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Booking a Venice Hotel

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Choosing the Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice was the result of some precise online research. Finding a good, reasonably-priced hotel in Venice – that’s not too far from the center – can be a challenge in itself. It’s therefore always a good idea to scrutinize the best deals that are currently on offer.

As with everything in Venice, the price you see is generally much lower than the price you pay.

We shortlisted a dozen hotels that were rated 80% plus by travelers. We then started to whittle down our choices based on location, price, number & date of reviews, whether or not breakfast was included, and the quality of the breakfast.

Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice - Great choice when Booking a Venice Hotel

Traffic Jam in Venice

Our budget for a Venice hotel was anything between €50 to €75 per night for a double room (including taxes, etc). However, as with everything else in Venice, the price you see is generally much lower than the price you will actually pay. On top of the advertised hotel price, you will have to pay an additional 10% in taxes, plus a city tax of €1.75 per person per night (low season).

Our Choice – Ca ’Fortuny Hotel

After much deliberation, the hotel we chose was the Ca ’Fortuny located in Rio terà della Mandola, just a few minute’s walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. The price here was €59 per night for a double room with breakfast. So for 2 nights together with the taxes included the final price was €137 – still within our budget at €68.50 per night.

There was much to recommend Ca ’Fortuny: A great central location, very high Traveler’s reviews, reasonable price, and an excellent breakfast (not simply croissants, jam and coffee).

Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice - Great choice when Booking a Venice Hotel

Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice – Close to the center

Immediately after booking online, we received an email from the hotel giving us useful information and directions. We would be arriving in Venice shortly before lunchtime – our Airport Express bus was scheduled to arrive in Piazalle Roma around midday.

From there, we planned to walk to the hotel, with the aid of our map (see Venice off-Season). This seemed like a nice way to introduce ourselves to the city. Since it was lunch-time, we had also ear-marked a few cafes and restaurants that we wanted to check out along our route (see Osteria & Trattoria).

It was surprisingly easy (and quick) to navigate our way to the hotel. Our room was small but perfectly adequate – nicely decorated, with a well-equipped and modern bathroom.

Venice Ca’ Fortuny

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During our stay, we did begin to notice small defects: a slightly unstable wall-mounted toilet, broken peddle bin, a few lights not working, and a non-functioning flat screen TV. For us these are minor gripes, outweighed by a well-heated room and plenty of hot water for the bath – it was January and cold outside – so we would use this a lot.

We were also impressed by the very pleasant and helpful staff, and the great variety of fresh food on offer at breakfast.

Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice - Great choice when Booking a Venice Hotel

After Dark on the Grand Canal

Right next to the hotel is a small alleyway with a supermarket at the end: Useful for stocking up on Italian delicacies before heading back to the airport.

 

All in all, the Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Veniceis a great choice and location when booking a Venice hotel. For a short break, we would certainly stay there again.


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Rome Film Festival & Attractions in Autumn

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Autumn is a great time to visit Rome. Although Rome is always busy, at this time of year you can count on shorter queues and better prices. Even so, for a short 2-3 day break in the Italian capital you need to be extremely selective. There are just so many Rome attractions to see, and to see the sights properly you need to spend the time.

It also helps to pace yourself and vary your activities to avoid a cultural overload. There are only so many museums and churches your head can comfortably absorb before needing a break.

Rome Film Festival & Attractions in Autumn

Rome Attractions in Autumn

Our budget for a short stopover in Rome is around €150 per day for the pair of us, including hotel, restaurant, travelling around, snacks and sundries.

Instead of paying exorbitant taxi fees to travel in and out of the city from the airport, we use the city’s Terravision bus service. Terravision offers a regular shuttle service running from both Fiumicino and Leonardo da Vinci airports to the central Termini railway station.

Getting around the city is best done on foot. However, if time is an issue, the metro offers a fast and cheap – if limited – alternative.

