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Women Share Secrets About Venice

Evelyn Hannon

Do you have a female-friendly tip you'd like to share about visiting Venice? An opinion about the city? Should this destination be saved for a romantic holiday or will a solo traveller or a mom and daughter duo enjoy it just as well? We so appreciate hearing from you and receiving your valuable information. Your women-centered input gives other Journey Women worldwide a head start in planning their own holidays. Click here if you'd like to send your advice. Please put 'Italy' in the subject line and don't forget to tell us what city you're writing from. Thank you, thank you, everybody!

 

Hot showers in Venice station...
We found great gal-friendly beds and showers in Venice last spring. After a long, grungy overnight train ride, my travel pal and I were in desperate need of a shower. Right there, in the train station, are the cleanest, safest, public restrooms in town! For around $3.00, you can get a hot shower, fresh towel included, behind a well-locked door.
Kiera, Ramey, USA

I suggest this little book...
There are many things to see and do in Venice. Go to see San Marco, of course, and the Jewish part of the town called "ghetto", the Biennale, the food market in Rialto, have an aperitif at Zattere at sunset, and to know the best restaurants buy the inexpensive booklet called Osterie di Venezia, written by an Italian woman called Michela Scibilia. It's in English, too. I hope this helps other women. Have a nice stay in my country.
Daniela, Venice, Italy

P.S. I believe the only public kosher restaurant in Venice today is Gam Gam, a restaurant near the Ponte delle Guglie in the ghetto.

Great food in Venice...
I live in London and took a long weekend in Venice. Fabulous! Trattoria alla Madonna - Calle della Madonna, San Polo 594 is near Rialto Bridge and a 10 minute walk from San Marco Square. This lively fish restaurant is popular with tourists and Venetians alike. My friends and I ordered the grilled fish and the pasta plate (Spaghetti al Vongole) which were divine. The waiters are great characters and our very friendly server was telling me his life story within minutes. The one thing he failed to accomplish was to get me to try Spaghetti with Squid Ink. I may like to wear black but eating it was too traumatic. ("Friendly server" took it away without question when I grimaced).
Leslie, London, England

Pasta, pasta, pasta...
Just got back from Italy three weeks ago and loved it. In Venice I suggest a stop at Rizzo to check out their gourmet pasta - all flavors and shapes (some even in the shape of gondolas). Fun to see and the pasta products make interesting, light and packable gifts. Take a peek at their website.
Denise, Schaumburg, USA

Ed. note: Take note that food shops in Venice often close on a Wednesday afternoon and many gift and clothes boutiques stay shut on Monday mornings.

   



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