My 2017 Visit to Venice (Italy) and VLOG

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VLOG 1 : Venice (Italy) – VIEW

Since I was 9 months old I have been to Venice every year, my parents have always loved Venice. As I was growing up I was taken here with them, and I also feel in love with Venice.

Venice is a very unique place, with a lot of history. The main part that everyone knows about, is that it is sinking but that’s due to the sand foundations it was built on many many years ago. This was a strategical move back then, to protect the city from invaders but now due its popularity and the weight of the tourists and buildings its slowly sinking.

For me when I visit Venice I ignore the biz, and I am instantly transported back in time and its like a home from home to me. I know Venice that well I can navigate its small streets, and remember how to get to places one year on….where I stay is in Glasgow and if you ask me for directions well your asking the wrong guy.

This years visit to Italy was for my summer holiday, and this year more so was a relaxation holiday rather than try and see as many different close locations as possible. That being said visiting Venice is always top of my list, for sight seeing or to relax.

Part of my visit to Venice this year, my parents were given a gift of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Danieli. If you don’t know much about this hotel click the below link.

Website : www.danielihotelvenice.com

This hotel is a very attractive hotel, but it also comes with attractive prices. The more you pay for a room you will be located in the main building, but the cheaper the rooms get you are in the back of the building which I have been told you don’t get the best views.

I have never stayed here, but maybe that time I win big in the lottery I would like to spend a long weekend here….but till then I will just keep checking my lotto numbers.

The Afternoon Tea

There are two places you can be served food or afternoon tea, the first being as you go in the door and to the left. This area is a very nice lounge area, that has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. The second location is situated upstairs, where you can sit outside and have a view of the Grand Canal.

Today’s visit we were seated in the lounge area.

As you can see the presentation was very nice, and you were given a good choice of food. I wont comment on the cost since it was a gift, but you can click the website and take a look.

This was a very enjoyable and very relaxing Afternoon Tea.

Visitor Attractions

While you are in Venice, there are a lot of landmarks to see and places to visit. This blog and my accompanying VLOG don’t do it justice but hopefully will give you a little taster.

I will say a little about each place but also give you a link to Wikipedia which will give you more information and more historical information.

Piazza San Marco

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One of Venice’s busiest areas for two reasons, its where most of the tourists are dropped off for their day and also its history.

If you manage to visit here and its not mega busy, you will get a very nice experience. My best advice is to walk about, and look everywhere as the detail of the buildings is amazing.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco

Rialto Bridge

Venice Italy : Rialto Bride

This bridge has many shops at each side, and all the locals and tourists walk up the centre of the bridge. The bridge is affectively built on wooden pillars, so I really don’t know how its lasted to stay up this long but it’s an amazing design.

Most of the shops on this bridge are costly, but if your wanting to say you got a little something from Venice then a once off is good. If you do visit walk to the centre, and go to each side here is where you will get great photos.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge

Gondola ride

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Gondola rides are another very popular activity to do in Venice, but be warned they are VERY costly for what you get.

If you walk about the prices can vary but it’s roughly about 80 euros for 30mins, and thats per person just for a ride.

For me I have done it and enjoyed the experience, I would do it again and this time just sit and look rather than take photos and videos. Would I do it every year? no mostly due to the cost but it’s a nice experience to try at least once.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

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One thing you will notice is on the busy days in Venice, you will see a long waiting line to get inside and do the tours. I was once told someone waited 4 hours just to get inside, for me I have never wanted to wait that length just to see inside. If I ever do go back to Venice and its off peak times, I may go in side but only if its not very busy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Basilica

Torre dell’Orologio

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This is another building that a lot of people wait to go inside, as I have been told that you get a great 360 view of Venice from the top.

I have never had the urge to go inside and see this view, mostly as I managed to get to a hotels roof which gave me an amazing view and one I think would be better than this view….but I cant fully comment on that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Clocktower

Fruit, Vegetables and Fish Markets

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Venice has many traditions but one of the oldest is how the locals get their groceries. With all these little markets this is how many of the locals get their fruit, vegetables etc
The most well known market is the Fish Market, this is called the “Pescheria”, from this fish market this is where locals and the local restaurants would buy the fish to sell that day.

Hand Sculptures

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Before coming to Venice this year, I saw this hand structure on the news and I knew I had to see it and also include it in my VLOG.

The hand structure is titled “Support” and its to raise awareness of the water level rise and climate change in Venice.

To see more information on the Italian artist see the below links :

Lorenzo QuinnInstagram account.

Lorenzo Quinn WebsiteLorenzo Quinn

 

And that’s the holiday over for another year……net visit to Venice I will show you more attractions.