Rome Attractions: Colosseum, Forum & Circus Maximus

You can see the Colosseum, Forum & Circus Maximus in one day (with a good 2-hour break for lunch). They are all in the same area. Great if its not wet, and if you enjoy walking around ancient ruins.

Starting early is a good idea as there are usually huge queues to enter the Colosseum.

Rome Film Festival & Attractions in Autumn - Caesar's Palace

Rome Attractions in Autumn – Caesar’s Palace

You need to buy (or pre-arrange) tickets for entry into the Colosseum and the different areas of the Forum.

However, the Circus Maximus is free to wander around. Don’t expect to see anything from Ben-Hur here: You’ll need to use all your imagination to visualize how those chariot races would have looked.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - Circus Maximus

Rome Attractions in Autumn – Circus Maximus

On the southern side of the Circus Maximus, you’ll find the impressive Mazzini Monument above a white, intricately-sculptured high-relief frieze.

If you wander over from the Circus Maximus to the Tiber river, you’ll find one of the best preserved of all Roman temples – The Temple of Portunus, dating back to 120 BC. Nearby, is the equally impressive Temple of Hercules Victor.

From here, you can take a pleasant stroll along the Tiber. If you have an extra hour or so to spare, this is also an enjoyable way of reaching the Vatican, the Castel Sant’ Angelo, and even the Piazza Del Popolo.

Rome Attractions: Terme di Caracalla

One of our favorite locations – the ancient baths of Caracalla – are not as busy as the better-known attractions.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - Caracalla Baths

Rome Attractions in Autumn – Caracalla Baths

Entrance is €6 (this ticket also gives you entry to the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Quintili’s Villa). Again you’ll be wandering around outside, so save this for a dry day. Good for a morning or afternoon excursion.

Take a picnic – the baths include some relaxing garden areas, with benches.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - Caracalla Gardens

Rome Attractions in Autumn – Caracalla Gardens

St Peter’s Basilica

To avoid the queues, a good plan is to get to St Peters’s Basilica as soon as it opens at 7 am. If you get there any later, there will be a queue, though this isn’t too much of a problem.

The queue to pass through security and enter the Basilica moves fast enough: It took us 45 minutes to get inside, even though we had to join the queue from way back on the opposite side of the square.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - St Peter's Basilica

Rome Attractions in Autumn – St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s never gets any less impressive, and involves enough walking to work up a really good appetite. There are plenty of small restaurants in this area, surprisingly good and inexpensive.

Just kick back and enjoy a late lunch on a restaurant terrace, watching the eternal procession of visitors travelling to and from the Vatican.

Rome Attractions: Vatican Museum

Most visitors see only a tiny fraction of what this amazing place has to offer.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - The Vatican

Rome Attractions in Autumn – The Vatican

A typical visit comprises 2 hours of queuing followed by a 3-hour museum-rush, culminating in the underwhelming (but inescapable) Sistine Chapel.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - The Vatican Museum

Rome Attractions in Autumn – The Vatican Museum

Best advice: Don’t rush it. Go very early in the morning and go off-season.

Rome Attractions: Galleria Borghese

Another of our favorites, the Borghese Gallery is situated in its own extensive gardens. This is a beautiful building to discover, including exceptional pieces such as Antonio Canova’s statue of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix.

Rome Attractions in Autumn - The Galleria Borghese

Rome Attractions in Autumn – The Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors, including works by Bernini, Titian and Caravaggio.

Rome Film Festival

The Rome Film Festival takes place in late October/November. This is off-season, so a good time to visit the city. The Film Festival is held at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica, on the northern outskirts of Rome.

Rome Film Festival - The Red Carpet

Rome Film Festival – The Red Carpet

It may be cold and wet at this time, but there are fewer tourists, lower prices and shorter queues.

You can go online to book film viewings and associated events at the festival. There are usually a few film premieres on offer, with the traditional red carpets attended by a good assortment of actors and producers.


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