City-On-The-Sea ~ VenicePosted on May 08 in Europe, Italy - Venice, Slideby ShelynPrint
Venice is built on one hundred and seventeen small islands, and holds one hundred and fifty canals, connected by an amazing four hundred and nine bridges, of which only three cross the main canal. The area it covers is a mere 284 miles (458 kilometres). Although the city appears small, it is really quite extensive for its size with a fair number of Venice restaurants and Venice hotels (off peak) to choose from.
The city is not that big, so you can actually walk from one end to the other in just a few hours, if you don’t get lost. Along the way you will discover marvelous art, superb architecture and breathtaking urban landscaping. Exploring the city randomly by walking is well worth it. The only sad thing about taking the tour is you don’t have ample free time to walk around, the tight schedule doesn’t allow you to.
One of the must do activities in Venice (only if the price doesn’t bother you).
Do you notice that all gondoliers wearing in stripe?
I have to crop the picture because Evelyn refused to appear in this photo.
There are two important rules to remember about gondola rides in Venice:
1) If the price bothers you, don’t do it.
2) If the price doesn’t bother you, make sure you understood the gondolier correctly. It can be a delightful experience, but only if you’re able to forget the price and focus on the scenery.
The city of Venice sets official rates for gondola rides, which started at €80 for 40 minutes (if the price hasn’t been changed). Additional 20-minute increments are €40. Up to six people can share a gondola.
It’s obviously not a place for Malaysians. Thank goodness our gondola rides were included in our tour package so I just felt hurt the moment I paid for my tour package, thereafter, I didn’t have to worry about any additional charges.
If you’re wondering why do they charge so high, in fact gondoliers invest a great deal in their boats: about €20,000 for a traditional hand-built wooden gondola with a useful life of about 20 years. They need to earn the bulk of their annual income in a few short months. Finally, a gondolier’s living costs may be higher than yours, since Venice is an expensive city in one of Italy’s wealthiest provinces.
Source from http://venipedia.org/index.php/Living_in_Venice
Food is one of the basic necessities that are more expensive in Venice than on the mainland. For example Calamari costs about 4 Euros more per kilo than it does on the mainland and beef is about 2 Euros more per kilo than it is on the mainland. The cost of the 32 food items used to calculate the consumer price index in August 2008 was 18% higher in the Historical Center than in Mestre. The increased price is due to the transportation costs of moving goods from the mainland to the island.
So if you’re planning to visit Venice, don’t be surprised of the prices, I meant, any prices.
While Venice is rated as one of the most expensive cities in Italy:
|One-litre bottle of mineral water||€1.60|
|33cl bottle of beer||€2.10|
|Financial Times newspaper||€2.50|
|36-exposure colour film||€5.20|
|City-centre bus ticket||€5.00|
|Adult Football Match ticket||From €16.00|
|Three-course meal with wine/beer||From €25.00|
Malaysia should be rated as one of the most expensive countries in the world as well. I meant if we don’t do the currency conversion, the cost of living in Malaysia is about the same as Venice, except our beers cost double compared to theirs. Malaysians don’t seem to earn that much either.
Oh… in case you’re interested, you can download Malaysia Salary Guide 2008/09 here.
This is Saint Mark’s Bell Tower located on the Piazza San Marco.
San Marco church.
We didn’t enter the church, as the visit within the basilica lasts probably just ten minutes but waiting for entry into the basilica can last up hours!! So no point lah, unless it was a free and easy tour and we had plenty of time and money to spend :p
This is my mum, posing queen. Unlike me, always hands in the pockets, that’s all.