Venice Odds & Ends
ABOVE: An indoor boatyard returns
a boat to the water.
Venice Gondola Serenade Tour
It sounded like kitsch, but floating down a canal with a baritone and a
guitarist in the next gondola turned out to be fun--and maybe even a little
High tide, low atmospheric pressure, and a scirocco wind can make Venice
feel like Atlantis. Our illustrated article tells what to expect and how to
prepare for "high water."
Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a
self-drive P�nichette from Locaboat Holidays.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise europeforcruisers.com
Our illustrated 10-page Europe for Cruisers review describes a roundtrip cruise from Venice to
Istanbul on an Italian megaship with five official languages and a thoroughly
di Tintoretto veniceforvisitors.com
Roberto Mazzetto manages a nonprofit graphics studio in the workshop of a 15th
The Venetian glass industry has been centered on the nearby island of Murano since 1292.
Murano glassblowers once risked death if they revealed their secrets, but today their
techniques are published on the Web.
Lug Sail Association
The Associazione Vela al Terzo offers regatta schedules and information on
sailing courses in the Venetian lagoon.
Official Gondola Site
Learn about the gondola's history, or assemble a bibliography of books (mostly
in Italian) about gondolas and Venice. The site also discusses the
traghetti or gondola ferries across the Grand Canal.
Rick Steves wrote this script for his travel program on public television.
The Venice Marathon takes place each year in October. If you're interested in
running (or watching), use the e-form to get on the mailing list.
Venice Master Artisans
If you buy just one coffee-table book about Venice, make it this one. The
large-format, 272-page book has 210 color photos and 30 profiles of artisans
who use traditional techniques to make everything from glass to footwear to
metal castings. (There's even an American-born gondola maker.)
This blog is actually pretty mainstream, with up-to-date reports of interest to
tourists and residents.
The premier travel-planning site
for Venice, Italy since 1997
Too many bridges, too little
1 Venice Hotel Warning,
then choose from hotels in all price ranges near airport buses, taxis, trains, cruise piers, and airport-boat stops.
Venice cruise guide:
Venice for Cruisers
How to reach your ship,
hotels near the piers, roundtrip cruises from Venice, cruise
reviews, and more.
120+ photo maps:
Zoom in on Venice's
neighborhoods, islands, airport, cruise piers, etc. from above, with
detailed descriptions of what you're seeing.
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