My views/experience about the destination
The Veneto FAM trip was organized by ENIT (Italian State Tourist Board) and courtesy AlItalia.
An amazing and a beautiful experience when I experienced the snowfall and witnessed the world famous Venetian Carnival, one of its kind for the first time, where temperatures were at -2 & - 3 degrees Celsius in the most romantic city. Wow!!!!!!!
I can still feel the chill!!!!!!!!...
We stayed at Veneto for 3 nights. Veneto is famous for the vineyards where you visit the wine cellars, vineyards and can experience wine tasting sessions.. Delicious!! You can also shop different kinds of wines at their outlets at competitive prices.
If you are in Veneto, you cant ignore the villas.. they are so beautiful, rich in history and tradition and preserved so very well, with landscaped gardens and tapestries.
There are villas and vineyards everywhere.. It looks like experiencing a film & shooting in reality.
On the last day, we took the train to Venice (the ICE train).. again the 1st time for me to get to the Eurail. On arrival we took a " Vaparetto" (water taxi) to San Marco. It was freezing colddddddd but we all were very excited.
Everyone was dressed in their favourite outfits. It was like a fancy dress competition. And not to forget the lovely and creative " masks", which is the most important feature of the carnival.
The locals were getting their face painted.. so we decided to get adventurous and get our faces painted or get some tattoos done. A cool experience. It was a "happy" atmosphere. The excitement was building as we were waiting for the "Carnival Parade" and then it happened. everyone dancing, singing and cheering on the streets.
I danced and paraded down the street with them. It was an amazing experience. Out of this world. I just loved every moment about it.
A very well organized trip.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Veneto - Delicious Wines. You can taste different varieties at the factory outlet and make purchases.
Venice - local experiences of the city is a must so we got into a nice cozy local restaurant to taste the worlds famous" Pizzas", with margherita cheese dipping into our mouths. Yumm.!!!!! and a nice hot coffee to keep our body temperatures in control so we don't go numb.
For the vegetarians, there is a limited choice so be prepared - my veggie friends.. but be happy you will get lots of pasta made in cheese and tomato sauce or pizzas to make up for your hunger pangs. - Food for thought!
We come back again to explore San Marco Island. visit the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace, the bridge of sighs, the Grand Canal. Visit the Santa Maria dei Frari Basilica, a famous church built in gothic style. very peaceful and amazing architecture.
The only thing which we all missed was the very famous Gondola ride since everything was frozen so could not do much.
Shopping: You can shop for wines, souvenirs, masks, Murano Glass gift items etc.
Things to do:
Visit the San Marco Square and take an excursion to the Murano, Burano and Torcello islands.
Your trip is incomplete without the " famous and romatic gondola ride".
My advice to fellow travellers
Beaware of your belongings. You must be very very careful of your belongings in Italy right from the time you have arrived at the airport.
Don't trust anyone.
Italians are not conversant with English, hence there is a language barrier to an extent.
Be formally dressed during meetings, dinners etc.
Food :For the vegetarians..well there is a limited choice available but the best way is to freak out on the fruits, juices and wholesome cereals during breakfast and maybe some pasta for your meal. Keeps you fit and healthy for a change!
Carry maps along with you.
Also carry copies of your hotel addresses when you are traveling locally. It helps!
I would always suggest to carry extra copies of your air tickets, passport copies and hotel details and keep them in your luggage. You never know when you would just need them.
Also carry Travellers cheques and little currency in cash. You would anyways have a credit card!
So here's wishing a Happy and safe journey to all my fellow beings!!
Happy Memories & Bon Voyage!
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers