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Women Share Secrets About Venice

Woman-only hostel...
Cheap, 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...
A 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
Margo, Best Budget Hotels in Italy, California, USA

Women's words about Venice...

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,
at 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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