Hopefully you have learned a few new things, even if its just a taster of Venice. If your nervous when you get here do a little walking tour, but to be honest they are over priced and all you do is walk and see places you don’t get to experience much.

Walk about and do it yourself, if you get lost just ask “San Marco” or follow the signs that are up on the buildings.

If you have any questions about Venice, feel free to message me on here or Twitter and also check out my YouTube Video.

Venice Italy : My Second Home from Home

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After my Lido Di Jesolo post, I am now doing one on my other favourite place in Italy…Venice.

I have been going to Italy since I was 9 months old, and every time I have visited Venice. Now I am 33 (at time of posting) and I know Venice probably better than I know Glasgow.

For me Venice is a magical city, its like stepping back in time. I am not that in to history or architecture, but when I come here I know a little history and I love looking at all the different building designs.

Even after all these years there are still streets, and parts I have still to visit.

When you come to Venice you need to expect if your at a tourist spot, or near the front you will pay that little bit more and maybe a large service charge. If you travel to the back away from the main areas, you will find cheaper places to drink and eat.

If you do visit Venice, here are a few places I would recommend you visit. If you want any history about the places mentioned below, just do a Google search.

Harry’s Bar : 

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Harry’s bar is a very popular place to visit, its also the location of the famous Bellini cocktail.

I was told by many people I had to try here, it was amazing and the place was nice and even more so the food. On entering you will notice it’s a small place, and its just like an old fashioned bar.

I didn’t order a Bellini when I was here but I did order a small cocktail.

The service was good, the price was very costly but I did expect that before going in so I didn’t mind too much.

Overall it was just ok, I wasn’t as impressed as everyone said I should be as it was just so so for me….but I did tick it of my places to visit so I was happy.

Cafe Florians :

Café Florian is a very famous Café in Venice and Europe.

It is the oldest coffee house in Europe and has been visited by many royals and celebrities.

TIP : You will have a music charge per person as soon as you order, even if the music has just stopped or not started. This is to pay the live band that is playing.

This is a very nice Cafe, and has a very relaxing atmosphere when you are either sitting outside or sitting inside.

I have been in Cafe Florian’s a few times and enjoyed every visit, yes it’s a little costly but it’s a nice thing to do more so since it’s a once a year thing for me.

St Marks Square :

Well, what can I say? This is your main area in Venice.

Standing here gives you an amazing feeling, with the amazing architecture and the buzz of everyone from many different countries.

I have walked about here many times well over 40 times, and every time I notice some detail I have never seen before.

There is a lot of history here, too much for me to go in to so if your interested check Wikipedia.

If you want to do the sights here like go up the tower etc you will need to visit Venice very early in the morning, as if you wait too long you will have to wait for more than 2 hours or more then 5 hours.

The square looks a lot bigger from end to end than it actually is, as it’s an optical illusion if you take a look at some aerial photos at its shape you will see.

Bride of Sighs :

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Everywhere you go in Venice, there is a lot of history attached and this bridge is one of them.

Years ago when prisoners were going to get executed they would walk over this bridge and stop at the two small windows. They would look over the magical view of the lagoon and sigh, as this was their last view before the execution.

This view here has a lot of people standing taking photos, here is a little tip if you get to the other side it’s a lot less crowed and you still get a really good photo.

Rialto Bridge :

The main bridge in Venice, and one that is very well known.

For me the shops along each side are nice to see, but the best part of this bridge is when you go to either side at the top you get a really nice view.

La Terrazza

I have already done a blog post on this restaurant, but I do recommend you check it out. The prices are good and the service is good.

Link : VIEW

Caffe del Doge

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I had recently watched a few podcasts of Venice, and this was a place to visit if you liked Coffee.

Caffe del Doge is a small cafe situated over the Rialto Bridge and a short walk.

For me it was ok, it felt like a bar but one that does coffee instead of beer. If I was having a coffee I would go to La Terrazza as thats more my style.

Gondola Ride

I have only done this once, it’s not something I would do ever year mostly due to the cost. What you will find is there are a lot of places you can get a Gondola Ride, but everyone charges different prices so if you want to take a ride on one you may need to bargain with the owner or move on to the next.

This was a very nice experience, and one that was very relaxing. My ride was for 40mins, and it cost 80 euros each. Was this a good price? I really don’t know as I didn’t ask about.

I think you need to do this twice, first time take a lot of photos and second time sit and enjoy it. I feel I didn’t enjoy it as much as possible as I was too busy taking photos, so maybe one day I will have my second Gondola Ride.

Overall :

There are many places in Venice to visit, the above is just some of the main things I would recommend. If you do visit any of these places or have done, feel free to let me know as it’s aways good to hear what people think about here.

