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February 2013

New pages: Directions to Venice Hotels

Directions-screen-captureOn our travel-planning site, Venice for Visitors, we've just launched a preview version of a new section: Venice Hotel Directions.

The pages have step-by-step walking directions to individual hotels from nearby transportation points, such as Alilaguna airport-boat stops, the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, or airport buses and taxis at the Piazzale Roma.

Each page has a customized Google satellite map of the area around the hotel, with icons for the featured hotel and others in the neighborhood that can serve as landmarks.

We've also included links to Venere hotel pages (featuring TripAdvisor reviews), hotel pages, and the hotels' own Web sites for the convenience of readers who haven't yet reserved rooms and want to compare rates, reviews, and availability. 

As of February 10, 2013, we have about three dozen Venice Hotel Directions pages online. That number should grow to at least 100 by the end of the month.

We hope you'll find our new Venice Hotel Directions pages useful, either for printing out and taking with you or for viewing on your smartphone or tablet after you arrive in Venice.

Again, you'll find the preview version of our new section at:

Directions to Venice Hotels (

A wedding couple in Venice

by Durant Imboden

While browsing on Facebook, I ran across a YouTube link to a wedding video titled The Italian Job // Love in Venice. The video, which is mostly set in Venice with a side trip to Milan, features a Malaysian bride and groom who were in Italy for their wedding photos and (possibly) a destination wedding.

The nearly eight-minute production by GregsVideo begins with a train scene that obviously was inspired by the meeting between Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in a silly but visually appealing thriller, The Tourist, that was released in 2010.

Below is the Venetian-themed video, which you'll probably enjoy if you like Venice, trains, photogenic young couples, and/or weddings.