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Neighbourhood to blend in for 3 nights?

Hi All,

We are 5, heading to Venice during our trip for 4 (FULL) days and 3 nights. Wanting to NOT be too touristy, but meander, explore and eat. Arriving & departing by train. Not "touring", just exploring on our own feet (and time).

Any suggestions for which area? And are canal views a bonus (or does the noise become an issue at all?)

Thanks in advance everyone.

Samantha :-)

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1. Re: Neighbourhood to blend in for 3 nights?

Venice is not big location is not too important, areas away from San Marco and the Rialto are less touristy,

apart from that I do not think where you stay will matter, Grand Canal Hotels are more expensive, the smaller

Canals are nice and not particularly noisy,

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2. Re: Neighbourhood to blend in for 3 nights?

As one of the world's top tourist destinations, Venice is fundamentally touristy, as it has been for hundreds of years! So the idea of 'not too touristy' in Venice is a relative one. Areas that you might consider are Giudecca, and the far east end of Castello (apart from when the Biennale is on). Also a few parts of Cannaregio and Santa Croce.

But if you stay in a relatively untouristy area you will certainly not 'blend in' - far from it: you will stand out! But no-one will be the slightest bit bothered by that, and neither should you be.

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3. Re: Neighbourhood to blend in for 3 nights?

We stayed at the hotel " al duca di Venezia " in Santa Croce last September .The hotel was just lovely and the location was wonderful. It was close enough to walk to the touristy sights but not in the thick of it so the area was not inundated by tour groups etc. There were many nice restaurants and bars in the vicinity and some lovely piazzas . It was an area that had a lively buzz but was definitely not packed with tourists . It was also very quick and easy to get to and from the train station, via vaporetto or walking if luggage is not a problem. We did all our exploring by foot , and only used a vaporetto for the short trip from the station as we had too much luggage to walk up and down bridges etc. Highly recommend the area - we loved it!

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4. Re: Neighbourhood to blend in for 3 nights?

We just returned from a trip and stayed at the Hotel Gardena, across the canal from St. Lucia train station but on a small canal out of sight of the station. We wandered down the small canal and found the best bargain in Venice, Barcareto Da Lele, you can google it. He opens at 0600 and has small sandwiches for 0.7 Euros and wine for 0.9 Euros. I was the only tourist around there. A bit further on is Hotel Failer and across the canal is a small Murano glass shop with the single owner doing custom pieces at bargain rates. Check both out even if you stay elsewhere.

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