A few days in Venice (part 2)

So what else is important about Venezia, that should be written down? Well, one thing I had to take into account when planning the trip, was where, what and for how much can we eat? I have calculated with an average of €15 per person per meal (yes, it was a low-cost menu) and I must say, the estimation was not that far from reality.
Venezia Gondole
A meal in Venezia can range from the €4.50 Involitos (a type of sandwich) to €40 full course meals. It depends on what you desire and what are your standards. For us it was more like trying to get the taste of Italian food, and not to go and get fancy dining. There are tons of restaurants in the main island (and not only) so there is a quite big variety of places to choose from. At many locations a “kind” (bit pushy) gentleman invites (in all possible languages) the tourists passing by to have lunch or dinner, so I guess there is no way one can get out of the city without a stuffed stomach. It does not really matter whether you are in a central position or not, the prices are really similar at the Rialto Bridge, in a small alley near Piazza San Marco or the seaside. I have seen, however, that the prices are a bit higher on the islands, especially Burano. Of course if you do not want to taste Italian food, then there is the possibility to get to the only fast-food-restaurant chain that took hold on the main island: McDonald’s. They will surely offer the same food people all over the world are used to and at reasonable price.

When you want to see so many places in such a short time period, you will surely not eat that much. For example on one of the days, our lunch was a simple Involito which we ate along the way between two museums. Speaking of museums, there is on more type of museum which is pretty popular in Venezia: entrance to some of the 17th century palaces among Canal Grande. Unfortunately they are closed on specific days of the week (each one on a different day) so plan your visit carefully. We only managed to visit Ca’ Rezzonico (which was closed on Tuesdays) but I guess most houses display the same values as this one. On several floors a typical rich Venetian palace is presented in Ca’ Rezzonico, the rooms ranging from large galleries to bedrooms. Also, from the upper floors of the house there is a beautiful view of the Grand Canal.

GondolaFinally I have left one of the main attractions of Venezia: the Gondolas. As I have written in the previous post, there is quite a number of gondolas in the main island some quite nice, some a bit old looking and dusty. Make sure, however, that you do get on a gondola and not on a Sandolo which is a simpler version of it, but not the real deal 🙂 .
A gondola ride usually cost €100 (for around half an hour), but one can negotiate the price to €80 (for which we got a ride of about 20-25 minutes). The gondolier we went with spoke fluent English and took us near historic buildings like the house where Casanova lived, a house where the German poet, Goethe lived and some other important buildings. We mostly went along the narrow canals, where I must say I was amazed by the skills of the gondolier: you can bet on the fact that the gondola will not even touch another boat or any of the walls. Our gondola ride ended with a short trip among the Grand Canal after which we were taken back to the initial starting point. In my opinion it was one of the highlights of our stay, so if you’re in Venezia, you cannot skip this, even if it seems a bit pricy.


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