Despite a delayed Ryanair flight from Stansted and sub-zero temperatures, our 3 day holiday still proved most enjoyable. Treviso airport is some 20 kilometres from the main Venice Island - our 40 minute coach journey cost us 13 euros return. On arrival at Piazzale Roma Square, we then booked a 3 day Vaporetto (water bus) pass at the ACTV offices costing 33 euros - this enables you to hop-on-and-off throughout your stay and boats are the main and cheapest form of transport. One hour and 21 stops later, you arrive at Lido where Le Boulevard is a convenient 3 minute walk away.
The hotel itself is a fairly typical 4 star, recently modernised, and very comfortable. Our bedroom was small yet adequate bearing in mind our short stay, the en suite nicely tiled – the ground floor public rooms were a lot more stylish. Breakfast enables you to fuel up for the day - mainly Continental style, with scrambled egg (congealed if your timing is poor) and greasy streaky bacon - and beware because if you arrive late, some items run out and are not quickly replaced. Also, you need to know there is a safe deposit - found out about the charge when I handed back my keys! Lido itself is quiet and relaxing – most of the places to visit are on the main Venetian islands.
As to sights to see, apart from the obvious St. Mark's Basilica, we attended an evening recital at Doge's Palace, visited a superb travelling exhibition of Leonardo Da Vince's machines and went to the Ca' d'Oro gallery. Be careful of what you spend - cappuccino's can cost you 6 euros near St. Mark's Square but only 1 euro if you stand at the counter when you're not in the commercial sector. Similarly, there's plenty of fine glassware and jewellery to tempt you at top prices .... Gondola rides are also expensive at 80 euros for a 40 minute ride – we saved our money! We plan to revisit, in warmer weather, when the ice on the Grand Canal has become a distant memory.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Le Boulevard
- Le Boulevard Venice
- Le Boulevard Hotel Province Of Venice, Italy