Venice in Autumn 2011

According to many art critics, the 54th Biennale d'Arte is one of the best ever, with the main venues located in Giardini (with many different national pavilions) and the Arsenale (where Venetians used to build their ships, centuries ago), as well as other events scattered throughout the city. The Venice Biennale will be open until November 27th, and – if you are an art lover – you might want to take advantage of our Biennale package.


In addition to the Biennale in Venice, there are many other major exhibitions in Venice including the Pinault Collection at the Punta Della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi (each with new shows this season), TRA - the Art of Becoming at the Fortuny Museum, a Julian Schnabel exhibit at the Correr Museum and much more. The Peggy Guggenheim collection is just steps from our front door.


All of these activities will probably make you hungry, especially when you think that walking burns approximately 360 calories per hour; so why do not eat a fantastic ‘gianduiotto’ ice-cream to reward yourself? There are two places in town where you can try something very special. One is ‘Nico’ and is on the Zattere, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. They also have a nice terrace on the water overlooking the Giudecca, or – if you are not tired enough – ask for the ‘da passeggio’ (walking) version and enjoy your treat while strolling along the Zattere.


Otherwise, if you wish to spend a couple of hours having a look at the Adriatic sea, eating the best ‘ gianduiotto ‘ in town, catch boat 51 or 61 from Zattere towards Lido (the ride will take approximately 20 minutes). Lido is a small island (15 km. long, stretching between Jesolo and Chioggia), where many Venetian people used to have their second house to spend their summer and go to the beach. Along the main road (Gran Viale), in front of the boat stop, and leading to the beaches, there are many buildings originating from the first decades of last century and about which you can read in a specific leaflet at the reception (please ask for it before catching the boat). If you walk on the left sidewalk for approximately 10 minutes, almost at the end of the Gran Viale you will see on a corner the Tita gelateria. Well done!


You will also be able to enjoy the beach which is other 5 minutes’ ahead. The official beach season starts on June 1st and ends on September 15th, but with day light the gates are open and you can get inside and walk along the sea. Lido used to be one of the chicest places in Europe in the Forties and the small Nicelli airport on the island was built during those years. It is possible to book a helicopter tour from that airport (you can ask the reception for bookings and rates) and see Venice from above, before the foggy and rainy winter arrives..!