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Alessandro and Marina Zavagno will be happy to welcome you to Ca' Rielo, which they have just opened in one of the most interesting and characteristic areas of Venice.  Romantic apartment in the historical centre of Venice, in the district of Cannaregio, 5 minutes walking from the train station of Venice Santa Lucia and well connected to S. Marco Square.... Sleeps 4.
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Great Spectacles in Venice: Make Venice Vacations An Enjoyable Experience   by Apurva Shree

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A Venice vacation is nothing if not steeped in tradition. In fact, ever since the city has become a popular tourist attraction where visitors probably outnumber natives by a factor of ten, the traditions have become more pronounced, more colorful, and more enjoyable and yes, more orthodox. 


Let us see a few of the major tourist attractions in Venice that you can enjoy during your Venice vacations.

Marriage to the Sea

On Ascension Day every year, the city recreates its marriage to the sea to emphasize the fact that the city is indeed totally dependent on the sea. The Doge is taken to S. NicolÚ del Lido in his traditional boat. There is a great colorful parade of ships, boats and gondolas of all sizes escorting him, and with great pomp and gaiety he throws a wedding ring in to the middle of the lagoon. The show carries on for quite some time and is followed by enthusiastic races among gondola drivers. This is a must see in your itinerary during the Venice vacation.
Carnival

The carnival in Venice, Italy has a flavor unparalleled anywhere else. For ten days. Venice is a hotbed of activities and locals and tourists alike take part in the dancing and entertainment with great gusto. St Marksí Square is the hub of main activities but fortunately, the carnival is celebrated all over town in a large number of dancing halls and the crowds are somewhat distributed. The carnival is one of the most important tourist attractions in Venice and you should plan your Venice vacations accordingly. The masks are a must have for the carnival and the very notion of being masked gives a certain abandon to the proceedings. Carnival or not, every tourist is bound to carry a mask or two back home.

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The Historic Regatta

If the city has a hundred and fifty waterways and canals, can a boat race be far behind? Every year, the regatta of hundreds of boats speeding past thousands of tourists enjoying their Venice vacations and locals, all loudly cheering whichever boat takes their fancy, is a major spectacle. There isnít just one regatta alone. Although part of one event, there are races for champions (the gondolini), for women (the mascarete) and for the young (the pupparini). Huge crowds, loud cheering and colorful stands are the highlight to a fun and frolic filled day!
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The Festival of the Redeemer

If you look at Venice history, In 1576, a plague hit Venice. Legend has it that it was brought into the city by rats carried on a ship from the Orient. Thousands died till finally, the plague was contained in 1630! The celebrations continue to this day and are held on the third Sunday of July. 

All monuments are lighted up and a beautiful fireworks display lights up the entire lagoon far into the night.

No matter which season you select for your Venice vacations, there is bound to be something spectacular to attract. After all, Venice is not a historical odyssey for nothing!

Venice Italy is surely going to spellbound you with a number of major monuments in Venice and festivities all year around. Consider the Venice festival calendar, while planning your Venice vacations. 

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Eating out in Venice

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Eating out in Venice can be a very unsatisfying experience for the casual traveler. With a local population of only 60.000 people and several millions tourists to feed each year, most restaurant owners in Venice couldn't care less if you feel ripped-off when it comes the time to pay the bill. Fortunately this attitude, while not uncommon, is not generalized. There are still some 'local' places to eat, and it is possible to eat a good meal while paying prices that are only slightly higher than elsewhere in Italy.

To get a truly Italian experience it is always best to eat where locals eat. This means that the menu will be written only in Italian and you are expected to know what all of the items on the menu are. You should also keep in mind that Venice is a popular destination for Italians as well as foreigners. If you see a crowd of Italian speaking people seating outside of a restaurant, do not assume they are 'locals'. Chances are they are tourists just like you.
As a quick rule of thumb: you should avoid all the places where a 'tourist menu' is advertised as well as those with pictures of the food on the outside. Waiters in bow ties or who tout for customers outside the door are also warning signs. Wine prices are another useful indicator. In an average restaurant you'd expect to find house wine (vino della casa) listed by the quarter and half-liter. A half-liter should only cost around 5 Euros. Watch out if they only serve bottles of wine at 20 Euros and above.

Although Venice is not considered to be one of the capitals of the Italian cuisine, it is nearly impossible for a traveler to miss one of the most rewarding holiday experiences: enjoying a good meal in a truly unique surrounding. At the very least, an evening meal represents an opportunity to refuel after a day full of activities. Being in Venice, the key is doing your homework. 

