After the heat and humidity of Rome we were looking forward to the cooler weather forecast, but we were full expecting to fall headlong into a tourist trap, but i think for the most part Venice was surprisingly good in that regard, and it was only really one dinner on the first night that we felt we got ripped off a bit.
As many people would know, Venice is a small group of islands and all of the roads are canals, and this just made for a really cool vibe. One of the other things that most people would know but it really rings true is that Venice is an absolute maze. You take one wrong turn and you are history! The best money i have ever spent was the €2 for a city map, and i have never referred to a map so often in my life. After a while you started to get an idea of how to get around, but the signs to show you the landmarks were all hard to see, weren’t lit, and small. So in the daytime it wasn’t too bad, but at night it was very very hard to navigate, and we got lost multiple times!
Chereen with her rucksack on. When we first arrived in Venice, google maps told me that the hotel was only a 10 minute walk away. What i didn’t check closely enough was that it was actually pointing us to the wrong hotel! So we spent quite a lot of time walking to the wrong hotel, and then I didn’t have the address for the one we were actually staying at!
Fortunately I still had the web page open on my laptop, so even though i didn’t have internet i could pull the street name off of there, and then we sat down with the map and tried to find the needle in the haystack. Fortunately Chereen was eagle eyed enough to spot it and we were only another 10 minutes or so away. It was entirely possible that if she didn’t see that street that we would still be walking around trying to find our hotel!
The view from our hotel window! Not bad for a 1 star hotel! Not sure why this was classified as a 1 star either, I have stayed in 3 star places in Australia which are way worse than this.
We had been in our room 10 minutes when this train of Gondola went past! It was pretty cool, and it made us feel like we HAD to do the Gondola ride with the serenade, which we ended up doing the next night.
Part of the Grand Canal
The complete and utter buttrape that was the first night’s dinner. On the menu we saw “Risotto of the day, €14, min 2 people”. Now in Australia if you saw that, without a per person, you would assume that it would be enough for two people, and you would only pay €14. But no, that was each. I could chalk it up to a misunderstanding, but they also did the same with entree – we asked for a single entree and they charged us each! The worst part of it all was that the food was really bad. You could accept paying a lot if it was good, but it really wasn’t. We ended up paying €77 for this dinner, over $100AUD, when most of the other dinners we had been paying around €40 for them. Luckily we found a few better places for the other nights, but in general i was pretty disappointed with the food in venice. I guess that happens with a very touristy place, but the food in Rome was much better.