Weekends in Venice

ideas for an eco weekend break in Venice, Verona, Treviso and the Veneto.

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Venice

What greater symbol of global warming can there be than a world heritage city sinking beneath the sea. Yet at the same time, what a great place to visit -a place where you have to leave your car behind and enjoy life without the automobile.

The city has been slowly sinking at the rate of 25mm per century over the last 1000 years. Some accounts say the rate has been accelerating in recent years, despite the cessation of drawing water from artesian wells, the activity that lead to the original problem. Either way, rising sea levels mean that the threat continues and the city has been working towards protecting itself from flood tides with the £3billion MOSE project which includes constructing 78 retractable steel barriers across the three inlets to the lagoon.

Along with wandering the beautiful streets of the old city, why not consider a boat ride out to the lagoon to view this technological wonder under construction?

Getting there....

From the UK, the ultimate way of travelling to the city must be the luxurious Venice-Simplon Orient Express. Of course you can find cheaper rail routes with Rail Europe, and you should look at Terenitalia (www.trenitalia.it) for travel around Italy.

Getting about

Much of your stay in the city will be about travel on water with the ubiquitous vaporetto (water buses). You can save money by buying a 12-72 hour ACTV tourist card from one of the ticket booths. Alilaguna (www.alilaguna.it) run large water buses from the airport to Rialto and San Marco inclding Energia, their dual fuel boat.
 
For an ultimate and quiet way to reflect on the beautry of the city and its surrounding lagoon, Laguna Eco Adventures (www.lagunaecoadventures.com) offer sailing tours in traditional flat bottomed wooden boat -tours include the lagoon, the harbour, an historic tour to the island of Poveglia or nightime gondola through the city.
 

Sightseeing and stuff to see

The official tourism portal, Venice Connected (www.veniceconnected.com) carries a wealth of information, including a green guide to visiting the city.

To see the city in another light, Walter Fano L'altra Venezia (www.laltravenezia.it) offers guided tours or boat tours with a difference

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast:

For complete luxury, Bauer Hotels (www.bauerhotels.com) offer Il Palazzo, a magnificent family owned five star hotel in a gothic building just yards from St Mark's Square. As well as innovative energy saving systems and recycling initiatives, the hotel is unique in providing a solar powered boat to ferry guests to their other hotel, Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa on Giudecca Island. Bauer Palazzo is a wellness hotel, with gym, sauna, steam room and a rooftop Jacuzzi with a view. They also offer guests hand-made, all-natural beauty products from the botanical gardens on Giudecca Island.
 
Villa Casanova (www.casanovavenice.com) offers first class bio-organic bed and breakfast in a refurbished villa on the Lido
 
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Hostels and budget accommodation:

Santa Fosca - Beautiful terrecota hostel based in the outskirts of venice.

Casa gerotto & Calderan - Beautiful private hostel on a side street in the very centre of Venice.

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Holiday apartments and villas

Modern self contained eco bed and breakfast suites are available from the family-run BBVenice (www.bbvenice.com). Their modern timber panelled building is highly insulated and triple glazed with energy provided through photovoltaic cell array and solar thermal water heating.
 
Oh Venice (www.oh-venice.com) offer around four hundred privately apartments for rent in the city and surrounding area.
 
For more rural settings, try Agriturismo Italy www.agriturismoitaly.it who arrange farm holidays -not necessarily cheap but if you have a group of people farm hire can be cost effective.
 
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Featured book:
Francesco's Venice
Francesco da Mosto
BBC Books
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"Time Out" Venice: Verona,Treviso and the Veneto
"Time Out"
Time Out Group Ltd
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