Travel to Venice and the Veneto in Italy – Amateur Traveler Episode 182 Transcript

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Travel to Venice and the Veneto in Italy – Episode 98 Transcript

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Ira: And by the way we can talk more about where to stay if you don’t stay in Venice. And again let me emphasize if you’ve never been there before and you can pony up the bucks, stay there so you can see Venice at night and do things that you can’t see when you’re commuting – although the trains run fairly late. A very popular spot is Mestre, which is the first train stop out of Venice. In fact, it’s know called Venice-Mestre, they are kind of capitalizing on it as opposed to the main train stop which is Venice Santa Lucia, but again we can talk about where else to stay besides Mestre. Mestre doesn’t have that much to offer. Venice does, but you are going to pay for it.

Chris: And the other thing that I was thinking of that I was trying to say earlier, there’s the vaporetti, which is the kind of the waterbus, and there are also water taxis, which are motorboats, which are an individual, you just go where you are trying to go. Which are much more expensive. I believe you’ll often be told as you get off the train there especially if you’re new, no you can’t get there on the waterbus, you need to take the water taxi. That’s not necessarily true. So know your route before you go.

Ira: If your retirement was not invested with Bernie Madoff, you can also get a gondola, which is a very famous site. The first time we went there, I had been married 35 years. We’re now closing in on 50, so the gondola is like we haven’t really done that bit.

Chris: We did the gondola and we enjoyed it. And the one thing for people who are trying to do it more inexpensively, there are also a much shorter gondola ride that’s used just as a ferry across the Grand Canal.

Ira: Exactly, exactly. Whereby tradition you stand.

Chris: Right. And that’s something that’s much less expensive, but it’s not the same thing as going through all of the back canals in Venice. Which is a wonderful experience, wonderful especially as a photographer.

Ira: Yes.

Chris: So now. Getting out of Venice. A lot of the people who work in Venice don’t even live in Venice anymore.

Ira: Yes. I think the majority of them do because it’s very difficult to afford. It’s like so many cities where you have some very low-end housing and very high-end housing without much in the middle.

Chris: Right.

Ira: Let me mention an area. It’s an area that I‘ve just seen very briefly, but to get a side of Venice that’s not tourist, besides the sestiere of Cannaregio, look for the one that’s right next to San Marco, which is called Dorsoduro, which means “hard back”. And that’s kind of a native living area with food that you’ll find that’s not the commercial stuff and again as much as I’ll talk positively about Venice, I’m not going to talk that positively about the food there. It’s much better off the island.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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