Well, with our itinerary finalized and our lodging choices reserved, today we bought the remaining train tickets on Trenitalia (oh, and one on Italotreno) online. It's great seeing the exchange rate almost at par - the best it's ever been on our trips to Italy. We will still buy train tickets for most of our day trips while there, since we only use public transportation while in Italy (trains, buses and an occasional taxi).
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Venice - Fall 2022
Day 1 - Ca Venere Apartment Carnaregio
Calle dei Ormesini 1149/A Cannaregio, Venice (already paid 5/26)
+39 340 080 8439
Day 25-26 - Ca Venere Apartment Carnaregio
Calle dei Ormesini 1149/A Cannaregio, Venice
+39 340 080 8439
While in Venice, things to do:
Since we will be flying into Venice on Aer Lingus and staying just one night at the beginning and end of our trip, we won't have too much time there, but there will still be a chance to explore a bit more than we have on previous trips. Here are a few of the ideas we have for either the 1st or last days of this trip.
Burano - Skip, this time, or not
***Murano - Take Ferry Line 3 from Santa Lucia Train Station, 24 minutes, $16 RT each; or Ferry 12, 4.1, 4.2 from Fondamente Nove Stop, 10 minutes,$?
***Jewish ghetto - Ghetto Ebraico - a 2-minute walk from our apartment! Self-guided tour with (GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities) app from the iTunes app store or Google Play
*Bridge of Sighs
Climb the Campanile
Harry’s Bar (inside this time) probably not…
***Aperitivo at Osteria All’Arco- Close to our apartment, 3 minutes from the Rialto Bridge
***Piazza San Marco to Chioggia:- Vaporetto Line 11 & Line 11 ferry 1:20 $16 each RT Small seaside town south of Venice. Or, we can take the long bus ride (no ferry) for about the same price and 2 hours. I think we can also take just the Line 11 Vaporetto water bus from Lido for a faster trip to Chioggia...
What to see there:
Excellent seafood restaurants (try Schie (fish) with or without polenta
|Barry, Debbie and sister Moe, at Piazza San Marco, Venice in 2014.|
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
All Lodging Was Booked Through Booking.com
As of today, all of our lodging has been finalized for our upcoming Italian adventure. We chose, and are not compensated by, Booking.com to reserve all of our self-catering apartments in Italy. Because we have used Booking.com for several years including for our last trip to Italy in 2016, we receive a 10-15% discount on our bookings. Their "Free Cancelation" feature is very attractive and easy to use. There is almost no risk of losing money by reserving lodging through Booking.com. Almost all rentals on Booking.com do not require a deposit or payment when you reserve. And, you can cancel easily if you've found more suitable accommodation for your needs (actually for any reason). You do have to be careful to check for "Free Cancelation" before you book because not all options for rooms, apartments, or villas include that feature. We have done that several times in preparation for our trip during the past year. When the COVID surge early in the year influenced us to change our trip from spring to fall, we had to either cancel all of our reservations or change the dates. The process was pretty simple on Booking.com. However, during that process, we did completely change a couple of apartments. Luckily, we had started planning early. We also added 3 days to our itinerary which became a slight challenge that resulted in a few longer train trips between cities/towns. All has worked out well, in spite of our changes.
Our total lodging expenditure for 26 nights in Italy will be $2856.00 not including local taxes that are paid separately in cash at the apartments. Those taxes range between $1 and $5 per night per person which for us will probably add about $150 to our total. Each apartment's rate will be charged to our credit card before we arrive in Italy unless we haven't reached the "Free Cancelation" by date. Some of our later reservations will be paid while we are already there. The average cost for our 2 BR apartments with kitchens and washers, patios, balconies, and free wifi is less than $110 per night. The most expensive is $137 a night in Florence. The least expensive is $92 in Feltre. Also, there were lower-priced apartments in Florence, as well.
I hope that this information gives you an idea of what is possible when planning your own trip to Italy. I mentioned that there are washers in the apartments which is important to us because we each bring just one carry-on bag; that means only about 3-4 days worth of clothing, so, being able to clean our clothes is very convenient. The first time we visited Italy in 2011, we carried 2 huge suitcases that we had to lug around on the trains which at best was a pain. We learned a huge lesson. Next up: ideas for day trips from the cities where we are staying. So many choices...
Here are the places we've reserved for fall 2022:
Venice - Ca' Venere Apartment (1st and last night):
|Ca' Venere Apt. ExteriorVenice|
Desenzano del Garda - Red & Blu Apartment:
|Red & Blu BR, Desenzano del Garda|
|Boutique Apartment Exterior, Verona|
Feltre - La Maisonette Apartment