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2.5 day Venice Itinerary - suggestions welcome


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2.5 day Venice Itinerary - suggestions welcome

biondanonima | | Apr 4, 2012 06:08 AM

First off, thanks to everyone who posts about Venice for the wealth of information you've already shared with the board. I've read a ton of posts and I think I've got a decent plan in place, but I wanted to run it by you experts before I set things in stone! I'll be coming to Venice with my parents for 2.5 days in mid-April. We have a couple of restrictions: my parents are in their early 70s and my father has bad knees, so I'm trying to plan restaurants that are nearby other attractions that we'll be seeing. They prefer to eat earlyish, so we'll be doing 7:30 seatings as much as possible. Also, my mother eats no seafood (major bummer in Venice!). So, given those issues, here's what I have so far:

Tuesday: we arrive around 2pm by train, so too late for a real lunch. I have a friend who lives on La Giudecca, so I thought we might just drop our things at the hotel (Locanda San Barnaba) and head over to Giudecca for a drink and a snack with her. We'll come back over to the mainland for a little sightseeing if there's time before dinner, then have dinner at Al Covo, with a vaporetto trip up/down the Grand Canal either after (or before if my parents don't want to walk).

Wednesday: Guggenheim Museum in the morning, then lunch at La Bitta. We'll do more sightseeing in the afternoon, then dinner at Alle Testiere. I know it's a seafood place, but I am really dying to go there - my mother will happily eat vegetarian things, and since La Bitta looks to be rather meat-heavy perhaps she wouldn't mind a lighter meal in the evening. For those of you who frequent Alle Testiere, do you know if they can/will do vegetarian dishes? If not, what would be a good replacement? I was considering Antiche Carampane (I know they're also mostly seafood, but their website mentions a couple of meat dishes) or possibly Osteria Santa Marina. Other options?

Thursday: We're going to go over to Murano/Burano/Torcello for the day, so I reserved for lunch at Venissa Ristorante Mazzorbo. I don't know if my parents will be completely worn out by then, so I was thinking Bancogiro for dinner - I've been there and enjoyed it, but I won't be heartbroken if they prefer to skip it.

We head out Friday for Paris around 1pm, so I would love recommendations for a hearty breakfast near our hotel - thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your help!