In the second part, we studied San Marco in detail, looked into the Doge’s palace. Now we will go along the second compulsory route – the Venice Grand Canal, and then we will simply walk around the city and in addition watch the historical regatta.
Venice is a dream city, a carnival city … A dying city, a tourist feast during the plague … Venice is beautiful and unusual, but it is so difficult to see it for real if you have only a few hours of time.
Therefore, my advice is – be sure to come for a full day, better with an overnight stay and better without the burden in the form of small children, suitcases, group. Ideally alone, this is a city of loneliness among the crowd.
Between Venice and Rimini is the Po delta. The Po is a rather big river, and its delta is vast and intricate. The main stream runs near Ferrara, but rivers / canals are often found near Ravenna. The vast (for a flat area, built up and plowed up) pine forests between the resorts and lagoons are called the Po delta park (at first I wondered – where is Po and where is Ravenna).
Gradara is a hilltop castle with a small town within the fortress walls. It attracts not only with its medieval walls, but also with the romantic story of Francesca and Paolo that could have happened here (there are other competitors who claim to be the scene). Thanks to the authors – there is a tragic love story for every Italian city.
In short, it was like this. She was married for dynastic reasons and did not like her husband. But she liked his brother, who had the same literary taste. Finding a couple at the crime scene (obviously, reading literary masterpieces together), the husband stabbed both of them. This simple story received an advertisement from Dante – for him it was quite hot gossip, a hundred years had not passed. And therefore it was repeatedly mentioned in works of art.
Dozza is another village on the list of the most beautiful in Italy. We stopped here on our way to Bologna.
The difference between Dozza and other similar villages with a fortress is that the hauses of the city are painted by modern artists every two years. The tradition began in the middle of the 20th century.
Friuli Venezia Giulia region map is useful for those who rest in Bibione, Grado and Trieste (or of course in other cities of the region).
Bibione is a kind of a resort for those who prefer not to get off the beach. The sights are quite far away, only exit to the highway costs up to half an hour’s drive. This is especially difficult on a hot day. Nevertheless, there are plenty of attractions for a couple of weeks of holiday.
There are public transport option from Bibione here.
Arqua Petrarca is one of the “most picturesque villages in Italy”. Perhaps you have already met this name. This is done in different countries, introducing the title of the most picturesque, most floral, etc. villages and towns. In order to distract tourists from the well-trodden places towards no less interesting, but small and remaining in the shade. It is assumed that these villages are distinguished by their identity, historical appearance, preservation of local traditions and local products.
Villages that meet the requirements of the organizers are presented on the website www.borghitalia.it. I would not say that they are all stunning. But if you want to see something relatively unspoiled, to turn off the wide path, then this site will help a lot. A similar project, which concerns not villages, but already small towns, which has not yet been promoted as much, is called the “orange flag” – www.bestsmalltownsitaly.com.
Some villas with the Villa Pisani are located around Padua, and the picturesque Euganean Hills stretch to the south. From Padua, you can easily get by train to the walled cities: Montagnana, Cittadella, Castelfranco; to Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, Treviso, not to mention Venice.
But here we will only talk about the immediate vicinity – more about Villa Pisani and short about other villas.
Of course, you can get to Venice and Florence from Rimini, and many people drive for one day. But it is very tiring both by car and by public transport and makes no sense. Another potential long-distance excursion is the Grotte di Frasassi stalactite cave (www.frasassi.com), but it is more suitable for those accomodation around Ancona.
Much more real are Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, which are easily accessible both by train and by car, and Urbino (train to Pesaro plus bus).
In general, Rimini is not as nightmare as it is sometimes written, but also not ideal for beach holiday. For a quiet lying on the beach in the form of a vegetable, it is better to choose another city. But for those who want to combine excursions, entertainment and swimming, this is a good, convenient place. If we say about Rimini, one should also not forget about the safety rules – this is not the quietest and safest place in Italy, you should not be too relax.
This part is about everything except the sights: roads, transport, the Torre Pedrera map, beaches, including a great wild beach towards Ravenna.
Lido di Jesolo is a very convenient place in this regard – there are quite a lot of interesting places around Venice within an hour or an hour and a half by car. Also bus or train (from Lido di Jesolo, however, there must be a bus first) are possible.
The Venetian lagoon is the closest Adriatic resort region from Germany. The lagoon is very large, but there are beaches only in those cities that overlook the sea. In the lagoon the shores are overgrown with reeds. Herons and fishermen fish there.
By the sea, the closest beach to Venice is Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) – a large island that closes Venice from the sea. But you have to get there by ferry. It is not very pleasant to depend on the ferry.
Therefore, we chose Lido di Jesolo. The coastline here is continuous lined with hotels and campings, from Punta Sabbione (the end point of the peninsula from where vaporettos leave for Venice) to Eraclea.
The small town of Cividale del Friuli is located east of the relatively large city of Udine, almost at the very border with Slovenia. Our favorite size – the effortless half-day hike. Time in the city stopped somewhere in the Middle Ages, and once it was large and significant, the capital of the duchy, a fortified city founded by Julius Caesar himself (Forum Julius = Friuli) on the site of a Celtic settlement.
Apartments and villas in Bibione are managed by a dozen agencies. Most of the agencies are located on the main street (number 2 on the plan). You have to check-in and take the keys there. There is a parking, but it was clearly designed for fewer cars. On Saturday it is really difficult to take the keys.
Bibione resort is especially popular with the residents of Germany – it is inexpensive and easier to get to than to other resorts. After all, a nightmare road through Innsbruck, Fernpass and the Brenner Autobahn can enter the book of records for the number of time wasted in traffic jams and the number of irreversibly lost nerve cells. But the road through the A10 is still not so busy.
The most popular destinations on Lake Garda East side are Garda and Malcesine.
From Bardolino to the north, the mountains begin to rise gradually. In the Garda they are still small, in Torri they are already of a decent height. Each village offers hiking and cycling trails of varying difficulty in these mountains.
Starting from Torri, the proposed accommodation is often high above the lake level.
Lake Garda is large. Its northern and southern parts are very different, and getting from one end to the other is not so easy: the roads are slow and crowded. In the north there is more nature and walking, in the south – tourist sights and entertainment.
In this topic, a general orientation: roads, transport and the most famous sights so that you can decide where rent a hotel.
The old part of Sirmione is a busy and overcrowded very small old town surrounded by walls. What to see in Sirmione? There are a fortress, Roman ruins, a thermal pool and an ancient water source for it, and one special beach. Picturesque, but tiring, it’s more suitable for excursions than for recreation.
The place with healing waters was used as a resort even by the Romans. The next generations were not so smart and valued the protective function more. In the 19th century, tourism was rediscovered. And now the tourist plan is clearly being overfulfilled.