Women Share Secrets About Venice
safe sleeps in Venice! Take the vaporetto to Palanca stop
(address: Giudecca 428), where you will find a wonderful women-only
convent called, Istituto Canossiano.
The nuns are sweet, gentle grandmotherly types and there is
a kitchen, balcony, and laundry facility at visitors' disposal.
We met other women travellers from all over the world. It
was safe, comfortable and most memorable. P.S. Sheets and
blankets were provided, no credit cards were accepted and
doors closed at 10:00 P.M. The cost then was US$15 per night.
Tel/fax 041 522 2157
Kiera, Ramey, USA
Advice from a local...
I can suggest a sort
of nun "pensione", that works like an hotel. It's called Istituto
Ciliota, it is near campo Santo Stefano (less than
10 minutes from San Marco) and is not so expensive and totally
renewed. This former Venetian monastery was originally founded
in 1845. Address: Calle delle Muneghe 2976, tel: 39 041 520488,
fax: 39 0415212730. I believe a single room costs 60 Euro.
Daniela, Venice, Italy
Take a gondola ride...
money saving tip! The American
Express office offers hour-long serenade evening
Gondola rides for a fraction of the cost of the gondola vendors
on the docks. We ended up in the gondola with the accordion
player -- there are 4-6 gondolas that go out together -- the
gondoliers all sing. We boarded the gondola while light, and
came back by night. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
Denise, Schaumburg, USA
Sandwiches near train station...
When I was researching
my latest Italian guide, I came across Al
Cicheto a tiny restaurant/bar that accepts cash
only. This place in Venice serves fabulous fresh sandwiches
and good homemade food. They cater to the workers and make
just enough so that they run out of food every day. Calle
Misercordia, 367 (exit the train station, turn left onto Lista
Spagna. Calle Misercordia is the second left turn). Mon-Fri.
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget Hotels in Italy, California, USA
Venice is a wondrous city
of fairest carving,
reflected in gleaming waters
swirled to new patterning by every passing gondola.
(Sylvia Pankhurst, writer,1979)
It is the city of mirrors,
the city of mirages,
once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
(Erica Jong, New York Times Magazine, 1986)
The trouble is, walking
in Venice becomes compulsive once you start.
Just over the next bridge, you say, and then the next one beckons.
(Daphne du Marier, Don't Look Now, 1971)
Venice, as a city, was a
foundling, floating upon the waters
like Moses in his basket among the bulrushes.
(Mary McCarthy, Venice Observed, 1956)
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