The best place to stay? Camping Village Jolly!
Venice without tourists? Well that is not really possible. It might be at 3 in the morning but you will never walk in Venice for hours and see no tourists. But as you can see in the pictures there are still a lot of quite spots with almost no people. Is it the real Venice, is there such a thing? Fact is that more and more people move out of Venice. Everything gets converted into another tourist trap or rented on Air BnB. A lot of the houses look like they are in desperate need of repair. Not along the tourist highway but as soon as you wander away from it for a few minutes. We did walk a lot on the 1st day – take a look at the pictures!
From Ballabio to Venice
The view in the morning from Fabi’s balcony. Looks like a good day to drive down South
Since Heike never saw Lake Garda we did stop in Rivoltella for a few minutes and walked down to the lake. If this is not nice – you tell me what is! The road with its noise is far down here and you can walk along the lake as well. On the left was a beach with a nice Beach Bar and a small restaurant as well. Looks like a place where one could easy spend a few days.
Rivoltella at the Lake Garda
Nice church next to the car park
On the way one does pass so many nice little villages and I would stop many times. But since we are on the way to a wedding we are short on time. That is not really the way to travel. In the late afternoon we did reach Marghera and did check into our “hotel” for the next 3 nights.
Camping Village Jolly
I did book 3 nights at Camping Village Jolly for only 78€ in High Season! What? Yes! This was 78€ total for two people and one car, with shower, toilet, WiFi and Air-conditioner for 3 nights. I did not really expect to much but was surprised what we got for the money.
Our “room” at the Camping Village Jolly was half a trailer. They did put the sleeping rooms on the left and right and the bath rooms in the middle. That did work well for us. We never heard the other guys in their room. Of course you can hear them when they take a shower since the windows are next to each other. But for that money I do not care. There is door to the shower and when you close it – problem solved. I took this picture from where the car is parked. Super convenient since you do not have to pay for parking on the street and do not have to worry about the car. And we had the table to ourself since the other guys never used it. Great for Breakfast or a cold brew when you come back from Venice before you shower. And of course for a snack and a glass of Red before you hit the bed.
The bath room – small but all you need.
The beds do not look to comfy but after a long and hot day walking in Venice you sleep really good in them. The Red you enjoy before bed might help a bit as well. It was quite entertaining watching lots of young British travellers wearing masks and pass us to go down to the pool party or coming back with their buckets. There was quite a mix of people at the Camping Village Jolly. Most of the guest where somewhere close to 20 but in our row the average was more 30 and up. And in the more expensive part it was even a bit higher. Next to our car where British, Dutch, Polish, Italian and French cars. Quite a good mix.
There is another bed that folds out over the table – I did fold it out only for this picture – should be ok for a small person.
Camping Village Jolly has a little super market if you are to lazy to go to the bakery in the morning or need a cold beer when you come back from Venice. They also have a few pools in the front and do some party nights. This is where all the young people go every evening. One of the best things is the Bus shuttle they have. It is 2€ per person from the entrance of Camping Village Jolly to Tronchetto Marittima Island and another 2€ for the way back. How convenient is that? From there you walk about 5 minutes to Venice. There is only one bridge to cross. They do have bigger and nicer bungalows as well – check them out if you thinking to spend a few days in Venice and do not want to spend all your money on accommodation: Camping Village Jolly on Booking.com.
The next morning it was time to go to Venice
Venice minus the Tourists
We did take the bus at 10:00 into Venice – a little island before Venice to be precise. From there you walk only over one bridge and you are in Venice.
Since there are no streets in Venice everything has to come with the boat. Here they do pack the stuff from the trucks into the boats.
I had the Tracker running but for some reason it did stop so I did paint the rest of the walk after the green button with my Wacom. About 22 kilometres all in all. Quite a walk on this sunny summer day. Temperatures where round 30 the whole day.
As you can see we did pass the Train Station and walked down to the next big channel took a left and circled clockwise round the island. That is the part (after the Train Station and after you take the left on the channel) where you will not find a lot of tourists. Compared to the places everybody goes that is!
Enough talking now – lets see some pictures:
View from the Ponte della Costituzione. On the left you see Ponte degli Scalzi from where I took the next picture. Everybody takes the first picture here if he did not took a few already :-)
View from Ponte degli Scalzi. On the other side under the bridge or next to it is also a nice place to have a beer in the evening before you head back. Some people even stick their feet into the water. I think I pass – cheers!
This time I did want to look into a few of the churches as well. So this is the first one we did pass. Santa Maria di Nazareth (or Gli Scalzi) next to the train station. Giuseppe Pozzo did build the main altar of Santa Maria di Nazareth. Construction of the church started in the mid 17th century and it took them till the end of it to finish it.
Even the casket is transported by boat.
Door Bell at Calle del Sotoportego Scuro
Entrance at Fondamenta De Cannaregio. Somebody does like white flowers here.
Further down Fondamenta De Cannaregio. I was surprised how many people do have dogs in Venice. And I was even more surprised that nobody cleans up after their dogs.
Laundry in the sun at Calle de Forner
Looking down the channel from the Ponte Moro
Somebody does dry his fishing equipment at the Ponte Moro
A cross at the Fondamenta Moro o Coletti outside of the Chiesa delle Cappuccine.
Looking down the Rio Torete from the Ponte de le Torete
Looking down the Fondamenta de la Sensa
Look what I found in the Calle del Capitelo
The flower shop in the Calle del Forno gets a delivery
The bronze statue of Paolo Sarpi in front of Santa Fosca
Looking down the Rio del Trapolin”
Fountain at the Calle Trevisan. Lots of people are nice and put something for the many bird under the fountains. There are many of them – they are marked on the map. It is drinking water – saves you some €€€ and saves the environment a lot of empty plastic bottles!!
The winged Lion of Venice
Nice façade at the Fondamenta de la Misericordia
View from the Ponte Chiado
The next bridge: Ponte Racheta
View from the Ponte Priuli de la Squero
Cordyard at the Calle Ca' D'Oro
View down the channel from the end of Calle Ca' D'Oro
Enough for this post – there is more to come but since I fly to BKK in 2 days it will have to wait till Pai I guess.
The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy
You find part 1 here : You are here
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 10 – Venice III
Part 4 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV
Part 5 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V
And part 6 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI
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