Venice from afar


Things don’t always go as you plan, especially when on vacation. I had thought that I’d take a little time each day to post. But I didn’t. Lesson learned.

Above is the view from the apartment we stayed in at the start of our 2-week trip to Italy.

We found it through Views On Venice, which manages rental properties. This unit (called Ca’ Samuele) was literally on the water at the big lower bend of the Grand Canal. Excellent location halfway between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Close by both but in a very quiet neighborhood.

Here’s a picture of it from across the canal, taken with one hand on a camera and another on a pier piling to keep me from falling in the water. The apartment is the bottom 2 right windows of the pretty pink building in the center.

A little more about the great service Views on Venice provides: online booking and payment (although you must pay in full 3 weeks before you arrive); they’ll help you with a search if you can’t quite find what you want; and they’ll meet you at the vaporetto (water bus) stop and show you how to find your place through all the twists and turns.

If you’re planning on staying in Venice for 4 days, a week or more, I highly recommend getting an apartment. It’s much easier to feel like a local than a tourist and you can save a considerable amount of money.