Ciao

Home from Home Lido di Jesolo Italy

Most of you that know me know how much I like going to Italy, for those that don’t well you’re going to learn a little more about me and a little about Italy.

Since I was about 9 months old I have been going to Italy every year, to be more specific a place called Lido di Jesolo. From a young age I have stayed in many hotels up and down Jesolo, some are now gone or have been taken over.

Lido di Jesolo is a beach resort near Venice, the beach and resort is very long with many shops, hotels and places to eat.

Why do I keep going back? No, I don’t have any family in Italy my parents just feel in love with the location as its near Venice and a few other places.

Lido di Jesolo for me is a home from home now, as soon as the plane lands I am instantly relaxed. I know where places are, and how to get to them.

I love the food, beach and seeing Venice.

Years ago I met a family from England, and for years we kept meeting every year. This was something I always looked forward to, as I could meet them again. We stayed and still do keep in touch with this family all these years.

What you will find about Lido di Jesolo, or Italy as a whole. A lot of people will either love it and keep going back, or they will hate it there is never an in between its always one of the other.

The Resort : 

The resort is always getting little updates, and modernised which is always nice to see from year to year.

Lido di Jesolo has many little snack bars, and restaurants so you will never not find a place for a quick bite or a meal.

There are many shops ranging from cheap to very expensive, and these can be gifts to clothes.

The beach is a favourite for everyone to visit as all the hotels are very close to it, and it’s a very very clean and safe beach.

Jesolo is on flat land, so this is also a perfect area for anyone who has poor mobility, old or in a wheelchair.

Top Things To Do :

Jolly Rodger :

If you have kids then this is for you.

You go on a large ship that looks like something from Pirates of the Caribbean, and it sails out to sea. Music plays and then the kids are given a drink of juice, then play with fake swords.

At one point the ship sails to a deep part of the sea, and another Jolly Rodger from further up the resort comes to its side. The kids are then given water balloons and they throw them at each ship.

More Info Here

Aqualandia : 

If you like water parks then this going to be your favour thing to do when here.

This place has everything you would expect from a water park, tidal machines to very long slides at crazy angles. It also features the highest bungee tower in Europe.

The park has been designed very nice, with lots of palm trees and many different tropical plants.

Just a heads up, make sure you have sun cream on or stay in the shade. If its a very warm day, you will catch a lot of sun.

More Info Here

Sea Life : 

This is a more recent attraction added within the past few years, at a shopping centre called Laguna Shopping.

I have still to try Jesolo’s Sea Life Centre but from what I have heard, it’s really good and interesting to visit.

More Info Here

Jesolo Lighthouse : 

Not a special thing to do, but a nice walk to see and take photos. Every year I visit Jesolo, I leave the room early (before breakfast) and take a nice long walk down to the Lighthouse. Its very relaxing and a lovely walk as the sun is just coming up and the beach is at its quietest.

 

Tours :

One of the biggest attractions Jesolo has for me, is how close it is to a lot of nice places to visit.

Venice :

Venice for me is a magical place to visit, its like stepping back in time. Yes, its busy, but if you go at certain times of the day it won’t be as bad. One thing I keep hearing people say is “Venice ohh its smells,” every year I visit Venice and only maybe twice I have smelt it bad but the reason was the weather was very warm and they were cleaning a canal out. So don’t listen to what people say.

I will be doing a blog post on Venice soon keep watching out for that.

Verona :

You can visit Verona as part of a joint tour, the Verona Lake Garda excursion. I have done this three times now and enjoy every moment.

Most of you will know Verona for one reason, Romeo and Juliet as this is where their famous balcony is.

You get about two and a half hours here, the first part you follow the tour guide and the second you get to do what you like. Since I have been a few times, I just go off and enjoy the full time to myself.

Lake Garda :

As I have said above this is part of the joint excursion.

Well, Lake Garda has to be seen in person to appreciate the beauty of the location. On arrival you see the sea view and this is amazing, you can if you like go out on a boat for a little time with a guide and see it from there. I have done this once and it was nice, but it does take up time you could spend at the shops.

There is not really a lot to do here, but it is worth a visit. It’s a very relaxing place to visit, and one maybe at some point I would like to stay for a long weekend.

Overall : 

As you can see from all the above text and photos, Jesolo offers a lot to do. You can go and relax or go and see sights or a little of both. The above is just a little of what Lido di Jesolo has on offer so check out the website link below.

If you do visit Italy try and see a few sights, and also try some of the local food and ice cream.

For more information on what you can find on Lido di Jesolo visit www.jesolo.it and select the language you want the page to be presented in.

Ciao