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Search the Internet for advice from people that has already been in Venice or ask a trusted local contact if you can. Booking ahead is always a good idea, especially for evening meals, at busy times like summer weekends, and if you want a special table.

As for the various kind of food establishments, Venice is no different from the rest of Italy. A 'ristorante' generally indicates an upscale establishment, while a 'trattoria' is a more humble, traditional eatery, serving simple filling dishes. A pizzeria is a place where you can eat pizza; not really a specialty in Venice although there are a couple of decent pizza places. An 'osteria' (or ostaria) is similar to a trattoria, but with a slant towards drinking: instead of a full meal, you might have some wine along with a plate of food or a lighter snack. Like the osteria, a Venetian 'bacaro' offers a chance to eat some food in a less formal context. The busy Venetians frequently eat quickly and lightly, selecting snacks called 'cicchetti' from a display at the counter, then eating them standing or seated on stools.
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In Venice restaurants (but this is true for the rest of Italy as well) you should expect to pay as much as 2 Euros per person on top of the price of what you have ordered. This is called 'coperto' and it accounts for the table dressing and the small basket of bread you will be provided. 

A few restaurants also add on up to 12% as an additional service charge although this is unusual and should be stated in the price list. Italians tend to tip a few euros rather than the 10% or more which is common elsewhere: However, there is no strict rule about tipping and in family-run restaurants where you are served by the proprietors it is common not to tip at all.


As you may expect, in Venice you will find a lot of seafood and lagoon fish on offer. 'Polenta', a coarse ground cornmeal generally made into a mush-like porridge, is a regional specialty, often served with fish, meat, mushrooms or 'gorgonzola' cheese. Seasonal specialties include peas and 'radicchio', both of which used in the preparation of rice based dishes ('risotto'). Pasta is not as widely used as it is in other Italian regions but there are a few typical recipes like 'bigoli in salsa' (thick homemade spaghetti in anchovy sauce). Other local dishes you might see on a menu include 'sarde in saor' (marinated sweet and sour sardines), 'castraure' (baby artichokes), 'seppie in nero' (cuttlefish in its ink), 'granseola' (spider-crab), 'fegato alla veneziana' (calf's liver with onions) and 'carpaccio' (thin-sliced raw beef). Desserts are not usually terribly good in Venice - typically the choice is something like dry local Burano cookies, panna cotta or tiramisù.

The area around Rialto is chock full of eating places and the most popular food shops and bars are here as well. This is also the area where 90% of the tourists use to gather. If you are adventurous enough to wander around, you will be not disappointed. Venice lies on an a small island so you really can't get lost and chances are you will bump into the thriving little 'baccaro' where you can get a plate of assorted appetizers for less than 10 euros. Quite often you won't find tables in there and no waiter service as well, so simply go to the counter, have some snacks and a glass of wine, and enjoy the taste of the hidden Venice.

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This article is part of a series covering the most important Italian travel destinations and regional cuisines. You can find similar articles about eating out in Florence, Naples, Milan and Rome.  Born in the USA, but happily ensconced in Elba Island, Bob McCormack is a freelance writer with a very special passion for food and wine. His travel articles and Elba hotels reviews have appeared in numerous national and international publications.  http://www.visitelba.com

