sympathique de Venise!