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Trekker’s Hostel Highlights: Generator, Venice, Italy

Located on the waterfront of the island of Giudecca, the Generator Hostel in Venice is perfectly set. Most rooms overlook the main canal of Venice with San Marco’s square just a short vaporreto stop away. In addition it is much cheaper on the island vs across the canal, a coffee in San Marco can go for around 5 euros, just for a simple coffee…

The dorm rooms are large and the beds are comfortable with your own light. There are lockers under the bed and the bathrooms are clean and spacious with fantastic showers.

The staff are friendly and knowledgable on all things Venetian. There is a buffet breakfast available every morning for a small fee or you can purchase a cooked breakfast for a little more. They also offer meals at a VERY reasonable price in the evenings and then of course there is the Generator Bar (they don’t water down the liquor here!).

An important suggestion: when you purchase your first vaporreto ticket to get to the hostel ask for the multi day passes, from 1 to 5 days. It will be much better value as each vaporreto costs 7 euros with only about an hour to reuse and they do check the tickets randomly and give a hefty fine if they discover someone with out a valid ticket.

Grand Canal: also with your vaporreto ticket you can take a tour of the grand canal, I recommend it at sunset.

Be sure to keep an eye out in the early mornings and evenings when the cruise ships come in and out! They are very impressive with the great backdrop of San Marco square.

MSC Poesia

MSC Lirica

All in a great hostel when staying in Venice, cheaper than most places and with a fantastic location!!!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Italy, Travel

 

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The Merchant of Venice….

All to soon it was time to say farewell to my incredible friend and go explore my next stop, Venice. Slovenia is a place I definitely hope to return someday.

Merchant of Venice

This was my very first Shakespeare we studied in school and ever since then I have been interested in Venice and the strange aura that seems to surround this unique old city, believed to date back to the year 421. Sited on a group of 118 islands in what was originally a marshy plain, the present day Venice is truly spectacular, and is one of the few places that definitely lives up to all the hype and expectations.

It was so amazing, I am just going to post some of my favorite photos:

Vaporetto's on the canal

Vaporetta’s on the canal

Stunning buildings

Stunning buildings

Gondolas

Gondolas

gates

gates

Artwork in arches

Artwork in arches

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More Gondolas

More Gondolas

Burger King Venetian Style

Burger King Venetian Style

Note Blue Sign - Gondolas only

Note Blue Sign – Gondolas only

Sun Setting over Venice

Sun Setting over Venice

All of this was on day 1!!!! Day 2 will include a trip to the famous Glass island, Murano and much more!

Some tips:
*When you arrive in Venice before you buy your first Vaporetto (the Venice version of a taxi) be sure to pick up a ticket that lasts for 2-5 days, depending on how long you are staying. Otherwise each time you take a vaporetto it costs 7 euros and only lasts for 1 hour.

*I stayed on the island opposite San Marco square, much cheaper and you get a great view (photos to follow).

*The first day we took the vaporetto that travels up the main canal, as good as any tour you pay for and you can do it as often as you like, all for the price of your vaporetto pass.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Travel

 

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