Venice Italy excursions / sites. Suggestions?

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    Sep 04, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    Anyone have suggestions on day trips out of Venice. So far chose Verona. But not sure where to visit for worthwhile museums, roman sites, etc. On venice island for 4 nights. I wanted to go to Croatia but you have to fly there.
  • calibro

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    Sep 05, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    venice has the best contemporary art in the country
  • GREEKy

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    Sep 05, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    BOLOGNA!

    It's a must. the university is beautiful...it was founded in 1088 and is considered the oldest university since they started using the term "universitas." Even just wandering around, it's a nice place.


    Also, I second the idea to take a day trip to Padua. This is a time capsule of renaissance art and architecture.


    If you had a day or two, I'd say check out Urbino...its a small mountain city from around 1400/1500. The Palazzo Ducale is amazingly beautiful. It is a 'Small Urban' place... as the name Urbino suggests. I studied there for a year. I love it.

    It takes about 4 hours total ( train to Pesaro, then bus to Urbino.)

    Like truffles/tartufi? Try Honey with truffles (miele con tartufo).

    Also, a tip with Trenitalia website.... when you are viewing possible trains... scroll to bottom and click "tutte le soluzioni"... and it provides local trains too... MUCH cheaper but a bit longer.

    Palazzo Ducale (which is actually a giant ~1500s art museum now)
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    surrounding hills (keep in mind I took this pic in February)
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    Sep 05, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. That gives me a totally new direction to seek out and gives me hope for RJ guys giving good advice.
  • GREEKy

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    Sep 05, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    elvis_tlh saidI have always wanted to visit Italy but it probably is nothing like how I imagine it would be.


    how do you imagine it? I'll verify =P
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    Sep 05, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    The most unique place, which everyone always overlooks, is in fact MANTOVA!

    It wipes the floor with every other place in terms of its beauty and importance in the history of the Italian Renaissance. Approach it from the north - it is like entering a mirage floating above the artificial lake.

    If you are going to Bologna, you would be far better staying on a train for another hour and going to Florence. It has FAR MORE to see and do!

    Personally, though, if you have 4 nights in Venice, why do you want to spend your time anywhere else? The only real place I feel you can visit for a day trip is PADOVA. Visit Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel, where the Renaissance began!
  • GREEKy

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    Sep 08, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Sumarokov saidThe most unique place, which everyone always overlooks, is in fact MANTOVA!

    It wipes the floor with every other place in terms of its beauty and importance in the history of the Italian Renaissance. Approach it from the north - it is like entering a mirage floating above the artificial lake.

    If you are going to Bologna, you would be far better staying on a train for another hour and going to Florence. It has FAR MORE to see and do!

    Personally, though, if you have 4 nights in Venice, why do you want to spend your time anywhere else? The only real place I feel you can visit for a day trip is PADOVA. Visit Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel, where the Renaissance began!


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    Going to suggest this but he had little time as it was...icon_sad.gif che peccato. Si dovrebbe avere piu tempo di 4 giorni in italia!
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    Sep 08, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Win7 saidTake a day trip to some of the 16th Century villas along the Brenta canal to Padua. You can do this by passenger boat or by renting a car. The maze in the garden at the Villa Pisani (http://www.villapisani.beniculturali.it/en/index.php) is extraordinary and worth the whole trip.

    Vicenza is very interesting. Palladio's Villa Rotunda in Vicenza is spectacular. The interior is only open on certain days but the setting and exterior are worth seeing even if you can't get inside.


    ^^ This, for sure.^^ The inside is DEFINITELY worth seeing. It's "air conditioned"... sorta'. He had a large tunnel dug that leads up underneath the villa to a large grate in the center hall and an opening in the top of the dome. The air enters the tunnel and is cooled by the ground temperature and blows into the villa to cool it, with the heat from the house being pushed up through the top of the dome.

    Together with the architecture.. I was definitely impressed.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:00 PM GMT
    bradomo saidAnyone have suggestions on day trips out of Venice. So far chose Verona. But not sure where to visit for worthwhile museums, roman sites, etc. On venice island for 4 nights. I wanted to go to Croatia but you have to fly there.


    A boat trip to the islands of Murano = glass factory visit, Burano = lace factory visit and Torcello = a nice walk to where is ment to be Atilla the Hun's throne which i sat in haha. I went to Venice on my own last year for 5 days in May and loved it.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 18, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
    Venice is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I could spend days just walking the streets shopping.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidVenice is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I could spend days just walking the streets shopping.

    Just don't go in the hottest part of the year. The canals are like open sewage pits and the whole city stinks.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidVenice is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I could spend days just walking the streets shopping.


    Thats what i did there all on my own just went to purposfully get lost and find my way around and i bought my self a Doge's Hat or Crown at a hugh price but was worth every Pound icon_smile.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 18, 2014 2:33 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    CuriousJockAZ saidVenice is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I could spend days just walking the streets shopping.

    Just don't go in the hottest part of the year. The canals are like open sewage pits and the whole city stinks.



    I know what you mean. I was there on a cruise in August 2011 and it was miserably hot. We still had an amazing time though because the city is incredible and so beautiful.
  • mladri

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    Feb 18, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    If you are gonna spend few days in Venice, you can go on a one day trip to Croatia. You can take a ferry from Venice to Pula or Porech. Believe me, Pula is a great city to visit. Trip with ferry from Venice to Pula is maybe 45-50 minutes.
    Cheers, and have fun ;)