Posted May 20, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Long admired for its beauty and ingenuity, Venice captures the spirit of romantic dreams and artistic inspiration. The city may be sinking, but people come for the breathtaking scenery, historical buildings, and comfortable places to rest. And though the streets and canals are well traveled, this grand old city still has a few secrets up its sleeve.
The Secret Itinerary Tour of Doge's Palace: Walk in the footsteps of Venice's leaders as you skulk through the hidden passageways, the torture room, the prison where Casanova was once held, and the secret chancellery of the Doge's Palace. As your guide unlocks the door to start the tour, you're on your way to uncovering many of the ancient secrets of the city. Tours in English occur at fixed times each day. Tickets cost €16 (about $22 U.S., check XE.com for current exchange rates), and reservations are highly recommended.
Ristorante Lineadombra: The floating terrace of Ristorante Lineadombra, which overlooks the Giudecca Canal, is enough to take your breath away. While most come for the view of the Venice Lagoon, others stop in for the restaurant's specialties of tuna tartare and bass cooked in a salt crust. As one of the leading places to dine in Venice, prices can be a little steep. The view, however, is priceless.
Pensione Guerrato: With the Grand Canal at your doorstep and the Rialto marketplace selling fresh fish and vegetables next door, Pensione Guerrato is a hotel worth sighing over. You'll walk in the hallways of Venetian history when you stay at this affordable gem built in 1227. Many of the rooms are decorated with antiques, with some of the original stucco works still remaining. Prices, including breakfast, start at €70 for single rooms without a private bathroom.
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(Photo: Ristorante Lineadombra)