I travelled with my Mother to Venice for 2 nights in February, we had got a bus from the airport to the Piazzale Roma. We had already bought a 3 day ticket at the airport for the Varoretti so jumped on for one stop to our hotel which was just 2 mins from the Satna Lucia Station. The hotel was lovely and just what you would expect in Italy. The room was large and had a large bathroom even a walk in wardrobe. The breakfast was a self serve buffet and in a glorious room overlooking the Grand Canal so you could see all the boats going up and down, it would have been lovely in the summer sitting outside on the veranda, but it was snowing and there was ice floating in the water. The hotel was in a perfect position for us, we came out of the hotel and turned right, we walked along past shops, a supermarket, McDonalds, resuartants, stalls and over many bridges until we came to the Rialto Bridge, it was a lovely walk and didnt take too long. We walked over the bridge and then got lost, we tried to use a map and walk in the direction of our hotel and we ended up back at the Piazzale Roma, so our hotel was not far away. The next day we took a water bus to St Marks Square where looked around the area and went up the clock tower to see magnificent views of Venice. We walked back to the hotel and noticed that over our side of Venice the shops were alot cheaper than over near St Marks so we bought our souveniers from there. We took an excursion to the 3 islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, to see glass blowing, lace making and the pretty colourful fishermans houses, that was well worth it. We ate in the Hard Rock one night and a really cheap pasta place near our hotel called Brek self-service restaurant, only 4 euros and a hot chocolate for 1 euro. We bought cans of drinks and sweets from the supermarket so it was'nt as dear as we thought. We had lunch in Mcdonalds and it tasted so clean and fresh, but it was a little dearer. Would like to go back one day when its a bit warmer.
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