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Alloggi Agli Artisti Venice
This hotel is located in Venice, and Scalzi Bridge, Palazzo Labia, and Frari are area attractions. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. Alloggi Agli Artisti features express check-in, express check-out, and air conditioning in public areas. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Bathrooms feature handheld showerheads. They also offer bidets, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge; guestrooms also offer direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Televisions have satellite channels.
Best Western Hotel Montecarlo Venice
Set in the heart of Venice, this hotel is close to Procuratie Vecchie and St. Mark's Basilica, as well as St Mark's Campanile. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is available during limited hours. Best Western Hotel Montecarlo features a coffee shop/café, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a porter/bellhop. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. This is a smoke-free property. There are 48 guestrooms at Best Western Hotel Montecarlo. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds.
Bonvecchiati Hotel Venice
Located in the heart of Venice, Bonvecchiati Hotel has the most privileged position. The hotel is just a 3-minute walk from Saint Mark's Square and 5 minutes from the Rialto Bridge; the Rialto stop of the vaporetti that will take you to the Grand Canal and the Venice Lido is also 5 minutes away. Since 1790, the Terrace of the Hotel Bonvecchiati has been famous in Venice for giving its name to the Restaurant of the Hotel Bonvecchiati, which is located in the romantic setting of the Terrazza. Guests can sample the restaurant's cuisine, which ranges from the more typical Venetian recipes, to tradition Italian cooking and also offers international dishes to satisfy the expectations of guests from all over the world. 
Boscolo Bellini Venice
Overlooking the Grand Canal, this delightful hotel immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Venetian lagoon, is the perfect base to discover the beautiful city of Venice.  The Bellini Boscolo Hotel is situated in an elegant 18th-century patrician palazzo in the Cannareggio quarter, transformed into a hotel at the turn of the last century. Easy to reach, the Bellini is just a few minutes' walk from Saint Mark's Square, the heart of the city, in an area abounding in shops and restaurants. Superb Venetian style distinguishes the classic and deluxe rooms, some of these latter with a view of the Grand Canal.  Guests can savour their breakfast in a dining room illuminated by splendidly decorated windows. And there's no better place than the lounge bar for taking a break to watch the unique spectacle of Venetian life as it floats by on the Grand Canal.
Hotel Abbazia Venice
In the spaces of an old abbey in the heart of Venice, the Hotel Abbazia has rediscovered the authentic poetic atmosphere of the Monastery of Venice's Discalced Carmelite Friars, which has always been an enchanting place of hospitality and tradition. The hotel is framed by a rare garden whose spaces and comfort have been enhanced by a skillful restoration.  The Abbazia Hotel is situated in the historical centre of Venice, only 150 metres from the Santa Lucia rain station and is within walking distance from the car terminal Piazzale Roma.  Guests can begin their day with a delicious buffet breakfast served in the warm and pleasant atmosphere of the breakfast room. The cocktail bar is a right place to be when you wish to relax, either on your own or with friends.
Hotel Canal Grande Venice
Set in the heart of Venice, this hotel is close to Scalzi Bridge, Frari, as well as Ca'd'Oro. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and limo/town car service. This Venice property has 22 square meters of event space. For a surcharge, the property offers an airport shuttle (available on request). The property hosts a complimentary reception. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms have city, water, or courtyard views. Beds come with Select Comfort mattresses. 
Hotel Gorizia A La Valigia Venice
This hotel is located in Venice, and Procuratie Vecchie, St. Mark's Basilica, and Squero di San Trovaso are area attractions. Additional attractions include St Mark's Campanile. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is available during limited hours. Hotel Gorizia A La Valigia features concierge services, an elevator (lift), and air conditioning in public areas. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Bathrooms feature bidets, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Televisions have satellite channels.
Hotel Rialto Venice
This welcoming and discreet hotel is supremely positioned overlooking the Grand Canal, just across from Rialto Bridge, one of the most beautiful and suggestive spots of the city. This property is within minutes walk to the charming artisan shops, art galleries and many other exciting landmarks in the surrounding.  With its own distinctive decor and elegant atmosphere, the exclusively decorated as well as comfortably arranged restaurant as well as cocktail bar are the perfect place to enjoy delicious meals or to unwind with an interesting drinks.  Also available is a terrace where you can enjoy ever-changing view of the daily life of the busy and colourful Grand Canal.
Hotel San Cassiano Ca'Favretto Venice
Set in the heart of Venice, this hotel is close to Ca'Pesaro and St. Mark's Basilica, as well as Ca'd'Oro. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Hotel San Cassiano Ca'Favretto features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. There are 35 guestrooms at Hotel San Cassiano Ca'Favretto. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, bidets, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Monaco & Grand Canal Hotel Venice
Monaco & Grand Canal is located in central Venice, close to St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, and Squero di San Trovaso. Nearby points of interest also include St Mark's Campanile and Church of the Virgin Mary of Good Health. Dining options at Monaco & Grand Canal include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. 
Residenza Cannaregio Venice
Close to Madonna dell'Orto, Palazzo Labia, and Ca'd'Oro, this Venice condo property is situated in the historical district. Other attractions include St. Mark's Basilica. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and currency exchange. This is a self-catering property. There are 66 guestrooms at Residenza Cannaregio. Bathrooms feature bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Televisions have pay movies. Air-conditioned rooms also include desks, minibars, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic/magnetic keys.
Starhotels Splendid Venice
Set in the heart of Venice, this hotel is close to Procuratie Vecchie and St. Mark's Basilica, as well as St Mark's Campanile. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. Dining options at Starhotels Splendid Venice include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a library, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. 
Una Hotel Venezia
This hotel is located in Venice, and Ca'd'Oro, St. Mark's Basilica, and Rialto Bridge are area attractions. Other attractions include Squero di San Trovaso. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is available during limited hours. Una Hotel Venezia features a bar/lounge, multilingual staff, and express check-in. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include express check-out. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. There are 37 guestrooms at Una Hotel Venezia. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered.
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